Travelers booking flights to Ho Chi Minh City are usually shocked when they land here -- Ho Chi Minh City is bursting at the seams. The city center is filled with street vendors, cafes and family-owned souvenir shops all eager to make a living and stay afloat. But stay alert or you'll wind up flat on the street; Ho Chi Minh City's chaos is fueled by the 3 million motorbikes that run the streets on a daily basis. Located on the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City is home to more than 8 million people and is Vietnam's commercial and industrial center.
Before it was the cultural hotspot of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City was known by many other names, most famously Saigon. While no one in Ho Chi Minh City has forgotten the turbulent past, today the city embraces its vibrant and modern future.