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Ho Chi Minh: Private City Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

1. Ho Chi Minh: Private City Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a pickup and discover the nightlife of Saigon by cyclo or scooter. Cyclo option: Drive along the city main streets and pass by Ben Thanh Market, General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, People Committee Hall, and Opera House. Scooter option: Include all sightseeing above and some extra authentic local sites: Flower market, Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment , fashion street After your ride of approximately 1 hour stop at Saigon Riverside. Be a welcomed guest at Bach Dang harbor and start your dinner. Cruise along Saigon River, enjoy a great dinner, and relax in the romantic atmosphere with Vietnamese Traditional Dance and a Music Show. Head back towards Bach Dang harbor where the cruise ends around 9:30 PM. Here a taxi picks you up and brings you back to the hotel.

Saigon: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. Saigon: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore Saigon and its beautiful French colonial architecture on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24 or 48-hour pass to choose from, you can discover this fabulous destination at your own pace. Along the way, you'll get a chance to see the Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the best kept buildings, not to mention one of the most important Ho Chi Minh City attractions. Hop off at the War Remnants Museum and Surroundings, or stay on the bus and be astonished by the panoramic views of this vibrant city. Enjoy the audio guide in multiple languages full of interesting facts. Fancy a spot of shopping? Then why not hop off at Ben Thanh Market? Saigon markets are perfect to purchase souvenirs or get a bite with some delicious street food. They are also a great way to observe a bit of local life. The exclusive red buses are always waiting for you to hop back on and continue with your sightseeing.

Saigon by Night: Private City Tour by Jeep and Skybar Drink

3. Saigon by Night: Private City Tour by Jeep and Skybar Drink

Enjoy a 3-hour after-dinner tour of Saigon by jeep, starting with a pickup at your hotel. See magnificent French colonial monuments, including the Opera House, City Hall, Notre Dame, and Post Office. Take in the local night market, where you can stop to shop if you like. Visit streets that come alive after dark in a busy and exciting area of the city. Ride to the city’s suburbs and see another side of Saigon, with a chance to take in some fresh air. End the night at a rooftop bar, admiring views of the city while you enjoy a free drink. The timing of the tour is flexible. If you’d like to customize the tour be sure to let the local operator know in advance.

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

4. 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: Guided Half-Day Tour

5. 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.

Saigon: Street Food Evening Tour

6. Saigon: Street Food Evening Tour

Your small group (maximum 12 Passengers) Saigon food tour kicks off with some authentic local appetizers such as chao muc (a dry squid porridge) and xa xui (Cantonese barbecued pork). Learn how Chinese food has been integrated into Vietnamese cuisine as you inhale the spicy flavors of the street stalls and watch local life unfold before your eyes in the heart of Saigon. Your immersion into local life continues as you make your way to the corner of Nguyen Cong Tru and Calmette for a unique street food called banh bo banh tieu, which recalls memories of many Saigonese childhoods. It wouldn’t be a true local experience without enjoying coffee the way Saigonese coffee aficionados do on a daily basis. Head to a popular local hem of Saigon to enjoy a cup. Experience the local style of taking your coffee and feel right at home. Next up is another one of the city’s iconic street food dishes: ha cao (Chinese-style dim-sum), bo bia (Saigonese spring roll) and bo cuon mo chai (barbecued beef meatballs). These dishes are some of the most popular and preferred dishes by southerners, and you can find them everywhere, from street stalls to fancy restaurants. What makes them so beloved is that the ingredients are so strikingly simple, yet the tastes and flavors are truly unforgettable . Then head to Bui Vien to pick up a Vietnamese fried banana for dessert, a new version of the traditional version that is popular with locals.

Private Saigon City Tour with Car Pick-Up from Phu My Port

7. Private Saigon City Tour with Car Pick-Up from Phu My Port

On this tour of Saigon visit some of the cities notable landmarks in a comfortable air-conditioned van. First, visit the Ben Thanh market. This market was built in 1914, and also the first must-see attraction for tourist to take many lively pictures of local market activities. You can find out many things in the market including kitchen equipment, souvenirs, garments, foods, fruits, and more. Explore the bustling market and see the vast number of goods the market has to offer. After the market head to the Saigon Notre Dame Basilica. This beautiful basilica was designed in the 1870s by a French architect J.Bourad and demonstrates neo-Romanesque architecture with materials imported from France. It is also called as “Saigon church” or “Virgin Mary church” and a favorite place for local couples to take pre-wedding photo shot. Your tour of the famous landmarks of the city will continue with a visit to the Saigon Central Post Office built in 1891 before heading to the War Remnants Museum or the Reunification Palace. IF you are a history lover and want to know more about the American war in Vietnam you might want to visit the War Remnants Museum. The Reunification offers a different option to look at the history of Saigon while exploring the architecture of the palace. Then head to the Jade Emperor Pagoda. Built in 1909 by the Chinese community, it’s the most impressive spiritual place for local worshippers to pray for their career or love, especially for having babies. Visit here is a great chance for you to discover the traditional Asian worship culture. After that, you will have lunch at the local restaurant.

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

8. 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.

Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

9. Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

The driver will pick up you at Phu My port in Vung Tau at 07:00, then transfer you to Saigon to visit a nice colonial center with broad promenades, squares, French-influenced buildings, temples and pagodas that should not be missed. Stops are inclusive of Reunification Palace, War Museum, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Notre Dame Cathedral. Have lunch at the good restaurant. Then you will stop to visit bustling Chinatown and Ben Thanh Market.   At 15:00 you will be transferred back to the port, and then at 17:00 you will arrive at the port.  

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What people are saying about Ben Thanh Market

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 256 reviews

If you are contemplating what to do with a few hours this is a wonderful experience. Our Tour Guide Belle Nguyen was fabulous! She has so much enthusiasm and you can tell she really loves her work. In review we were picked up at our Airbnb by 2 Cyclos for a tour around the city. It was so relaxing and exciting to see everyone going to and fro. We were greeted many times on our ride with wide smiles and big hellos and it made us feel special. Ms Belle rode her motor and followed closely behind and was in constant contact with us in case we needed anything. After about an hour ride on the cyclos we were dropped off at the pier area for a Dinner Cruise. The Indochina Queen was huge and it was completely full which gives you an idea how popular this tour is. Ms Belle seated us and made sure our food choices were translated to the staff. She then departed and returned after dinner to escort us out to the deck to enjoy the rest of the cruise. She made this tour unforgettable. .

Even though we couldn’t do the moto tour because of the rain, we got an amazing time on the boat eating loads of delicious Vietnamese food (you need to come there already starving to eat it all). The boat is huge and beautiful, the musicians were great but we got no traditional dance as said in the announce. Our guide Ruco was the sweetest, he drove slowly and carefully for the ones that are scared of the roads of Saigon and was happily answering all our questions. We definitely recommend to do the tour with him. We think personally that this tour is really good as a first discovery of the city if you’ve just arrived.

I was so delighted by the services that I’ve been thru the tour. I’ll give her more than 5stars 7stars (Reason ) prompt services Gd route knowledge Excellent Knowledge History of Vietnam Best at what she love to do Smile always Really thankful for the safe journey throughout my tour. I’ll would love to have her again in future for the bike tour Thanks Maya ( my dear)

Steve was a great tour guide and was very informative. He made any adjustments to the tour that we wanted and was very kind and helpful. He provided us with additional places to check out during our stay. It was great having a private tour and being able to do the tour on our own pace. I would highly recommend!

Reallly enjoyed the trip the guide was very very good and he lead us really well. He was really articulate and friendly.