National Geographic : 1995 Apr
Ho Chi Minh City Home to nearly five million people, making it one of the world's most pop ulated urban areas, Ho Chi Minh City still bears traces of past foreign occupants. France, which made U CHI Cu Ho MON i BINH CHANl F'C CAGIO Can Gio Vung Tau' Saigon its first foothold in Indochina, left boulevards and a cathedral. The U. S., which based its mili tary here during the Vietnam War, built an embassy complex and greatly expanded the airport. Now the Vietnamese take a turn, erecting hotels and factories.