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  2. Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City Half-Day Intimate Tour

Product ID: 206484
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Discover historical sites of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, the daily life of Saigonese, visit colonial architecture and taste some local foods.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pick-up included

Hotel lobby pick up in Ho Chi Minh City
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience Tao Dan Park and Bird collector's corner, a very popular morning stop for locals
  • Discover the secret weapon cellar, a historical relic on Saigon commandos’ feat of battle
  • Explore the flower market, a glimpse of how people live in the intricate neighborhoods and small alleys
  • Walk through Chinatown, Ong Bon Pagoda and the Chinese herbal medicine street of Hai Thuong Lang Ong
  • Learn abut Van Phat Pagoda, one of the best kept secrets Buddhist Pagoda in Saigon
Full description
See the center of the backpacker area. Take a brief ride through the area and you’ll notice the contrast of old and new, Vietnamese and western. Pham Ngu Lao is the neighborhood that never sleeps. Visit Tao Dan park, a very popular morning stop for locals. Find the bird collector’s corner where every morning elderly men gather to showcase their birds housed in expensive, bamboo cages. Also, witness the serene displays of people doing Tai Chi. At this point, you will try authentic Vietnamese coffee and have a tour briefing.

Moving onto District 3, you will visit the weapons storage cellar, where you can find a historical relic on Saigon commandos’ feat of battle. Nearly three tons of weapons were kept in the cellar by Saigon Commandos to attack the Presidential Palace during the Tet Offensive in 1968. It is one among many untold valuable exhibits that manifest the brilliant feats of the Vietnamese people and army in their fight for national reunification that became true on April 30, 1975. Next, you will come to the sweet fragrance of the flower market in Ho Chi Minh City. Here you can get a glimpse of how people live in the intricate neighborhoods and small alleys.

District 5, or Cho Lon, is the Chinatown of Saigon and where the majority of goods trading occurs in Saigon. Directly across the street is Ông Bổn pagoda. A fine example of an old fashioned temple. After that, you will across the Chinese herbal medicine street of Hải Thượng Lãng Ông. You’ll smell it before you even get there. The scent of ginseng lingers everywhere, among the many other odors you wouldn’t even dare to imagine. The next stop you will ride to one of the best-kept secrets in Saigon, a special Buddhist Pagoda. The trip ends with a ride along the modern canal road reflecting the contrast of District 1 and District 4. At the end of the ride, a Vietnamese restaurant will serve some delicious eats to finish off your Saigon experience.
Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Motorbike
  • Gas
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks (fruit juice, Vietnamese coffee, cold water, local beer, soft drink)
  • Travel insurance
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
Shoulders and knees have to be covered in order to enter the temple