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Private Hồ Chí Minh on a Cyclo Adventure: History, Culture, and Daily Life

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City on an adventurous tour. Gain fascinating insight into the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage as you explore significant sites with a knowledgeable guide 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.
  • Experience the culture, history and everyday life of bustling Ho Chi Minh City
  • See examples of Saigon's French colonial period and visit the Reunification Palace Entrance fee included), Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, and Opera house
  • Enjoy a hassle-free experience—tour includes an English-speaking guide, lunch, hotel pickup and drop off, and admission ticket
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 12 passengers allowing a unique and intimate adventure experience
  • This tour is carbon neutral, operated by the world’s largest travel B Corp accredited company

What's Included

  • Join the Local English Speaking guide
  • Visit the Reunification Palace and help preserve local cultural heritage (Entrance Fees Included)
  • Pass by all the major sights like Saigon Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office
  • Experience authentic local life in as you sit back on the cyclos (Cyclo Ride Included)
  • Feast on a delicious and traditional local lunch of Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup)
  • Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
  • Get picked up and drop off at a centrally located hotel (District 1 and District 3)
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

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Departure Time

8:00 AM

Please Note

Pick up at a centrally located hotel (District 1 and District 3) in Ho Chi Minh City

What To Expect

Depart from your centrally located hotel in the cyclo.

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. 

Start the tour by checking out some of the major Ho Chi Minh sights like the Opera House, the General Post Office (an icon of Saigon), and Notre Dame Cathedral, built by the French during the colonial era.

Then stroll to the Reunification Palace to see an impressive tableau of Vietnamese architecture. The palace previously referred to as the Presidential Palace, and the site of the official South Vietnamese surrender on April 30th, 1975.

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 an F5A fighter in the courtyard

Revitalize with a traditional Vietnamese lunch of pho - or noodle soup.

Before returning back to your hotel at end of the tour, our local expert guide will provide you with tips and suggestions if you'd like to continue exploring the area.

Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater) (Pass By)

We'll start the tour by checking out some of the major Ho Chi Minh sights like the Opera House, the General Post Office (an icon of Saigon), and Notre Dame Cathedral, built by the French during the colonial era.

Independence Palace

Our HCMC tour then takes us to Reunification Palace, previously referred to as the Presidential Palace, and the site of the official South Vietnamese surrender on April 30th, 1975. We'll enjoy a traditional local Vietnamese lunch of pho, or noodle soup – a must when you're in Vietnam!

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate
  • Unfortunately, this tour cannot accommodate vegetarians and vegans
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: By visiting and paying an entrance fee to the Reunification Palace, this tour helps preserve local cultural heritage.
  • Travelers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy on our website..
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:What is the social distancing policy during Private Hồ Chí Minh on a Cyclo Adventure: History, Culture, and Daily Life?

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Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Hồ Chí Minh on a Cyclo Adventure: History, Culture, and Daily Life?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Better to make it a half day tour rather than dragging the end till 3.30pm by including the two useless and boring visits.
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Good way to get and overview of Ho Chi Minh City
Wilburn_P, Mar 2020
Our time with Bic as our guide was very pleasant and she is very knowledgeable about the city and the culture. The experience provided a good cross-section of landmarks, markets, war museum, and food. It was a great tour to start our exploration and improve our understanding of Ho Chi Minh City and the Vietnamese.
Good itinerary and great guide.
vassjennie, Feb 2020
Our guide Bic was just the best. Friendly, enthusiastic and a genuine pleasure to be with. Really knowledgeable but not one of those guides who bores you with too much! She tailored the tour to our interests and happily answered our questions. We were sad when the tour ended and we had to say goodbye to her. The itinerary was a good mix of things to see to get a feel of this fascinating city.
A great way to see the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City
purelyjohn, Aug 2019
I had not had an opportunity to do much research in advance of my stop in Ho Chi Minh City. This tour was a great way to ensure I saw the key historic spots of Ho Chi Minh City. My guide Linda was very knowledgeable and friendly. Lunch was excellent at a local restaurant. Great value.
Some parts of the itinerary are unnecessary
Jayamaha, May 2019
The tour was good but visit to the medical museum and the temple in Chinatown was boring and totally unnecessary. Better to make it a half day tour rather than dragging the end till 3.30pm by including the two useless and boring visits.
Well worth it
nisheeth_j, Dec 2018
We enjoyed this tour on Dec 12, 2018 as it showed us Ho Chi Minh in a day, the trip was particularly good due to our tour guide whose name translates to Ms Love - she was knowledgeable and informative, warm and friendly and helpful in making recommendations- overall an excellent guide.
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Angela S, Jun 2018
Thanh was a delightful guide who had a wealth of facts and figures. We got to see a couple of things we would not have found ourselves. Only 5 of us in the group. A great first day in HCM as it reaĺly gave me my bearings.
Excellent tour for Saigon first...
c_s, Apr 2018
Excellent tour for Saigon first timers. The knowledgeable and friendly guide -Linda - takes you to all the must see places in Saigon and trough local markets. Lunch in a local restaurant is included. Hotel pick up was on time.
Punctual, great tour. We only had...
Neil S, Apr 2018
Punctual, great tour. We only had two and a half days in Saigon and this was a great way to see the city. Rating would be 5 stars if the guide and minibus had available drinking water. When it is 35 degrees in Saigon with humidity through the roof there has to be cold water either included in the tour price or for sale in the minibus. Only criticism.
This is a fantastic tour - Linda was...
Carmel_K, Apr 2018
This is a fantastic tour - Linda was amazing - her knowledge was incredible we enjoyed it so much. We only had three people on the tour and it was fabulous - we enjoyed hearing about the history of the Vietnam war as well as seeing so many sights of the city and enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Thankyou for a most enjoyable day - would highly recommend to anyone wanting to see a snapshot of the city in a day.
We learnt a lot about Ho Chi Min...
Jane D, Apr 2018
We learnt a lot about Ho Chi Min city and Vietnam from this tour. The Guide was informative and very helpful. Great if you have limited time in the city because you see a lot in the day, and in air-conditioned comfort.
We did not visit Ben Thanh market...
Kristin A, Apr 2018
We did not visit Ben Thanh market, Cho Lon and Binh Tay, and the Opera House. I booked this tour to specifically to visit the market areas, however, our guide did not believe people should shop while visiting Vietnam, so did not take us to the shopping portion of the tour. Disappointed.
Really enjoyed this tour as an...
Esme A, Mar 2018
Really enjoyed this tour as an introduction to HCMC/Saigon. I also really enjoyed the historical background that our guide provided. We were only 3 people on our tour so he was able to answer our questions and we had really good conversation with him. The stops were interesting, we went to the Museum of Traditional Medicine, the War Remnants Museum, the Palace of Independence and the Central Post Office. We also went to a market which is pretty much like any other market in Vietnam. The driver was great and met us timeously at all our stops. All in all, a really good day.
A quick tour of most of the...
MarshaKay_L, Feb 2018
A quick tour of most of the historical landmarks and perfect for the person with little time. The tour guide was very kind and always looked out for our safety. The driver was patient with the traffic and we were never uncomfortable. We gave this tour 4 stars because there was too much packed into one day. We felt a bit rushed through China town and Ben Thanh market. This is just a suggestion for the tour company and not a complaint about the driver or tour guide. And also, please consider we are senior citizens and move slowly and carefully. Younger people could probably keep up better. Otherwise, no problems.
Best tour ever ! The guide was...
Susan K, Feb 2018
Best tour ever ! The guide was wonderful - I'm so sorry I can't remember his name - but he was helpful and fun and made the whole day terrific !!
The tour has a good agenda. However...
BRENDA F, Feb 2018
The tour has a good agenda. However if all we are going to do isdrive by China Town an d the market then that should be specified in the tour description. tour was certanly not a full fay as expected.
Tour guide was doing only her 2nd...
joseph_d, Jan 2018
Tour guide was doing only her 2nd tour, but she did it well. Was able to get us in a lot of places that a larger group could not go, e.g. the Chinese market. Spoke good English. Very friendly young lady.
An absolutely outstanding tour...
Mark W, Jan 2018
An absolutely outstanding tour. Quality and first class all the way. The tour guide Van and the driver picked me up at my hotel in a brand new Toyota Fortuna that was spotless. It was myself and one other guest, The tour states it will be 12 guests or less on the tour but since it was jut two of us I felt we got a more personalized tour. Our guide Van was absolutely delightful and very knowledgeable and accommodating. I highly reccomdend this tour over all others. I promise you wont be disappointed. The tour was all inclusive with all the tour sites as well as lunch included.
We saw all the main sites with a...
Richard C, Jan 2018
We saw all the main sites with a good English speaking guide - Cholon or the Saigon Chinatown in the morning, then a brief lunch at Pho 2000 overrated, but apparently Bill Clinton ate there - now it looks more like a fast food joint in terms of ambience. We also stopped at the Tien Hau temple in Cholon, had visits to local markets - Binh Tay in Cholon and then Ben Thanh in Saigon, and visited the small church where former president Ngo Dinh Diem took refuge in final hours of his life before his assassination in 1963. Also included were a visit to the War Remnants Museum which has a good history of the Vietnam War told through journalists' photographs - and in that sense, at least it was not blatant propaganda - and a tour of the old presidential palace / unification palace. Then a short walk to the cathedral, opera house and main post office - the major French era colonial buildings. Small tour group of 4. Timely pick-up with tour ending at about 4pm.
There was a confusion regarding the...
Sherin T, Jan 2018
There was a confusion regarding the hotel to be picked up initially but thankfully as we were the only group this was quickly resolved. Had a great time at most of the sites- the Independent Palace, the War remnant museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral- the guide took us through a lot of sites and the tour is definitely worth the money. However we were quite disappointed with the restaurant with the lunch arranged, near the Thien Hau Pagoda- would have preferred a cleaner restaurant and the food was disappointing as well. Also we visited the Chinatown market instead of the Ben Thanh market- which was very unpleasant- don't know why we visited the Chinatown market. The remaining time was great though and they even dropped us near the fruit shops in Ben Thanh instead of our hotel as we requested them too.
Great way to see the main sights of...
Kim K, Nov 2017
Great way to see the main sights of the city. Guide was absolutely amazing, think her name was Queenie? but was so helpful and friendly it really made the tour very enjoyable.
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