Ho Chi Minh City Tour Full Day
Travel Style: Day Trips
Area: Ho Chi Minh
Duration: One day
Best Price: 0 VND
Cantonese fishermen built this Chinese temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, at the end of the 18th century. The altar for the Goddess features three statues of the goddess Thien Hau. Votive paper offerings are burned in a large furnace at the entrance.
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL
Built between 1877 and 1883, Notre Dame Cathedral, with her two 40 meter towers topped with iron spires is one of Ho Chi Minh City's major landmarks. It is built in a neo-Romanesque form. The cathedral's red bricks and colored glass windows were imported from France. The cathedral was consecrated in 1962. Full services in both Vietnamese and English are held every Sunday morning.
SAIGON POST OFFICE
Located next to Notre Dame is Saigon's French-styled post office. Built between 1886 and 1891, the ochre-colored building has a glass canopy, ceiling fans, and enormous wall maps of "Saigon et Ses Environs". At the far end of the arched building is a large portrait of Ho Chi Minh.
BEN THANH MARKET
Ben Thanh is the largest market in Ho Chi Minh City. Shopkeepers sell a wide variety of local and imported products ranging from garments and textiles to handicrafts, flowers, and vegetables. The market was finished in 1914. The French-style building has a distinctive clock tower at its entrance.
WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM
This is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the ‘Requiem’ exhibit is particularly touching; dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks and cannons.
(Formerly the Presidential Palace)
Originally built for the French Governor-General of Indochina in 1868 the Norodom Palace as it was then known was abandoned in 1880 when government services moved to Hanoi. When the Government of South Vietnam was established in 1954, the palace became the luxurious residence of President Diem. In 1963, the palace was abandoned after a renegade pilot in the South Vietnamese army bombed and strafed the building. The current structure was opened in 1966. One of the most striking images of the War was the sight of North Vietnamese tank 843 crashing through the palace gates marking a symbolic end to the conflict in Indochina. On a tour of the palace one can visit underground tunnels and bunkers filled with radio equipment and maps left virtually untouched since 1975.
CHINATOWN – CHO LON
The largest Chinatown in Vietnam is Cholon, in district 5 and 6 of Ho Chi Minh City. Cholon’s current status was the result of political developments in the 18th and 19th centuries. The central market in Cholon is the Binh Tay market offering a wide range of products from food to clothing to daily necessities. It is also a wholesaler market and a tourist attraction. Another indication of Chinese activities in Cholon is the number of shops specializing in Chinese cultural and ritual items like religious objects and lion dance equipments. Today as modern buildings emerged in Cholon, the historical clan associations, temples and monasteries served as markers of history, reflect the relationship between the Chinese population and the state and continue in their roles as centers of Chinese cultural activities.
One day city tour will take you around the busiest city of Viet Nam, from downtown Sai Gon to China town. You will get to knows clearly about the Viet Nam War at the War Remnants Museum, and get a glimpse of the daily life of stall and street vendors at the Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Temple. You will see other places of interest such as: The Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Municipal Post Office…
Finish the tour at: 4:00 pm.
Price: 210.000 vnd / pax
- A/C bus
- Speaking-English tour guide
- Drinking water
- Entrance fee
- Travel insurance
- Tipping is at customer’s discretion