This private day trip will show you the Saigon highlights
Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon, as the city is still often called, is Vietnam's largest city. It is a fast-paced city full of contrasts, where street vendors selling fruit, vegetables and other goods are to be discovered alongside sparkling bars and western-style boutiques.
Saigon's story is only 300 years old. In 1859, the city was conquered by the French and became the capital of Cochin China. From 1956 to April 1975, it was the capital of the US-supported Republic of Vietnam.
Today, Ho Chi Minh City is the heart of Vietnamese businessmen and entrepreneurs. And yet the city keeps its connections to the past, especially in Cholon - Saigon Chinatown. Here are dozens of elegant temples and pagodas. The French left their mark with some beautiful buildings from the colonial period, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the main post office.
Price for 2 adults : Per person $69
Duration: full day
Departure time; On request
Category: Private Tour
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Itinerary- Saigon Highlights with Unseen Vietnam Tours
In the morning you will be picked up by your personal tour guide and we will start the Saigon Highlights Tour.
First, we will visit the War Remnants Museum: formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, this is a poignant demonstration of the futility of the war. Some of the black-and-white photographs are particularly touching, with both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers killed during the conflict. The courtyard contains the spoils of war, including rusted jets, tanks and cannons captured from the American military.
Afterwards you will visit the Reunification Palace: this is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30, 1975, the American war officially ended when the tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese army drove through the gates of the former residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.
Then you will visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the old post office. Built between 1877 and 1883, it is one of the best examples of classic French colonial architecture. Remarkably, every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam. Its two 40-meter-high towers crowned with iron towers dominate the skyline of the city. The Alte Post is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the largest post office in the country.
At 1pm we will have lunch at a local restaurant.
Afterwards visit the Giac Lam Pagoda. This is Saigon's oldest pagoda, dating back to 1744 and one of the most beautiful in Vietnam. Inside, 98 columns and 113 statues and countless mini-Buddhas vie for your attention. Do not miss the amazing Tree of Wandering Souls, where people pray for their sick relatives by writing the names of their loved ones on paper and then attaching them to the tree.
China Town Cholon actually means "big market". A claim that is quite justified as the largest market in Vietnam. This district is home to over 400,000 Chinese and there are countless beautiful temples and pagodas to visit.
After that our tour takes us to the Ben Thanh market. This lively market is very popular with tourists because of its central location. Here you will find a wide selection of goods from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk fabrics.
End of Saigon Highlights Excursion
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