Ho Chi Minh City ( Vietnam : Thành ph H Chí Minh / Ho Chi Minh City Shop ) in the Mekong Delta, Northeast , with resistance to the right bank of the Saigon River tributary river , 80 km away from the sea . Area of ​​700 square kilometers. Population of 3.5 million . Vietnam municipalities , Vietnam 's largest city , is one of Vietnam 's five central municipality is the capital of the former Republic of Vietnam ( South Vietnam ) is . South Centre is the economic, cultural , science and technology, tourism and international trade of Vietnam. Original名西贡, Ho Chi Minh City during the reign of the French colonial capital of the Southern Qi , 1955 for the Republic of Vietnam ( also known as South Vietnam ) , capital . Social and economic development affected the West, business development, has been called Paris of the East , said. Eighteenth century developed into a famous port in Southeast Asia and the rice market . 1932 Saigon and banks merged into Sai joint area . After World War II , but also with a coalition of Jiading City Saigon - Jiading City , or big Saigon . November 1946 passed by Congress named Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam , April 30, 1975 , Democratic Republic of Vietnam ( North Vietnam ) after the reunification of the country, to commemorate the main founder Ho Chi Minh Communist Party , put Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City . Ho Chi Minh City is an important transportation hub in South Vietnam , there is Vietnam's largest inland ports and international airports. Excellent commercial throughput Port Saigon Port , the annual throughput of up to 450-550 tons. Accessible to Hanoi railway and other large cities , the road that leads around the country by road or waterway leading to Cambodia and Laos. There are good international airport, Accessible to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur , Manila . Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest industrial base , industrial output value accounted for more than 30% of national industrial output value .

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