Tour price: 24 USD
Length: 1 day
City: from Ho Chi Minh city (Sai Gon)
Tour code: VI-DSGN02
Highlight: Known to most as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a city of contrasts. The pace of life is frenetic, and yet the wide boulevards and parks help the city retain an air of calm. Classic French architecture competes for attention with brand new high-rise buildings. The port hosts vast tankers and cruise-liners while tiny sampans dart around them on the Saigon River.
A halfday sight-seeing tour will give you a glimpse of downtown Sai Gon and the Binh Tay Market in Cho Lon with stopover at ThienHau, a 150 year old Chinese Temple, Lacquer-wares workshop and Jade Emperor pagoda. Afternoon visit War Remnants Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Central Post Office. You will feel Sai gon in your heart.
Be picked up from your hotel at 8:30am or at 1.30pm and drive to the War Remnants Museum, formerly the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes and unquestionably the most-visited museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Here your guide will tell the story of Saigon’s darkest and most tragic hours during the Vietnam War (known in Vietnam as ‘the American War’).
Next, visit the Reunification Palace, once a symbol of the South Vietnamese Government and the site of the end of the Vietnam War on 30th April, 1975 when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates.
After the Reunification Palace you’ll drive to the Central Post Office, designed by Gustav Eiffel in Gothic style, and Notre Dame Cathedral, the iconic Saigon landmark built by the French between 1863 and 1880. Admired for its neo-Romanesque architecture and its peaceful atmosphere, the cathedral is also a favoured backdrop for Vietnamese wedding photography sessions.
From Notre Dame Cathedral see central city life from street-level as you walk along Dong Khoi Street (formerly known as Rue Catinat) to Ho Chi Minh City’s Gothic Opera House, completed in 1901. Shelled during World War II, used as a shelter for French citizens fleeing North Vietnam in 1954 and later employed to house the Lower House of the State of Vietnam, the Opera House has in recent years returned to its original function as a theatre. After that work about 100m more to the City Hall.
Return to the hotel, the tour ends.
- Air-con modern car/ bus
- Cool-towels and mineral water
- Tour guide
- Admission fees
- Personal expenses.
- Personal costs
- Drinks and beverages
- Admission fee