Ho Chi Minh City is easily the largest city in Vietnam and was regarded as the heart of Indochina during the French colonial period. Although the worst excesses of those days  have  gone, it  remains  the  brash,  exciting  city originally known as Saigon. Don’t  worry  about  figuring  out  how  to  get around on your own, we’ll take care of the navigating and provide an expert guide along the way.


  • A closer look to Saigon lifestyle
  • The exploration of Saigon from the back of a motorbike
  • Special treat with a meditation at a local house by Saigon river

What to bring:

  • Sun & rain gear
  • Walking sandals/shoes
Saigon insight walk

Day 1 Saigon insight walk

Meal: not any | Accommodation: not included

13:00 – our guide meet up at your hotel. Let’s scratch beneath the surface of Ho Chi Minh city with an insightful walk to atmospheric markets, teeming alleys, and hidden relics… located off the tourist trail. We would start with 2 markets in Ho Thi Ky alleys which have been part of people living in Saigon for almost 40 years. While the Ho Thi Ky market is famous with the wholesales and retails of fresh flowers, the nearby Le Hong Phong market is for sellers who are mostly from Cambodia and sell foods that are specialties of this country.
Walk onwards, we’ll step into the labyrinth of small streets and narrow alleys where tourists rarely enter. See family-run businesses lining the street, learning how the city’s residents live in their tiny old apartment blocks... all are alive with food and chatter, creating a familiar sense of community that Vietnamese neighborhoods often have. En-route, you’ll pass by some historic relics of Saigon’s war time, it can be a small exhibition of Propaganda and Training Committee where a covert printing press functioned, or the secret cellar where nearly three tones of weapons were kept during the Tet Offensive in 1968. 
This afternoon also includes some street food experience as this area is rich variety of Vietnamese and Cambodia dishes on offer. From one street stall to the next; from a bowl of fish soup to a glass of milk tea; from a plate of crispy fried noodles to a cup of warm soy milk… sit alongside the locals, sample some of these savory treats for an authentic taste of Southern delicacy. Trip ends at your hotel around 18:00.

Price per person based on a group tour

Group Size Price per person
2 pax

USD 44

[vnd 1020 000]


* Fixed prices in USD. Prices in VND are subject to currency fluctuations upon making the trip reservation.

* Prices valid till 31 December 2019 for the ready-to-book adventure outlined on this detailed program which has been handcrafted by our production team and that includes the best of the destination (highlights and some lesser known assets as well!). Our travel consultants will also be glad to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and travel-style. 

* Would you like to adapt the itinerary, accommodation, length of the trip or any activity as per your needs and preferences? Then just forward us your comments at info@handspan.com.

* Special prices for groups of more than 2 people, children and the possibility to connect the tour with other stages of your trip around Indochina by contacting us. 

* A private trip for a solo traveller is also available with a surcharge.


  • Transfers from and back to our hotel in Saigon.
  • Meals as specified on the program.
  • All entrance fees, visits and activities mentioned on the program.
  • The services of an experienced English-speaking guide.
  • VAT and other taxes.

Not included

  • Accommodation.
  • Flight tickets or visas.
  • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Supplements on peak season.
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