Lonely Planet Experiences: Ho Chi Minh City Highlights Small-Group Insider Tour

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  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Nhà Hát Thành Phố, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Return Details :
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Explore bustling Ho chi minh city (formerly known as Saigon) on this small group adventure tour.The Ho chi minh city tour will give you an insight into the history, culture and the daily life of the locals in Ho chi minh city. Bargain for souvenirs at Ben thanh market and enjoy a lunch of local Vietnamese cuisine. Learn about Vietnam's modern history by visiting the Reunification Palace and War remnants museum and finish the day with a stroll along Ho Chi Minh City's tree-lined boulevards.


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  • Lunch included
  • Small-group tour

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Your first stop is Giac Lam, built in the 17th century it is the oldest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. Continue to Chinatown with stops at Cholon and Binh Tay markets to see the locals bartering for wares. Next is Thien hau temple, built in the early 19th century and dedicated to the Thien Hau the goddess of seafarers. Continue to Nha Rong wharf where Ho Chi Minh first left Vietnam in 1911. Your final stop before lunch is at the Ben thanh market, where you can practice your language skills and barter for goods. The market's original location was close to the Ben Nghe River before it was destroyed in 1859 during the French invasion of Saigon. It was rebuilt and moved to its present location in 1899.

Following our market visit, we stop at Fito Museum, which displays over 3,000 objects relating to traditional Vietnamese medicine and dating back to the countrys foundation.

Then, after a short bus ride to the city centre, well enjoy a traditional local Vietnamese lunch of pho, or noodle soup a must when youre in Vietnam! After lunch you'll visit the War remnants museum, originally opened in September 1975, it displays old military equipment and other related items from the Vietnam War. In the courtyard you will find some larger exhibits including a F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter. Continue on foot past the Reunification palace, Notre dame cathedral, the General Post office, and the Opera house which are all beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period.

At the end your tour you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.


Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Local English-speaking guide

Hotel pickup (centrally located hotels only)

Local "pho" lunch (noodle soup)

Entry/Admission - War Remnants Museum

Entry/Admission - Ba Thien Hau Temple


Hotel drop off



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Minimum age is 6 years

Port pickup not available due to required permit. Suggest to travel by taxi to district 1 (Ben Thanh Market) and advise pickup from here.

Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate

Unfortunately, this tour cannot accommodate vegetarians and vegans

Please note that this tour visits independent, family-owned businesses whose operating schedules and menus may change. Therefore, street food venues and local dishes often vary; your local guide will make any final adjustments on the spot

Traveler Reviews

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  • 13-Feb-2020

    Our guide Bic was just the best. Friendly, enthusiastic and a genuine pleasure to be with. Really knowledgeable but not one of those guides who bores you with too much! She tailored the tour to our interests and happily answered our questions. We were sad when the tour ended and we had to say goodbye to her. The itinerary was a good mix of things to see to get a feel of this fascinating city.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    The tour was good but visit to the medical museum and the temple in Chinatown was boring and totally unnecessary. Better to make it a half day tour rather than dragging the end till 3.30pm by including the two useless and boring visits.

  • 17-Dec-2018

    We enjoyed this tour on Dec 12, 2018 as it showed us Ho Chi Minh in a day, the trip was particularly good due to our tour guide whose name translates to Ms Love - she was knowledgeable and informative, warm and friendly and helpful in making recommendations- overall an excellent guide.

  • 09-Jul-2018

    Thanh was a delightful guide who had a wealth of facts and figures. We got to see a couple of things we would not have found ourselves. Only 5 of us in the group. A great first day in HCM as it reaĺly gave me my bearings.

  • 17-Apr-2018

    Excellent tour for Saigon first timers. The knowledgeable and friendly guide -Linda - takes you to all the must see places in Saigon and trough local markets. Lunch in a local restaurant is included. Hotel pick up was on time.

  • 10-Apr-2018

    Punctual, great tour. We only had two and a half days in Saigon and this was a great way to see the city. Rating would be 5 stars if the guide and minibus had available drinking water. When it is 35 degrees in Saigon with humidity through the roof there has to be cold water either included in the tour price or for sale in the minibus. Only criticism.

  • 04-Apr-2018

    This is a fantastic tour - Linda was amazing - her knowledge was incredible we enjoyed it so much. We only had three people on the tour and it was fabulous - we enjoyed hearing about the history of the Vietnam war as well as seeing so many sights of the city and enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Thankyou for a most enjoyable day - would highly recommend to anyone wanting to see a snapshot of the city in a day.

  • 03-Apr-2018

    We learnt a lot about Ho Chi Min city and Vietnam from this tour. The Guide was informative and very helpful. Great if you have limited time in the city because you see a lot in the day, and in air-conditioned comfort.

  • 01-Apr-2018

    We did not visit Ben Thanh market, Cho Lon and Binh Tay, and the Opera House. I booked this tour to specifically to visit the market areas, however, our guide did not believe people should shop while visiting Vietnam, so did not take us to the shopping portion of the tour. Disappointed.

  • 18-Mar-2018

    Really enjoyed this tour as an introduction to HCMC/Saigon. I also really enjoyed the historical background that our guide provided. We were only 3 people on our tour so he was able to answer our questions and we had really good conversation with him. The stops were interesting, we went to the Museum of Traditional Medicine, the War Remnants Museum, the Palace of Independence and the Central Post Office. We also went to a market which is pretty much like any other market in Vietnam. The driver was great and met us timeously at all our stops. All in all, a really good day.

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