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Saigon: Private Half-Day Car Tour of Ho Chi Minh City

1. 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.

Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour by Jeep

2. Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour by Jeep

Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to explore Ho Chi Minh City from the comfort of a Jeep. Visit the main monuments of the city once known as Saigon to get a better understanding of its history at sites such as the symbolic Reunification Palace. Hear stories about the Vietnam War and the Fall of Saigon, where a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through the gates of what was at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Continue to the War Remnants Museum, where weapons, photos, documents and other relics tell the story of Vietnam’s wars. Admire the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office to get a feel for the typical architecture of Saigon. Venture down local streets such as Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue before making your way to Ben Thanh Market, where your guide can help you barter for goods.

Ho Chi Minh City: Guided Half-Day Tour

3. 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.

Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants Museum & Ben Thanh Market

4. 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.

2-Day Authentic Mekong Delta With Floating Market Tour

5. 2-Day Authentic Mekong Delta With Floating Market Tour

DAY 1: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho 7.30 am: The car and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. One the way, you can stop for taking a photo and enjoying the nice scenery of green rice fields, the peaceful Vam Co Dong river. 9.30 am: Visit Vinh Trang pagoda – the biggest pagoda in Mekong Delta. It best reflects the soul of Mekong River Delta with a unique structural style. After that, we take a leisurely boat ride along the river to enjoy fresh air and escape the busy town. See the typical stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Go to Tortoise islet for lunch in the orchard garden with local fresh specialties. Then, the cruise through the shadows of the water coconut trees will take you to Ben Tre. Come to visit the traditional house: enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea with lemon when listening to the Southern Vietnamese folk music (performed by the locals). Visit a family business to learn how to make coconut candy. Go for a walk through the fruit plantation and villages to enjoy the natural scenery, observe the pastoral life and take nice photos. Arrive to Can Tho. Overnight in the hotel. Free time to visit Ninh Kieu Wharf, Can Tho Market or taste the delicious local dishes. DAY 2: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City 7.00 am: pick you up in hotel in Can Tho after breakfast. You will take the boat trip to along on the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River and visit the amazing Cai Rang floating market. You get to experience water commerce from the large cargo vessels to smaller sampans weave. Try some of the amazing, unique local food and to take a closer look at life on a boat. After exploring the floating market, you will wander around the village, see the orchard garden and try your best to cross a Monkey bridge which is built by only one bamboo tree. Besides that, you have a chance to experience how to they make rice vermicelli noodle. Stop for lunch before the return journey to Ho Chi Minh City. 5.00 pm: Arrive to Ho Chi Minh City. End of the tour. Say goodbye and see you again.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

6. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Ho Chi Minh City at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Saigon Opera House, Central Post Office, Independence Palace and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels and City Tour in 1 Day

7. Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels and City Tour in 1 Day

Starting with a pickup from your hotel in District 1 or District 3 in Ho Chi Minh City or from the convenient meeting point, depart Saigon as you drive through the pleasant countryside before arriving at the Cu Chi Tunnels. Before entering the tunnels, watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed then spend the next hour exploring the underground maze. Also on display are various traps, the remains of an American tank, and numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. You’ll then return to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at approximately 1 PM to enjoy a lunch of beef or chicken noodles before embarking on your Ho Chi Minh City tour. Start by admiring the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, built between 1863 and 1880 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 and its two 40m towers, topped with iron spires, dominate the city’s skyline. See also the Central Post Office, the country’s largest post office and another example of French colonial architecture. Then, move on to see Independence Palace — also known as Reunification Palace — one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30, 1975 the American War officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Next, visit the War Remnants Museum — formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes — for a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the “Requiem” exhibition dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict is particularly touching. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks, and cannons captured from the American military machine. The next stop will be at Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the most atmospheric temples in the city where statues of surreal divinities and grotesque heroes are contained. After that, drive to Ben Thanh Market, the bustling market popular with tourists primarily due to its selection of goods and central location. The tour finishes at approximately 6 PM when you will be transferred back to your hotel or you can choose to stay at the market and make your own way back.

Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon City Private Tour

8. Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon City Private Tour

Get picked up from Saigon by your guide. Drive to Cu Chi and enjoy the views of the agricultural and jungle scenery on the way. Arrive at Cu Chi and watch a short documentary film about Cu Chi during the war. Discover the incredible network of tunnels which were dug out by hand. Crawl through the narrow tunnels. Learn about the history and weapons used during the war. Then taste the main dish eaten by locals during wartime, boiled tapioca with hot pandan tea. Head back to Saigon and visit the War Remnants Museum to learn more about the American war in Vietnam. Or take the option to stop at the Reunification Palace, a landmark in Saigon for its history and architecture values. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office to admire the delicate French colonial architecture. Stop at the Jade Emperor (King of Heaven) Pagoda, a spiritual place where local Vietnamese and Chinese people pray for fertility and love. Visit the lively Ben Thanh Market, a must-see attraction in Saigon. Try some fresh seasonal fruits, and meet the friendly local sellers.

Ho Chi Minh: Half-day City Tour

9. 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

From Phu My Port: Ho Chi Minh City Tour and Transfers

10. From Phu My Port: Ho Chi Minh City Tour and Transfers

Benefit from pickup at Phu My Port by a friendly driver, and then travel in air-conditioned comfort on the drive to Ho Chi Minh City. Take in the landscape and experience the everday hustle and bustle of the city on arrival. Visit key landmarks such as the Reunification Palace in the Colonial Quarter. See where the Vietnam War ended, and learn how this impressive building now serves as a memorial museum. Continue to the Notre-Dame Cathedral and learn about the important role the Catholic religion has played in the history of Vietnam. Admire the elegant Saigon Central Post Office, and go to the Museum of War Remnants to learn about a painful period in the recent history of Vietnam. Break for a lunch of local foods, including the traditional pho noodle soup. Delve into the local life as you head to Ben Thanh market to learn about the art of making embroidered crafts.  

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What people are saying about Independence Palace

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Our guide Jack has a huge knowledge of world history and started the tour by explaining the political conjunctures that led to the wars faced by Vietnam. A real class, but very entertaining and spiced up with the guide Jack's funny comments. The whole tour is very well organized. In the morning we got to know the tunnels and some other ingenious strategies that enabled the Vietnamese to win the war. After lunch, simple but hearty, we head to the Mekong Delta: a spectacular place! We visit local communities and get to know their culture and the products they manufacture. An excellent cultural tour that supports the economy of local communities! This tour is highly recommended! The description of the tour is ambiguous, so I was in doubt whether there would be pick-up and drop-off at the hotel, but after I arrived at the meeting point at 7 am, I learned that this service is included. You don't have to worry about that if you're worried.

We got stuck in traffic and started late, but that’s Ho Chi Minh City for you - full of motor bikes! Loved the time spent in understanding the history of the place. Although would have liked if it were a walking tour.

Great way to get introduced to Zone 1 of Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon. Guide was informative and friendly. And he continued to send along restaurant and other tour recommendations that were very helpful.

Harry was excellent. He spoke english very well and had a great attitude. I'd recommend him to anyone!

Super, exciting and traveling. Really to do. Ask for Jack he is a very nice guide. Tours in English