Explore the best of Ho Chi Minh City in a day
Ho Chi Minh City, the unofficial capital of the South, is the largest and most metropolitan city in Vietnam. It is a bustling, modern city with a long and storied history. Travel around the city with your knowledgeable guide and visit all the top sites, learning all about Vietnam as you go.
All transportation and transfers
English speaking guide
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
All admission fees
In the morning visit:
The Reunification Palace: This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30th 1975 the ‘American War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.
War Remnants Museum: This is a poignant display of the futility of war and a must-see when visiting Vietnam.
Notre Dame Cathedral: Built between 1877 and 1883 this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Remarkably every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam.
Old Post Office: This is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office. It is almost like a museum, with artefacts to remind you of eras gone by.
At approximately 1pm we shall take lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon visit:
Giac Lam Pagoda: This is Saigon’s oldest pagoda, dating back to 1744 and it is one of the finest in Vietnam. Don’t miss the amazing Tree of Wandering Souls where people pray for their sick relatives by writing the names of their loved ones on slips of paper and then attaching them to the tree.
Cholon & Thien Hau Pagoda: Cholon actually means Big Market – a claim that is well justified as Vietnam’s largest market, the Binh Tay is situated here. The district is home to the city’s 400,000 Chinese and has many beautiful temples and pagodas.
Ben Thanh Market: This bustling market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Ao Dai.
The tour finishes at approximately 6pm when you will be transferred back to your hotel.
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