Saigon, officially called Ho Chi Minh, is less than 400 years old, a young town! Compared to the ancient cities in North and Central Vietnam, Saigon is more vibrant and dynamic, and it still possesses the spirit of the explorers who moved from the traditional provinces to the South. Saigon during the XVIII-XIX centuries was just a land of swampy forests and wildlife, a center of pirates and migrants. During the XX century, Saigon suffered the two fiercest wars of Indochina. Yet, the city has overcome and remains Vietnam’s most energetic and beautiful city.
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DAY 1: Arrive in Saigon (Lunch)
Our vehicle and Guide from ABI HOLIDAYS will welcome you at Tan Son Nhat Airport.
Our guide will take us to a Vietnamese restaurant, where we can enjoy the famous traditional dishes of Vietnam. Our guide takes you back to the hotel for check-in.In the afternoon, we will go on to visit the Temple of God Thien Hau in District 5, a beautiful temple that appears in many fine pictures of Vietnam, and Binh Tay Market (or the Big Market). The culture of Saigon is influenced by many strong characteristics of the Chinese community: concentration, resourcefulness, and District 5 depict them well.
In the evening, head out and enjoy the energetic nightlife of Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 2: Saigon City Tour (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel, our Guide will meet you at around 8:45 am (to avoid the rush hours) on a Vespa motorbike. Let’s visit Saigon the Vietnamese way.
Starting from a Cafe in central Saigon, we will ride the busy city streets, first stopping at the unique Bird Club in the park before visiting the famous Tan Dinh Church. Our adventurous mix of historic landmarks and hidden treasures continues as we soak up the local culture at a fresh flower market and a bright and vibrant fabric market. We zoom through Saigon traffic on the back of our comfortable Vespas to visit a traditional medicine shop and an ancient Buddhist temple. Having lunch at a local restaurant.
Our final ride takes us into the heart of Saigon to see some classic city landmarks. Firstly, visit the French architectural influences of the famous Saigon Post Office and beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral (outside only), before we end with a short history lesson outside the striking Independence Palace.
The ride finishes and we get back to our hotel. Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 3: Sai Gon – My Tho – Cu Chi (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel, our Guide will meet you at around 8:45 am (to avoid the rush hours), and today, we have a trip by private vehicle.
We will travel to My Tho, a nice suburban area near Saigon, and have a leisure boat trip between water-coconut trees. Visit Keo Dua workshops and the countryside before having a nice lunch in an orchard.
Afternoon we will run to Cu Chi Tunnel, a historic area near Saigon, which is famous for a complicated underground system used by the Vietnamese troops to hide their army and food. Cu Chi is now an open-air museum that tells much about the historical war.
Back to Saigon. After dinner, our Guide takes us to enjoy a show of Water Puppetry at Golden Dragon Theatre. Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 4: Saigon – Departure (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel, our Guide will meet you at the hotel.
Today, our guide will take you to Ben Thanh market to buy gifts for your loved ones. The rest of the morning is at your arrangement.
Check-out from the hotel. Our guide will take you to a local restaurant and have a delicious lunch before going to the airport.
Our Guide will say goodbye, and we all wish you a good trip back home!
Hope to see you for a more extended trip to Vietnam!