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Exciting city tour Ho Chi Minh city to explore this fast-paced metropolis full of contrasts, with street vendors selling fruit and vegetables next to glitzy western-style bars and boutiques, some fine colonial-era buildings such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office… Amazingly, the city’s history dates back only 300 years. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is very much the heart of Vietnam business and entrepreneurial activity.
Ho Chi Minh
8.00 meet our guide at your hotel and start our city tour Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) to visit:
War Remnants museum, which relates to the American phase of the Vietnam War. See displays of old military equipment and other relics of the War as well as larger exhibits including an F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.
Reunification Palace (Independence Palace) formally known as the century-old Presidential Office, which witnessed the growth of Ho Chi Minh City during peacetime and throughout the Vietnam War until its end in 1975.
Continue seeing the beautiful structures from the French colonial times, including a stop at the impressive Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, discover the magnificent neon-Romanesque architecture as you take in the tranquil atmosphere inside. At the opposite Central Post Office, one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City, learn about this significant landmark – the busiest post office in Vietnam.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon: get off of the tourist track to experience the local life of bustling Ho Chi Minh City, head to China town, the biggest Chinese community in Vietnam, then we’ll visit the Thien Hau Temple, a Chinese temple which has the beauty and spirituality of the traditional architecture and iconic Binh Tay Market (Big Market), famed for its warren of food stands and grand Sino-French architecture. Learn about everyday life of the fruit and vegetable sellers here before stopping for a glass of traditional Café Saigon – Vietnamese iced coffee, and the chance to try some of Vietnam’s exotic fruits.
End this city tour Saigon at your hotel or Ben Thanh Market, a lively market in central District 1, where your guide can help you barter for goods.