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How to Spend 3 Days in Ho Chi Minh City

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How to Spend 3 Days in Ho Chi Minh City
Three days in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is enough time for a great introduction to south Vietnam. You can check off the city’s signature sights, feast on street food, take a cooking course, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels and the countryside around them, cruise the Mekong Delta, and discover a uniquely Vietnamese religion: Cao Dai. Here’s how.

Day 1: Streets and Eats
Spend your first day exploring Ho Chi Minh City and feasting on Vietnamese fare. Start with a cooking class that includes a market tour: Soak up the sights and scents of a traditional produce market, then prepare a multicourse lunch. Replete, head out on a tour of the city’s signature sights, including contemporary landmarks such as Reunification Palace and colonial-era gems such as the Central Post Office. As night falls, extend your Vietnamese food adventures with a street-food tour of the heart of the city, traveling by foot or scooter. Cap off the night with a freshly brewed bia hoi draft beer.

Day 2: Tunnels and Temples
On your second day in Ho Chi Minh City, delve deep into the era of the Vietnam War—or, as the Vietnamese call it, the American War. Start with a trip to the War Remnants Museum, where moving displays tell the tale of this tragic conflict. Then travel through the countryside to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a war-era underground maze of narrow, low tunnels where Vietnamese freedom fighters lived, fought, and died. Consider a speedboat tour that brings you into the unspoiled countryside around the tunnels, or make a stop at the Cao Dai Temple, Vietnam’s homegrown Vatican. Wrap up the day with a dinner cruise along the Saigon River.

Day 3: Watery Wonders
Devote your third day in Ho Chi Minh City to discovering the Mekong Delta and its palm-fringed canals, slender waterways, and tropical orchards. Some cruises include a stop at one of the delta’s photogenic floating markets; others offer visits to islands where you can cycle through the countryside. Alternatively, for a different perspective on the river, explore the mangrove swamps of the Can Gio Biosphere Reserve. Back in the city, catch an early dinner at a modern Vietnamese restaurant before discovering the nation’s answer to Cirque du Soleil: the magical A O Show. Cocktails in a rooftop bar make the perfect farewell to the city.
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Can Gio Biosphere Reserve Tour by Luxury SpeedboatNature and Wildlife

Can Gio Biosphere Reserve Tour by Luxury Speedboat

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Enjoy a full-day eco-adventure by luxury speedboat, traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Gio Biospere Reserve with an expert guide. Cruise through the canals of the Mekong Delta en route and visit a vibrant riverside market. In the UNESCO-listed Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, discover Giant Bat Lagoon by rowboat, trek through mangrove jungle, see a crocodile reserve, observe gibbons and monkeys, and enjoy bird watching. Lunch and light breakfast are included, and numbers are limited to 14 participants, ensuring an informative small-group experience.
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2-Day Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh CityOvernight Tours

2-Day Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

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Cruise along the Mekong Delta on this 2-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Taste local specialties, listen to traditional folk music, interact with villagers and discover local markets with the help of a friendly guide. See the famous Cai Rang floating market buzzing with life as the sun comes up and get a true taste for rural Vietnam.
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Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group River Cruise Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh Day Cruises

Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group River Cruise Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh

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Journey from Ho Chi Minh City into the heart of the Mekong Delta on a small-group tour led by an experienced local guide, cruising along the mighty Mekong in a private long-tail boat. Experience this important river delta firsthand as you explore both jungle-shaded canals and wide waterways to see fishing villages, exotic fruit farms, and the rhythms of daily life. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Mekong Delta dishes and sample local specialties along the way.
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Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market TourDay Cruises

Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour

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Enhance your cultural experience of Vietnam on an enriching full-day excursion from Ho Chi Minh City to the rural countryside of the Cai Be. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, feast your senses on the enticing aromas of fruit orchards; tantalize your taste buds at a traditional candy factory; and browse stalls bursting with exotic produce during a visit to a floating market. Interact with locals as you uncover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine and enjoy a bicycle ride around the town of Cai Be on this intimate small-group tour.
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Cu Chi Tunnels and Countryside Tour by Luxury SpeedboatFull-day Tours

Cu Chi Tunnels and Countryside Tour by Luxury Speedboat

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Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels by luxury speedboat then discover the daily life of rural southern Vietnam on a full-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the vast tunnel network built under the Cu Chi district by guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. Take a speedboat down the Saigon River to reach Cu Chi, observing life along the river en route. Numbers are limited to 14 to ensure a small-group experience, which includes a riverside Vietnamese lunch.
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War Remnants Museum - City & Cu Chi Tunnels Day ToursFull-day Tours

War Remnants Museum - City & Cu Chi Tunnels Day Tours

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Combine two popular tours in one day: the War Remnants Museum and Cu Chi tunnels. First, get a look at preserved artifacts and documents from of Vietnam War, the go underground to explore the vast network at Cu Chi. The peaceful rural scene belies the area’s violent history, and visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage, and defoliation that took place over the area in the 1960s. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport are provided from Ho Chi Minh City.
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Cu Chi Tunnels Small Group Tour from Ho Chi Minh CityHalf-day Tours

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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Ho Chi Minh City Street Food Tour with DinnerHalf-day Tours

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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Lonely Planet Experiences: Cyclo & Market Small Group AdventureHalf-day Tours

Lonely Planet Experiences: Cyclo & 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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