Saigon is the former capital of South Vietnam. The city served as the capital of the Republic of Vietnam from 1956 until 1975. Before 1975, Vietnam was drowned in wars and separated into 2 major sides: North Vietnam and South Vietnam. It was named after Vietnamese leadership Ho Chi Minh after Vietnam War. Saigon is called by locals as it is the city center, Dist 1 and 3. Go on sightseeing and visiting Ho Chi Minh city travelers do not missed some highlights very interesting; War Renamt Musueum, Nortre Dam Catheral, Post Office and the former President Palace. Besides this, you are also spending your own time to do shopping.