Is it called Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City?

Is it rude to call Ho Chi Minh Saigon?

It’s offensive to the Vietnamese diaspora if you don’t call it Saigon. Obviously this question is about what to call it when you’re in the country of Vietnam, but to the diaspora that fled the country after the Vietnam War, calling it Ho Chi Minh City ranges from mildly to extremely offensive.

Is it illegal to say Saigon?

Yes, in most contexts. It’s totally okay for you to say “I’m going to Saigon” or ask someone “where should I go in Saigon.” They can be used interchangeably. But Ho Chi Minh city is the name for official use, says, when you’re filling the visa or VAT refund forms. Either should be fine.

What is the new name for Saigon?

On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon, and the city was subsequently renamed Ho Chi Minh City.

What does Saigon mean in English?

• SAIGON (noun) Meaning: A city in South Vietnam; formerly (as Saigon) it was the capital of French Indochina. Classified under: Nouns denoting spatial position.

Is Ho Chi Minh City Safe?

The U.S. Department of State has assessed Ho Chi Minh City as being a HIGH-threat location for crime directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. Despite this assessment, most visitors feel relatively safe. The level of crime is comparable to other cities of similar size throughout Asia.

Is Vietnam still communist?

Vietnam is a socialist republic with a one-party system led by the Communist Party. The CPV espouses Marxism–Leninism and Hồ Chí Minh Thought, the ideologies of the late Hồ Chí Minh. The two ideologies serve as guidance for the activities of the party and state.

What should I avoid in Vietnam?

There are some things, however, that are best avoided.

  • Tap water. Might as well start with the obvious one. …
  • Strange meat. We don’t mean street meat, as street food in Vietnam is amazing. …
  • Roadside coffee. …
  • Uncooked vegetables. …
  • Raw blood pudding. …
  • Cold soups. …
  • Dog meat. …
  • Milk.

Can I wear shorts in Vietnam?

Vietnam is a conservative country, so it’s important to dress conservatively while traveling around the country. The dress code is a little more relaxed in major cities, but don’t wear short-shorts, low-cut tops or revealling dresses to the local fish market. Save the skimpy attire for the beach – if you must.

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