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Ho Chi Minh City, Formally Known as "Saigon"

Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in Vietnam. It is located at the heart of the southern part of the country and is intertwined with natural forest, vast plains, a long coast and hundreds of rivers and canals. The Saigon River winds around the city and connects it to the East Sea.

Conquered by France in 1859, the city was influenced by the French during their colonial occupation of Vietnam. So great was the French influence, that Saigon was called "the Pearl of the Far East" or "Paris in the Orient" for its wide boulevards lined with stately trees and magnificent French villas. It was an important trade center for Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants.

At the conclusion of the Vietnam War, on April 30, 1975, the city came under the control of the Vietnamese People's Army. In the U.S. This event is commonly called the "Fall of Saigon" while the Socialist Republic of Vietnam refers to it as the "Liberation of Saigon"

In 1976, upon the establishment of the unified communist Socialist Republic of Vietnam, it's city of Saigon, the province of Gia Dinh and 2 suburban districts were combined to create Ho Chi Minh City in honor of the late communist leader of the same name. However the former name "Saigon" is still widely used by many Vietnamese. Reunification Hall was formerly the Presidential Palace and is the site where tanks of the North Vietnamese army crashed through the gates in April 1975 which ended the American involvement in Vietnam.

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Imperial Hue

Our ship is docked at Chan May Port and we want to go to Hue. The travel time to go there is approximately 2 hours each way. We will take a tour, Imperial Hue, and leave at 9:00 am. We are scheduled to be gone 8 hours.

Hue, ancient imperial city of Nguyen Kings, it served as the political capital, under 13 Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 - 1945, is located in the center of Vietnan, on the banks of the picturesque Perfume River. Traditionally, the city has been one of Vietnam's cultural, religious, and educational centers. although suffering extensive damage during the Vietnam War, in the Tet Offensive of 1968, the largest battle of the War.

Discover Hue’s rich imperial history and learn of its dynamic culture on a guided tour of notable landmarks situated . See Hue’s stately citadel, its forbidden city, tombs of the emperors, beloved temples and the city’s large pagoda. Delight in the Perfume River’s natural beauty, quaint villages and cultural significance while standing along its shores.<br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"> Highlights: </b>&#8226; Hue: Join a knowledgeable guide for a tour of the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty, which ruled from 1802-1945. <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">&#8226; Imperial Landmarks: See the city’s stately citadel, its forbidden city, tombs of the emperors, century-old temples and Hue’s massive pagoda.<br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">&#8226; Perfume River: Learn of the river’s cultural significance, a waterway where many residents still today live on floating vessels.<br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">

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