Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

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Our most recommended things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour

1. Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels on a guided tour from Ho Chi Minh city. Step back in time as you learn about how this vast underground network was used in the Vietnam war. Select the VIP tour option to enjoy beer, fruits, snacks, and lunch during your tour. Depart from Ho Chi Minh City for Cu Chi Tunnels, just 60 kilometers outside the city. Visit the heroic district and learn about its role in the anti-American war in Vietnam. Explore the 220-kilometer-long tunnel system with your guide. Soak up the rural rice paddy scenery and sights of ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers along the side of the road. Imagine the state of this peaceful district back when it was a "Free Target Zone" and suffered great destruction and damage due to bombing. See the remnants in Cu Chi that are evidence of the fierce battle that once took place here. Get a chance to fire an AK-47. At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus for the journey back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta: Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh

2. Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta: Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh

This full-day tour takes you from Ho Chi Minh city to two popular attractions, the Cu Chi Tunnels, and the Mekong Delta.  Be picked up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city in the morning and board a comfortable and spacious car. Head to Cu Chi tunnels, where you will explore and learn about the Vietnam War resistance the US Forces. Depart for Mekong Delta in the late morning, stopping at a local restaurant on the way to enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese Cuisine. Make your way to the Mekong Delta after lunch. Hop aboard a rowboat and travel through small canals under the fronds of coconut trees. Transfer to a motorboat to cruise to Coconut island. Disembark at a local family's residence to enjoy tropical fruits, honey tea, and local wine. See how local products are made and listen to a live local music performance performed by the villagers. Stroll along the countryside roads in the afternoon and have the chance to get to know the locals by interacting with them while they live their daily lives. Relax in the peaceful atmosphere, then say goodbye and depart for Ho Chi Minh City. Return to Ho Chi Minh city in the evening and be taken back to your hotel. Tour starts at 730AM, ends 640PM.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

3. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

Discover the verdant beauty of the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh city. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan or bus and board a motorboat for a ride through islands on the Tien River. Enjoy a local lunch in an orchard and ride a rowboat under coconut trees on the Bao Dinh canal. Depart from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and head to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. Pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. Along the way, visit the Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta.  Go by motorized boat on the Tien River to the Qui (Tortoise islet). See the fishing port, boat-building workshops, and the Dragon, Phoenix, and Unicorn Islet. Walk into the village, where you can visit a local fruit garden and enjoy the tropical fruit while listening to Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by islanders. Join in the daily activities that the locals do and take in the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside.  Visit the bee house, and take a picture of the pythons. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. The boat cruise will lead you through the Bao Dinh canal, entering Ben Tre province — the land of coconuts. Here you'll see a typical agricultural model called "Garden – Pond – Cage” before visiting the coconut candy-making shop. Next, enjoy a rowing boat trip on the small canal, fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut trees. After your boat ride, take a bike ride around the island before returning to the bus.

Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Tour

4. Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Tour

Be picked up from your Ho Chi Minh accommodation in the morning and board a comfortable mini van. Head to the Cu Chi tunnels and hear about the Vietnamese resistance to the US Forces. Depart for the Mekong Delta, stopping at a local restaurant on the way to enjoy a delectable lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Following lunch, arrive in Mekong Delta, and board a row boat to travel along small canals under the coconut tree fronds.  Board a motor boat and cruise to coconut island. Disembark at a local family's residence to enjoy tropical fruits and taste honey tea and wine. See how local products are made and listen to a live local music performance performed by the villagers. Stroll along the country roads in the afternoon to see what local life is like. Relax in the peaceful atmosphere, before saying goodbye and returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the evening and be taken back to your accommodation.

Ho Chi Minh: Water Puppet Show Ticket

5. Ho Chi Minh: Water Puppet Show Ticket

Enjoy a performance of fascinating Vietnamese art during a traditional 45-minute water puppet show. The stories told with water puppets are closely associated with the spiritual life of Vietnamese people, especially in the countryside. The stage for the show is the surface of a water pool. Puppeteers demonstrate their clever skills by managing puppets with long bamboo rods and a string mechanism under the surface of the water. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides musical accompaniment. The puppets act out the stories told by the songs, which reflect the peaceful life of the Vietnamese countryside.

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Street Food Tour with Local Students

6. Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Street Food Tour with Local Students

Sample 5-6 of the best street foods in Ho Chi Minh City, along with 2 drinks and a dessert, on a guided food tour. Visit the places where actual locals go with your guide and gain insights into Vietnamese culture. Sample must-have food and drinks, including banh mi, noodle soup, beer, and more. After pickup from your hotel by motorbike, you will have a chance to see the real Ho Chi Minh City away from the crowds of tourists. Stop at local street food hubs where locals gather and socialize. Explore and immerse yourself in the local culture in the craziness of Saigon's traffic and markets. Eat and sample 8 must-have treats in the city's back alleys. Warm up your taste buds with Bun bo hue beef noodle soup. Then, take a stroll, trying grilled pork with ride noodles on the way. Next, try the traditional Vietnamese banh mi sandwich before enjoying a refreshing sugar cane drink. Next, discover Vietnam's best culinary hidden gem: chuoi nuong grilled banana with coconut milk. Sample this traditional sweet and salty mix of tropical fruits and coconut milk sauce. Then, have a sit-down and relax, sipping a Saigon beer on the terrace of a local restaurant. Then, watch your banh xeo Vietnamese savory crispy pancake being made in front of you. Finally, finish off with the perfect treat, a sweet soup dessert. Be taken back to your hotel, having sampled the must-have delicacies of Ho Chi Minh and experienced Vietnamese culture with your student guide.

Ho Chi Minh: A O Show Ticket at Saigon Opera House

7. Ho Chi Minh: A O Show Ticket at Saigon Opera House

Learn about the vibrant culture and history of Vietnam at the iconic A O Show. The performance takes place within the beautiful surroundings of the historic Saigon Opera House, built in a European style. Enjoy humorous and sophisticated stories about rural Vietnamese and urban life. Admire a varied critically-acclaimed performance utilizing simple bamboo props, contemporary cirque acrobatics, and live folk music. Hear traditional Southern Vietnamese work songs played on traditional instruments. Enjoy an exciting spectacle that brings the rural and urban character of Vietnamese culture to life.

Bitexco Financial Tower: Saigon Sky Deck - Fast Track Ticket

8. Bitexco Financial Tower: Saigon Sky Deck - Fast Track Ticket

Get breathtaking views of Ho Chi MInh City from the Saigon Skydeck on the 49th floor of the 262-meter high Bitexco Financial Tower. Ascend the skyscraper on one of the city's fastest elevators at 7 meters per second. Opened in 2011, the innovative skyscraper was inspired by the lotus, Vietnam's national flower. It is currently Ho Chi Minh's tallest building and was created to represent the energy and aspirations of the Vietnamese people. Admire this symbol of the beauty of the city and its rapid economic development. Learn more about the different landmarks of the city from the interactive screens and boards. Use the binoculars on the skydeck to look across the skyline. Go to the bar or restaurants to enjoy some refreshments, and shop for souvenirs at the gift shop before you leave. See traditional costumes at an exhibition by the Ao Dai Museum.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta VIP Day Tour by Limo

9. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta VIP Day Tour by Limo

Discover the beauty of the Vinh Trang pagoda on this day trip from Ho Chi Minh city. Travel in a VIP Ford Transit limousine. Take a boat to Coconut Island, try local products and walk through local orchards in a small village, and savor a delicious Vietnamese lunch. Board the limousine for the 90-minute ride to My Tho. During the ride, you’ll have views of lush green rice paddy fields and scenes of local life. The first stop on this full-day program is to visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the largest pagoda in the Mekong delta. Afterwards, continue on to My Tho, where you’ll board a boat for a cruise along the Mekong River. The boat will take you onto a small canal, where you’ll leave hectic city life behind. Pass beneath coconut palms lining the canal on your way to Coconut Island in Ben Tre. Disembark and enjoy a walk around the village, stopping to meet a local family and taste tropical fruit, honey tea, and honey wine. Enjoy the sounds of traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers. Visit the village’s coconut candy shop, see how the candy is made, and also see some handicrafts made from coconut palm. Continue your walk through fruit orchards, admiring the flowers, trees, and other natural scenery. Head to a local restaurant for lunch and enjoy special Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, have half an hour to relax in the shade of the trees, take another walk around the village or go biking. Then it will be time to return to the ferry and head back to Ho Chi Minh City in the comfort of your VIP Ford Transit limousine. Be returned to your accommodation after the tour. Tour starts at 8:00AM, ends 5:30PM

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Combo City and Hidden Gems Tour

10. Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Combo City and Hidden Gems Tour

Travel to every corner of the Ho Chi Minh on the back of the scooter and discover the city’s hidden gems. Explore the bustling streets, colorful markets, and must-see highlights to hidden alleyways, ancient apartments, and traditional local houses.  See beautiful local alleyways where Vietnamese families work, live, and socialize. Visit the famous Chinatown - the biggest and oldest in the world – where you will find out more about the traditional values and the lifestyles of the mixed cultures in Saigon. Explore various ancient temples and learn about the history of the different religions of this magical land. City Highlights: • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Central Post Office • Saigon Opera House • Nguyen Hue Walking Street • City hall Hidden Gems: • The Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument • Ho Thi Ky Wholesale Flower Market • Nguyen Thien Thuat Oldest Apartment • Local Cambodian Market • China Town With famous medicine street • Thien Hau Temple (day time trips only)

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12,516 reviews

Great experience. Our guide's name was Tuan, who actually fought in the war so he was able to provide not just history, but a first hand account of his experiences, which made the whole experience much more relatable and enjoyable. This was actually my second time doing this tour (had done it 4 years prior, with another company) and I actually had the same guide! He recognized me immediately but it took me a few extra minutes to put the pieces together. Was so thrilled that he ended up being my guide again!

I was lucky enough to do this tour with Kain, who was so friendly and knowledgeable and funny. I was treated to several delicious foods and learnt about not only the history of Saigon but also the history of Vietnam as a whole. The tour touched on the war, on the ancient history of Vietnam and also on modern Vietnam all while feeding me as much as I could handle - definitely come to this tour with an empty stomach! Highly, highly recommended - thanks Kain!

Great day trip to explore the Mekong Delta - we booked at short notice and everything worked out well nonetheless! Our guide Niem was super helpful and did his best to show us around and answer all our questions!

Really enjoyable and informative day trip. Jackie, our guide was very good, he explained everything clearly and I certainly learned a lot more about Vietnams history.

No queue anyway at the time we went 5pm but always like to have a booking beforehand in case