Ho Chi Minh City, still often called Saigon, has been a city of immigrants from its founding in the 17 century. It was once a small fishing village that has expanded to well over 2,000km2 with a population somewhere between 7 and 9 million (many residents are not registered). Recognized as a Mecca of commerce, its bustling chaos makes it easily Vietnam’s most exciting city. But it’s also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture. Its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it a magnet for visitors.  Let’s look beyond the modern high-rises and see a more authentic, historic side of Ho Chi Minh City and its suburban. 


  • See Ho Chi Minh city's famous historic landmarks
  • Walk through the city's vibrant street life
  • Enjoy the tranquil river scenery 
  • Learn about Vietnam's war time and experience the incredible Cu Chi tunnels

What to bring:

  • Sun & rain gear
  • Walking sandals/shoes
Saigon orientation

Day 1 Saigon orientation

Meal: lunch | Accommodation: not included

8:30 AM –Pick up from your hotel for a full day orientating of Ho Chi Minh City. A a short drive takes you to Cho Lon – the city’s most colorful district which still retains its connection to the past. We start with a visit to the impressive Thien Hau pagoda and from there roam around its buzzing street life, you’ll pass mix of architecture – from temples to shophouses to modernist classics. 
Our next visit will be a historical site due to its significance refering the war time, it’s a Secret Weapon Cellar in a local house in District 3. Nearly three tonnes of weapons were kept by Saigon Commandos to attack the Presidential Palace during the Tet Offensive in 1968.
In the afternoon, you'll spend time at the  Reunification Palace, and then from there stroll to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, the Central Post Office and the Opera House. Walk to Ho Con Rua area for a cup of Saigon coffee, enjoy the unique way of drinking mobile coffee by Saigon people. You may be crashed in some of the interesting talk with Saigon students who often gather here before or after their lectures. Trip ends at your hotel before 5:00 PM (to avoid rush hour)

Price per person based on a group tour

Group size Price per person
2 pax

USD 56

[vnd 1299 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. 


  • Transportation in appropriate vehicle with experienced driver as stated.
  • 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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