Ho Chi Minh’s successful first half

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Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City has welcomed more than 2.16 million foreign tourists in the first half of 2015, a rise of three per cent year on year.

Tourists came from all over the world – the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Australia, France – as well as several ASEAN countries, such as Singapore and Malaysia.

Drawcards of Ho Chi Minh city include the War Remnants Museum, documenting the brutality of the Vietnam war; Reunification Palace, the site where the first communist North Vietnamese tanks crashed through the gates; Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s “rice bowl”; the many pagodas and temples.