Mon, 08 Jun 2015. Last updated Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:38
Recently, the CNN (US) has announced the rankings of “Fastest growing tourist cities" in the world, including Ho Chi Minh City at the 10th position. The list of 10 Fastest growing tourist cities in the world consists of Colombo (Sri Lanka) 21.1%, Chengdu (China) 20.7%, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) 20.4%, Osaka (Japan) 19.8%, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) 18%, Xi'an (China) 16.2%, Taipei (Taiwan) 14.9%, Tokyo (Japan) 14.6%, Lima (Peru) 13.9%, and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) 12.9%. According to CNN, with the developing space of tourism in Ho Chi Minh City of 12.9%, Ho Chi Minh City actually proves its outstanding advance in the process of tourism development over the years. Tourists coming to Ho Chi Minh City, apart from being impressed by the dynamic appearance, modern and ancient beauty, are attracted by the hospitable locals and diverse culinary culture.
Being located in the transition region between Southeast Vietnam and Mekong River Delta, Ho Chi Minh terrain includes high mountains, hills mixed with mid-land and low-land near the coastal region, which forms a wonderful natural landscapes such as Fairy Spring, Dream Spring, and Can Gio Mangrove Forest. Ho Chi Minh City becomes a harmonic convergence between Vietnamese traditional culture and Western outstanding features. In addition to improving and upgrading the infrastructure of Ho Chi Minh tourism and transportation system, the city remains all cultural historical relics (Quoc To Temple, Giac Lam Pagoda, Dragon House, Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Opera House, Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Cu Chi Tunnels, and Independence Palace...), and invests to construct more architectures such as tourist areas of Thanh Da, Binh Quoi, Suoi Tien, Suoi Mo, Dam Sen, and newly opened Nguyen Hue Walking Street - the street having the most modern traffic system in Vietnam.
Annually, Ho Chi Minh City appeals a large number of both domestic and international tourists. Among those, 10 best tourism markets to Ho Chi Minh are respectively US, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, France and England. Tourists coming to Ho Chi Minh Can pop in Cu Chi Tunnels, Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, Thu Duc Stork Garden, or the Observatory of Saigon SkyDeck in Bitexco Financial Tower - famous attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. During Tet holiday, tourists can enjoy the exciting atmosphere on Nguyen Hue Flower Street. Famous destinations in Ho Chi Minh tours in the radius of 100km are Vung Tau, Binh Chau, Long Hai, and Cat Tien National Park. The city is having 11 5-star hotels, a number of them used to be voted as best hotels in the world by the Leisure&Traveler, such as Caravelle or New World Hotel... Among destinations in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is the place of many entertainment centers invested methodically and having the most diverse services. Some of the most famous amusement parks in Vietnam are Dam Sen Cultural Park, Suoi Tien Cultural Park, Great World Water Park, Ky Hoa Park, and Binh Quoi Touirst Area.