A Diverse Glimpse of Ho Chi Minh City

A Diverse Glimpse of
Ho Chi Minh City

An almost living and breathing ambassador of Vietnam’s diverse cultural heritage, an amplitude
overdose for all senses emerges once entering the city limits of Ho Chi Minh City.
Loaded with examples as a must-see destination, let’s lift the Saigon veil.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Ho Chi Minh City is a cosmopolitan destination filled with contrasts. Its good old days remain preserved throughout its districts, yet new ways of keeping its eyes towards the future are interwoven in what is for many an Asian metropolis teeming with life, laughs, and local allure.

Having given the capital baton over to its northern brother Hanoi, former Saigon still sets trends on the culinary, artistic, and much-needed exploratory level. The gateway to the southern-most region, the Mekong Delta and a base for regional exploration, none should brush aside its landmarks and monuments, instrumental catching a glimpse of the city vibe.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Diverse Glimpse of Ho Chi Minh City

08:00 - 14:00

Guests are warmly welcomed by a guide at their booked hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City before embarking on this city introduction. A sprawling metropolis that is always on the move, the coming 4 hours is merely a stepping stone of what lies around other corners of former Saigon.

The tour starts right in Chinatown, located just west of the Saigon River. Known as Cho Lon by the locals, this is where visitors will explore the various sights and sounds of Vietnam’s tight connection with Chinese heritage. Cho Lon is brimming with human activity. The commercial-savvy visitor will get their shopping needs satisfied at the Binh Tay market, always as busy as a beehive with trading activity. Next on the agenda is the Thien Hau Temple, dedicated to the goddess of the seas to protect fishermen and sailors. Built-in 1760 and now the city’s oldest temple, the Thien Hau Pagoda currently is a meeting point for the Chinese community.

Designed by Gustav Eiffel, the post office is a landmark in the city to take images of some traditional means for sending mail. Within walking distance from the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office’s French colonial design, with its yellow-painted exterior, is not its only feature that draws a crowd. This emblematic building’s interior comprises elements of modern postal services as well as keeping a tight grip on its heritage and remains a must-visit tourism attraction.

Ending the tour will be with a visit the War Remnants Museum is by far the most well-known museum in Ho Chi Minh City, exhaustively documenting of the long Vietnam- American war in the 1970s. Newly housed in a modern building, exhibits include explicit photographs of the war and a collection of tanks, planes and weapons in the yard outside. After exiting the museum, the guide and driver will comfortably bring you back to your hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Ho Chi Minh City centre.
  • Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the city, harbour and the Ho Chi Minh’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the TET celebrations (celebration of Vietnamese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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