Ho Chi Minh City
Culture & History

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Ho Chi Minh City Culture & History

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Street Food Evening Walking Tour

1. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Street Food Evening Walking Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in selected areas of Ho Chi Minh City, and then head by taxi to a local district which is known as a street food paradise to taste authentic banh xeo and banh khot (rice pancakes) away from the tourist crowds. Stroll along a street known for its barbecue seafood vendors and head to a local-favorite restaurant to taste the best bo la lot" (beef in wild betel leaves). Sample a tasty Bot Chien, pan-fried rice cakes with egg and spring onions which is cooked by a local chef with over 25 years experience, and then quench your thirst with a sugar cane juice mixed with a little orange. Continue your food adventure with an authentic banh mi (sandwich) and experience the perfect fusion of 4 delicious flavors with one bite! Walk into the old apartments of Nguyen Thien Thuat, where you can join the locals and try the best barbecue seafood or meat with some local beer and homemade Vietnamese rice wine. Cap off your Saigon street food tour at the night flower market by enjoying an amazing dessert which is coconut ice cream, avocado ice cream or grilled bananas with coconut milk. Your street food guide will take a taxi to go with you get back to your accommodation.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Motorbike Local Street Food Tour

2. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Motorbike Local Street Food Tour

Following a fun ride on the back of your scooter, your first stop is a beef noodle soup called Bun Bo Hue. Following this soup, you will sample Vietnamese savory crispy pancakes at district 3 in a hidden eatery. The third stop is in district 10, where in the middle of a colorful wholesale flower market you will experience how to make steamed rice rolls. Afterwards, try out one of the rolls with fresh herbs, sauce and a sugarcane juice. Hop on the scooter and get to another area to enjoy the most popular street food in Vietnam, Banh My. This food is listed as the number one street food that Vietnamese people eat almost every day, due mainly to its convenience and great taste. Afterwards, you will drive over Nguyen Van Cu Bridge to admire the whole view of Saigon, you will see some stilt houses along the way and enjoy the fresh cool breeze from the river. More food is coming, and you will stop at district 4 and sit on plastic chairs among many locals at a local eatery to have grilled pork with noodles, herbs and vegetables. The last top will be at a place for dessert, where you can have flan cakes or a coconut ice cream as an option. After this unique journey through local flavor, you will be dropped back at your nearby hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing Tour

3. Ho Chi Minh City: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing Tour

Experience the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City from atop a double-decker bus. Ride through the city with a live guide or pop on a headset and learn about its triumphs, tragedies, and thriving culture. With a flexible hop-on hop-off tour schedule, fit this trip in whatever your plans may be. Choose your ideal time of day and enjoy different atmospheres whether you go in the morning or later on. Pick daytime slots and zoom around the busy streets or an evening slot to watch the storefronts light up as the sun goes down. See the multicultural influences on architecture as you pass by the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, the Central Post Office, Independence Palace, and City Hall. Learn about how each building came into being and how the city transformed from Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City. Weave through the streets of Ben Thanh Market, Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, and Nguyen Hue Street, and witness the lively and diverse atmospheres around each corner. The Bach Dang Pier is a beautiful stop for admiring the Saigon River, even more so in the evening when the city lights up.  You’ll pass by museums, the zoo, and more, giving you plenty of ideas for what to do on the rest of your trip in this unique city. If you'd like maps, brochures, or more information, your guide will be happy to help.

Ho Chi Minh: Private Cyclo Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

4. Ho Chi Minh: Private Cyclo Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a pickup and discover the nightlife of Saigon by cyclo or scooter. Cyclo option: Drive along the city main streets and pass by Ben Thanh Market, General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, People Committee Hall, and Opera House. Scooter option: Include all sightseeing above and some extra authentic local sites: Flower market, Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment , fashion street After your ride of approximately 1 hour stop at Saigon Riverside. Be a welcomed guest at Bach Dang harbor and start your dinner. Cruise along Saigon River, enjoy a great dinner, and relax in the romantic atmosphere with Vietnamese Traditional Dance and a Music Show. Head back towards Bach Dang harbor where the cruise ends around 9:30 PM. Here a taxi picks you up and brings you back to the hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour by Limo

5. Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour by Limo

At 07:30 AM meet your tour guide at the Vietnam Adventure Tours office, and then board the VIP Ford Transit limousine for the 90-minute ride to My Tho. During the ride you’ll have views of lush green rice paddy fields and scenes of local life. The first stop on this full-day program is to visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the largest pagoda in the Mekong delta. Afterwards, continue on to My Tho, where you’ll board a boat for a cruise along the Mekong River. The boat will take you onto a small canal, where you’ll leave hectic city life behind. Pass beneath coconut palms lining the canal on your way to Coconut Island in Ben Tre. Disembark and enjoy a walk around the village, stopping to meet a local family and taste tropical fruit, honey tea and honey wine. Enjoy the sounds of traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers. Visit the village’s coconut candy shop, see how the candy is made and also see some handicrafts made from the coconut palm. Continue your walk through fruit orchards, admiring the flowers, trees and other natural scenery. Head to a local restaurant for lunch and enjoy special Vietnamese dishes. After lunch have half an hour to relax in the shade of the trees, take another walk around the village or go biking. Then it will be time to return to the ferry, and head back to Ho Chi Minh City in the comfort of your VIP Ford Transit limousine. You can either get dropped of at your hotel or attend a traditional water puppet show (if option selected).

Bitexco Financial Tower: Saigon Sky Deck - Fast Track Ticket

6. Bitexco Financial Tower: Saigon Sky Deck - Fast Track Ticket

Get breathtaking views of Ho Chi MInh City from the Saigon Skydeck on the 49th floor of the 262-meter high Bitexco Financial Tower. Ascend the skyscraper on one of the city's fastest elevators at 7 meters per second. Opened in 2011, the innovative skyscraper was inspired by the lotus, Vietnam's national flower. It is currently Ho Chi Minh's tallest building and was created to represent the energy and aspirations of the Vietnamese people. Admire this symbol of the beauty of the city and its rapid economic development. Learn more about the different landmarks of the city from the interactive screens and boards. Use the binoculars on the skydeck to look across the skyline. Go to the bar or restaurants to enjoy some refreshments, and shop for souvenirs at the gift shop before you leave. See traditional costumes at an exhibition by the Ao Dai Museum.

From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

7. From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 8:00 AM by your private car and tour guide, drive for 2-hours out of Saigon to the port. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to see 4 islets which are represented as four mythical animals in Southeast Asia: Dragon, Kirin, Tortoise, and Phoenix. Visit a honey bee farm and taste a delicious honey tea with lemon known for its health properties. If you are feeling adventurous, take the opportunity to stop at a local python farm. Continue to a coconut candy workshop to see how the delicious candies are made by hand. Next, listen to some Don Ca Tai Tu, a genre of traditional folk music. Relax on a rowing boat cruise as you journey through a mangrove palm canal. Continue the trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village to experience the way locals traveled in the 19th-century. Finally, head to the Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho Town. This ancient building is considered to be the biggest and oldest pagoda in southern Vietnam and was influenced by Asian and Western architecture and culture. End the tour at around 5:00 PM where you will be returned to Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh City Food by Night: Private Motorbike Tour

8. Ho Chi Minh City Food by Night: Private Motorbike Tour

Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh City - formerly Saigon - and taste the best street food at night! Meet your English-speaking guides in the evening, and climb on the back of a bike to immerse yourself in the crazy traffic. Join thousands of other motorbikes as you ride the streets and your driver takes you through notable neighborhoods, including District 3 where the locals live. Stop to enjoy some Banh Xeo and Banh Khot (South and Central rice pancakes), and learn how they are made from a chef with over 20 years experience before riding down hidden alleyways, where you will encounter old apartment buildings. Go on a short adventure to climb up to the top of some old buildings and see the contrasting architecture between modern and authentic Saigon. You can even visit a local pagoda which was built inside an old apartment by a female monk. Visit the biggest night flower market and soak up the wonderful bouquets. Take a short walk around the area, and get a special gift from your guide. Go deep into a true maze of local market to have an authentic local experience by grilling banana cakes. Next, drive to District 5 and pass a street famous for its oil paintings. Stop at a local restaurant to savor some bún chả (grilled pork with noodles, Hanoi style), known as “Obama Noodles” after President Obama and Anthony Bourdain tried them in 2016! Venture into District 10, where the city’s street food scene really thrives. Excite your taste buds with a heavenly dish of coconut ice cream at a shop established in 1975. Watch as the owner prepares some coconut ice cream right before your eyes. Take a spin around the city for enticing views of the night life, and experience the hustle and bustle of fashion street. Squeeze through narrow alleyways that cars can’t access, and journey along the banks of the Saigon River with a welcoming breeze. End your food and motorbike tour in District 4, where you will enjoy a seafood or meat meal of 3 different dishes and an authentic food challenge! Try some balut (boiled, fertilized egg) and tuck into a dessert of flan cake with caramel, coffee and coconut milk. Wash it all down with beer, soft drinks, mineral water or homemade Vietnamese sticky rice wine.

Ho Chi Minh: A O Show Ticket at Saigon Opera House

9. Ho Chi Minh: A O Show Ticket at Saigon Opera House

Learn about the vibrant culture and history of Vietnam at the iconic A O Show. The performance takes place within the beautiful surroundings of the historic Saigon Opera House, built in a European style. Enjoy humorous and sophisticated stories about rural Vietnamese and urban life. Admire a varied critically-acclaimed performance utilizing simple bamboo props, contemporary cirque acrobatics, and live folk music. Hear traditional Southern Vietnamese work songs played on traditional instruments. Enjoy an exciting spectacle that brings the rural and urban character of Vietnamese culture to life.

Unique Mekong Delta & Cai Rang Floating Market 2-Day Tour

10. Unique Mekong Delta & Cai Rang Floating Market 2-Day Tour

On day 1, start your day with an 8:30 AM pick-up from your centrally located hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Then head to the city of My Tho by bus. During the 1.5-hour bus drive to My Tho, learn about the cultures of the local people and enjoy the nice scenery of green rice fields. Visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Mekong Delta. Continue to My Tho and take a boat trip along Mekong River. During the cruise, see fish cages and floating houses on the river. The boat will take you to a small canal, where you can escape the busy town. The cruise through the coconut trees lined canal will take you to a coconut island in Ben Tre. Disembark, walk around the village and visit a local family to enjoy tropical fruit, taste honey tea, honey wine and listen to Vietnamese traditional music, performed by the villagers. Continue walking on the village’s road to a coconut candy shop to learn how to make candy and see some handicrafts made from coconut trees. Take a walk through the village and discover many kinds of fruits, flowers, trees, and local houses. Take your time and take nice photos while enjoying the natural scenery. Then, head to a local restaurant and enjoy a local Vietnamese lunch under the tree shade. After lunch, have free time to walk or bike around the village, then travel by ferry and bus to Can Tho, the heart of Mekong Delta. Stay overnight in the hotel. On day 2, enjoy a 6:30 AM breakfast and then take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river. After, proceed to visit the Cai Răng floating market, which is the liveliest in the whole region. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. Next, you will roam through the village, see fruit gardens and visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. Then, head back to the riverside for lunch before traveling back to Ho Chi Minh where you will arrive at around 5:00 PM with unforgettable memories.

Frequently asked questions about Ho Chi Minh City Culture & History

What are other things to do than Culture & History that are worth visiting in Ho Chi Minh City?

The other unmissable things to do in Ho Chi Minh City are:

Other Sightseeing Options in Ho Chi Minh City

Want to discover all there is to do in Ho Chi Minh City? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,572 reviews

The tour bus picked us up from our hotel on time in an air conditioned vehicle. Once we arrived at the tunnels our guide Tuan explained everything in detail - he had some amazing stories since he was an Officer in the war, and it was a privilege to take the tour with someone who experienced the war first hand. I’m so pleased to have learnt about the tunnels whilst in Vietnam and can recommend this company.

A very eventful trip. You can not plan this trip yourself, as there are several boat changes along the way which must be coordinated. There is a lack of seeing the floating market. Really sweet and informative guide. There was control over the whole thing. Nice luxury minibus.

Excellent vehicle, guide, food, service and value for money made this a wonderful experience for all. Cannot recommend highly enough.

The tour was awesome. We had a great time! The staff were helpful and kind

Great guide NI (hope it is correct name). We enjoyed that very much!