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New Book Highlights HCMC’s History And Architecture Through Walking Tours

Resident Saigoneer historian and the brains behind Historic Vietnam, Tim Doling, has just released a new book, "Exploring Hồ Chí Minh City" featuring a great set of walking tours around our fair city.

Most visitors to Vietnam spend just one or at most two days in Hồ Chí Minh City, perhaps simply using it as a base to explore the Củ Chi Tunnels before heading off to see the myriad other attractions this fascinating country has to offer. Usually depicted as the country’s “dynamic economic powerhouse,” it's rarely considered as a cultural centre in its own right, a shortcoming no doubt reinforced by the frightening rate at which the city’s remaining old buildings continue to be demolished and replaced by gleaming new tower blocks.

However, there's another side to the southern capital. If you look hard enough, you can still find what’s left of the elegant architectural heritage which once won the city the title “Pearl of the Orient.”

"Exploring Hồ Chí Minh City" seeks to identify that heritage and introduce it through a series of walking tours which take in District 1 (including the CBD, Tân Định and Đa Kao), Districts 3 and 10, Phú Nhuận, Gia Định, the Tân Sơn Nhất Airport area, Chợ Quán and Chợ Lớn (Districts 5 and 6).

The book also contains essential details of other key attractions located in Districts 4, 8, 9, 11 and 12, Tân Phú, Thủ Đức, Gò Vấp, Hóc Môn, Củ Chi and Cần Giờ, which can only be reached by motorised transport.

The book, published by Thế Giới Publishers, is now available at bookstores throughout Vietnam.

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