Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. Nowadays, besides being a lively and active city it is also the gateway for Mekong Delta trips and an important hop for trips to Phu Quoc Island and the starting point for on going Cambodia tips.
For city tours we’ve planned the perfect day, making sure you don’t miss any of the highlights this vast Vietnamese metropolis has to offer. Ho Chi Minh City, or Sai Gon, is the largest city in the country, so as you’d expect, it’s a fully packed agenda. We’ll take you a whirlwind tour around the most fascinating museums, bustling markets, and tranquil temples and cathedral. There’s even an opportunity to test your bargaining skills at the Ben Thanh market – shopping heaven!
Mekong Delta tours are ideal for those wanting to escape the city, breath in the fresh air and be inspired by one of the most picturesque local places. Nature’s bounty is evident all around on these exciting (day) trips into the tropical Mekong Delta.
Take a leisurely sampan ride along the river, capture the stilt houses on camera, tour around the islets, have lunch in an orchard and gain a fascinating insight into the lives of those who live and work in this lushly rich landscape.
The Great Holy See Temple, built in 1926, is considered one of the most striking structures in all of South- East Asia. It is the headquarters of the unique Cao Dai sect, a religious hybrid, incorporating Buddhism, Christianity & Confucianism. Above the entrance is the all-seeing holy eye, a symbol of the sect. Visitors can attend the midday ceremony extravaganza, to witness the daily mass held by the Cao Dai followers, which is a fantastic experience.
Located 60km from Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists alike. The 200km network of tunnels became legendary because of their vital role in the war. In their heyday, the tunnels were fully functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
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Here are some tips for when you have a day to spare to see some of the cities sights; Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Ben Thanh Market, Cho Lon Market (Chinese market, less touristy), Jade Emperor pagoda, Bitexco Tower en Skydeck, Miriamman Hindu.
We at Get Up & Go Vietnam look forward to assist you for any further information so we can try to optimize your stay and turn it into an unforgettable lifetime memory!