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Nehru Zoological Park – a foretaste of Indian wildlife in their natural habitat

Nehru Zoological Park – a foretaste of…

South Asia’s most teeming nation is a veritable fusion of attractive places, lush landscapes and an ancient culture steeped in history and rituals. Architectural masterpieces of historic dynasties dot various states. India’s rich heritage together with its flourishing bio diversity showcases the beauty of the country. The city of Hyderabad offe…
Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along the Captivating Kerala Backwaters

Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along t…

Often called the Asian equivalent of the American Bayou, the Kerala backwaters are an expansive network of intricate waterways that include five lakes, forty rivers and a host of canals that span half the length of its home state. Stretching across over 900km the labyrinth of lakes, rivers, inlets and creeks form a truly magnificent eco system and …
Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of wonders

Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of…

Positioned just a short drive away from the beautiful Whitley Bay, the impressive Blue Reef Aquarium is ideally located in the North East coastal city of Tynemouth. It is a great place to discover how life goes on under the ocean. The Blue Reef Aquarium is a modern aquarium showcasing marine life in a new and exciting way. It has been designed and …
Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in Male

Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in M…

  No one would think that the decorative specs on the Indian Ocean would on close scrutiny turn out to be such resplendent islands full of tourist attractions. However, that is precisely what the Maldives is like. It has over twenty six tiny atolls or islands, which are governed separately but are a cohesive part of Maldives. Most of the festi…
Medical Tourism – Dental Care & Dentists in Bohput

Medical Tourism – Dental Care …

The Thai island of Koh Samui might have garnered a reputation for its idyllic beaches and pristine oceans, but it is also gaining popularity for another feature that is quite unique; medical tourism! Offering reasonably priced and international standard medical care, Koh Samui and such coastal areas as Bohput are also known for their high standards…
Family Travel to Philippines

Family Travel to Philippines…

The multicultural nation of Philippines presents an ideal destination for a family holiday. The suitable areas for families visiting the country include Boracay Island, Central Visayas and the National Capital Region Cebu. You may visit the most popular beach in Boracay, known as the White Beach which is famed for its spectacular sunsets and pristi…

Notre Dame Cathedral – The last remaining stronghold of Catholicism in Vietnam.

Daily life is a whirlwind of activity in the fast paced metropolis, also known as Ho Chi Minh City. It is a city of many contrasting features: gleaming steel high-rises stand out against humble temples; exclusive boutiques and shopping malls carry reputed international brand names, while street markets hawk inexpensive local food, clothing and more. Fine cuisine is served at top notch venues and compliment the array of street food options available in makeshift or mobile outfits. The city may come across as overwhelming and difficult to navigate at first. The reputable neighbourhood of An Phu Ward offers a comfortable and convenient option in the form of Somerset Vista Ho Chi Minh City.

To discover the hidden gems of this city, it is best to explore on foot. Several imposing buildings are scatted across the city housing everything from shopping malls to serviced apartments. Ho Chi Minh City’s major tourist attractions are located in District One, an area that is compact and to get about it is easy enough. One of the city’s rarer places of interest is also located in District One. The Notre Dame Cathedral occupies a quiet corner of District One in downtown Ho Chi Minh City and marks the Catholic presence in a mainly Buddhist Vietnam.

The cathedral was built in the French colonial era of the 1880’s with iconic red bricks that were brought over from France. The structure stands sixty meters tall with two towers on either side. The towers hold six bronze bells. A statue of the Virgin Mary made from Italian marble was imported from Rome to stand before the church. The cathedral is a working place of worship where mass is held every Sunday. Tours of the complex can be arranged through the Saigon City Tour company.

Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world.

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