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.
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.