Ho Chi Minh City Bus & minivan tours

Our most recommended Ho Chi Minh City Bus & minivan tours

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

1. Ho Chi Minh City: Hop-On Hop-Off Vietnam Bus 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.

Saigon: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. Saigon: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore Saigon and its beautiful French colonial architecture on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24 or 48-hour pass to choose from, you can discover this fabulous destination at your own pace. Along the way, you'll get a chance to see the Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the best kept buildings, not to mention one of the most important Ho Chi Minh City attractions. Hop off at the War Remnants Museum and Surroundings, or stay on the bus and be astonished by the panoramic views of this vibrant city. Enjoy the audio guide in multiple languages full of interesting facts. Fancy a spot of shopping? Then why not hop off at Ben Thanh Market? Saigon markets are perfect to purchase souvenirs or get a bite with some delicious street food. They are also a great way to observe a bit of local life. The exclusive red buses are always waiting for you to hop back on and continue with your sightseeing.

Nha Rong Port: Private Mekong Delta Tour

3. Nha Rong Port: Private Mekong Delta Tour

You will be met at your arrival port by your English-speaking guide who will take you to your car. From here you will be taken to the incredible Mekong Delta, viewing the surrounding countryside and the agricultural way of life of the locals on the way. Your guide will explain the course of the river as you pass traditional rice paddies and fruit orchards, and you will learn of their origins in the snowy mountains of Tibet. Next up you will board a private "sampan" (traditional motorized boat) in Cai Be from where you will embark on an unforgettable exploration of this fascinating waterway. The river here is crowded with floating markets selling colorful fruits, vegetables, flowers, and seasonal goods. Tourist-crowded streets will seem a million miles away as you witness traditional trading and the way of life of the locals on the water. Afterwards, swap your sampan for a rowing-boat as you venture into the smaller, more secluded canals of the Delta. The quieter canals are the perfect place to witness a slower pace of life as you pass under tropical canopies and paddle through the serene water. You will make your way to dry land next as you explore the island of Tan Phong and enjoy distinctive South-Western Vietnamese music with a live performance. Bikes will also be provided if you wish to explore this beautiful island further! Towards the end of your tour, you will visit local families and learn how they use the land to craft everything from delicate rice paper to the sturdy roofs of their homes. The families will treat you to Mekong delicacies for lunch, which will include freshly made spring rolls, fried pumpkin flowers and beautiful braised pork soaked in coconut juice. Before you make your way back to port, you’ll visit Cao Dai temple, uncovering native religious beliefs and having a chance to admire the art on the walls of the temple. Your guide will then take you back to your port, with plenty of time for your cruise departure.

Cu Chi Tunnels Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City with lunch

4. Cu Chi Tunnels Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City with lunch

At the height of the American-Vietnamese War, the Cu Chi tunnel system covered a distance of more than 250 kilometers, from Saigon to the Cambodian border, and was 3 levels deep. The network included numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers, and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving visitors a unique experience and a feeling of underground life during the war. The tunnels have been widened for the benefit of visitors. For those interested, there’s an opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. On this half-day tour you’ll be picked up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at around 08:00-08:30 before heading out on the 1 hour 45 minute drive to Cu Chi. The drive will take you through pleasant countryside and rubber forest. When you arrive at Cu Chi you’ll see a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were ingeniously constructed, and then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. Various mantraps and the remains of an American tank are on display. You’ll see a number of bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs dropped by B52s. The tour will end at approximately 13:30.

Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Private City Tour

5. Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Private City Tour

You day will begin with a beautiful stroll through the pretty Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, the biggest in Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll get to view the colorful daily life of the city’s local traders while you navigate through the narrow and winding streets of the market. Afterwards, you will head to the Pet Market where you will pick up a bicycle for an hour of riding through the city. First, you will pass by the local food and fruit market where you will receive an insight into the local cuisine and daily Vietnamese life. Next you’ll get to whizz past many specialist local markets including leather, fabric, second-hand items and Chinese Medicine stalls. Your cycling leg of the tour will then end at the Thien Hau Temple. Located in Chinatown, Thien Hau Temple is widely considered the most beautiful in the entire city. After visiting this legendary temple, you will drive along the canal to see the contrast between poor stilt houses and the wealthy sky buildings. Following this, you will head back to the city center to visit the fascinating War Remnants Museum. This will be an emotionally hard-hitting experience given the graphic content of the museum, yet, it will be a valuable stop for anybody wishing to learn more about different perspectives surrounding the Vietnam War and its continuing effects today. After the trip to the museum, your guide will take you to try the most famous Vietnamese cuisine, Phở, for lunch. Once you've fueled up, it’s off to your first stop of the afternoon which will be the Reunification Palace. Here you’ll learn all about its important place in Vietnamese history. Following this palace visit, your next stop will be the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. Your knowledgeable guide will explain all the history behind these two incredible buildings. Next, you will head to the historic CIA building where the last U.S Helicopter flew out of Saigon in 1975. You’ll learn all about the story of the last U.S Operation, Frequent Wind. From here you will have a mini walking tour to see HCMC highlights including the Opera House, Hotel Continental and Nguyen Hue Square where you can see City Hall, Rex Hotel and the mighty Bitexco building. The final stop for the day will be the Ben Thanh market, a must-see spot to understand the local market cultures. It is good for either window shopping or practicing your bargain skills. Ben Thanh market is a must spot to understand the local market cultures. It is good for both window shopping or practicing your bargain skills. After this busy place, it will be time to enjoy a famed Vietnamese coffee before you are brought back to your accommodation.

Private tour to Cao Đài Temple and Cu Chi Tunnels

6. Private tour to Cao Đài Temple and Cu Chi Tunnels

After pick-up you'll depart to the Cao Dai temple. Meaning Great Holy Sight Temple, it was built in 1926, and is considered one of the striking structures in South-East Asia. Attend the midday ceremony to witness the daily prayer held by the Cao Dai followers. This is a fantastic experience, in which you will feel immersed in the culture of the area. After lunch at a local restaurant, proceed to the Cu Chi to explore the incredible site where the Viet Cong hid during the War. It is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign tourists. The network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary as they played a vital role in the War. Watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed before entering the tunnels. Spend the next hour exploring the tunnels, including trap doors, living areas, storage facilities, kitchens, weapon factories, command center. After this fascinating time, it's time to enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla warriors’ food in war time), before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Tour from Hiep Phuoc Port

7. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Tour from Hiep Phuoc Port

After venturing to the city from the port, you can immerse yourself in local Vietnamese culture with a traditional "cyclo" ride through the narrow, colorful streets of Ho Chi Minh. As you make your way through this bustling hub, you will experience the daily life of the locals as they haggle at the countless markets dotted throughout the city. You will also witness vendors selling colorful materials, fresh fruit and vegetables, and of course, the famed Vietnamese street food! Following the sounds, sights and scents of Ho Chi Minh’s streets, you will begin to explore the Chinese-influenced Thien Hau Temple. Ho Chi Minh's temples offer an essential insight into the beliefs and customs of the Vietnamese, and this beautiful temple is no exception. This National Architectural Heritage Site, apart from housing beautiful art pieces and antiquities, gives an important insight into Vietnamese folk religions for locals and tourists alike. Next up, prepare for the emotional impact of the War Remnants Museum. Offering a rare insight into the civilian impact of the Vietnamese-American war, the multi-layered displays are hard-hitting, but an absolute must-see. The Requiem Gallery is the gem of this museum, where you can see historic photos taken by famed international war photographers such as Tim Page or Larry Burrows. Your next stop is the Independence Palace, an important landmark which acts as a fascinating time capsule. The site of the end of the Vietnam War, Independence Palace houses secret rooms, a war bunker, and even the original tanks that were used to seize the palace itself. After the Independence Palace, you will be invited for a tasty and simple local lunch of either Pho or Banh Mi. This delicious break will then be followed by a famous Vietnamese-style coffee. Following lunch, you can enjoy a walking tour of all of Ho Chi Minh's most important sites. The Notre-Dame cathedral and Central Post Office are stunning architectural feats in the center of the city. From the Post Office, your guide will show you the historic CIA headquarters and tell you the story of the last U.S Helicopter flying out of Saigon in 1975. You will stroll leisurely along Dong Khoi street to visit the very beautiful Opera House and City Hall, before making your final, optional stop at the Level 23 rooftop bar where you can have a drink and unwind. You can sip your drink and take in incredible city views, before your guide drops you back to port with plenty of time for your departure.

Mekong Delta Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City Ports

8. Mekong Delta Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City Ports

Meet your private English-speaking guide at your port and travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to the Mekong Delta. Take in the countless scenes rice paddies and orchards as you drive through the countryside. Learn about the course of the river and the agricultural way of life as you observe traditional Vietnamese life pass right before your eyes. A private sampan (traditional motorised boat) will be waiting for you as we arrive at Cai Be. Embark on an unforgettable exploration of a fascinating waterway. The river here is crowded with floating markets selling colorful fruits, vegetables, flowers, and seasonal goods. Swap your sampan for a rowing boat and venture into the smaller, more secluded canals of the delta. The quieter canals are the perfect place to witness a slower pace of life as we pass under tropical canopies and paddle the serene water. Explore the island of Tan Phong and enjoy distinctive South-West Vietnamese music with a live performance. Bikes will be provided if you wish to explore this beautiful island further. Along the way, visit local families and learn how they use the land to craft everything from delicate rice paper to the sturdy roofs of their homes. Enjoy Mekong delicacies for lunch which include freshly made spring rolls, fried pumpkin flower and beautiful braised pork soaked in coconut juice. Visit Cao Dai temple and admire the art on the walls. Your guide will then take you back to port in plenty of time for your cruise departure.

Ho Chi Minh City Private 8-Hour Tour from Phu My Port

9. Ho Chi Minh City Private 8-Hour Tour from Phu My Port

You’ll be picked up by the guide at Phu My port in Vung Tau before transferring to Ho Chi Minh City, approximately a 2-hour drive. You then start the tour at the crossing of Nguyen Hue and Le Loi streets, from where you can take in the views of the City Hall, the Opera House, Ben Thanh market, and the flower garden in front of the City Hall with the statue of Ho Chi Minh. Here you can experience the hectic daily life of the hospitable local people. You then transfer to the Notre Dame Cathedral, where you can visit the church as well as the old post office. From here you walk to Reunification Palace, which witnessed the fall of the notorious Vietnam War and now serves as a reception hall and museum of the government. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant serving delicious Vietnamese food. Continue on the tour to visit the City Museum and Ben Thanh market, the largest and most beautiful market in the city. Enjoy shopping at Ben Thanh market and an XQ embroidery shop before you drive back to the port for your departure.

Hiep Phuoc Port: Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum Tour

10. Hiep Phuoc Port: Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum Tour

After being collected from your cruise ship port, you will make your way in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to the Cu Chi Tunnels. These networks are a reminder of the ingenious designs needed to survive in these tight-squeezing tunnels during war-torn times. You can opt to crawl through the 100-meter tunnels to get a feel for what the soldiers had to endure, or simply walk around the scenic site, taking in the historical and cultural importance of this war remnant. You can also discover the kitchens hidden around the tunnels, and sample the food the Viet Cong ate during the war. Nowadays the tunnels have been widened slightly for tourists, so it won’t be such a tight squeeze! This experience offers an inspiring insight into human perseverance during the challenges of war. Your next stop gives you the opportunity to meet with a friendly local, and to get a sense of the traditional way of life that has very much been preserved in this part of the country. You will take a walk around the farm and even take part in a rice paper lesson, this is a fantastic opportunity to get off the beaten tourist track and to become acquainted with the local people and way of life. Following this, you will make your way to a rubber tapping facility where you will learn how latex is extracted from a rubber tree. Vietnam is the world’s third biggest natural rubber producer, and this stop offers a fantastic insight into this process. Following this, you will take a short stop to sample a traditional lunch of either Pho or Banh Mi. After lunch, you will move on to the War Remnants Museum. Offering an alternative perspective, the war museum shows the devastating effects of war on the civilian population. The museum is a favorite with tourists, as it offers never-before-seen material and an entirely alternate perspective. The Requiem Gallery is the gem of this museum, where you can see historic photos taken by famed international war photographers such as Tim Page or Larry Burrows. Although sometimes upsetting, the display is essential for understanding the horrors of the Vietnam War, and also the endurance and perseverance of a nation. Following the museum, you will be promptly returned back to your port, marking the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6,031 reviews

We were picked up from the cruise port, the private car took 2.5hours to get to the Mekong delta but the time was filled with our tour guide’s ( law) incredible knowledge of the area, both historical and cultural. When we arrived our private boat was awaiting, we sailed a little way down the delta and stopped mid river at a fruit barge, we sampled all of the local fruits and brought some away with us ( no charge) we saw local fisherman pulling in the nets and the river traffic was amazing, local ferries teemed with motorbikes and pedal cycles, a local village where candies and rice paper were made encouraged us to have a go. we saw snake rice wine being made, and tasted the local rice wine, ( we declined the snake wine) we transferred into a small rowing boat and checked the fishing traps out before having a fabulous lunch of elephant ear fish, veg and rice. Our trip back was broken with a stop at a ham&coffee house. Relax in a hammock and drink coffee, delicious

First class service, first class guide

The tour was kept to a small group and the guide, 'Tommy', made us very welcome and his knowledge and passion for his country is outstanding. Everything ran like clockwork and was very enjoyable. As senior citizens some of the trekking was arduous but Tommy kept the pace down and even found an easy way for us to return to our bus.

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Really nice tour. Our guide "Jack" told us a lot of information about how Vietnam was before and after the war, good to understand it. The only negative point is that the tour goes too fast, not just ours but all tours.

Reallly enjoyed the trip the guide was very very good and he lead us really well. He was really articulate and friendly.

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