Lonely Planet Experiences: Cyclo & Market Small Group Adventure - Ho Chi Minh City

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Saigon Central Post Office, 2 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • 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 the vibrant streets of Ho chi minh city on foot and cyclo on this small group adventure tour. Travel like a local as you discover Ho chi minh city's many sights. Get a taste of colonial days at the majestic Notre dame cathedral, and see the beautiful Central post office and Reunification palace.


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  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Small-group tour
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Start walking from the General Post Office, an icon of Saigon, and Notre dame cathedral, built by the French during the colonial era. Both structures are fine examples of architecture from the colonial period.

Your HCMC tour takes you past the Reunification palace, previously referred to as the Presidential Palace, and the site of the official South Vietnamese surrender on April 30th, 1975. Although you won't go into the palace, your local guide will tell you all about it and give you the chance to take some photos.

From here, continue your journey to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, where we'll embark on a cyclo tour of Ho chi minh city, rolling around the city on a traditional three-wheeled bicycle with a carriage at the front for passengers. Drivers use pedal power to push us along, and give you the opportunity to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of HCMC without the barrier of being trapped behind a car window (or the sound of a noisy engine!).

The ride leads you to the bird caf at Tao dan park, where locals gather to do morning exercises and enjoy the fresh air and shade on sunny days.

Hop back on the cyclo and ride toward the crossroads where the famous monk Thich Quang Duc self-immolated in 1963, in protest of the governments persecution of Buddhists. Then ride to the very local District 3 and the biggest flower market in the city. Youll also visit a neighborhood where a lot of Viet Kieu Cambodians now live in Saigon, giving you a chance to learn more about Southeast Asian history.

Back on the cyclo, its non-stop sightseeing as you pass by the pet street, Le Hong Phong, and the art and painting street, Tran Phu, before bidding your cyclo goodbye at Tao dan park. Here, enjoy a short walk to Saigons iconic and authentic Ben thanh market; with its unmistakable clock tower, it has long been a staple of the city and is not to be missed.

At the end of your Ho Chi Minh City tour you are free to continue exploring Ben thanh market, or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel or providing tips and suggestions for further exploration in the area.


Small group tour

Local English-speaking guide

Cyclo ride

Finger food at local market

Entry/Admission - War Remnants Museum




Hotel pickup and drop-off

Souvenirs and items of a personal nature,

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 6 years

Traveler Reviews

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  • 30-Dec-2019

    A great tour to get in and amoungst it all in Ho Chi Minh. It gives you a first hand feeling of how the fast flowing pace works. People are lovely and our guide Tao was fantastic.

  • 02-Apr-2018

    This was a fun tour. Our guide was full of interesting facts.

  • 14-Dec-2017

    Great tour, very informative and really interesting, it is a must do, to hear about Vietnam history. We had a lovely rep and cyclo drivers were very good, also giving information to us. Only disappointment was, we did not receive any photo's from the trip, which states will be e-mailed to you, gave rep e-mail address, but did not arrive. Would recommend this trip though,early start.

  • 03-Aug-2017

    This tour was amazing!

  • 24-May-2017

    I thought the tour includes time and entrance fees for sighting inside the palace and the museum but its only a cyclo tour throughout.

  • 04-Apr-2017

    Great tour. Enjoyed it . Recommend it.

  • 09-Mar-2017

    This tour was amazing!

  • 26-Feb-2017

    My respect to Vietnamese is undeniable. After learning their history especially the Vietnam war and the sufferings they had, I would say they are the bravest to have fought for their freedom. Thank you so much for sharing your past with the tourist like us.

  • 26-Jan-2017

    Good for 1st time visit

  • 20-Jan-2017

    We were lucky to have the tour guide too ourselves. The tour was informative and he gave us a great insight to the Vietnamese culture and people. The cyclo toor was a fun part of the trip.

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