To reach the ambitious aim to become gateway to the Mekong region, a spokesperson from the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism said that “the government and different departments of tourism in the country are all working hard to showcase our beautiful country, rich cultural traditions, exciting activities, as well as flavorful cuisine, to the world. I am certain the upcoming ITE HCMC 2018 will be a very rewarding experience for all exhibitors, buyers, and visitors. Ho Chi Minh City, as the host for the event, welcomes all with open arms.
In strong competition with Bangkok in Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam is really becoming the gateway to the Mekong region. Ideally located in the southern part of the country and not far from the huge Mekong Delta with its 12 provinces and Can Tho City as economic center, Ho Chi Minh City can offer myriad flights and connections from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to the other five countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) such as Cambodia, China (Yunnan and Guangxi), Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. There are also regular flights to Phu QoucIsland, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hai Phong and Ha Noi, the more than 1,000 year old capital of the country, as well as many more provincial centers.
Because Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Viet Nam with an area of some 2,000 square kilometers and nearly 8 million inhabitants, it has a rapidly developing economy, many commercial centers as well as enough entertainment centers to attract tourism from world-wide. Actually, the unique values of Ho Chi Minh City are history, going back for more than 300 years, and urban services based on its key role as a dynamic metropolis combined with the values of its urban and suburban scenery and waterways.
The popular tourist destinations of Ho Chi Minh City include for instance the iconic Ben Thanh Market, Cho Lon, where a large Chinese population live, Notre Dame Cathedral and the colonial-built Hotel de Ville, Saigon Port, museums for historical and war relics, the central park with its Independence Palace, the waterfront at the Saigon River with a memorial of Trang Hung Dao, the ecological Can Gio mangrove forest and the famous Cu Chi tunnels as a secret underground system of guerilla warfare totaling some 250km in length. Many international hotels, restaurants and entertainment places abound. There is also the opportunity to go around with a classical cyclo.
Before flying from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia, to Beijing and other cities in China, Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos, Yangon in Myanmar, or Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket in Thailand, don’t miss to take a spectacular cruise with the Indochina Queen Junk, attend a cultural performance at the new Ao Dai Museum at Nguyen Hue Street or watch the artistic A O Show at the French Opera in the center of town. If you’re in town during September 6-8, 2018, don’t miss the last day of the International Travel Expo (ITE HCMC) at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center for various attractive travel packages and deals of flights, hotels and many more.