Ho Chi Minh City is the largest in the country with a population of more than 3.4 million. The next largest city, Hanoi, has a population of more than 1, 4 million, which. Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is one of the two most important cities in Vietnam, besides Hanoi. The large cities of the Southeast have occupied important positions as intersections of national and international trade since the time of ancient civilizations.
Phan Thiet is the southernmost city on the central coast, another major city in Vietnam for tourism. It has suffered the fury of the Indochina War and the Vietnam War, but today it has recovered and has become one of the most developed cities in Vietnam. Thanks to the distinctive island complex that surrounds it, Nha Trang hardly suffers from hurricanes, unlike other cities in the central coast region. The citizens of this city come from all over the country, which makes the culture here so diverse.
Vietnam has 63 provinces and municipal cities, in which 5 are municipal cities, and most provinces also have one or more cities below them. Centrally controlled cities (thành phtrc thuc trung ng) or municipalities are cities of significant importance in terms of Vietnam's politics, economy and culture that are under the direct control of the Vietnamese government. Vietnam's major cities have gone through many ups and downs in Vietnamese history and Mother Nature has blessed them with splendid landscapes. Vietnam has 2 cities with more than 1 million inhabitants, 49 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people and 67 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people.
Despite its large total population, Vietnam has only two cities that have surpassed the mark of 1,000,000 inhabitants. While the Bai Dinh Pagoda has many Asian and Vietnamese records, such as the largest Buddha statue in vermeil or the longest hall in Arhats, Phat Diem Cathedral is recognized by the press as the most beautiful church in Vietnam. However, data from recent years show that the rural population is declining, partly due to the expansion and growth of cities and the fact that more people are moving from more isolated areas to urban areas for their industries, institutes of higher education, landmarks and attractions. In recent years, Vietnam's growth has slowed significantly, so while major cities will continue to grow in the near future, these numbers are unlikely to grow at the rapid pace seen in the past.
Can Tho is also a municipal city (it does not belong to any province) among the major cities in Vietnam.