Asia Expat Guides: Top Historical Sites in Ho Chi Minh City

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<ul><li> 1. Top 5 Historical Places in Ho Chi Minh City A Guide for New Expats in Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamBy: Asia Expat Guides</li></ul> <p> 2. Formerly known as Independence Palace, Reunification Palace is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City. It was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and later it became the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates. 3. A replica of that tank is now parked on the lawn outside. Be sure to check out the impressively kitschy recreation room, featuring a circular sofa, and the eerie basement, full of vintage 1960s phones, radios, and office equipment, supposedly left exactly as it was found when the North took over. There is also a photo gallery and a propaganda film recounting how the South Vietnamese supporters and American imperialists succumbed to Ho Chi Minh's indomitable revolutionary forces, upon which point the South Vietnamese supporters were forgiven and everyone lived happily ever after. Tours are available and are free, but not necessary. 4. War Remnants Museum, which documents the brutality of the Vietnam War, is only a short walk from Reunification Palace. It primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. The museum comprises a series of themed rooms in several buildings, with period military equipment placed within a walled yard. 5. The collection includes halls full of gruesome photographs, a simulated "tiger cage" prison and jars of deformed foetuses attributed to contamination by Agent Orange. An exhibit on the 3rd floor tells the story of the war journalists from all over the world who documented, and often disappeared or died in the war. If youre not a squeamish person, pay a visit to this unique museum to feel chills down your spine. 6. You don't know the true meaning of claustrophobia until you've visited this vast network of interconnecting underground tunnels, 30 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City. Used as operational headquarters by Vietcong guerillas during the Tet Offensive of 1968, they were instrumental in numerous military campaigns during the war and played a decisive role in defeating American forces. 7. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped achieve ultimate military success. 8. For more information about being an expat in Asia, visit </p>