Why you shouldn't miss Saigon this Christmas

13th Dec 2013

Spectacular Saigon is a "must-see" for tourists on city breaks to Vietnam in the run-up to Christmas.

Nowadays called Ho Chi Minh City, the country's largest metropolis comes alive with light to illuminate its gateways and eight central streets and welcome the festive season from December 22.

The vibrant destination is well worth a visit all year round with cultural sites including a welter of ornate pagodas, spearheaded by the jaw-dropping Jade Emperor Pagoda.

Military buffs can visit the War Remnants Museum, which depicts the Vietnam War from a distinctly one-eyed Vietnamese prospective.

Also highly recommended comes the bustling Ben Thanh Market, which is ideal for food, flowers or frogs.

Or you can tour the Mekong Delta, past rice paddies and houseboats.

But it's Christmas when Ho Chi Minh City really comes into its own.

Four different companies are masterminding this year's street light design, according to street decorator HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Each road will be designated a different theme and a different colour.

Dong Khoi Street will be decorated with yellow light, the colour of apricot flowers, under the topic "The Southern Land."

Le Loi Street will have the theme "Industrialisation - Modernisation of the Country" with a pink colour.

The roads will enjoy these light decorations from this December 22 to January 5.

The Truong Son - Nguyen Van Troi - Nam Ky Khoi Nghia roads will contain a theme of diplomacy and integration.

This involves being decorated with Saint Giong riding a horse, with a bamboo on his hands, depicting the tradition of fighting invaders for the country's independence.

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