Saigon’s Street Secrets

Saigon’s Street Secrets

Turning around new corners to capture local life redefines the Saigon experience from start
to finish. Void of the city’s tickbox essentials, the real street secrets can only be found
when knowing where to look. An authentic trail through bustling Saigon.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Our definition of Saigon’s Streets Secrets is unveiling the contrasts of contemporary and historical Ho Chi Minh City like little others have ever experienced Vietnam’s largest city. We take you into some interesting corners to absorb the metropolitan blended local lifestyle, influenced by oriental traditions and occidental vibes.

For travellers yearning to leave behind the pressure of the bustling city, guests can visit thematic streets that specialize in sales, ranging from handicraft to ancient traditions of healing. In minutes, leave the urban metropolis behind and enter a new world of a more peaceful metropolis.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Saigon’s Street Secrets

08:30 - 13:30
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13:30 - 18:30

We will pick you up from your hotel and head down to lesser-known parts of this southern Vietnamese city. Our tour starts with a leisurely walk through some thematic streets selling birds, bonsai trees, miniature landscapes, local antiques and handicraft. This tour will commence at around 8.30 am hrs in the morning. When you opt for an afternoon departure, we will meet you at around 1 pm.

Visit a traditional medicine museum and explore the art of healing, passed on from generation to generation. The very first museum of traditional medicine in Vietnam is known for its stunning interiors, entirely made from wood. Frames of wooden houses were transported from some northern provinces to Ho Chi Minh City to give the museum an antique look.

Included during this 5-hour tour are some unique local markets, located off the tourism radar yet well worth your attention. From street side stalls selling decorative flowers to wartime objects, evoking strong scents of local life, these places of commerce are some of Saigon’s secrets. Our port of call is a hectic local market, where around 100 households receive between 1,000-3000 flower boxes daily, which then will exchange hands to buyers from all areas of the city.

During this highly interactive exploration, you will learn how crucial various objects and practices remain for the Vietnamese population, both physically and spiritually. Our little surprise is waiting at an authentic home meal dining or a nostalgic Saigon café, hidden in an old flat. It goes without saying; a peek into the authentic side of the city includes local snacks and delicacies, unique to this part of the world.

After 5 hours of wandering through little-known Saigon exploring this vibrant, electric city, away from the more common sights, we head back to your booked accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City.

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.
  • Local snacks during the tour
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • 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 will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of snacks during the excursion.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion
  • We always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself. 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.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • 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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