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Ho Chi Minh: Private Cyclo Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

1. Ho Chi Minh: Private Cyclo Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a pickup and discover the nightlife of Saigon by cyclo or scooter. Cyclo option: Drive along the city main streets and pass by Ben Thanh Market, General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, People Committee Hall, and Opera House. Scooter option: Include all sightseeing above and some extra authentic local sites: Flower market, Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment , fashion street After your ride of approximately 1 hour stop at Saigon Riverside. Be a welcomed guest at Bach Dang harbor and start your dinner. Cruise along Saigon River, enjoy a great dinner, and relax in the romantic atmosphere with Vietnamese Traditional Dance and a Music Show. Head back towards Bach Dang harbor where the cruise ends around 9:30 PM. Here a taxi picks you up and brings you back to the hotel.

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.

Saigon City Motorbike Tour

3. 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.

Saigon: Private Food Tour Discovery & City Tour by Jeep

4. Saigon: Private Food Tour Discovery & City Tour by Jeep

At 18:00, your tour guide and Jeep driver will pick you up from your hotel to start your Saigon tour by night. Arrive at a local restaurant to enjoy a Banh Xeo, a crispy, crepe-like specialty of South Vietnam. Continue your night city tour to admire the most magnificent French colonial monuments of the city such as the Opera House, City Hall, Notre Dame and the Post Office.  Then, you will be taken to explore the favorite places where the locals inhabitants like to go at night for a dinner with friends or relatives. In this place, you will be able to taste real cuisine like a local Vietnamese for a unique experience. After the dinner, it will be about time to enjoy the fresh air by night. Your Jeep tour will take you around Saigon to admire the panoramic views of the city. Last stop of the tour will be at a sky bar to enjoy a last drink of the day. This rooftop bar will be a perfect place for you to chill out with a nice breathtaking view of Saigon - a city of craziness, happiness and fun. At 22:30, head back to your hotel by Jeep to finish the tour.

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Combo City and Hidden Gems Tour

5. Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Combo City and Hidden Gems Tour

Travel to every corner of the Ho Chi Minh on the back of the scooter and discover the city’s hidden gems. Explore the bustling streets, colorful markets, and must-see highlights to hidden alleyways, ancient apartments, and traditional local houses.  See beautiful local alleyways where Vietnamese families work, live, and socialize. Visit the famous Chinatown - the biggest and oldest in the world – where you will find out more about the traditional values and the lifestyles of the mixed cultures in Saigon. Explore various ancient temples and learn about the history of the different religions of this magical land. City Highlights: • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Central Post Office • Saigon Opera House • Nguyen Hue Walking Street • City hall Hidden Gems: • The Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument • Ho Thi Ky Wholesale Flower Market • Nguyen Thien Thuat Oldest Apartment • Local Cambodian Market • China Town With famous medicine street • Thien Hau Temple (day time trips only)

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

6. 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.

Ho Chi Minh: Half-day City Tour

7. 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

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

8. 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.

Ho Chi Minh City: Guided Half-Day Tour

9. Ho Chi Minh City: Guided Half-Day Tour

Explore Ho Chi Minh City on a guided half-day tour and discover the most interesting cultural sights in town. After being picked up from your hotel or the central meeting point, kick things off with a visit to the Reunification Palace, a beautifully preserved building that was once home to the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Next, stop off at the War Remnants Museum and explore a vast array of artifacts and photographs documenting the second Indochina war. Afterwards, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon and Saigon Central Post Office. Erected towards the end of the 18th century, the old post office is one of the finest examples of classical French colonial architecture. Continue on to Jade Emperor Pagoda, an ancient temple built in the Chinese mode replete with bright decorative motifs. To finish things off, visit a local market where you can practice your haggling skills while shopping for souvenirs. Discover local life and culture and find some of the friendliest and liveliest vibes of the city here before returning to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

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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based on 376 reviews

We had one of our most enjoyable nights with the tour and Trung and Peter were very warm, friendly and helpful for our trip. The cyclo tour was a brilliant experience and an easy and entertaining way to do some sightseeing around the city. The cruise and the dinner were excellent and the food was delicious! We want to give an extra shout out to Trung and Peter who were most helpful in giving us tips and advice as well as being very accommodating. We asked Trung for travel tips and where to eat / visit before our activity and he was very kind in giving us some recommendations. Peter was a lovely tour guide who was very welcoming and friendly, we are happy to say that we have made a friend out of this experience. We would definitely recommend booking this for anyone looking for an enjoyable and lovely experience in Ho Chi Minh!

A great way to discover the city. Jasmine and Dimitri are perfect and speak very good English. They are professional and very friendly. To do absolutely.

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 brilliant evening with our guide Windy. She was very friendly, spoke perfect English and very knowledgeable.

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