Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the city in Vietnam. Its been many times celebrated as the Pearl of the Far East. Ho Chi Minh City is located in the southeastern region of Vietnam and it is the core of the Mekong Delta. The city's location on the Saigon River makes it a bustling commercial and passenger port; besides a constant stream of cargo ships, passenger boats operating on regular bases within Vietnam and various destination within Mekong Delta. The city has a tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate. The history of city is closely relates with the struggle for the independence and freedom of Vietnam. The War Remnants Museum shows the Vietnam War through Vietnamese eyes. Experience the world of the Cu Chi freedom fighters with a visit to their famous tunnel system. This network of over 200 km of tunnels became legendary during the 1960's when they played a vital part in the American War, allowing the Viet Cong to control a large rural area close to Ho Chi Minh City and in their heyday, the tunnels had a functional underground cities. It is not only a commercial center but also a scientific, technological, industrial and tourist center. The city is bathed by many rivers, arroyos and canals, the biggest river being the Saigon River. The city's core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings and various beautiful buildings, displaying a characteristic combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and European cultures, Jade Emperor Pagoda, temples and churches. Enjoy the diversity of the Mekong waterways, explore the fish farms, exotic fruit farms and orchid gardens. Ride around a lake lined with dragons paddle-boating around a lake or play night golf under floodlights a full 36-holes of golf course or do bowling in 32-lane bowling alley with fluorescent bowling balls or participate in a billiards game or a video game. The City is home to hundreds of cinemas, drama theatres, water puppet shows and singing and dancing warriors show. The city hosts a multitude of restaurants serving typical Vietnamese dishes. Experience the vibrant city lights of Ho Chi Minh City on a memorable dinner cruise on the Saigon River. It's one of Ho Chi Minh City's many charms that once you've exhausted, or been exhausted by, all it has to offer. It is a living organism that breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.