Add dates
Ho Chi Minh City

Things to do for adults

Our most recommended Ho Chi Minh City Things to do for adults

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.

Ho Chi Minh: Tan Son Nhat Airport Private Car/Bus Transfer

2. Ho Chi Minh: Tan Son Nhat Airport Private Car/Bus Transfer

Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you will be greeted by your local driver with a welcome board before being transferred to your hotel along with other travelers. You can enjoy a comfortable ride to your chosen hotel in District 1, 3, Tan Binh within Ho Chi Minh City, in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. Along the way, you will see the busy life of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), at night. You will be amazed at how many motorbikes there will be on the road, and at how vibrant the streets of Ho Chi Minh will be. Arrive at your accommodation safely and conveniently and get your stay in the city off to the perfect start.

Saigon: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

3. 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.

Bitexco Financial Tower and Dinner on a Boat Tour

4. Bitexco Financial Tower and Dinner on a Boat Tour

Explore Saigon at night on a guided tour of the city highlights. See panoramic views from the Eon Heli Bar, and take a boat ride along the river while enjoying dinner. Get picked up from your accommodation by your driver. Then start an exciting tour through the streets, beginning with a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Arrive at the Bitexco Financial Tower and take an exhilarating ride up to one of the highest floors to visit the Eon Heli Bar, the tallest bar in town. Enjoy a drink looking out over the city at night.  Head to a nearby port and climb aboard a boat. Enjoy a delicious meal as the boat slowly moves down the river, taking in many lit-up sights along the way.  After dinner, you will be taken by bike to five different districts to explore some inner areas of the city including winding alleys, flower markets, and bustling shopping streets. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off back at your hotel. 

From Ho Chi Minh City: Half-Day Mekong Speedboat & Bike Tour

5. From Ho Chi Minh City: Half-Day Mekong Speedboat & Bike Tour

After pick-up from your centrally located hotel you will be driven to Central Pier. Board the speedboat and start your journey towards the Mekong Delta. Enjoy fresh tropical fruits and mineral water on board, and a light breakfast will be served on the morning tour. On the way, you will enjoy the fresh air and observe the pure beautiful landscape. Your guide will explain to you the daily life of local people who live along the riverbanks.  Disembark the speedboat to visit a shrimp farm where you will learn how the locals raise shrimps. Afterwards, cycle along peaceful paths between villages to discover the lifestyle in the rural Mekong area. You will pass by an ancient house, and visit a Vietnamese family who make traditional rice wine. Go to a local morning market and visit a beautiful pagoda built in the middle of the 19th century. Then visit Cao Dai Temple and learn more about this religion. Afterwards, get back on your bike to cycle along small paths through the vast paddy fields. Finally, visit a local family to see how they make tofu and enjoy a light home-cooked meal. Return to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, or at the pier. 

Vung Tau Beach Private Day-Tour

6. Vung Tau Beach Private Day-Tour

Depart from Saigon to Vung Tau city at 8 AM in an air-conditioned tourist bus. Arrive at 10:30 AM and enjoy free time at Thuy Van beach, one of the nicest beaches in Vietnam with fine sands, white waves, and a shore that runs for almost 10 km. Stop for an authentic Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Jesus Christ Statue by walking up 847 steps. Considered one of the tallest statues of Christ in Asia, its outstretched arms span a little over 18.4 meters. The adventurous are welcome to climb to the top of inside Christ' arms and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of Vung Tau city. Next head to Thang Tam Temple (Whale Temple). The temple displays the bones which came to symbolize the protector deity of the coast. Now, each time a carcass of a whale washes ashore, the bones are ceremonially hauled to the mausoleum. Discover Vung Tau's nicest colonial-era mansion, Bach Dinh which was built as a retreat for the French Governor of Indochina at the beginning of the 20th-century. Continue on to Cape Nghinh Phong which boasts unobstructed views of Vung Tau City and the East Sea. At 5 PM drive back to Ho Chi Minh City and take a short break at Long Thanh Cow Milk Rest-stop for a souvenir.

Saigon: Private One Day Tour to Cai Rang Floating Market

7. Saigon: Private One Day Tour to Cai Rang Floating Market

You will start your tour at 5.00 AM when your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Saigon. You will enjoy a light breakfast in your private car as you look out at the stunning views of paddy fields lit by the morning sun. After three hours of driving, you will reach the market, a bustling and colorful array of people selling their wares in the water from boat-to-boat. Afterward, you will be taken to a workshop where you will be shown how to make “Hu Tieu”, a traditional noodle dish.   Leaving Can Tho City, you will head to Cai Be for a cooking class. A local chef will teach you some cooking techniques, and you will prepare a delicious lunch. You will hear about different flavor combinations and cooking styles around Vietnam and will learn about the lives of the locals. You will have some time to rest in the nearby comfortable shady hammocks before taking a bike ride through village roads to visit some handicraft workshops. You can take in the beautiful tranquility of village life and if you are lucky, may hear some South Vietnamese music as you pass by.  You will then be transported back to Saigon by car and will arrive at your hotel at around 5.00 PM. 

Saigon City Motorbike Tour

8. Saigon City Motorbike Tour

Be shown this amazing city by a real local who speaks English and has excellent driving skills. Explore the different parts of the city from the tourist attractions to local areas and from the wealthy suburbs to the hidden slums. Discover at least seven districts, each known for different things. At district 1, see Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Student Bet coffee style park, and Nguyen Hue walking street. See the beautiful French colonial architecture and watch the local youth activities to understand why Saigon is known as a promised land in Vietnam. In district 3 learn about the Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument. Thich Quang Duc monk burned himself to death to protest against the persecution of Buddhism during the Vietnamese War in June 1963. Explore some of the oldest buildings in Saigon and the typical shopping streets and small markets. This district is a desirable area for the middle-class with a quiet and tranquil atmosphere and French architecture villas. Head to district 10 for the best flower market in Saigon. If you are a flower lover, make sure you do not miss this biggest wholesale market. Immerse yourself in many kinds of tropical and imported flowers with the most reasonable prices in town. District 5 and 6 are home to China Town and the most active shopping streets and traditional markets that locals go to. You can wander through the roosters and birds market, fabric market, traditional Chinese medicine market, and the biggest motorbike accessories market in Saigon. Learn why China Town in Saigon is different and how the Chinese and Vietnamese people live together and trade in Saigon. Discover the real local town along the Saigon River in district 8 and 4. This is the time for a truly deep view inside the real life of normal local people. Some still live in slums on the other side of Saigon River and some are luckier with little homes in the car-free zone. Then head to the typical expat area of district 7, known as Japanese and Korean town. Unlike the other places you see on your tour, the Southern Saigon area is totally different with a brightly organized gated community.

Mekong Delta: My Tho, Can Tho, and Ben Tre 2-Day Tour

9. Mekong Delta: My Tho, Can Tho, and Ben Tre 2-Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 8 AM by your private car and tour guide, drive for 2-hours out of Saigon to My Tho City, known for its lush orchard gardens and traditional folk music.  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. At Kirin islet, visit a honey bee farm and a coconut candy workshop where you can taste the local specialties and see how the delicious sweets are made by hand. Walk through the orchard gardens to taste some seasonal tropical fruits and listen to some folk music. Relax on a rowing boat cruise as you journey through a mangrove palm canal then continue your trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village to experience the way locals traveled in the 19th-century. After eating lunch at a beautiful riverside restaurant, head back to Can Tho City and enjoy free time in the evening to explore. Stay overnight at your hotel.  On the second day, you have 2 options to meet your guide: at 5 AM or 7 AM. If you choose 5 AM, then you can have breakfast after coming back to your hotel from the floating market. If you choose 7 AM, you should have breakfast before meeting the guide. Even though Cai Rang Floating Market is open all day, the perfect time to catch the lively atmosphere is at around 6 AM. Cruise along the Hau river from Ninh Kieu Wharf. Try tropical fruits or even a hot rice noodle soup for a light breakfast. Stop at a chewy noodle workshop to learn more about other kinds of Vietnamese noodles.  On the way back to Saigon, stop in Ben Tre province, known as the coconut kingdom, for a 7-10 km bike ride. Pass through tropical fruit gardens and mangrove palm scenery. Visit a countryside market and meet the friendly locals. Finally, head to a coconut garden and try your hand at harvesting the fruit yourself. Enjoy a typical home-grown lunch before departing for Saigon. 

Saigon: Private Half-Day Car Tour of Ho Chi Minh City

10. Saigon: Private Half-Day Car Tour of Ho Chi Minh City

Explore the fascinating city of Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, on this half-day tour. Travel in comfort in your private, air-conditioned car, and learn about the city's landmarks with your helpful guide. Meet your guide at your hotel, and head first to the Ban Thanh Market. Snap photos of the lively market's activities, or take the opportunity to buy kitchen equipment, souvenirs, garments, fruit, and many other foods. Next, pay a visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, which dates from the 19th century. Keep an eye out for local couples taking their pre-wedding shots at this beautiful basilica, officially known as the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception. Admire the surprising architecture at your next stop, the Saigon Central Post Office. Hear how the building is often mistakenly attributed to Gustave Eiffel, even though it was designed by Alfred Foulhoux. Then, it's decision time. Choose between the War Remnants Museum to learn more about the American War in Vietnam, or the Reunification Palace. Also known as the Independence Palace, the latter site is a landmark of Saigon history and architecture, which once served as the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Finally, end your tour at the Jade Emperor Pagoda. See the local worshippers in prayer for their careers, love, and fertility. Enjoy this taste of Taoist worship culture, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Frequently asked questions about Ho Chi Minh City Things to do for adults

What are other things to do than Things to do for adults that are worth visiting in Ho Chi Minh City?

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

Which Ho Chi Minh City Things to do for adults are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?

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

Would recommend this tour to anyone!! Firstly, travelling on the motorbike is so easy and fun and I always felt safe. Secondly, the amount of food you get to try is amazing and the tastes are spectacular! Thirdly, and this is the most important, my tour guide was amazing!! I’d already tried a lot of food in Vietnam before this tour so when I originally looked at the tour menu I realised I’d be eating some stuff I’d tried before. But the tour guide, Hun, customised the tour for me so I only ate foods I’d never had before. What a legend!! Here is her instagram: Han.ng_

Steve was a great tour guide and was very informative. He made any adjustments to the tour that we wanted and was very kind and helpful. He provided us with additional places to check out during our stay. It was great having a private tour and being able to do the tour on our own pace. I would highly recommend!

Best tour . Min and .mi were amazing. My fiend Kim was very nervous that I had booked it, but loved it. It seems much less stressful than takin a taxi. Felt totally safe. Only way to go out and about in this amazing city.

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

Are guise was very bubbly and got us safely to our Location