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Sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City

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Key Highlights
  • Shop for clothes, handicrafts and food at the oldest market in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Explore the largest city in Vietnam and see its famous landmarks
  • Marvel at the French influence at the Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Approx. 8 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0800h (08:00am)
    Duration: Approx. 8 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your centrally located hotels in Ho Chi Minh City.
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your centrally located hotels in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Ho Chi Minh City is the largest of Vietnamese cities, with the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life visible everywhere. There are street markets, sidewalk cafes and sleek new bars. Yet within this teeming metropolis are 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture.

    See some of its finest cathedrals and pagodas. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, a beautiful redbrick structure built by French rulers in the 18th century. The recently-built Vinh Nghiem is the largest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh. Absorb the hustle-bustle and lively atmosphere of Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh’s most popular landmark. Its shops sell everything from fabric, clothes, shoes, kitchenware, cooked food and fresh vegetables to a variety of seafood and meat.

    Get a glimpse of the history and culture of Vietnam on this tour to the city of Ho Chi Minh City.


    You will be picked up from Your centrally located hotels in Ho Chi Minh City and taken for a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

    The highlights of your trip include:

    Giac Lam: Start your trip with a visit to Ho Chi Minh City's historic and oldest pagoda, built in the 17th century.

    Chinatown: Next, visit Chinatown with stops at the lively Cholon and Binh Tay markets to see the locals bartering for wares.

    Thien Hau temple: The Thien Hau temple was built in the early 19th century dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of seafarers. It is considered to be one of the most ancient Chinese temples.

    Nha Rong wharf: The Nha Rong Wharf, popularly called Uncle Ho’s souvenir area, is located at the junction of the Ben Nghe Channel and the Ho Chi Minh City River. This is where Ho Chi Minh first left Vietnam in 1911.

    Ben Thanh Market: The last stop of the morning is at the Ben Thanh Market. Its original location is close to the Ben Nghe River and the old fort of Gia Dinh was where it derived its name (Ben meaning ‘pier’ and Thanh meaning ‘fort’).

    Following your market visit, you will stop for lunch at a traditional local Vietnamese restaurant, where your local guide will explain the local specialties.

    After lunch, continue on your sightseeing tour.

    Visit the War Remnants Museum. The War Remnants Museum was originally opened in September 1975. It displays old military equipment and other related items from the Vietnam War. In the courtyard there are some larger exhibits including a F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.

    Take a walking tour to:

    Reunification Palace: The Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace was the sight of South Vietnam's surrender in April 1975.

    Notre Dame Cathedral: This is a beautiful red brick cathedral in the Paris Square, right in the heart of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. It is a beautiful example of French colonial architecture.

    General Post Office: Adjacent to the Notre Dame Cathedral, this is yet another grand old colonial building with a beautiful dome-shaped roof.

    Opera House: Built in 1897 by a French architect, the 800-seat building has donned several roles. From 1956 till 1975 it was the home of the Lower House assembly of South Vietnam and after from 1975 it was again used as a theatre.

    Downtown Ho Chi Minh City: This is the economic hub of the city and is a bustling plce.

    At the end of the trip you wiil be dropped at your centrally located hotels in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Transportation in a minivan
    • English-speaking guide
    • Entrance fee
    • Lunch
    • Hotel Pick-up and drop-off (centrally located hotels in Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    We don’t recommend this tour to vegetarians as this tour includes visit to independent, family-owned businesses where operating schedules and menus may change. Therefore, street food venues and local dishes often vary, however adjustments would be made on the spot.

    Incase you have any special dietary requirement please mention the same in special request section while making the booking.

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.

    If your details are not correct It is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher, If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

  • reviews
    • Great tour

      The tour guide was fantastic. Must do tour to see HCM city...

      mrs k y griffin, United Kingdom, 17/Oct/2012
    • Very comprehensive tour

      Well worth every penny spent, frankly speaking, it turned out as private tour for only two of us with Isango local partner, Urban Adventures. It was day full of fun with...

      Kaspars Ezergailis, Latvia, 18/Mar/2016
    • Excellent introductory tour of Ho Chi Minh City

      Hotel pick up as promised and then an excellent introduction to Ho Chi Minh City. Tour covered the cultural and political history of the City including examples of it's French...

      BRUCE L LANGFORD, Australia, 10/Apr/2014
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