Essence of Saigon: Past and Present

Explore the highlights and encounter the hidden charm of Ho Chi Minh City on a guided, comfortable journey through Vietnam’s southern metropolis. After visits to the Central Post Office, Opera House, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Ben Thanh Market, set off on an exclusive wander through the fascinating ancient alleyways of Chinatown District for some cultural surprises.

Destinations included:
Ho Chi Minh city

We pride ourselves in creating personalised travel experiences that suit all your preferences and needs.

With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exploring the vibrant metropolis of Saigon by private car, visiting its highlights and hidden places
  • Learning about the city's history and its role in the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum
  • Stopping by Ben Thanh Market for a glimpse of the city's bustling commercial heart
  • Enjoying freshly prepared Vietnamese food and a cooking demonstration
  • Swapping your private car for a traditional cyclo and exploring the colourful streets of Chinatown
  • Enjoying a refreshing cocktail from the rooftop of the fifth tallest building in Asia as the sun sets
TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Service charges and government VAT tax
TOUR MAP
ITINERARY BY DAY

Your journey begins with an introduction to Vietnam’s vibrant southern metropolis by private car. Set off into the bustling morning atmosphere of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, en route to a collection of its most famous landmarks. Start your journey at the Central Post Office and Opera House, both colonial-era architectural masterpieces with dazzling French design. From the Post Office, walk onward to the nearby Reunification Palace, so-called for the building’s integral part in the reunification of the country following the war. Explore the stately meeting rooms within the Palace’s interior before enjoying beautiful third-storey views across its vast grassy lawns and gardens.

Just nearby, pay a visit to the War Remnants Museum for a firsthand look at the mid-twentieth century war through the eyes of the Vietnamese people. By private car, make your final stop before lunch at Ben Thanh Market for a glimpse at the city’s bustling commercial heart. At Mandarin Restaurant, enjoy a freshly-prepared Vietnamese lunch accompanied by a cooking demonstration, before your private car continues on to the Chinatown District.

This afternoon, swap your private car for one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most charming modes of transportation – a cyclo! Wander through a small fruit market before taking off on your cyclo. This traditional rickshaw for a leisurely journey into the winding alleyways of the Chinatown area, arriving at Cha Tam Church and Chua Ong Pagoda, a stunning example of Chinese-inspired architecture. By foot, head down a traditional herbal medicine street for a closer look at how locals use herbal remedies for everything from headaches to energy boosts! With a tea bag as your souvenir, wave goodbye to the friendly owner and head onward to Bitexco Building - a glittering example of modern architecture in the city. As the fifth highest building in Asia, the views from the EON Cafe Shop offer unrivalled panoramas of the sunset. Enjoy a leisurely cocktail as the sun dips below the horizon for the perfect wrap up to your tour.. Your car will take you back to your hotel at the culmination of your journey.

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