There is no shortage of excitement when you travel through Ho Chi Minh city, which has beautiful city, rich history, quirky pop culture, and fascinating mix of new and old.
If you just have 5-time trip in Ho Chi Minh city, you can take a close look of what the highlights are. To get a better understanding, we will provide you with in-depth insights that Sai Gon tour has to offer…
Day 1: War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels
- 1 Day 1: War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels
- 2 Day 2: Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, Independence Palace
- 3 Day 3: Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, Binh Quoi Village, Ben Thanh Market
- 4 Day 4: Mekong Delta one-day tour
- 5 Day 5 — Trying out the shopping and food
The War Remnants museum is the first stop in our Ho Chi Minh city itinerary. You might be a history buff, but you will come out of here with a greater understanding and different perspective on the Vietnam War (Vietnamese perspective). This educational stop also lays good groundwork for the rest of your time in Ho Chi Minh.
Cu Chi tunnels is one of the most iconic destination in Vietnam. You will learn about the structure, geography, how the Vietnamese survived and lived for long periods of time during the war and if you are not claustrophobic, you can even get down inside the tunnels.
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Day 2: Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, Independence Palace
Built between 1863 and 1880 by the French, the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral is an architectural wonder in Ho Chi Minh. With its giant twin towers, it is sitting in between traffic in the city’s bustling District 1. It is beautiful on the outside and inside, and if you wish to attend, mass is held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., in Vietnamese and English.
Next on your itinerary should be the Saigon Central Post Office, as it is right next to the cathedral. It is the largest one in Vietnam and its late-1800’s architecture is worth seeing first-hand.
The last but not least, well known as Reunification Palace, everything is as it was when it was home to the South Vietnam presidents before the fall of Saigon back in 1975. Visitors have said the palace is impressive, the furnishings are beautiful and the underground bunker is an interesting must-see during your visit.
Day 3: Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, Binh Quoi Village, Ben Thanh Market
The largest Mahayana pagoda, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is top attraction for locals to see how the pagoda blends Japanese influence with classic Vietnamese architecture. The second floor is open for visitors throughout the year. If you want to attend and pray with numerous people, visit on the 15th of the month or during the Lunar New Year.
It takes just 15-30 minute to drive to Binh Quoi Village for a relaxing afternoon of greenery and colorful flowers. Many locals and tourists venture here when they need a break away from the crowded, noisy city life.
A trip to Ho Chi Minh is not complete without visiting its traditional markets. Ben Thanh Market are drawn you into Vietnamese culture, and invigorate all your senses.
Day 4: Mekong Delta one-day tour
The Mekong Delta is a maze of rivers, swamps and islands in southern Vietnam. It is also home to several floating markets, pagodas, villages, farms, workshops, rural bicycle paths and friendly locals.
You can take the Mekong one-day tour, which picks you up from your Saigon hotel (in Districts 1 and 3) at 8 a.m., and then returns you around 5 p.m., where you will take a leisurely cruise along the waterways, learn about the region’s traditions, bike through orchards, have a chance to cook a local dish and more. Otherwise, you can take a Mekong Speed Boat Tour and make cultural stops at Cao Dai Temple, a riverside market, local farms, houses, and more.
Day 5 — Trying out the shopping and food
Where to shop
An Dong Market is a fashion and craft market, or Bin Tay Market, to find an array of textiles, handicrafts and exotic fruits in Vietnam’s biggest Chinatown. Ho Chi Minh is also well known for its many fashion boutiques, like along Dong Khoi Street. In case, you are looking for a good tailor, look in District 5 or ask the locals where you can find a quality craftsman.
What and where to eat
Apart from Vietnamese food, you can also find a variety of other good and affordable choices, like Japanese, Korean, Chinese and French. Moreover, we highly recommend taking a cooking class at the Vietnam Cookery Center or going on a Vespa Tour – Saigon After Dark. As for the must-try Vietnamese foods, pho, banh mi, op la and bun rieu and bun bo hue are enjoyed by both locals and first-time tourists.
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