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Saigon River (Song Sai Gon) Tours

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Saigon River (Song Sai Gon)
The Saigon River (Sông Sài Gòn), the fast-flowing main artery of Ho Chi Minh City, is flanked by both modern skyscrapers and rural villages that give insight into old Vietnamese traditions. Used by locals to escape the urban bustle, the riverbanks are dotted with picnic benches and greenery, making for a pleasant refuge from the metropolitan mania of Saigon.

The Basics 
The best way to experience the Saigon River, and to get a different perspective of Ho Chi Minh City from the water, is during a cruise on either a traditional Vietnamese junk boat or speedboat. Most tours depart just before sunset, when the evening light casts a magical glow on diverging waterways and floating villages, and include free-flowing alcoholic drinks and Vietnamese-style dishes. If you have limited time, speedboat tours along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels are a popular choice. 

Things to Know Before You Go 
  • The Saigon River is a must for all visitors to Ho Chi Minh City, and romantic sunset river cruises are ideal for couples.
  • Combine sightseeing with traveling by using the river to reach the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • If cruising, bring sunscreen and a hat, as some boats don’t provide shade.

How to Get There 
The Saigon River twists and turns throughout most of Ho Chi Minh City, so wherever you are in Saigon, you’re bound to be close to the river. Most cruise tours include hotel pickup and drop-off, saving you the hassle of making your way to the river yourself. 

When to Get There 
Sunrise and sunset are undoubtedly the most atmospheric times to experience the Saigon River. In southern Vietnam, the rainy season falls between May and November; visit outside of these months for cooler temperatures and far fewer downpours.

The Best Wandering Along the Saigon River 
With its hurtling mopeds and dense traffic, Ho Chi Minh City doesn’t lend itself well to leisurely walking. However, if you follow the path from Ton Duc Thang Street along the Saigon River, you’ll find a refreshingly uncluttered path that reveals French colonial naval buildings, local fishing traditions, the old Saigon banking district, and much more. 
Address: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Saigon River Breakfast Cruise in Ho Chi Minh CityDay Cruises

Saigon River Breakfast Cruise in Ho Chi Minh City

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See Ho Chi Minh City from a different perspective during a boat cruise on the Saigon River. Glide past local greenways and urban areas while you admire the impressive city skyline. Board the boat in the morning and be served a light breakfast accompanied by tea, coffee and fresh juice. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Saigon Evening Tour With Water Puppet Show And Dinner CruiseDay Cruises

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
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Saigon Dinner Cruise Sightseeing The River ViewDay Cruises

Saigon Dinner Cruise Sightseeing The River View

Our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, we drive among the busy traffic to the city harbor. You will embark on one of the boats We start cruising between 1 to 1,5 hours along the Sài Gòn River while dinner is served with a five-course Vietnamese food. At the same time, you will also enjoy listening to traditional music, and watching the beautiful lights of the city by night. Disembark the boat by 9pm and transfer back to your hotel or drop-off in District 1 on request. End of services. PLEASE CHOOSE ONE OF BELOW SET MENUS: SET MENU 1 Deep fried seafood spring rolls Mixed salad with shrimp and pork Broiled clam and pork Grilled chicken with honey Mixed hot pot (Vegetable, noodles, shrimps, beef…) Dessert SET MENU 2 02-dish starter (Deep fried sping rolls + Fried shrimp with sugarcan) Lotus roof salad with shrimp and pork Deep fried fish fillet Grilled chicken with salt and chilli Fried mixed vegetable with beef Cooked pork with fishsauce Dessert
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Traditional Water Puppet Show and Illuminated Ho Chi Minh City Dinner Cruise with Private TransportDay Trips

Traditional Water Puppet Show and Illuminated Ho Chi Minh City Dinner Cruise with Private Transport

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Combine two quintessential Vietnamese experiences into one great-value package on this 6-hour evening tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a mesmerizing 45-minute Water Puppet Show, then dine on a buffet dinner of delicious Vietnamese cuisine and be entertained by traditional folk music as you cruise along the serene Saigon River.
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  • 5 hours
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Enjoy Your Nightlife In Saigon As A Saigonese!City Packages

Enjoy Your Nightlife In Saigon As A Saigonese!

I believe that my trips is for you because of the below reason: 1. The most wonderful thing from my trip is the feeling when you are on the back of my bike and swin in the ocean of traffic. Let's try it without any fear because I will keep you safe from the place I pick you up to the end of trip when I drive you back. Trust me that it's an amazing experience for you here :D 2. " You are never alone during your trip" => yeahhh this is the priority in all my trips becasue my friends and I would like to be your local freinds.I prefer to showing you all things I know as a friend with my love and desire for this city. We are together to explore Saigon 3. I would like to bring you far away to the noisy where you can only see tourists. I would like to drive you to LOCAL PLACES where you can taste some LOCAL FOODS AND DRINKS, and especially, a place for SIGHTSEEING WHERE YOU CAN ZOOM OUT A HAFT OF SAIGON INTO YOUR EYES
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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VIP Sunset Cruise on Saigon River with Aperitif !Day Cruises

VIP Sunset Cruise on Saigon River with Aperitif !

This tour is designed for anybody that likes to take break from the busy city and just relax for a few hours. After this trip you will feel completely recharged to get back into the city. We pass through the most affluent part of the city where you can see the richest Saigonese build their palaces, completely undeveloped natural areas with palm tree lined river banks and Thanh Da island, a rural area in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The tour ends right in the heart of the city with a beautiful view of the rapidly developing skyline. Onboard we serve ice-cold beers, wines, soft drinks and a selection of snacks The tour is made in a luxury Vietnamese built boat. The boat is made from steel and the interior is completely covered with beautiful wood. On board there is a bar and a toilet.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Ho Chi Minh and Canals Boat TourBus Tours

Ho Chi Minh and Canals Boat Tour

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Experience Ho Chi Minh City from the water as you cruise along the Saigon River and explore the scenic canal ways. Admire Ho Chi Minh’s riverside landmarks, get a glimpse of life in the waterfront neighborhoods, and glide out into the surrounding countryside. Return to the city in time to watch the sunset over the urban landscape.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Good Morning Saigon TourHalf-day Tours

Good Morning Saigon Tour

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You have had a chance to see Saigon in the afternoon, in the evening, how about in the early morning? Let our English driver team drives you to explore Saigon Unseen and experience 100 percent Saigon on the back of the bike. Itinerary: In the early morning, our English speaking driver team will pick you up at your hotel. We will sightsee the sunrise and other sides of the city from the riverside view. After that, we continue on driving you to district 4. Then you can see many street vendors starting a new busy day. We go on visiting the unique floating market of Saigon in district 7. Driving over the bridge which connects district 5 and the island will give you contrast views between modern districts and poor ones. Continue on visiting the biggest flower market in Saigon. Then, we will stop at a local coffee shop in the park, learning how to make Vietnamese coffee while listening to the bird’s singing. End of the tour, we will drive you back to your hotel and wish you a wonderful day.
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  • 4 hours
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VIP Breakfast Cruise on the Saigon riverDay Cruises

VIP Breakfast Cruise on the Saigon river

The best way to start your day and see Ho Chi Minh City. We take you on a two hour boat cruise along green rural areas, local neighborhoods and the impressive skyline in the city center. During the boat trip you will see local neighborhoods, green rural areas just outside of the city and the center with its impressive high-rise buildings. The tour will end in the heart of the city from where you can explore the city or take our optional walking tour. Travelling by boat allows you to see Ho Chi Minh City from a completely different perspective and you will see things that cannot be seen from the road.The tour is made in a luxury Vietnamese built boat. On board there is a bar and a toilet. During the bright hours of the day the boat is covered with a tent which also serves as a rain cover. Along the trip we serve you a breakfast with baguettes, salads, fresh orange juice and coffee & tea. Please enquire for special dietary needs.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Water Puppets & Saigon Dinner CruiseDinner Cruises

Water Puppets & Saigon Dinner Cruise

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Combine two popular experiences into one tour and enjoy an unforgettable evening in Ho Chi Minh City. First, attend a thrilling water puppet show at the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater and discover the ancient Vietnamese tradition of puppetry. Then, set sail along the Saigon River and tuck into a delicious dinner as you cruise past the illuminated city skyline.
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  • 4 hours
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Water Puppet Show Plus Sightseeing By Cyclo and Saigon Dinner CruiseDay Cruises

Water Puppet Show Plus Sightseeing By Cyclo and Saigon Dinner Cruise

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Near 1 hour (45 minutes) enjoy traditional puppetry art – a very special moment for grown up and children alike. A ride on a cyclo for an adventure winding through the sights sounds & smells of this historic metropolis – the ideal way to experience the city at night. Unforgettable 2 hour scenic cruise along the Saigon River in a traditional junk& Vietnamese / Western dinner.
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  • 4 hours
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Sunset tour on SaiGon River with LUXURY SPEEDBOATCity Packages

Sunset tour on SaiGon River with LUXURY SPEEDBOAT

5:00 pm: Depart from Tan Cang pier (A100 Ung Van Khiem, Binh Thanh dist) under Saigon bridge. Taking a look at the most important functional bridges in HCMC: Saigon bridge (the main gateway to areas in bustling HCMC) and Thu Thiem bridge Cruising through Vietnam's leading urban complexes: Vinhomes Central Park and Vinhomes Golden River Noticing the most modern, professional and biggest container terminal operator in Vietnam - Saigon New Port Going along Dong Tay Boulevard – one of the most mordern and longest boulevards in HCMC and in Viet Nam as well Circling around the island, witnessing a very traditional living of Vietnamese along the river, learning how fishermen survive their floating life, feeling the depth of yourself in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere… 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm: Enjoying Happy-hour drinks (option 1) or Buffet dinner ( option 2) 7:00 pm: Come back to the city and finish the interesting trip after 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Excursion Saigon River Alongside Luxury YachtHalf-day Tours

Excursion Saigon River Alongside Luxury Yacht

Get away from other busy spots of the city also the business to enjoy your real life by watching the magical sunset and the charming Saigon River in the late evening by luxury speedboat. Furthermore, you will have chance to explore beautiful landscapes, enjoy the fresh air and understand the daily life of local citizens living along the river banks. When the sun goes down, the city will be lighted up with lights from the city, showing you a totally different face of crowded Saigon. It’s like you’re going into a dream.
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Unveil Saigon By Night By ScootersCity Packages

Unveil Saigon By Night By Scooters

Saigon is an amazing city in Vietnam. It is always busy with people, with food and drinks, with traffic. It must be a miss if you do not explore the hidden gems of Saigon by being on the back of the bike. Travelling with us, you will certainly have a great memorable experience then.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Tour by Speedboat from Ho Chi Minh CityFull-day Tours

Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Tour by Speedboat from Ho Chi Minh City

If you’ve got limited time in Ho Chi Minh City then opt for a half-day tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels by speedboat, an express option that takes half the time of other tours. You’ll spend less time traveling and more time learning about the history of the former subterranean city, created by the Viet Cong to protect residents from French air raids. Plus, you can choose from a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule.
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  • 12 hours
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Saigon Cultural Evening Tour with Water Puppet Show and Dinner River CruiseBus Tours

Saigon Cultural Evening Tour with Water Puppet Show and Dinner River Cruise

Itinerary: • 5:45pm-6:00pm pick up by Cyclo from hotels located on Ly Tu Trong, Le Thanh Ton, Truong Dinh, Nguyen An Ninh, Phan Boi Chau, Phan Chau Trinh, Luu Van Lang, Le Anh Xuan, Đong Khoi, Nguyen Hue, Thi Sach, Thai Van Lung, Mac Thi Buoi, Ho Huan Nghiep, Ton Duc Thang, Nguyen Thai Binh, Le Thi Hong Gam and Ky Con Street • 5:30pm meet up at 220 De Tham Street, start journey by Cyclo • 6:30pm Water Puppet Show at the Golden Dragon Theatre • Transfer to Cruise boarding point (30 mins by car/coach) • 7:45pm cruise • Enjoy local Vietnamese set dinner • 9:30pm end of cruise
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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SAIGON ON TOP: Drink at Bitexco Tower and Dinner on CruiseBus Tours

SAIGON ON TOP: Drink at Bitexco Tower and Dinner on Cruise

Take the slightly moving along the road and river, and feel the gentle breeze caressing your skin when joining Saigon Special Night. It’s completely a perfect choice for an exciting romantic idea. Especially, Saigon Special Night is also included the motorcycle sightseeing for the real life on land, dinner aboard sailing along the Saigon River, have a drink at Eon Heli Bar – the tallest bar in town with acoustic performance, enjoy unforgettable moments and immerse yourself in the beauty of Saigon at night.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Saigon's Chill Night TourMountain Bike Tours

Saigon's Chill Night Tour

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❤ BE A SAIGONESE FOR 1 DAY ❤ Night time is the perfect time to get a ride around Saigon because firstly it is so much cooler lol. In addition, Saigon at night offers a diversity of street food on the narrow alleys while we have a chance to meet and talk to those street food vendors who spent years perfecting their special dishes. Lastly, the city at night looks so much different than it does in the morning. ⭐ We are one of the most famous Saigon Food Blogger ⭐ Only Non-touristy places will be introduced ⭐100% Travel Insurance during Tour ● Destinations 1. One of the most highest tower in Saigon (Bitexco). 2. One of the oldest and most historic apartment. 3. The peaceful area from the other side of the river 4. Walking street ● Food & Drink 1. Vietnamese seafood (4-5 dishes) 2. Ching Bo Leung - Sweet Soup 3. Vietnamese pizza. 4. It will be a big loss if we do not “Mot, Hai, Ba, Yo” (One, Two, Three, Yo) in the rowdy Vietnamese toasting ritual together.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Ho Chi Minh City Night Light LuxuryHalf-day Tours

Ho Chi Minh City Night Light Luxury

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Enjoy the unique art of water puppet show, a traditional art form closely connected with the long standing spiritual life of the Vietnamese people. Continue to the harbor by cyclos for a dinner cruise, enjoy the city lights & panoramic views of HCM city. Enjoy sumptuous Vietnamse cuisine on this magical dinner cruise aboard a traditional style Boat.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
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Shore Excursion Beauty Essence of Saigon City Bus Tours

Shore Excursion Beauty Essence of Saigon City

Enjoy a private full-day tour in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, where your guide will take you to some of the best highlights that this shore excursion has to offer. Vietnamese Traditional lunch and attraction entrance fees are included in this tour.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Water-Puppet Show & Dinner Cruise Ho Chi Minh cityMountain Bike Tours

Water-Puppet Show & Dinner Cruise Ho Chi Minh city

Near 1 hour (45 minutes) enjoy traditional puppetry art – a very special moment for grown up and children alike. A ride on a cyclo for an adventure winding through the sights sounds & smells of this historic metropolis – the ideal way to experience the city at night. Unforgettable 2 hour scenic cruise along the Saigon River in a traditional junk& Vietnamese / Western dinner.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Pre- Tet with Saigonese morningBus Tours

Pre- Tet with Saigonese morning

Lunar New Year EXCLUSIVE deal & Small group-joining (<15 guests) tour which offers complimentary pick-up & drop-off at hotels in Dist.1, Dist.3, Dist.4, HCM City. This half-day tour offers you a chance to explore the views of Saigon pre-Tet holidays. You may not only learn about the past on two sides of Vo Van Kiet Road but also mix with the dynamic, busy atmosphere at Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street – the biggest decoration street in China Town. You will join with Saigonese by walking around Binh Dong Pier where the locals sell flowers on their boat, visit a bustle local market in district 7 and Binh Hoa Pagoda. Besides, some drink on The Coffee Ship will help to refresh and you can get a glimpse of Saigon River.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Private Water-Puppet Show & Dinner Cruise Ho Chi Minh cityMountain Bike Tours

Private Water-Puppet Show & Dinner Cruise Ho Chi Minh city

Near 1 hour (45 minutes) enjoy traditional puppetry art – a very special moment for grown up and children alike. A ride on a cyclo for an adventure winding through the sights sounds & smells of this historic metropolis – the ideal way to experience the city at night. Unforgettable 2 hour scenic cruise along the Saigon River in a traditional junk& Vietnamese / Western dinner.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Street Food - Evening Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Street Food - Evening Walking Tour

Let us take you to the district 4 - Smallest district but most famous for street food and real local where people everywhere from Vietnam come here for their living after finishing the war in 1975. When night falls, the local area of Saigon seems to be another city. Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel by taxi and take about 15 minutes to district 4 where start walking to experience your tour. When walking you can try and learn to know how to make some best street food or local fruits or coffee. Besides you can visit some local sites: Temple, Pagoda, Church, local house... Destinations District 4 Vietnamese local market Local narrow alleys Local House Local shop where you can make food by yourself Many vendors and street food areas Xom Chieu church Food and Drinks Noodle soup with pork and shrimp Tropical fruits Sugarcane juice Holly bread Snake wine Vietnamese baguette, banh mi Steamed rice rolls or Beef wrapped in leaves Flan cake in the eggshell
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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