• Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City on an adventurous full-day 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.

Highlights

  • Experience the culture, history and everyday life of bustling Ho Chi Minh City
  • Bargain for souvenirs, clothing and gifts at the Ben Thanh Market
  • 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 lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant
  • Hotel pickup in a air-conditioned mini-van
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 12 passengers allowing a unique and intimate adventure experience
  • Local English-speaking guide

What You Can Expect

Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour

Dive into noisy markets

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 Veietnamese 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 a 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.

Customer Reviews

Susan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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 !!

Joe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.

Mark W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.

Richard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.

Wolfgang N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very good tour

Kim K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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.

Yukyong W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was amazing!

Moire S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great tour. Linda, our tour guide was very informative and helpful. Bus driver coped very with the crazy traffic. Would highly recommend this tour.

Shane F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The best way to see the highlights of Saigon in one day.It was nice to have a small group so you have the opportunity to ask questions while also discussing and sharing thoughts with the group. Our tour guide Nhi was excellent, information and helpful. Highly recommend.

Daniel N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our plan was to do this trip on out first morning in Ho Chi Minh so that we had a thorough orientation of the city and could pick up ides from fellow travellers of what we should see, and any tourist traps to avoid. This tour exceeded our expectations in this regard. Our guide TAN was a natural entertainer in addition to being knowledgeable and informative, he worked at a relaxed pace ensuring that we did not feel rushed at any of the many sights we visited. We learned so much about the history of Saigon, and the visit to the War Remnants Museum was extremely moving. Lunch was also a highlight, learning to eat the Pho Soup the Vietnamese way at a local haunt which features photographs of Bill Clinton when he came for a feed. We also visited coffee shops, a Chinese temple and the markets. Overall, an amazing introduction to an amazing , vibrant city.

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