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Things to do in Cholon, Ho Chi Minh City

Our most recommended things to do in Cholon, Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City: Street Food and Sightseeing by Motorbike

1. Ho Chi Minh City: Street Food and Sightseeing by Motorbike

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or other pre-arranged location, and then set off by motorbike to explore the different cultures and cuisines of Vietnam like a local. Make your way to District 3 and visit an old apartment to see how the locals live in the city's oldest neighborhood. Continue to the large flower market and marvel at the variety of flowers on sale. On the morning and afternoon tour options, explore one of the biggest the World’s China Town in District 5 and discover the motorbike market, Chinese lantern market, and Chinese medicine market. Stop at a typical temple showcasing the religious cultures of the Chinese. Then, go to a floating market in the heart of old Saigon. Instead of coming to Chinatown where local people have finished their business after a long day, on the night food tour, your tour guide will take you to enjoy some more Vietnamese food in busy local restaurants. Drive through the Saigon Old Mafia Area where is a big food paradise nowadays.

Discover Saigon's Local Sites and Culture by Motorbike

2. Discover Saigon's Local Sites and Culture by Motorbike

Start by being picked up by your motorbike driving guide for a morning, afternoon or evening tour and get ready to discover the cultures of the Vietnamese people on the back of a motorbike, like a true local. Begin the tour visiting the venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument. Then continue to District 3, the oldest district of Saigon, where you will visit an old apartment to see the local life of Vietnamese people and their daily activities. Make a stop at a local coffee shop to enjoy a typical Vietnamese coffee or coconut. Continue to the biggest flower market in Saigon before heading to China Town in District 5 and venture around ghost buildings, a motorbike market, a pet market, an electronic market and a Chinese medicine market. Afterwards, visit a typical Chinese temple.  The tour will lead you to a floating market, a small version of the Mekong Delta in Saigon. Witness the slum areas and old mafia area in districts 4 and 7. To keep your strength, fill your stomach with a special and amazing dish. Finally, drive through the Saigon River Tunnel in District 2, the new urban area in Saigon and enjoy the spectacular scenes of District 1.  At the end of the tour, before being dropped off at your hotel, receive a special Vietnamese gift from your guide.

Ho Chi Minh: Scooter Tour of Chinatown

3. Ho Chi Minh: Scooter Tour of Chinatown

See another side of Saigon with a tour of Cho Lon, also known as Chinatown. Travel with your guide by scooter and on foot and explore markets and off-the-beaten-path spots. Stroll through Binh Tay Market, enjoy a ride on a scooter, and visit a Chinese herb street at Trieu Quang Phuc. Stop at a local place for fresh kumquat juice at Ho Thi Ky flower market. Take in the colorful sights and exotic smells of the markets of Chinatown. See the spiral incense at Thien Hau Temple and stop by Chua Van Phat - the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Places visited include: The Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument Ho Thi Ky Wholesale Flower Market Nguyen Thien Thuat Oldest Apartment Local Cambodian Market Famous medicine street Thien Hau Temple – The oldest Chinese Temple in HCMC Chua Van Phat – the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas Cho Lon (Binh Tay Market) Motorbike market

Ho Chi Minh City: Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

4. Ho Chi Minh City: Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

Dive into District 6 (Quân 6), Ho Chi Minh City's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out Ba Chien Hau pagoda, Binh Tay market, local street art, spot architectural gems, and more. See and learn about the unexpected side of Ho Chi Minh City. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Full-Day Tour

5. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City on this full-day tour. Full of street vendors and glitzy, western-style bars, you will see all the major attractions from the history of Saigon - as the city was formerly known. Start at the Reunification Palace, where the “American War’” officially ended a tank of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time, the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Go to the War Remnants Museum to see poignant displays, including the black and white photographs of the “Requiem” exhibit, dedicated to foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. Continue to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office, two of the finest examples of French colonial architecture in the city. After lunch with set menu at the restaurant, near bustling Ben Thanh Market, spend the afternoon at the 18th-century Giac Lam Pagoda, Saigon’s oldest pagoda temple. Admire the myriad mini-Buddhas and amazing Tree of Wandering Souls. Then, end your tour at Thien Hau Pagoda and the Cholon district, home to the city’s 400,000 Chinese residents, many beautiful temples and pagodas, and the immense Binh Tay Market.

Discover China Town by Pedicab

6. Discover China Town by Pedicab

The tour will begin with a ride to the Lady Thien Hau Temple. This temple, built to worship Lady Thien Hau (the goddess of the sea), is one of the most interesting and ancient temples in the China Town area. Thien Hau is the Vietnamese transcription of the Chinese name Tianhou ("Empress of Heaven"), an epithet of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, the deified form of Lin Moniang, a medieval Fujianese girl credited with saving one or some of her family members from harm during a typhoon through her spiritual power. After visiting the temple, you will relax on cyclo (pedicab) going around China Town and visiting some local shops, where you can find many traditional Chinese products including medicinal herbs and clothing. China Town is an interesting place to see classical Chinese architecture reminiscent of years gone by with plenty of Chinese restaurants. We then visit Cha Tam Church (or Saint Francis Xavier Parish Church), is the first church for the Catholic parishioners of the local Chinese community in Ho Chi Minh City. Last stop is Binh Tay Market, constructed by the French in the 1880s, is located in the centre of Vietnam’s largest China Town district.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Guided Sightseeing & History Tour

7. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Guided Sightseeing & History Tour

Your tour begins with hotel pick-up at 08:00AM by luxury air-conditioned vehicle, from here you will start your Ho Chi Minh half-day tour. Experience the city of Ho Chi Minh like never before, taking the day to explore the city's history, culture, and traditions as you tour around some of its most famed sites, markets, restaurants, and pagodas. Visit the Reunification Palace, being able to listen to your guide's interesting historical knowledge about the structure that was formerly the South Vietnamese President's residence prior to the end of the war in 1975. You will then get the chance to witness the French influence through the French colonial architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. Following this, you will head over to the War Remnants Museum, where you can see the vast exhibits regarding the American-Vietnamese War. Next, enjoy a cycle ride to the Ben Thanh Market, where upon arrival you can wander through the vendor-lined walkways that make up one of the city's oldest surviving structures. You will even get the chance to purchase a few unique gifts, such as local crafts, textiles, or other souvenirs. At midday, stop at a popular local restaurant for an authentic Vietnamese meal with your guide. Next, follow your guide to Chinatown to wonder at the intricate architecture and detail of Thien Hau and learn about their spiritual significance. Finally, end the day with a visit to Binh Tay Market, wandering through the vendor-lined walkways before being transported back to your hotel at approximately 5:30PM.

Twilight Tour by Motorbike: See Saigon with Tiger Eyes

8. Twilight Tour by Motorbike: See Saigon with Tiger Eyes

If you have not seen Saigon at night, you haven’t experience the real city. The day’s heat and energy give way to a cooler, more relaxed pace as people return home from work, and go out to eat and visit with friends and family in the cafés, coffee shops and restaurants that line the streets. Vendors hawk foods of all sorts and sell souvenirs and nearly any other item you could imagine. The city pulses with brightly colored lights, music and people. This is a fun ride that shows you the best of the city’s nightlife. On this 2.5-hour tour your guide will be happy to share their knowledge with you, wanting to ensure that your visit to Ho Chi Minh City is the highlight of your trip to Vietnam. Enjoy a ride along at least 24 of the city’s best-known streets. See Saigon’s first hospital. Drive down the oldest street with your personal Tiger guide, and then on to streets specializing in shoes, clothes and hot pot meals. Get a full view of the city’s nightlife, and learn things that are not found in any guidebook. Cruise safely and come to understand why Saigon has much more to offer than most tourists ever experience. The Tiger guides are proud of their heritage, and love to share their local knowledge.

Ho Chi Minh City: 4-Hour Motorbike Tour

9. Ho Chi Minh City: 4-Hour Motorbike Tour

Have an unforgettable experience on the back of a motorbike as you and your guide navigate through Ho Chi Minh City's bustling traffic. Choose from a private or group tour and explore the favorite streets and places of the locals to get a unique perspective of Vietnamese life.  During this 4-hour motorbike tour you will visit iconic places intimately integrated into local culture. All of the streets here have their own characteristics. Check out Tan Thanh Market and find any possible motorbike part you might need, both new and vintage. Or head to the CD-DVD street to see the recent relics of the 21st-century. You'll also go to Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street which is famous for its traditional Chinese medicines. Many of the streets in Ho Chi Minh City are known for the different, but specific goods they sell such as aquariums, scissors, guitars, and more. See if there's a street dedicated to something you might want as a reminder of your time in Vietnam.

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What people are saying about Cholon, Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 191 reviews

Vinh is the greatest guide i could ever have for this trip very flexible and brought me to places which wasn't included in the trip to try different food as i liked street food and he is very knowledgeable in his history for the monk and i really had alot of fun vinh made this tour a awesome one and im really happy to have him as my guide, got to see alot of different areas from where im staying and its truly a great experience to see the slums and mafia areas very cool i loved it! Thank you Vinh for this wonderful trip hope to see you again!

This was a fabulous tour! We got to see so much of the city, enjoyed a delicious lunch and some great coffee, and had a great time with our guides. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Saigon.

Tour was just what we wanted. Vince was so helpful and accommodating, the other riders/guides also great and knowledgeable chatting along the way with bonus knowledge. Perfect afternoon.

Really fun riding around with an expert driver , weaving in and out of traffic , side streets and passages , eating exquisite street food and visiting historic areas of Saigon .

Vincent was amazing. Very knowledgeable and funny. A great driver. Best tour I have ever been on. 1000% recommend