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 and Mekong Delta: Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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: A O Show Ticket at Saigon Opera House

4. 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.

From Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels and VIP Speedboat Tour

5. From Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels and VIP Speedboat Tour

Take a trip on the Saigon River Express, offering you a luxurious tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels with five star service aboard one of our modern and luxurious speedboats. Forget tour buses; this tour will depart from Ho Chi Minh City for a scenic 1.5-hour boat trip to Cu Chi. Upon arrival, a private screening of the official Cu Chi Tunnels video will be shown with commentary and additional information from your English-speaking guide. Learn more about this immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. A traditional Vietnamese lunch or dinner of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served after your visit to the tunnels. Vegetarian or Halal meals are also available on request.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Street Food Motorbike Tour

6. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Street Food Motorbike Tour

Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh City - formerly Saigon - and taste the best street food at night! Meet your English-speaking guides in the evening, and climb on the back of a bike to immerse yourself in the crazy traffic. Join thousands of other motorbikes as you ride the streets and your driver takes you through notable neighborhoods, including District 3 where the locals live. Stop to enjoy some Banh Xeo and Banh Khot (South and Central rice pancakes), and learn how they are made from a chef with over 20 years experience before riding down hidden alleyways, where you will encounter old apartment buildings. Go on a short adventure to climb up to the top of some old buildings and see the contrasting architecture between modern and authentic Saigon. You can even visit a local pagoda which was built inside an old apartment by a female monk. Visit the biggest night flower market and soak up the wonderful bouquets. Take a short walk around the area, and get a special gift from your guide. Go deep into a true maze of local market to have an authentic local experience by grilling banana cakes. Next, drive to District 5 and pass a street famous for its oil paintings. Stop at a local restaurant to savor some bún chả (grilled pork with noodles, Hanoi style), known as “Obama Noodles” after President Obama and Anthony Bourdain tried them in 2016! Venture into District 10, where the city’s street food scene really thrives. Excite your taste buds with a heavenly dish of coconut ice cream at a shop established in 1975. Watch as the owner prepares some coconut ice cream right before your eyes. Take a spin around the city for enticing views of the night life, and experience the hustle and bustle of fashion street. Squeeze through narrow alleyways that cars can’t access, and journey along the banks of the Saigon River with a welcoming breeze. End your food and motorbike tour in District 4, where you will enjoy a seafood or meat meal of 3 different dishes and an authentic food challenge! Try some balut (boiled, fertilized egg) and tuck into a dessert of flan cake with caramel, coffee and coconut milk. Wash it all down with beer, soft drinks, mineral water or homemade Vietnamese sticky rice wine.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta VIP Tour by Limousine

7. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta VIP Tour by Limousine

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.

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Street Food Tour with 10 Tastings

8. Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Street Food Tour with 10 Tastings

Embark on a motorbike trip around 5 of Ho Chi Minh's colorful districts and hidden streets. Immerse yourself in Saigon's culture, blend into local nightlife, and eat mouthwatering local dishes. You'll ride on a pillion behind the drivers to enjoy the unique atmosphere and create unforgettable memories of Saigon. Try the best local foods and enjoy the amazing ride on the back of a scooter. Hop on the scooter and head into the crowded roundabout and exciting Saigon traffic on the back of your scooter. First, you'll ride to Chinatown and visit an evening local market. Next head to the Ho Thi Ky wholesale flower market. Take a walk in the market and sit down to learn how to make a crispy banana cracker. Continue to ride through the alleys, passing commercial streets and food vendors. After taking in some unbeatable views from your scooter, stop at a local food place for pho (beef noodle soup) and Banh My, Vietnam's most famous street food. After your meal, the Nguyen Thien Thuat area is next on the itinerary. This is one of the most famous street food areas in Saigon with great diversity in both cuisine and culture. Last but not least, discover the best place for dessert at a local favorite spot in district 4. Sit at a small table and chat with your tour guide. Get to know more about the local life and the ingredients of Vietnamese cuisine. The menu for the 10 tastings includes: • Banh Xeo: Vietnamese savory crispy pancake with herbs and sauce. Sit back and relax while watching your sizzling cake being done in front of your eyes. • Bo La Lot: Vietnamese grilled beef wrapped in betel leaves with a distinctive fragrance and smoky, juicy, tender meat. Enjoy it with a pineapple anchovy dipping sauce for the ultimate street snack. • Bun Bò Hue: Beef noodle soup. • Chuoi Nuong: Grilled Banana with coconut milk sauce. A mix of sweet and salty. • Crispy Banana Cracker • Bánh Mì: Traditional baguette with sausage, butter, and meat. • Saigon Pizza: A great mix of melted butter, cheese, egg, and Vietnamese sausage. • Cold Sugar Cane Juice with Kumquat • Jasmine Tea: A traditional drink to local Vietnamese restaurants. • Bánh Flan: Flan cake for dessert.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels VIP Tour by Limousine

9. From Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels VIP Tour by Limousine

Depart Ho Chi Minh City in the morning at 08:00 for the 60-km drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels. You’ll travel in luxury and comfort in a Ford limousine. Cu Chi district is considered a heroic site for the role it played in the American War. It is legendary for the tunnel system that stretches for over 220 km and is a popular attraction with both Vietnamese and foreign visitors. On this full-day trip, the drive will take you past rural rice paddy landscapes, where ducks and water buffalo swim in the waters at the edge of the road. With this scenery in view, it’s hard to imagine the destruction and deforestation of the area caused by bombs and mines when Cu Chi was labeled a free target zone. You’ll see evidence showing that the district was once a battleground. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to fire an AK-47 you can find out at the Cu Chi Tunnels. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Street Food Tour with Local Students

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

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based on 13,668 reviews

The cruise and buffet dinner was excellent. Our tour guide Bruno from Saigon Adventure did an exceptional job. He arranged a taxi for us because we couldn't do the cyclo section because of rain. He stayed with us all through the cruise and gave us information about Saigon and accompanied us back to our hotel. All the extras where at no cost to us. If you do this cruise you won't regret it and ask for Bruno as your guide. He speak very good English and is a delightful young man. He is a definite benefit to Saigon Adventure. Good onya Bruno

Sydney and Dan were amazing! Both very knowledgeable about the city’s food treasures and Vietnamese cuisine that made our food tour experience unique!!! First time on motorbikes in HCM and we had so much fun. It felt safe despite the craziness of driving around on a motorbike. We would like to thank you for this exquisite experience!!!

Excellent guide, spoke very good English, took us to a number of local districts and explained “locals” life in HCMC. Enjoyed the flower markets, food markets, tiny narrow streets dodging bikes. History of the area etc. Highly recommend, sadly my husband reinjured his ankle in first 5 mins but caught a taxi back to the hotel.

It’s a very interesting Tour and an impressive place. I can only recommend it, it’s a must! Our Tourguides Anh could explain many exciting details and he was very good.

It a nice, informative tour. The tour guide was very kind!