The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is famous for its French colonial past and coastal tourist destinations. It underwent economic reform in the 1980s and is fast becoming a major manufacturing centre and information technology hub. The U.S. is currently Viet Nam's main trading partner.
Ho Chi Minh—otherwise known as Saigon—is not only famous due to the fact that it lent its name to one of the world’s most acclaimed musicals. It is especially reputed for being the capital of South Vietnam in the past, and for currently being the country’s most inhabited city. It is painted with an intriguing blend of Chinese and French colonial architecture, and is brought to life by its various energetic facets—including historical landmarks and a colourful nightlife scene.