Authentic Saigon & Highlights

Summary:

  • Duration: Full-day
  • 8:00am – 5:30pm (customizable)
  • Departs: Saigon - Ends: Saigon

 

Highlights:

  • Cyclo ride
  • Flower wholesale market
  • Saigon landmarks:
    • Chinatown (Binh Tay Market & Thien Hau Pagoda)
    • Opera House
    • Notre Dame Cathedral
    • Central Post Office
    • War Remnants Museum
    • Ben Thanh Market
  • Authentic Vietnamese food
  • Rush hour traffic
  • And more…

 

Overview:

Today we will unveil the highlights of one of Asia’s most vibrant and welcoming cities, Saigon (as it is still popularly known as). It is a cultural melting pot with something to offer every traveler.

There is no better time for visiting Saigon while it passes through a remarkable and rapid phase of transformation - going from some millions bicycles in the 90s, Saigon now is a city of some 6 million scooters and a few hundred thousand of cars.

Above all, experiencing the heartfelt warmth and humor for which the Saigonese are renowned will stay with you long after you’ve departed for home. The alleys walk is designed to enable you to experience the real face of Saigon which will surely catch you by surprise.

For over a century, millions of Saigonese have been living and earning their decent life in thousands of alleys which may well be anyone’s mind-blowing experience!

 

Itinerary:

Pickup: 8:00am - at your hotel in Saigon Downtown

  • Kick start our exciting day with a short cyclo ride (rickshaw ride, 40 minutes) to Ho Thi Ky Alleys, with a short break at the Monument of Thich Quang Duc – the burning monk.
  • Upon arrival at Ho Thi Ky alleys, we will enjoy a short walk (20 minutes) in the alleys and visit Saigon’s largest wholesaled flower market which has been here for almost a century
  • Drive to Cho Lon (known as china town) and stroll through the backstreets market of Tan Thanh where hundreds of U.S ammunition boxes found their way to this market after the Vietnam War and are now being reused as toolboxes
  • We go on to visit Binh Tay Market, the largest wholesaled market in Saigon

NOTICE: From 15/11/2016, Binh Tay Market is temporarily closed for renovation. According to the authorities, the shutdown may take at least an entire year. Thus, on our city tours, we will replace Binh Tay Market with another local market. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for the incovenience!

  • Pay a visit to Thien Hau Pagoda
  • Savor our lunch at 46A restaurant with Saigonese styled & giant crepes with pork, prawn, beansprouts, etc., and beautiful home-made spring rolls
  • Afternoon: we will visit the sobering War Remnants Museum and the historic French-built landmarks i.e. Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and the City Opera House

NOTICE: Notre Dame Cathedral is under massive renovation. Thus, we can only view it and take photos from distance. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for the inconvenience!

  • Wrap up our day with some free time for your own shopping at Ben Thanh Central Market

Drop-off: 5:30pm – at your hotel in Saigon where our service ends

 

Price
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6+ pax
Adults 160/pax 90/pax 80/pax 70/pax 65/pax 60/pax
Children 6-11 years N/A 67/pax 60/pax 52/pax 48/pax 45/pax
Children 3-5 years N/A 45/pax 40/pax 35/pax 32/pax 30/pax
Children under 3 Free of charge

*Rates are in USD per person. Your payment will be converted into VND in accordance with Vietnam's Commercial Law.

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**Online transaction/wiring/banking fees are NOT included in the tour prices.

Included:

  • Modern air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Lunch with a local beer or soft drinks
  • 40-minute cyclo ride (cyclos & drivers)
  • All entrance fees for specified stops
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person

 Not included:

  • Drinks, meals and any other incurred expenses, that are not mentioned above
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tipping – tipping is optional. If you enjoyed our guide’s and driver’s service and decided to offer a tip, we would really appreciate your effort to hand over the tip to our guide and our driver separately so they both could appropriately express their thanks to you at the same time

 

Disclaimer:

  • Some photos in the museum are very graphic, confronting, and distressing
  • T-shirt, shorts or light-clothes and sandals are strongly recommended

 

Extra notes:

  • To all future visitors to Vietnam: please keep in mind that tap water is ABSOLUTELY NOT safe to drink whether at homestays, hotels or 5-star resorts.
  • We only run private and customizable tours. There isn't a group tour option nor do we team our guests up for a group.
  • We offer free pickup and drop-off from District 1, 3, 4, 5, 10 and Phu Nhuan. Pickup/drop-off outside of this area and airport transfers are subject to extra charges.
  • Some of the stops can be slightly changed, depends on actual time of travel
  • While traveling with us, your luggage will be safe in the car with our driver. However, we are NOT responsible for your money, jewelries, cell phones, and any other valuable belongings

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