One day can be short to learn about a grandiose city like Saigon but obviously enough to give you a concept of the history, culture, as well as the endless growth of the town. If your time is adequate, take this day as the beginning to enjoy the city rather than the whole quick stop.
Pick-up at your hotel and start our tour at District 5, the Chinatown of the city where we can enjoy hustling daily life of the people from both Viet and Chinese roots, and distinctive Thien Hau pagoda. Go on to Binh Tay market, the biggest one at District 5 before returning to the Museum of War Remnants to learn about an important, painful period of Vietnam contemporary history. After lunchtime with local foods (including “Pho”, the famous Viet noodle soup, or “Banh Xeo” traditional southern cake), we will reach the colonial quarter in District 1, the golden area of the town, to visit the Reunification Palace, once witnessed the end of the Vietnam War and now served as a Museum and a grand hall for government reception as well. Not far from the Palace we will stop at the Notre Dame Cathedral, a center of Catholicism in Vietnam, and the graceful Post Office, still functional until now. The trip ends at an XQ Embroidery workshop and Ben Thanh market to learn about the art of making embroidered crafts in Vietnam and shopping.