Saigon (HCMC)

In less than a decade, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has transformed itself into Asia’s most dynamic boomtown—the epitome of the Wild, Wild East.  Discover it’s transformation with these tours:

SAIGON (Full day)

SAIGON (Half day)

SAIGON EVENING STREET FOOD TOUR

VESPA TOUR – THE INSIDER’S SAIGON ON MORNING

VESPA TOUR – THE INSIDER’S SAIGON ON AFTERNOON

VESPA TOUR – SAIGON AFTER DARK

COOKING CLASS WITH CITY TOUR (Full day)

SAIGON COOKING CLASS WITH CU CHI TUNNELS (Full day)

SAIGON COOKING CLASS (Half day)

A O SHOW

MY VILLAGE SHOW

THE MIST SHOW

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SAIGON (Full day)
SAIGON (Half day)
SAIGON EVENING STREET FOOD TOUR
VESPA TOUR – THE INSIDER’S SAIGON ON MORNING
VESPA TOUR - THE INSIDER’S SAIGON ON AFTERNOON
VESPA TOUR - SAIGON AFTER DARK
SAIGON COOKING CLASS WITH CITY TOUR (Full day)
SAIGON COOKING CLASS WITH CU CHI TUNNELS (Full day)
SAIGON COOKING CLASS (Half day)
A O SHOW
MY VILLAGE SHOW
THE MIST SHOW

08:00 You will be picked up at your hotel for a full day city tour in Saigon

Notre Dame cathedral and Old Post Office : Built between 1877 and 1883, this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Remarkably every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam . Her two 40m towers, topped with iron spires dominate the city’s skyline. The Old Post Office is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office.

War Remnants museum : Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes , this is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the ‘Requiem’ exhibit is particularly touching, dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. The exhibit includes the last shots these photographers had taken before their deaths. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusty jets, tanks and cannons captured from the American military machinery.

Continue to visit the Lacquer factory.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Giac Lam pagoda: This is HCMC’s oldest pagoda, dating back to 1744 and one of the finest in Vietnam . Inside, 98 pillars and 113 statues and myriad mini-Buddhas vie for your attention. Don’t miss the amazing Tree of Wandering Souls where people pray for their sick relatives by writing the names of their loved ones on slips of paper and then attaching them to the tree.

The Cho Lon: Cho Lon actually means Big Market – a claim that is well justified as Vietnam’s largest market, the Binh Tay, is located here. This district is home to the city’s 400,000 Chinese and has many beautiful temples and pagodas. Visit the Thien Hau temple

Ben Thanh market: This bustling and well-organized market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Ao Dais.

Back to your hotel at around 5pm.

08:00 / or 13:30 You will be picked up at your hotel for a half day city tour in Saigon

 War Remnants museum : Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes , this is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the ‘Requiem’ exhibit is particularly touching, dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. The exhibit includes the last shots these photographers had taken before their deaths. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks and cannons captured from the American military machine.

Cholon: Cholon actually means Big Market – a claim that is well justified as Vietnam ‘s largest market, the Binh Tay, is located here. The district is home to the city’s 400,000 Chinese and has many beautiful temples and pagodas. Visit the Thien Hau temple.

Ben Thanh market: This bustling and well-organized market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Ao Dais.

Notre Dame cathedral and Old Post Office : Built between 1877 and 1883, this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Remarkably every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam . Her two 40m towers, topped with iron spires dominate the city’s skyline. The Old Post Office is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office.

Back to your hotel at around 12pm / 17:30

SAIGON EVENING STREET FOOD TOUR [-/-/D]

A quick, fun and very tasty overview of Ho Chi Minh City’s best street food.

Pick up from your hotel at 18:00. Get a glimpse of local life as you sample a range of dishes in a little neighbourhood that’s been serving cheap and delicious street food for nearly 30 years. During the tour, you will get to try Vietnamese dishes, some with a little taste of France, some with a little taste of China. There’s even a little taste of Korea! You finish your eating adventures with Vietnamese dessert-in-a-glass. This tour is designed to give you the confidence to go out and try street food on your own once you’re released back into the wilds of Ho Chi Minh City. We’ll take you to and from the tour area by xe om (motorbike taxis). If you’re worried about riding on the back of a motorbike, we do have the scardey-cat option of taking a taxi. This requires a slightly earlier pickup (to navigate the peak hour traffic) and a small surcharge.

08:00 Depart from hotel. Our Vespa tour of modern-day Ho Chi Minh City will give you a view of the city unlike anything on a package tour, and much more than you could find on your own.

We know Saigon, and exactly how to take in the must-see landmarks while getting you off the crowded tourist trail. Take a peek at the history, the streets and the sights that most visitors never even hear about or see.

We’ll take you through the Chinese district of Saigon, stop to see a sweet-smelling flower market, & visit a breathtaking yet hidden Buddhist pagoda. Also see the must-see landmarks such as the famous Saigon Opera House & Post Office which were designed by Gustave Eiffel. Depending on the time of day you wish to take the tour, we will begin or end with a lunch at Café Zoom.

Zoom through the city on the back of a vintage Vespa and soak up the culture. See what The New York Times had to say about this adventure here. Finish at 12:30

12:00 Depart from hotel. Our Vespa tour of modern-day Ho Chi Minh city will give you a view of the city unlike anything on a package tour, and much more than you could find on your own.

We know Saigon, and exactly how to take in the must-see landmarks while getting you off the crowded tourist trail. Take a peek at the history, the streets and the sights that most visitors never even hear about or see.

We’ll take you through the Chinese district of Saigon, stop to see a sweet smelling flower market, & visit a breathtaking yet hidden Buddhist pagoda. Also see the must-see landmarks such as the famous Saigon Opera House & Post Office which were designed by Gustave Eiffel. Depending on the time of day you wish to take the tour, we will begin or end with a lunch at Café Zoom.

Zoom through the city on the back of a vintage Vespa and soak up the culture. See what The New York Times had to say about this adventure here. Finish at 16:30

18:00 Depart from hotel. This Saigon tour is part night excursion, part street food adventure. Experience Saigon nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.

To start off this Saigon night tour, enjoy drinks at our Vespa themed café, Café Zoom, to watch “as the world goes by” (as said in the Lonely Planet guide book). Throughout the night, try a variety of food and drinks at local restaurants and samples of Saigon’s best authentic street food. We’ll also go to a Vietnamese-style coffee shop with special live music, and then wrap up the evening at an exciting bar where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique styles.

Guests ride on a pillion behind our drivers to enjoy and experience the Vietnamese night life with friends. This tour includes free flowing drinks and all you can eat, so come with an appetite. The tour finishes at arond 20:00.

Have children? No worries! We can adjust this tour to be more kid-friendly.

07:30 Departure from Ho Chi Minh City to the HCM Agricultural Villages

08:30 Visit HCM Agricultural Villages
 – Visit cow areas
– Visit buffalo areas
– Visit rice fields
– Visit fish, prawn, chicken, duck areas
– Visit big herb, spice, vegetable and mushroom areas

Challenges in the garden: Become a real Vietnamese farmer in a Vietnamese traditional hat and pick up a lot of herbs, spices, vegetables and mushrooms in the garden.

10:00 Cooking challenges:
– Hands on cooking class with three dishes and 1 dessert and enjoy what you have done
– Enjoy great healthy cooking tips
– Recieve congratulations with a nice certificate as well as recipes and souvenirs
Recieve emails and updates for nice healthy recipes monthly

13:30 Transfer back to HCM city for city tour. Visit to China town (Cho Lon), an interesting place to see classical Chinese architecture reminiscent of years gone by with plenty of Chinese restaurants and temples.

15:00 Visit the War Remnants museum. The War Remnants Museum has a wealth of images from the wars, the most moving being a gallery entitled ‘Requiem’ which is dedicated to Vietnamese and foreign journalists and photographers who perished during the French and American conflicts.

16:30 Visit the Notre Dame cathedral and the Central post office. Notre Dame cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883, and the stones used to create it were exported entirely from France. Next to the cathedral stands the Central post office, finished in 1891. It is another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam’s largest post office.

Back to your hotel at around 17:30.

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Website: http://hochiminhcookingclass.com/

COOKING CLASS MENU: You get to cook 4 dishes: 1 entrée + 1 salad + 1 maincourse or noodle + 1 dessert.  Menu information available upon request.

Farming with Cu Chi tunnels trip is amazing program for people who love the countryside, love agriculture, love history and discover and understand clearly about Vietnamese agriculture and history with great Vietnamese cuisine from our Master Chef’s explanations

Starting at 08:00, you go to HCM Agricultural villages where you can participate in:
– Visiting buffalo, cow, fish and prawn areas
– Visiting mushroom growing areas and understanding how to make mushrooms and benefit of mushrooms bringing economic wealth and good health.
– Visiting herbs, spices and vegetable growing areas and understanding what they are used for in cooking and medicine

10:00 – 11:00 Being the farmer  Use your hands to make rice fields or growing the garden (You choose which ones you like and which ingredients do you want to grow up if you have something specific)

11:00 – 13:00 Cooking & lunch Watch our master chef doing a cooking show in front of you and enjoy what you see (There are special menu offers if you have dietary requiremements)

13:00 – 13:30 Cow milking Visiting cow milking areas and getting hands-on to milk a cow and make your own cup of milk coffee when you can enjoy your own handiwork.

13:30 – 14:30 Visit the rice paper villages and rubber tree forest
– Visit rice paper villages and learn how to make rice paper and what is the main ingredient to make rice papers? You will be surprised to get the answer!
– Visiting the rubber tree forest and understanding how to get the latex and what benefit of rubber tree use for?

14:30 Leave the cooking class for the tunnels of Cu Chi, where an immense network of connecting underground tunnels that are located in the Cu Chi district of Saigon, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underline much of the country. On our way there you drive through pleasant countryside, rubber plantations and rice paddies. At the Cu Chi tunnels, you will see a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers.

Back to Saigon. The trip will end about 18:00 at your hotel

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Website: http://hochiminhcookingclass.com/

COOKING CLASS MENU: You get to cook 4 dishes: 1 entrée + 1 salad + 1 maincourse or noodle + 1 dessert.  Menu information available upon request.

For the Saigon Cooking class we provide 3 optional schedules:
– Morning Class from 07:30 to 13:30
– Afternoon Class from 12:30 to 17:30
– Evening Class from 15:00 to 21:00

Departure from Ho Chi Minh City at 07:30 (12:30 or 15:00) to the HCM Agricultural villages

Visit HCM Agricultural Villages from 08:30 to 10:00 (13:30 – 14:30 or 16:30 – 17:30):
– Visit cow areas
– Visit buffalo areas
– Visit rice fields
– Visit fish, prawn, chicken, duck areas
– Visit big herb, spice, vegetable and mushroom areas

Challenges in the garden: Become a real Vietnamese farmer in a Vietnamese traditional hat and pick up a lot of herbs, spices, vegetables and mushrooms in the garden. 

Cooking challenges: from 10:00 to 13:30 (14:30 – 17:30 or 17:30 – 21:00)
– Hands on cooking class with three dishes and 1 dessert and enjoy what you have done
– Enjoy great healthy cooking tips
– Recieve congratulations with a nice certificate as well as recipes and souvenirs
– Recieve emails and updates for nice healthy recipes monthly

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Website: http://hochiminhcookingclass.com/

COOKING CLASS MENU: You get to cook 4 dishes: 1 entrée + 1 salad + 1 maincourse or noodle + 1 dessert.  Menu information available upon request.

A O Show which is phonetically understood as the Ahhh! Ohhh! Show, has performed since Feb 2013.

It depicts the charming beauty and richness in culture of Vietnamese lives in the countryside and the country’s urbanization in 60 minute length.

The show is a mix of bamboo cirque, acrobatic acts, contemporary dance and theatrical visual art. Live music which echoes the Southern work songs, and scenic lighting design makes the A O Show, which performs at the historic Saigon Opera House, worth seeing when you visit
Ho Chi Minh City.

Website: http://www.aoshowsaigon.com/ao-show
Schedule: subject to availability
Show Time: 18:00 on weekday, 20:00 on weekend (around 60 mins)
Address: Saigon Opera House 07 Cong Truong Lam Son, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City

My Village is a delicate merge of tradition and innovation, where poetic beauty of Northern Vietnam’s village life is presented under new cirque approach. Farming, building activities, raditional games, lifestyle of Northern villagers are recreated by ancestral bamboo props, breath-taking cirque and rhythmic dance, juggling, and acrobatics to distinct folk music played from more than 20 musical instruments. The show  as created in 2005, in Hanoi, by the same creators of A O Show. My Village toured around the world from 2009 to 2012, with over 300 shows in France,  olland, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong.

Website: http://www.aoshowsaigon.com/my-village
Schedule: subject to availability
Show Time: 18:00 on weekday, 20:00 on weekend (around 60 mins)
Address: Saigon Opera House 07 Cong Truong Lam Son, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City

A story of original life, Nebulous and surreal, the morning mist is rendered in rustic colors, of ordinary day in their ingenious life. Days rise and wane over sunlit fields. Nights are woven from the dreams of rice. On black mud, rice plants stand and thrive, tenacious roots deep-seated underneath, indicate the strength and determination of Vietnamese farmers. Inside each humble rice is an invincible power bursting into life, that has permeated Vietnamese souls. Rice is life, the essence, the devotion, the predestined love ties in the culture of Vietnam.

Website: http://www.aoshowsaigon.com/the-mist
Schedule: subject to availability
Show Time: 18:00 on weekday, 20:00 on weekend (around 60 mins)
Address: Saigon Opera House 07 Cong Truong Lam Son, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City


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