As Vietnam’s largest city and the previous capital of the old Republic of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is still known by its old name, Saigon. Nowadays a visit to Ho Chi Minh or Saigon will bring you to a city full of a chaotic energy. While its troublesome past has been carefully recorded, commerce is ... Read More
Travel over the diverse terrain and experience different culture of Vietnam
Reviewed Tour: Best of Vietnam
Charles LoFrom USAAt
4 - Very Good
“Be prepared to take 4 to 8 hours bus ride for each daily tour. Customize your itinerary with the company instead of following its standard itinerary. There is not much to see in Ha Noi. Half day sight seeing in Ho Chi Min City is enough but spend the time exploring the City on your own and take a tour to Mekong Delta tour.”
“This was a very well planned holiday..Our guide, Mr Bean (Bin) did a great job keeping us safe and happy. This is the first time l have participated in a group tour...it will not be the last! I was given ample time to do my own thing or else spend time with my group. Enjoyed everything...”
Ho Chi Minh City - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips
As Vietnam’s largest city and the previous capital of the old Republic of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is still known by its old name, Saigon. Nowadays a visit to Ho Chi Minh or Saigon will bring you to a city full of a chaotic energy. While its troublesome past has been carefully recorded, commerce is booming and a fresh culture is being cultivated. All to create one of Vietnam’s most exciting cities.
Sample traditional Vietnamese food at the Ben Thanh market, where you can also find interesting and inexpensive gifts, souvenirs and general wares.
Immerse yourself in Chinatown. Full of temples, medicine shops and, of course, food!
Visit the red-brick Notre Dame cathedral, built in the late 19th century, an unexpected sight amongst so many golden temples.
Visit the 48th floor Saigon Skydeck at the Bitexco Financial Tower at sunset, you won’t be disappointed.
The Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine is an interesting alternative to history museums. If this interests you then make sure to head to a traditional herb store.
If the city if becoming a bit too much, escape to Can Gio island. The beaches of the islands are a welcome respite from the city’s chaos.
Enjoy the delicious and nutritious Vietnamese street food. From noodle soups called pho (pronounced as ‘fuh’) to Bahn Mi, a Vietnamese sandwich, it will save you money while giving you a real taste of Vietnam.
Beware of pickpockets while wandering the many markets of Ho Chi Minh.
Bargaining is common here, but be confident and firm with market sellers who can often be quite insistent. Always dress conservatively when visiting religious sites.
When finished eating, place chopsticks across the top of your bowl to avoid causing offence or gaining bad luck!
Make sure you have all the relevant vaccinations for Vietnam before you travel.