Top sights in Ho Chi Minh City
Our most recommended things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
1. Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants Museum & Ben Thanh Market
Start your day with pick-up from your hotel. Choose to travel in either a VIP limousine or a luxury car. Journey to Independence Palace, which was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. View the tank that famously crashed through the palace gates in 1975. Admire fascinating sights from the French colonial period, such as the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and the historic Saigon Central Post Office. Visit the War Remnants Museum, which displays a large collection of artifacts from the Indochina wars. You'll also get to enjoy lunch with sticky rice at Bui Sai Gon Restaurant. End your tour by travelling to the Bến Thành Market, the largest market in the center of the city and one of the earliest surviving structures. Explore the stalls and see what the locals have for sale.
We enjoyed the tour very much. Tour guide Lee was excellent and was very accommodating! He even offered extra stops.
2. Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnel & Mekong Delta My Tho Tour
Start your day at 7:30 AM with a departure from your accommodation where your guide will meet you. Hop in your comfortable, air-conditioned car and drive 1.5-hours through scenery until you reach the famous Cu Chi. Upon arrival at Cu Chi, be greet by the staff and settle in as you watch a documentary, shedding insight on the history of this fascinating place. Learn about the handmade weapons and traps that were used and discover an underground city. Working up an appetite? After Cu Chi, you will also get to taste some delicious, steamed Tapioca and drink some Hot Tea. Continue on your tour with a boat trip that will take you to visit some of the small islands, surrounded by various stunning landscapes. Here you can enjoy some tropical fruits whilst listening to the traditional South Vietnamese folk songs performed by local artists. Next up, visit a small bee farm where you can play w...
3. 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 ...
4. Ho Chi Minh City: Street Food and Craft Beer Tour
Start the tour with pickup from your hotel at 5:00 PM. Make your first stop at a rooftop bar, where you can enjoy some drinks and snacks accompanied by a beautiful sunset. Next, make your way to Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, one of the most famous street food destinations in the city. See a diverse range of culinary and cultural influences throughout the many food stalls. Explore the street and discover more about the history of this area. Continue by visiting the flower market of Ho Chi Minh City. See a variety of flowers which are sold here, from all parts of Vietnam. Stop at a local pub where you will enjoy a satisfying meal of sprouts, egg, and fried beef tendon. Also, sample a Vietnamese craft beer called "Frozen Beer". Finally, visit a craft beer pub. Taste two kinds of unique beers brewed with strange names. Learn about the story of each beer, as well as the craft beer scene of Vie...
5. Top 10 dishes: Saigon Luxury Private Food Tour By Motobike
Explore the culinary scene of Ho Chi Minh City by motorbike, and discover why food is such a huge part of Vietnamese culture, daily life and national pride. Join the locals and brave the traffic on a ubiquitous mode of transport as you journey around the city. Meet the vendors and go to outdoor restaurants carefully chosen for the quality of the food, their popularity with the locals and their authenticity. Avoid the tourist traps (unless requested) with guides you can trust. They never accept or receive any money for their recommendations, and will never leave your side! Benefit from an itinerary carefully tailored for your pleasure, depending how much time you want to spend at each site and what your specific interests are. Go on a culinary journey to places where the locals like to eat, and savor the same fresh delights at more than 10 mouthwatering tastings. Whether your food pre...
Tina, my guide is amazingly knowledgable about the food, caring and friendly. It was really fun filled trip.
6. Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh One-Way Bus Ticket
Avoid the inconvenience of waiting to buy a bus ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh. Book online to skip this hassle and head straight to the bus. After making your booking, head to the office to collect your ticket without joining any queue. Then, hop onto a comfortable, air-conditioned bus at the meeting point, and make the journey to the destination in 6 hours. A visa for Cambodia is obtained at Moc Bai Border Gate.
7. Can Gio: Monkey Island & Birds Nest Soup Tasting
Start your day of adventure bright and early at 7:45 AM - your comfortable, air-conditioned van will take you on a 37-mile cruise outside of Ho Chi Minh city to your first stop, Monkey United. Once you arrive at Monkey United, your tour guide will take you to the entrance of the preserve where your tour will start. Once inside you will have the opportunity to see and play with a multitude of Long-Tailed monkeys. Get up close and personal to these fun and delightful creatures. Next, you will head to the Crocodile Farm. Here you will be able to get close to these prehistoric creatures. Marvel at their strength and size and even get a chance to see them eat. As you wander through the Mangrove Forest, you can keep your eye out for all sorts of other wildlife that live in the water and along the banks of the river. Follow your trip to the Crocodile Farm with a trip on a speedboat. Hop on ...
8. Ho Chi Minh City: Half-Day Walking Foodie Tour
Start your cultural and culinary adventure when your guide welcomes you in the lobby of your hotel at 6:00 PM. After a short meet and greet with your driver, you will set-off on your journey throughout Ho Chi Minh city. Start with a walk around specially picked locations around District 1. Your guide will be happy to show you around some of the best food stalls and local restaurants this part of the city has to offer. You'll get to taste some popular and authentic food like spring rolls, Vietnamese bread, beef/chicken noodle, and Vietnamese sweet tofu. All of these locations are hidden in alleys and down sidewalks you would never otherwise travel down. During your tour you'll discover life in Saigon, see how three generations of a family can live under one roof in tiny houses and get acquainted with the lives of the locals. At 9:30 PM your tour will come to an end.
9. Ho Chi Minh City: 4-Hour Motorbike Tour
Have an unforgettable experience on the back of a motorbike as you and your guide navigate through Ho Chi Minh City's bustling traffic. Choose from a private or group tour and explore the favorite streets and places of the locals to get a unique perspective of Vietnamese life. During this 4-hour motorbike tour you will visit iconic places intimately integrated into local culture. All of the streets here have their own characteristics. Check out Tan Thanh Market and find any possible motorbike part you might need, both new and vintage. Or head to the CD-DVD street to see the recent relics of the 21st-century. You'll also go to Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street which is famous for its traditional Chinese medicines. Many of the streets in Ho Chi Minh City are known for the different, but specific goods they sell such as aquariums, scissors, guitars, and more. See if there's a street dedicated to...
10. Ho Chi Minh City: Full-Day Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels
Begin your one-of-a-kind historical experience in Ho Chi Minh City with a visit to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Spanning a formidable 250 kilometers, Cu Chi is one of the most renowned historical sites of the Vietnam war. The tunnel system was created in 1948 to assist the Viet Minh as they fought the French for independence. It became legendary during the 1960s for playing a pivotal role in the war by allowing the Viet Cong to control large rural areas just 65 kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh City. The elaborate tunnel system is made of clay mixed with laterite and consists of hospitals, kitchens, store areas, and working rooms, all of which you’ll get to explore completely underground. Later in the afternoon, visit some other major attractions in Ho Chi Minh City: the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Old Post Office, fascinating buildi...
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Planning Your Visit
How to get to Ho Chi Minh City from the airport?
The cheapest way to get to the city is by taking bus 152 near the arrivals exit. It costs extra if your luggage weighs over 10kg, but will take you all the way downtown to the bus station near Cho (market) Ben Tanh. Taxis are located to the left of the terminal. Make sure you take a metered taxi and do not pay in any currency other than Vietnamese dong or you risk being ripped off.
Where to eat?
One of the most charming things about Ho Chi Minh City is how the low-cost street food can so often outperform its best restaurants. You'll find many good ones on Dong Khoi, the lively stretch of shops and bars between the river and cathedral.
Where to shop?
Ho Chi Minh City has several markets worth visiting as well as the aforementioned Pham Ngu Lao Street. The two largest are Cho Ben Tanh and Cho Lon. Cho Lon – the Chinese market – has a dazzling array of goods on offer and is the least touristy of the two. Ben Tanh is also fun to visit, and better regulated, with less knock-off merchandise and fewer pickpockets. That said, you should always be wary of both those things.
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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City
We made the tour with our guide Tu. He's a very cheerful person, was always open to our questions and shared so many interesting facts about Vietnamese culture with us. I loved how diverse the tour was with its many different activities, food and even some crafts presentations. Maybe the condition of the bicycles could have been a little better (the brakes didn't work properly and the saddles weren't really adjusted), but that's just a minor point. The kayaking part was all the more entertaining. :)
I arrived in Ho Chi Mihn City with a bad case of food poisoning. I spent two of my three days in the city recovering, so on the last day I decided to book this tour to make the most of my final day in the city. Mario was a great tour guide and I really got a great bang for my buck and time on this tour. There are some parts that feel a little touristy and cheesy, but overall it's a fun experience and I learned a lot.
Wow! Absolutely hands down..THE BEST! “ “UNCLE” CONG TUAN! It’s as real as it can get! A true veteran/survivor of the it all! Heart felt and passionate! I couldn’t ask for a better guide! Thank you for the experience and raw knowledge!
The tour was very well organised and great value for money. Our tour guide Fu speaks very good English and was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time and would certainly go another tour with this company.
great experience. Knowledgeable and friendly guide and driver.