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How to Spend 1 Day in Ho Chi Minh City

How to Spend 1 Day in Ho Chi Minh City

It’s a short stay, but one day in Ho Chi Minh City gives you just enough time to get a taste of the bustling metropolis formerly known as Saigon. Plan carefully and you can check off the city’s signature attractions, feast on Vietnamese food, and travel back in time to the Vietnam War at the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels. Here’s how to make the most of your time.

Morning: Saigon Sights

Start your day in Ho Chi Minh City by getting a handle on some of the city’s signature sights, from French colonial relics such as the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral to contemporary landmarks such as Reunification Palace. Shoppers won’t want to miss bustling Ben Thanh Market, where stalls are piled high with everything from Vietnamese herbs to colorful souvenirs. History buffs should head straight to the excellent War Remnants Museum, with relics, weaponry, and informative displays on the war against the Americans that shaped the country for many decades. Consider a ride on a classic cyclo (pedal rickshaw).

Afternoon: Tunnel Vision

Spend the afternoon exploring farther afield, on a trip to the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels, a tunnel network dug deep into the ground by freedom fighters during the Vietnam War. Learn about the war through an informative film, then descend into the narrow, cramped tunnels with their camouflaged entrances and see rooms that were once kitchens and even hospitals. Travel by speedboat for insights into life along the Saigon River and classic photo opportunities, or by minivan for a more wallet-friendly experience. Many tour packages include a Vietnamese lunch on-site.

Night: Feeding Frenzy

Street food is a highlight of any visit to Vietnam, from international favorites such as banh mi baguette sandwiches and pho noodle soup to South Vietnamese specialties such asbo la lot (grilled minced beef wrapped in leaves) orxa xui (barbecued pork). Spend the evening discovering the city’s street-food secrets with a guide. Some tours operate on foot, while others let you travel like a local on the back of a scooter through the neon and glitter of the city by night. Wrap up the evening with a freshly brewed draught beer at one of Vietnam’s trademarkbia hoi bars.

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Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city

Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city

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Visit two major attractions of southern Vietnam—one historical, one natural, both cultural—on this full-day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City. Explore the tunnel system and learn about its role as a hospital, living quarters, storage, and more during wartime, and then cruise through the canals of the delta on a motorboat and rowboat to visit a village.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69.00
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US$69.00
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Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat

Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat

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Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City on a morning or afternoon tour that travels round-trip by luxury speedboat. Go underground with your guide in Cu Chi to discover the vast tunnel network built by resourceful guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. Learn about the war from the Vietnamese perspective and see authentic war relics that remain on-site. Travel with a small group limited to 14 people for a more personalized experience. Your tour includes breakfast and/or lunch (depending on departure selection).
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$85.12
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US$85.12
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Ho Chi Minh City Private Half-Day Tour by Jeep

Ho Chi Minh City Private Half-Day Tour by Jeep

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Get to know the history and culture of Ho Chi Minh City on a private sightseeing tour by Jeep. Traveling with a guide, you'll see a selection of the main sights, like the War Remnants Museum, the Independence Palace (aka Reunification Palace), Emperor Jade Pagoda, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Market. Entrance fees are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$54.00
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US$54.00

Saigon Evening Tour With Water Puppet Show And Dinner Cruise

Saigon Evening Tour With Water Puppet Show And Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy an unforgettable evening out in Ho Chi Minh City on this 5-hour tour. Experience a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet show, admire the city by night on a cyclo ride, then set sail along the Saigon River for a scenic dinner cruise aboard a Dragon Boat.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$49.00
Price varies by group size
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US$49.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Ho Chi Minh Sightseeing and Food Tour by Scooter

Private Ho Chi Minh Sightseeing and Food Tour by Scooter

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Sample the hidden side-street food stalls and mouthwatering cafes of Ho Chi Minh City during this private food tour by scooter. Start your trip with some sightseeing, checking out landmarks like the Central Post Office, Ben Thanh Market, and Independence Palace, among others. Navigate the lesser-known side streets of Ho Chi Minh City with your guide as you visit its top street stalls for food, drink, and socializing. This Ho Chi Minh City tour, easily customized to fit your food interests and itinerary requests, also includes a guide, all food and drink, motorbike and helmet, round-trip hotel transport and photos from the trip.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.50
Price varies by group size
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US$39.50
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Cu Chi Tunnels Small Group Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels Small Group Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

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Discover the secret world of the Cu Chi freedom fighters on an explorative half-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Accompanied by a guide, descend into the subterranean network of tunnels and gain insight into the remarkable history of the 124-mile (200-kilometer) labyrinth. Hear how the tunnels functioned as busy underground cities, and learn the pivotal part the structure played in the Vietnam War. Enjoy the convenience and personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.00
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US$39.00
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Ho Chi Minh City Street Food Tour with Dinner

Ho Chi Minh City Street Food Tour with Dinner

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Please your palate with the culinary delights of Southern Vietnam on a culinary walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City. With an expert gastronomic guide, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of local markets and rustic restaurants to sample local specialties such as ‘bahn mi’ baguettes and popular rice dishes. Sip aromatic Saigonese coffee and refreshing beers as you explore the appetizing attractions of Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to just 12 fellow food lovers.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$32.00
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US$32.00
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Saigon Night Street Food and City Tour on Scooter

Saigon Night Street Food and City Tour on Scooter

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Soak up the electric atmospheric of Ho Chi Minh City at night and tuck into the city’s famous street food on this evening tour by motorbike. Hop on the back of your bike and whizz your way around the city’s markets, boulevards and backstreets, stopping at street food hotspots along the way. Learn about local cuisine and culinary traditions from your guide as you travel around town and fill up on delicious barbecue meats, noodles and vegetable dishes, including unique Vietnamese specialties and sweet desserts.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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US$66.24
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US$66.24

Private Tour: Ho Chi Minh City Half-Day Sightseeing

Private Tour: Ho Chi Minh City Half-Day Sightseeing

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Discover the cultural delights and historical highlights of Ho Chi Minh City on a half-day private sightseeing tour of the largest city in Vietnam.  Tailor the itinerary and commentary to suit your interests then set out to explore the sights with a private guide; immerse yourself in the colonial beauty of the French Quarter; see the cosmopolitan charisma of Chinatown (Cholon); and gain insight into the country’s rich history with visits to intriguing museums. Enjoy private round-trip transportation from your hotel and appease your appetite with authentic Vietnamese meals during your tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$52.00
Price varies by group size
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US$52.00
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Hồ Chí Minh Cyclo and Market Small Group Adventure

Hồ Chí Minh Cyclo and Market Small Group Adventure

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Discover the vibrant atmosphere and bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City on this 3 to 3.5-hour excursion. Visit local haunts with a guide and pass landmarks like Notre Dame Cathedral and the picturesque post office. Explore the rich cultural tapestry of the city on foot and on a bicycle, passing Reunification Palace, the city's flower market, and more, while enjoying personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$36.00
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US$36.00
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