Half-day Ho Chi Minh City Tour
- Experience the culture, history and everyday life of bustling Ho Chi Minh City.
- Learn about the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum & Reunification Palace.
- Admire the French colonial architecture of Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office.
- Lessons on architectural influences of French colonialists: Opera House & City Hall.
- Engaging commentary & souvenir shopping at Ben Thanh Market.
- Age range
- 13 - 90 years old
Familiarize yourself with the history and culture of Ho Chi Minh City on a half-day tour. Enjoy seeing a selection of the main sights and learn about the past and present of the area. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour. This half-day tour is the perfect activity to capture a glimpse of the historic landmarks and sites of Ho Chi Minh City such as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House, City Hall and Ben Thanh Market…
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Detailed program of the half-day Ho Chi Minh City Tour
You can choose from a morning or afternoon tour. Our local tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel or the meeting point in the city centre. As you ride, listen to your guide share stories about the city's history and find out how French control left lasting architectural and cultural legacies scattered around Ho Chi Minh City.
Start the tour with a visit to the War Remnants Museum. The museum tells the story of war from the Vietnamese perspective. View the massive display of weapons and artillery. Find old army equipment such as military tanks and jet fighters in the courtyards.
You will then visit Reunification Palace. This structure served as the presidential palace for former President Ngo Dinh Diem. Here on April 30th, 1975 the Vietnam War officially ended when tank number 843 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. Stroll through its lovely gardens, secret rooms, and hidden command bunkers.
Have a moment of silence and reflection at the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Admire the church's neo-Romanesque design. This is where thousands of visitors had gathered to witness a rumored miracle: the tears of the Virgin Mary statue. A few steps will take you to the grandest post office in Asia, the Central Post Office. Delight in charming telephone boxes, old-fashioned glue pots, looping arches, and marble floors. Try sending mail the traditional way.
Continue with your Vietnam Travel's guide to the Saigon Opera House, one of Ho Chi Minh City's most prominent landmarks, was custom built in 1897 by the French architect Eugene Ferret. A short walk along Nguyen Hue pedestrian boulevard will take you to the City Hall. Find out why this is one of the most impressive buildings in Ho Chi Minh City.
End the day at Ben Thanh Market, a bazaar of local apparels, silks and textiles, jewelry and precious stones, souvenirs, a wet market with a deluge of tasty tropical fruits, preserved snacks and candies and home utensils. Time permitting, you visit a lacquer workshop and display centre to buy your souvenirs of Vietnam.
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
English-speaking local guide.
(Other language on request)
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
Service of a private driver and an air-conditioned vehicle.
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