Past and present meet along Ho Chi Minh's energetic streets, where the city's architecture paints an evocative picture of its history. Vibrancy personified, Ho Chi Minh is a dynamo of economic growth as well as cultural vitality. The Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast underground network essential to the unique Viet Cong style of military warfare; the flamboyant French 19th-century Saigon Opera House; and the Bitexco Financial Tower, home of the Saigon Skydeck are a few landmarks that highlight the city's evolution through the years. With numerous bars and cafes, local markets, designer shopping boutiques and fine dining as well as street food, the city offers a wealth of experiences for every traveler. From the tranquil Jade Emperor Pagoda to the draw of Bin Tay Market, Ho Chi Minh is fascinating.