Saigon City

When visiting Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), traveler will be impressive by mix of the ancient and the modern. It features ancient pagodas and temples alongside old wooden shops that sell merchandise such as silk and spices. Meanwhile, the city is also home to skyscrapers, posh malls, classy restaurants and bars, as well as high-end hotels. It may be a modern metropolis, but it still exudes the history and culture of Vietnam.

Looking at Ho Chi Minh right now, those who are not aware of its history might find it hard to believe that this city has been through turmoil. Formerly known as Saigon, the city was originally a small fishing village called Prey Nokor before it became a French colony of Cochin-china and the capital of South Vietnam. These days, Ho Chi Minh is a favourite with tourists.

Cu Chi Tunnels

It is the famous Vietcong tunnels at Cu Chi. This incredible system, covering nearly 250km, was shelter ot over 16,000 communist guerillas during the war. We gain insight into the tenacity of these soldiers and have the opportunity to go inside the tunnels.

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Program 1:

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) City Tour (1day)

08.30 a.m.: Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) by car on an approximate 45 minute drive to the centre of this bustling city. Today sightseeing includes:
09.15 a.m.: Cholon (China Town) with Thien Hau Pagoda, Cholon is in District 5 and is a maze of narrow streets, bustling with people. Most of Vietnam’s ethnic Chinese live here and they are the largest single ethnic minority group in the country. Merchants began to settle in Cholon in the 1770s, although many ethnic Chinese fled the country in 1975.
The Thien Hau Pagoda is one of Cholon’s must-sees. It is dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau, protector of the sea. Photographers are spoilt for choice with the ornate decoration inside the pagoda and the statues of Thien Hau. It is popular with worshippers (the air is always heavy with the smell of incense) and there are regular festivals during the lunar calendar.

11.00 a.m.: Former Presidential Palace, The Reunification Palace is beautiful in its ugliness, a 1960s monstrosity designed with the help of Soviet architects. Most people will remember the image of a North Vietnamese tank crashing through the gates on 30 April 1975 signifying the fall of Saigon. The tank still graces the front lawn. Rooms open to the public remain exactly as they were in 1975, showing where important meetings were held during the war, as well as some of the private quarters of the president and his family. Most fascinating are a series of underground tunnels housing a telecommunications centre.
12.00 a.m.: Notre Dame cathedral, The twin towers of Notre Dame Cathedral have been a familiar landmark in Ho Chi Minh City since the 1880s. In front of the cathedral in a small garden is a delicate statue of the Virgin Mary. The interior of the cathedral is rather plain, unlike most French cathedrals, with no stained glass but it is a cool escape from the heat outside.
12.30 a.m.: Former post office, Across from the Notre Dame Cathedral, the vast Post Office was also built in the late 19th century in European style. The interior has hardly been touched since it was built and is dominated by a huge portrait of Ho Chi Minh. The building always seems busy but most people are just visitors rather than customers.

01.00 p.m.: Snack lunch. You can either choose a tasty Vietnamese famous traditional beef or chicken soup in a clean, spacious and nice Pho 24 restaurant or enjoy KFC with fresh seasonal fruit. (
02.00 p.m.: Visit Ben Thanh market
03.00 p.m.: Transfer back to port
03.45 p.m.: Arrive at port and cruise departs at 04.30 p.m.

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Cu Chi Tunnels tour from Saigon (1/2 day)

This tour takes about 5 hours to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground city in American war.

We drive 70kms Northwest of Ho Chi Minh city to visit Cu Chi tunnels. Before entering the tunnels, we watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. Also on displaying are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers. We then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels to see the first hand how the Vietcong communists were able to survive in this underground network. We then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

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Trip includes:

  • Transportation by private vehicle with A/C
  • All entrance fee to sightseeing sites as mentioned
  • Local English speaking tour guides
  • All entrance fees and permits where applicable

Trip excludes:

    • Meals
    • Travel insurance
    • Vietnam visa
    • Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses

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