As a 25th anniversary performance of Miss Saigon hits cinemas a tour of the city it was set in reveals it's now a fascinating tourist-friendly metropolis (complete with US fast-food outlets)


The imposing gates are still in place. The helicopters are long departed. But Le Duan Street in District 1, site of the US Embassy in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is still haunted by what happened here 41 years ago.

As the Vietnam War came to its bloody conclusion thousands of the beleaguered city’s occupants jostled and clamoured at the closed embassy gates seeking entry, rescue and escape from the advancing North Vietnamese. The Americans had abruptly and unexpectedly decided to abandon South Vietnam and its capital Saigon in particular.

Those squeezed at the gates and despairing of rescue are personified by the fictitious bar girl Kim, heroine of the musical Miss Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh City (pictured) is still haunted by what happened here 41 years ago

Ho Chi Minh City (pictured) is still haunted by what happened here 41 years ago

As the Vietnam War ended thousands clamoured at the US embassy in Ho Chi Minh City, then Saigon, to seek a way of escaping the advancing North Vietnamese. This image, taken on April 29, 1975, shows evacuees being helped aboard an Air America helicopter perched on top of the embassy

As the Vietnam War ended thousands clamoured at the US embassy in Ho Chi Minh City, then Saigon, to…



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