You can see the French colonial influences in many of the older parts of the city, which thankfully survived the conflict.One key point to mention is that sex tourism is not only frowned upon but is illegal here - prostitution is a serious crime, so avoid any of the "easy girls" you might bump into on your travels in and around the city.One of the other bonuses of the French colonial influences is that Vietnamese women are accustomed to seeing and talking to men from other parts of the world, especially the United States.

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Most of you reading this will be more familiar with this city's former name: Saigon.

The city was renamed after the end of the war in Vietnam, but many of the older residents still happily refer to it as Saigon, so we just wanted to prepare you for that before we got further into our guide to dating in Ho Chi Minh City.

With a population of over 9 million people, Ho Chi Minh City is located on the Saigon River, and is a very busy sea port.

It has the largest population of any city in Vietnam, and is an interesting mix of the colonial and the modern - take the scaled-down copy of the Notre Dame Cathedral or the Saigon Central Post Office, as just two examples.

In terms of communicating you'll find that Vietnamese and Chinese are the dominant languages, although you will still hear French spoken on a regular basis.

English is not a common language here, although a large percentage of the population will be able to speak at least a little bit of broken English, especially if they're trying to sell you something.

Regardless of the social standing of the girl you're dating, if she's living with her parents there's absolutely no way she's going to spend the night at your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City was always more Western-oriented than other cities in the region so if you want to date or marry a smart, sexy Vietnamese woman then Ho Chi Min is probably your best bet for locating the girl of your dreams.

A good portion of the girls in our Vietnamese Brides Gallery live in Ho Chi Min City - here is a small sample to show you just how beautiful these women reall are: Vietnamese women are very traditional though, so this means that once you've met the Viet girl of your dreams, and you've arranged your first date, you can expect her family to become involved. It's not unusual to have a family member play third wheel on your date.

They won't actually join you on the date, but they do have a habit of appearing at the same bar, café or cinema you've just arrived at.

The many traditions Vietnamese women are expected to play up to is also one of the main reasons they want to marry a man from another country - they want a life that's not burdened with having to get the approval of everyone in her husband's family for the least little thing.