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Ho Chi Minh City: Hidden Gems City Scooter Tour

1. Ho Chi Minh City: Hidden Gems City Scooter Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, your tour will begin with a visit to the burning monk monument. From there you will visit the oldest condo in the area, where you will learn more about the local lifestyle. Next, you will visit the oldest coffee shop in town, where you will be able to enjoy some authentic Vietnamese coffee. Following that, you will visit the Ho Thi Ky Flower Market and the Khmer Market. You will then pass by the Tan Thanh motorbike accessories street, as well as Soai Kinh Lam Fabric Town. Towards the end of your tour, you will encounter the Thien Hau Temple, before enjoying some local food (such as Banh Trang Nuong or Banh Xeo). After your experience, you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

2. Ho Chi Minh City: Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

Dive into District 6 (Quân 6), Ho Chi Minh City's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out Ba Chien Hau pagoda, Binh Tay market, local street art, spot architectural gems, and more. See and learn about the unexpected side of Ho Chi Minh City. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

Ho Chi Minh: Half-day City Tour

3. Ho Chi Minh: Half-day City Tour

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest, busiest and most exciting city in Vietnam. It is filled with intrigue and culture and is a cultural melting pot. There's so much to discover here. Founded over 300 years, today Ho Chi Minh remains a fascinating place to visit. Choose from a shared or private tour and visit some of the most interesting sights that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer. Such as: • The War Remnants Museum, an intriguing exhibition that highlights the futility of the war. • The Reunification Palace, a beautifully preserved palace that was the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam during the 1960-1970s. • Notre Dame Cathedral, built in 1880. • The Old Post Office, built between 1886 – 1891. • Thien Hau Pagoda in Cho Lon, a Chinese style temple located on Nguyen Trai Street in Cho Lon (China Town). It is dedicated to Thien Hau, the Lady of the Sea, also known as 'Mazu' or 'Tian Hou' in Chinese. • The lacquerware factory, the last stop on the tour. Here you can observe the manufacture of traditional Vietnamese products

Ho Chi Minh: Discovery on the Cyclo Experience

4. Ho Chi Minh: Discovery on the Cyclo Experience

Join a local expert guide and uncover hidden gems on this cyclo tour through Ho Chi Minh City. Check out some of the major Ho Chi Minh sights like the Opera House, the iconic General Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral, built by the French during the colonial era. See the Reunification Palace, previously referred to as the Presidential Palace, and the site of the official South Vietnamese surrender on April 30th, 1975. Visit the War Remnants Museum, originally opened in September 1975 which displays old military equipment and other items from the Vietnam War. Enjoy a traditional local Vietnamese lunch of Pho, or noodle soup – a must when you’re in Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Full-Day Tour

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

Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City on this full-day tour. Full of street vendors and glitzy, western-style bars, you will see all the major attractions from the history of Saigon - as the city was formerly known. Start at the Reunification Palace, where the “American War’” officially ended a tank of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time, the residence of President of the Republic of Vietnam. Go to the War Remnants Museum to see poignant displays, including the black and white photographs of the “Requiem” exhibit, dedicated to foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. Continue to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office, two of the finest examples of French colonial architecture in the city. After a lunch at the renowned Pho 2000, near bustling Ben Thanh Market, spend the afternoon at the 18th-century Giac Lam Pagoda, Saigon’s oldest pagoda temple. Admire the myriad mini-Buddhas and amazing Tree of Wandering Souls. Then, end your tour at Thien Hau Pagoda and the Cholon district, home to the city’s 400,000 Chinese residents, many beautiful temples and pagodas, and the immense Binh Tay Market.

Discover China Town by Pedicab

6. Discover China Town by Pedicab

Choose from a group or private experience and begin your tour with a relaxing pedicab ride to the Lady Thien Hau Temple. This temple, built to worship Lady Thien Hau (the goddess of the sea), is one of the most interesting and ancient temples in the China Town area. After visiting the temple, you can walk around China Town and visit some of the local shops. Chinatown is also a place of great historical and cultural importance. This area is a popular site for those on the tourist trail and also attracts many Taiwanese and Chinese visitors. Chinatown is an interesting place to see classical Chinese architecture reminiscent of years gone by with plenty of Chinese restaurants. Here you can find traditional Chinese products including medicinal herbs, clothing, and more. After departing for the China Town area, you will visit Cha Tam Church. You will then go shopping at Binh Tay Market, the largest market in Ho Chi Minh City or at the lacquerware factory where you can find special products made here in Vietnam. You can easily combine exploring and shopping in Chinatown.

Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Private City Tour

7. 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.

Ho Chi Minh: Scooter Tour of Chinatown

8. Ho Chi Minh: Scooter Tour of Chinatown

See another side of Saigon with a tour of Cho Lon, also known as Chinatown. Travel with your guide by scooter and on foot and explore markets and off-the-beaten-path spots. Stroll through Binh Tay Market, enjoy a ride on a scooter, and visit a Chinese herb street at Trieu Quang Phuc. Stop at a local place for fresh kumquat juice at Ho Thi Ky flower market. Take in the colorful sights and exotic smells of the markets of Chinatown. See the spiral incense at Thien Hau Temple and stop by Chua Van Phat - the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas. PLACES TO VISIT: - The Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument: learn story about a monk who set himself on fire to protest the persecution of Buddhists in Vietnam. - Ho Thi Ky Wholesale Flower Market - Nguyen Thien Thuat Oldest Apartment - Local Cambodian Market - Famous medicine street - Thien Hau Temple - The oldest Chinese Temple in HCMC and listen to the story about "BOAT PEOPLE" - Chua Van Phat - the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas. - Cho Lon ( Binh Tay Market) - The biggest whole sale market in HCMC - Motorbike market

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Tour from Hiep Phuoc Port

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Thien Hau Temple

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 47 reviews

Our guide Lam was very motivated and guided us through places where we would have not gone otherwise. It was really helpful to have some additional explanations and not only walk through Chinatown and some other roads. I enjoyed that he is not a professional guide and works during the week as a professional in a industry company. He uses the tours to get additional inspirations from foreign countries and to further improve his english. He was very knowledgable on local fruits and in case he didn‘t know the english translations quick in googling them and showing the results. Although the tour is officially only planned for 3h Lam took some extra time to folllow our wishes and take time for photos ending up with more than 4h in total. We really enjoyed the time with Lam.

Walking tour with a local

Before the tour the local guide (in our case a student) contacts you to see if you have any specific interests so it can more tailored to your needs. We did a lot of walking and occasionally took a local bus, so good walking shoes are a must. The guide was pleasant and it was nice to hear some personal aspects of living in a city like HCMC. All in all a nice experience.

The tour was amazing. We saw everywhere in Ho Chi Minh city in a half day. Our guide told us every details of the places. I learned lots of history from him. Thank you so much

Perfectly organized tour to interesting places in the city with lovely guides. Even during rush hour they were driving calmly and securely.

i enjoyed the textiles and notions, handicraft items. the temples were great as well.