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  • Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City on an adventurous full-day tour. Gain fascinating insight into the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage as you explore significant sites with a knowledgeable guide; marvel at the beautiful Giac Lam pagoda; haggle for souvenirs at Ben Thanh market; and feast your senses on a local lunch of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Visit the Reunification Palace to learn of the country’s turbulent history and conclude the day with a serene stroll down tree-lined boulevards. 

Highlights

  • Experience the culture, history and everyday life of bustling Ho Chi Minh City
  • Bargain for souvenirs, clothing and gifts at the Ben Thanh Market
  • See examples of Saigon's French colonial period with visits War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office and Opera house
  • Enjoy lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant
  • Hotel pickup in a air-conditioned mini-van
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 12 passengers allowing a unique and intimate adventure experience
  • Local English-speaking guide

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What You Can Expect

Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour

Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour

Depart from your centrally located hotel in a luxurious, air-conditioned coach and begin your explorative tour at Giac Lam, an impressive 17th-century pagoda situated in the heart of the city. After hearing of the structure’s intriguing history, continue to Chinatown in order to immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of markets like Cholon and Binh. 

Next, absorb the sacred atmosphere of the Thien Hau temple, a revered structure built in the 19th century and dedicated to Thien Hau, goddess of the seafarers. Head next to the Ben Thanh Market to peruse stalls bursting with exotic produce; practice your language skills and hear of the market’s history from your knowledgeable guide. 

Revitalize with a traditional Vietnamese lunch and then venture to the War Remnants Museum to see a selection of antique military equipment. Marvel at enormous exhibits like a UH1-Huey helicopter and a F5A fighter in the courtyard and then stroll to the Reunification Palace to see an impressive tableau of Vietnamese architecture. 

Admire the French colonial facades of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera house and the General Post Office before bidding your guide and group farewell in this central location. Continue exploring the area independently or take a taxi back to your hotel with assistance from your guide. 

Customer Reviews

david s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful tour of the city taking in all the major sites as well as some lesser known. Our guide on the day Miss Flower was really focussed on providing backround as well as high level information. Being driven around the city is a real experience and traffic is not for the faint hearted! Some great examples of French Colonial architecture. Had lunch at a noodle store, a really enjoyable few hours.

SmokeLeez Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent Tour and Tour Guide/Staff. So informative, friendly, and passionate. Worth Every Penny!!
A must do when visiting Ho Chi Minh. Great way to get your bearings. A lot of fun too.

W.mckay60

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

An adventure is an apt name for this tour, I cannot recommend enough the small group tours as they are fantastic. The Viator booking system is also so easy. This tour was

Judith W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A lovely morning in Ho Chi Minh. I booked for a small group tour but it ended up just being me and the guide, Linda. Interesting to visit the museum and palace and the markets were fascinating. Really great experience to go round with a local. Fully recommended!

JANICE C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was fruitful and my tour guide acquired the knowledge to explain all the historical parts of Ho Chin Minh. indeed enjoy ourselves throughout the tour and our tour guide, Tom was very friendly and showed great hospitality. The lunch was decent, but overall the tour is fun and we got to experience all the tourist spots.

Stephen V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour gave us a well rounded tour of main HCMC sites. Our guide, Queny was fabulous. She summised all museums/sites history before we went in to aide understanding and to ensure we gained as much as possible from the site. She was also more than willing to answer any questions on life in Vietnam

Kimba

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Wonderful guide and trip!

Hayley K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great day. A lot to take in at the start at the war remnants museum but a very varied and informative day.

Hoang T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Kenneth A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was a GREAT tour! My guide Cá Cơm was very knowledgeable. I probably asked her a thousand questions to which she graciously answered in great detail. I learned a lot about Vietnam which I did not know before. She also made sure I was not run over by the motorbikes and did not laugh at my pho eating technique LOL I repeat Cá Cơm is a great tour guide. I only wished I had time for the Mekong Delta Tour with her as my guide Ken Alexander Louisville KY USA

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