Lonely Planet Experiences: Ho Chi Minh Local Guided Tour

4.3 / 5

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Ho Chi Minh Local Guided Tour

From $52 per person

Experience the authentic Ho Chi Minh City. Explore ancient pagodas and colonial architecture. Wander the lively streets of Chinatown. Dive into noisy markets to strike bargains with the locals. Feast on delicious traditional food. See American war relics.

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  • Experience the authentic Ho Chi Minh City
  • Explore ancient pagodas and beautiful colonial architecture
  • Wander the lively streets of Chinatown
  • Explore vibrant markets to strike bargains with the locals
  • Sample Vietnam's exciting street food scene with a tasting of Pho soup
  • See American war relics at the War Remnants Museum
  • Learn about traditional medicine and its history in Vietnam
Full description
Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. Soak up cultural delights of bustling Ho Chi Minh City on this full day adventure led by an expert local guide. You will be joined by a small group with a maximum of 12 passengers. Begin the day with a ramble though the streets of Chinatown and pick-up great bargains in the atmospheric markets of Cholon and Binh Tay. This is a great way to experience local life. Afterwards stop-off at the Thien Hau Temple and Nha Rong wharf, pausing along the way for a rejuvenating cup of coffee. Following the visit to the market, stop at Fito Museum, which displays over 3,000 objects relating to traditional Vietnamese medicine. Then, after a short bus ride, enjoy a tasty lunch of traditional Vietnamese Pho, or noodle soup. This meal is included in the price of the tour and is a great opportunity to sample some of Vietnam’s famous street food. In the afternoon visit the War Remnants Museum, take a walking tour to Reunification Palace, and see both the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. Admire the grand colonial architecture and walk further to see the famous Opera House and downtown Saigon. This tour will immerse you into the history, culture and traditions of Ho Chi Minh City and is conducted in small group sized of no more than 12 people.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as indicated
  • Transport as indicated
  • 1 local lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for driver or guide
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Front entrance of the Saigon Opera House, Dong Khoi St, District 1 (intersection of Le Loi St)

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  • Unfortunately, this tour cannot accommodate vegetarians and vegans. If you would like a customized vegetarian or vegan tour, please email info@hanoiurbanadventures.com to see if a private experience can be created for you
  • Please notify the tour supplier in advance of any food allergies
  • Please note that this tour visits independent, family-owned businesses whose operating schedules and menus may change. Street food venues and local dishes often vary; your local guide will make any final adjustments on the spot
  • Please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered as this trip may visit religious sites
  • Children must be between 6 and 11 years of age inclusive
  • From August 1, 2019, the meeting point is the front entrance of the Saigon Opera House, Dong Khoi St, District 1 (intersection of Le Loi St)
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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 15 reviews

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Good orientation tour

Nice competend Lady Guide named "Nhi". We gor a good orientation to the City. Everything was fine except the market in chinatown. Because of Reunification Day (30th. April) the Binh- Tay Market was closed as nearly all shops around. There was dirt, smell and disgusting rubbish to be seen/ smell! It is every year on the Same date. So why not change the itinery in this point? "Nhi" did a very good job and the tour can be recommended.

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April 30, 2017

A very good introduction to Saigon

After getting over the initial glitch of the local tour booking agency not advising the guide to pick us up, we started the tour about an hour late. This is the only reason the tour did not get a 5 star rating, as our guide was excellent and the itinerary very good - the right amount of time in each place and a lovely lunch thrown in.

September 9, 2013

September 9, 2019

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