About the Tour
Though being a vibrant city, Ho Chi Minh City also has a quieter side. Once you have ticked off the must-visit sights, Ho Chi Minh city comes into its own with many unique and quirky hidden treasures which are waiting for you to explore.
Go beyond the popular tourist attractions and go off-the-beaten-track in Saigon. Experience the real life of Saigoneses when you wander the narrow alleys, explore hidden gems and stroll through the local markets. One special thing, you can personalize your experience to fit your own traveling demands, just let your host know.
- Visit the most famous market in Saigon - Ben Thanh market
- Experience the real local life by taking a bus to Chinatown
- Feel the aromas of Vietnamese fruit market where only Vietnamese go
- Have a basic understanding about Vietnamese wedding traditions by going to the unique wedding accessories market
- Understand how Vietnameses process their business in an open heaven for local vendors, Binh Tay market
- Admire the architecture of sacred Vietnamese temple
- Your private guide will meet you at Ben Thanh market, then hop onto a bus to get to Chinatown. Here, stop at a fruit market to grab a bite of fresh local fruits prior to heading to Le Quang Sung street, a must-see street for those who want to get a closer look at the real Vietnamese life. This is the only site providing wedding betel and areca, which have important meanings in Vietnamese marriage ceremonies, in the city.
- Next, learn more about Chinese and Vietnamese communities along the way towards Binh Tay market – the iconic symbol of Saigon for its Sino-French architecture. Wander around while chit chatting with your local guide about locals’ lifestyles.
- Stop at Cha Tam Church, which was built in the 19th century and painted with decaying light-caramel color that exudes a tropical feel.
- Listen to the stories behind the temple, keep walking to other markets like Dai Quang Minh and Kim Bien. The former one is heaven for creative Saigonese because there are a variety of shops selling endless accessories for crafting and sewing.
- Your journey will continue at beautiful temples where you can absorb the sacred atmosphere, make wishes for good fortune and adopt Vietnamese traditional gestures. Visit Thien Hau temple, a revered structure established in the 19th century and specifically dedicated to the goddess of the seafarers, Thien Hau.
- It’s time to have a coffee break at Cheo Leo, one of the oldest cafe shops in the city. Here, the lady owner still brews her coffee in a traditional manner with an old-fashioned clay pot and cloth strainer.
- End up your tour in Ban Co Market, the place only Vietnamese people go. Wander around its stall and buy something you like, from clothes, handbags to jewelry and food. No one speaks English here, but don’t worry since your private guide will do the talking for you if needed.
- Come back to the starting point and relax.
- English speaking tour guide
- Coffee at a local coffee shop (Vietnamese style)
- Costs for grab taxi
- 01 non-alcoholic beverages
- Other personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
- No refunds within 14 days of experience date
- Free cancellation of up to 14 days prior to experience date