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Saigon by Night: Private City Tour by Jeep and Skybar Drink

1. Saigon by Night: Private City Tour by Jeep and Skybar Drink

Enjoy a 3-hour after-dinner tour of Saigon by jeep, starting with a pickup at your hotel. See magnificent French colonial monuments, including the Opera House, City Hall, Notre Dame, and Post Office. Take in the local night market, where you can stop to shop if you like. Visit streets that come alive after dark in a busy and exciting area of the city. Ride to the city’s suburbs and see another side of Saigon, with a chance to take in some fresh air. End the night at a rooftop bar, admiring views of the city while you enjoy a free drink. The timing of the tour is flexible. If you’d like to customize the tour be sure to let the local operator know in advance.

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

2. 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.

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5 Must-See City Private Tour: German/English-Speaking Guide

3. 5 Must-See City Private Tour: German/English-Speaking Guide

At 8:30 AM, start your day with a convenient hotel pick-up that transfers you to your first destination: the War Remnants Museum. This museum presents an important but one-sided history of the appalling legacy of the decades of war that have ravaged Vietnam. At 9:30 AM, head to China Town to visit Binh Tay market. Its center is busy, crowded and messy with small aisles selling all manner of goods. This market sometimes disappoints tourists when compared to other markets in Ho Chi Minh as the products are not that varied, but the main draw to Cholon is not to shop but to enjoy the authentic Chinese atmosphere that has existed here for hundreds of years. At noon, you'll head to a local restaurant for lunch where you will be served delicious Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup). Spend the rest of the day visiting important landmarks. Start with the Reunification Palace, which was the residence and workplace of the President of South Vietnam until the end of the war in April 1975. Continue on to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office, French colonial structures and a lacquer workshop. Finish your day with a convenient drop off to your hotel.

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Customized Ho Chi Minh City Experience on Cyclo with Driver

4. Customized Ho Chi Minh City Experience on Cyclo with Driver

The cyclo is a three-wheel cycle taxi that appeared in Vietnam during the French colonial period after a failed attempt to introduce rickshaws. A double seat is supported by the two front wheels, with the driver sitting behind. Follow the recommendations of your driver to find out some good places to visit, or just let them surprise you. Book the tour for between 1 to 4 hours. The cost is calculated by the number of hours spent with the driver, an expert who knows which directions to take in order to have great views. Explore Ho Chi Minh City’s history and culture by local transport. Feel the hustle and bustle of street vendors selling a mixture of herbs for traditional medicine. Snake your way down tiny alleys on the agile vehicles, passing many small, family-run businesses. Even come and see the old pagoda in Ho Chi Minh city. 

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Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon City Private Tour

5. Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon City Private Tour

Get picked up from Saigon by your guide. Drive to Cu Chi and enjoy the views of the agricultural and jungle scenery on the way. Arrive at Cu Chi and watch a short documentary film about Cu Chi during the war. Discover the incredible network of tunnels which were dug out by hand. Crawl through the narrow tunnels. Learn about the history and weapons used during the war. Then taste the main dish eaten by locals during wartime, boiled tapioca with hot pandan tea. Head back to Saigon and visit the War Remnants Museum to learn more about the American war in Vietnam. Or take the option to stop at the Reunification Palace, a landmark in Saigon for its history and architecture values. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office to admire the delicate French colonial architecture. Stop at the Jade Emperor (King of Heaven) Pagoda, a spiritual place where local Vietnamese and Chinese people pray for fertility and love. Visit the lively Ben Thanh Market, a must-see attraction in Saigon. Try some fresh seasonal fruits, and meet the friendly local sellers.

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Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour by Jeep

6. Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour by Jeep

Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to explore Ho Chi Minh City from the comfort of a Jeep. Visit the main monuments of the city once known as Saigon to get a better understanding of its history at sites such as the symbolic Reunification Palace. Hear stories about the Vietnam War and the Fall of Saigon, where a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through the gates of what was at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Continue to the War Remnants Museum, where weapons, photos, documents and other relics tell the story of Vietnam’s wars. Admire the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office to get a feel for the typical architecture of Saigon. Venture down local streets such as Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue before making your way to Ben Thanh Market, where your guide can help you barter for goods.

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Private Tours of Cu Chi, HCMC, Mekong Delta from Phu My Port

7. Private Tours of Cu Chi, HCMC, Mekong Delta from Phu My Port

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. With a guide accompanying you directly off the cruise ship pier you will make your way into the most populous metropolitan area in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City has everything from historic Pagodas to stunning skyscrapers making it one of the most intriguing destinations in all of Vietnam. Choose between three tours offered in Ho Chi Minh City for cruise ship passengers. Private Ho Chi Minh City Tour: Dive into the depths of Vietnamese history as you make your way to the Reunification Palace, which stands as the site where the Vietnam war ended. Make sure you bring your camera to capture the North Vietnamese tanks that crashed through the palaces gates back in 1975 and still serve as a reminder today. Once inside you will be able to explore the many rooms that appear to be untouched creating an atmosphere hard to find at other monuments. Make sure to take a look in the war command room which is littered with campaign maps and old communication equipment. Your panoramic city tour continues with photo stops at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. The historic cathedral is located at a picturesque corner in downtown Ho Chi Minh city and will leave you standing in amazement at its unique French Colonial design. Private Cu Chi Tunnels Tour: There isn't a better place to have an in-depth reflection on the Vietnam war than the Cu Chi Tunnels. Considered the most famous battlegrounds in the country, these tunnels represent the core of the guerrilla combat style used by the Viet Cong throughout the war. Serving as communication routes, food and weapon storage facilities, living quarters and hospitals, the Cu Chi Tunnels embody the lifeline of this region's Viet Cong. The tunnels still remain as a reminder of the traumatic past of this area. Private Mekong Delta Tour: The Mekong Delta lies immediately to the west of Ho Chi Minh City. It is also called the rice bowl of Vietnam as it pumps out more than a third of the country's annual food crop from just ten percent of its total land mass. The Delta region displays a variety of physical landscape, from vast paddy files in the south to hills in the north and west. It's a water world where boats, houses, and markets float upon the numerous rivers, canals, and streams that crisscross the landscape like arteries.  

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Ho Chi Minh: City Tour by Jeep & Sunset Cruise by Speedboat

8. Ho Chi Minh: City Tour by Jeep & Sunset Cruise by Speedboat

You will be picked up at your hotel and taken by van to the pier, where your adventure will begin. The tour begins when you jump in a military-style jeep and start the city tour, which includes visiting the major attractions of Saigon. After the unforgettable adventure you will be transferred to a comfortable, luxury speedboat to observe the bustling, historic city from the water. The speedboat will bring you to an old area of Saigon, where you can see a mixture of architectural styles, a modern urban scenery combined with historical objects. You will pass Nha Rong wharf (The Dragon house) built in 1863 by French colonialists, where now Ho Chi Minh Museum is located. You will also see Saigon Port and observe the life of the inhabitants of Saigon by night. You will also visit Mieu Noi floating temple, built in 18th century in the middle of Vam Thuat River, which is considered to be one of the most unique architectural works in Vietnam. Finally arrive back at the Saigon pier after the 2-hour cruise, where you will be transfered back to your hotel.

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Saigon City Motorbike Tour

9. 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.

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Private Saigon City Tour with Car Pick-Up from Phu My Port

10. Private Saigon City Tour with Car Pick-Up from Phu My Port

On this tour of Saigon visit some of the cities notable landmarks in a comfortable air-conditioned van. First, visit the Ben Thanh market. This market was built in 1914, and also the first must-see attraction for tourist to take many lively pictures of local market activities. You can find out many things in the market including kitchen equipment, souvenirs, garments, foods, fruits, and more. Explore the bustling market and see the vast number of goods the market has to offer. After the market head to the Saigon Notre Dame Basilica. This beautiful basilica was designed in the 1870s by a French architect J.Bourad and demonstrates neo-Romanesque architecture with materials imported from France. It is also called as “Saigon church” or “Virgin Mary church” and a favorite place for local couples to take pre-wedding photo shot. Your tour of the famous landmarks of the city will continue with a visit to the Saigon Central Post Office built in 1891 before heading to the War Remnants Museum or the Reunification Palace. IF you are a history lover and want to know more about the American war in Vietnam you might want to visit the War Remnants Museum. The Reunification offers a different option to look at the history of Saigon while exploring the architecture of the palace. Then head to the Jade Emperor Pagoda. Built in 1909 by the Chinese community, it’s the most impressive spiritual place for local worshippers to pray for their career or love, especially for having babies. Visit here is a great chance for you to discover the traditional Asian worship culture. After that, you will have lunch at the local restaurant.

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What people are saying about Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral

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It was a great tour, with a very friendly and knowledgable guide. We were lucky because we were the only two people booked for the day. That meant that we could stay as long or as short as we wanted at any particular sight. The hour-long cyclo bike ride through Chinatown and the Ho Thi Ky flower market was a great start. It's amazing how the cyclo drivers can maneuver around the rest of the crazy Saigon traffic! Next was a visit to the oldest Buddhist temple in Saigon. Watching the monks chant before eating their meal was a surreal experience. Every stop on the tour was an interesting part of the day. The guide answered every question that we had. This tour is a great value and definitely worth the money!

Great tour! Covers some of the main attractions in the city and then takes you over to the tunnels. Lunch was in a nice place too!

It was very informative, eye opening and educational. The spots you went to varied and you could try good street food too.

We had a nice day with Ms. Trum. She explained everything well and answered all questions. Her English was also good.

Fantastic trip with Vincent the excellent tour guide and a very polite driver