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Half-Day Tour in Ho Chi Minh with Lunch

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District 1, Vietnam
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iconOffered in: English
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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; haggle for souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market, and feast your senses on a local lunch of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Visit the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum 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 with visits War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office and Opera house
  • Enjoy a hassle-free experience—tour includes English-speaking guide, lunch, hotel pickup, and admission tickets
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 12 passengers allowing a unique and intimate adventure experience
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Local English speaking guide
Entrance fees at War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace
Local "pho" lunch (noodle soup)
Transportation as indicated
One local tea
Gratuities

Departure Point

City Opera House, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Depart from your centrally located hotel in a luxurious, air-conditioned coach and begin your tour by heading to Chinatown and wandering through the fascinating back streets near Cho Lon and Binh Tay. This area is one of the busiest commercial districts of Ho Chi Minh City and its atmospheric streets are home to some of the city’s most interesting sites.

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. 

After visiting the markets, you will stop at Fito Museum that showcases over 3000 artifacts relating to the tradition of Vietnamese medicine.

Revitalize with a traditional Vietnamese lunch of pho 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 an 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Nha Hat Giao Huong Nhac Vu Kich Ho Chi Minh
We will meet our guide there. We'll start checking out all 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. Both structures are fine examples of architecture from the colonial period.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Independence Palace
Our HCMC tour takes us to the Reunification Palace, previously referred to as the Presidential Palace, and the site of the official South Vietnamese surrender on April 30th, 1975.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
War Remnants Museum
The War Remnants Museum was originally opened in September 1975, it displays old military equipment and other related items from the Vietnam War.  In the courtyard we will find some larger exhibits including a F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.  We'll enjoy a traditional local Vietnamese lunch of pho, or noodle soup – a must when you're in Vietnam!
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ba Thien Hau Temple
We head to Chinatown and passing through the fascinating back streets near Cho Lon. This area is one of the most busy commercial districts of Ho Chi Minh City and its atmospheric streets are home to some of the city's most interesting sites. From there, we'll pay a visit to Thien Hau Temple, which was built in the early 19th century and dedicated to the goddess of seafarers. And you'll also get to see downtown Saigon, and get a real feel for local life in the past and present. 
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ho Chi Minh Squares
You will be dropped off at your hotel.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Port pickup not available due to required permit. Suggest to travel by taxi to district 1 (Ben Thanh Market) and advise pickup from here.
  • 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
  • Please note that this tour visits independent, family-owned businesses whose operating schedules and menus may change. Therefore, street food venues and local dishes often vary; your local guide will make any final adjustments on the spot
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: By visiting and paying an entrance fee to the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace, this tour helps preserve local cultural heritage.
  • The lunch you will enjoy as part of the tour will a bowl of traditional pho (noodle soup), provided at a local restaurant.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Indochina

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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Tour in Ho Chi Minh with Lunch?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Tour in Ho Chi Minh with Lunch?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Tour in Ho Chi Minh with Lunch?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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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." See review
  • "Great if you have limited time in the city because you see a lot in the day, and in air-conditioned comfort." See review
  • "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." See review

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Good way to get and overview of Ho Chi Minh City
Wilburn
, 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.
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star-5
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.
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star-5
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.
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star-3
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.
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star-4
Well worth it
Tourist12617495497
, 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.
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star-4
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.
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star-4
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.
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star-5
This is a fantastic tour - Linda was...
carmelt1505
, 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.
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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.
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