As a huge city of more than 8 million people, there is much to explore in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) beyond the regular tourist sites. For a more in depth view of daily life in city, join a local guide for a stroll through the narrow back alleys away from the main thoroughfares, which bring you closer to local residential areas and end at the authentic Vuon Chuoi market. Vibrant with haggling locals, street sellers, exotic food, smells and sights, the stalls spill out from the main market area into the surrounding passageways. A complicated maze to the uninitiated, your local guide will lead your though the market and explain the background and history of the area. You guide will also lead you to a typical Vietnamese townhouse, nondescript from the outside, but actually the secret location of a former Viet Cong weapons store. This house was where Viet Cong commandos of 'Team 5' gathered to collect weapons for the Tet offensive on 30 January 1968, and was recognised as a national historical site in 1988.