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Ho Chi Minh City

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Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta, Pagoda & Rowboat Tour

1. Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta, Pagoda & Rowboat Tour

Discover the verdant beauty of the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh city. Travel in an airconditioned minivan or bus and board a motorboat for a ride through islands on the Tien River. Enjoy a local lunch in an orchard and ride rowboat under coconut trees on the a Bao Dinh canal. Depart from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and head to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. Pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. Your morning trip continues from here by motorized boat on the Tien River to the Qui (Tortoise islet). On the way, see the fishing port, boat-building workshops, and the Dragon, Phoenix, and Unicorn Islet. Walk into the village, where you can visit a local fruit garden and enjoy the tropical fruit while listening to Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by islanders. Join in the daily activities that the locals do and take in the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside. Visit the bee house, and take the picture of the pythons. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. The boat cruise will lead you through the Bao Dinh canal, entering Ben Tre province — the land of coconuts. Here you'll see a typical agricultural model called "Garden – Pond – Cage” before visiting the coconut candy-making shop. Next, enjoy a rowing boat trip on the small canal, fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut trees. After your boat ride, take a bike ride around the island before returning to the bus.

Ho Chi Minh: A O Show Ticket at Saigon Opera House

2. Ho Chi Minh: A O Show Ticket at Saigon Opera House

Learn about the vibrant culture and history of Vietnam at the iconic A O Show. The performance takes place within the beautiful surroundings of the historic Saigon Opera House, built in a European style. Enjoy humorous and sophisticated stories about rural Vietnamese and urban life. Admire a varied critically-acclaimed performance utilizing simple bamboo props, contemporary cirque acrobatics, and live folk music. Hear traditional Southern Vietnamese work songs played on traditional instruments. Enjoy an exciting spectacle that brings the rural and urban character of Vietnamese culture to life.

Ho Chi Minh: Water Puppet Show Ticket

3. Ho Chi Minh: Water Puppet Show Ticket

Enjoy a performance of fascinating Vietnamese art during a traditional 45-minute water puppet show. The stories told with water puppets are closely associated with the spiritual life of Vietnamese people, especially in the countryside. The stage for the show is the surface of a water pool. Puppeteers demonstrate their clever skills by managing puppets with long bamboo rods and a string mechanism under the surface of the water. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides musical accompaniment. The puppets act out the stories told by the songs, which reflect the peaceful life of the Vietnamese countryside.

Bitexco Financial Tower: Saigon Sky Deck - Fast Track Ticket

4. Bitexco Financial Tower: Saigon Sky Deck - Fast Track Ticket

Get breathtaking views of Ho Chi MInh City from the Saigon Skydeck on the 49th floor of the 262-meter high Bitexco Financial Tower. Ascend the skyscraper on one of the city's fastest elevators at 7 meters per second. Opened in 2011, the innovative skyscraper was inspired by the lotus, Vietnam's national flower. It is currently Ho Chi Minh's tallest building and was created to represent the energy and aspirations of the Vietnamese people. Admire this symbol of the beauty of the city and its rapid economic development. Learn more about the different landmarks of the city from the interactive screens and boards. Use the binoculars on the skydeck to look across the skyline. Go to the bar or restaurants to enjoy some refreshments, and shop for souvenirs at the gift shop before you leave. See traditional costumes at an exhibition by the Ao Dai Museum.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Motorbike Local Street Food Tour

5. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Motorbike Local Street Food Tour

Following a fun ride on the back of your scooter, your first stop is a beef noodle soup called Bun Bo Hue. Following this soup, you will sample Vietnamese savory crispy pancakes at district 3 in a hidden eatery. The third stop is in district 10, where in the middle of a colorful wholesale flower market you will experience how to make steamed rice rolls. Afterwards, try out one of the rolls with fresh herbs, sauce and a sugarcane juice. Hop on the scooter and get to another area to enjoy the most popular street food in Vietnam, Banh My. This food is listed as the number one street food that Vietnamese people eat almost every day, due mainly to its convenience and great taste. Afterwards, you will drive over Nguyen Van Cu Bridge to admire the whole view of Saigon, you will see some stilt houses along the way and enjoy the fresh cool breeze from the river. More food is coming, and you will stop at district 4 and sit on plastic chairs among many locals at a local eatery to have grilled pork with noodles, herbs and vegetables. The last top will be at a place for dessert, where you can have flan cakes or a coconut ice cream as an option. After this unique journey through local flavor, you will be dropped back at your nearby hotel.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Luxury 1-Day Group Tour

6. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Luxury 1-Day Group Tour

Your tour begins hotel pickup in Ho Chi Minh City between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM. Travel by minivan or bus to My Tho, a city situated on the Mekong Delta. Take part in a variety of activities that will offer you the chance to get to know Vietnam. Hop aboard a horse-drawn cart and admire the coconut trees that dominate the landscape. Row down the canal in a small boat, then cycle down provincial roads to see the rice fields, pineapple plantations, orchards, and small hamlets. Ride a motorboat down the mighty Mekong River and see Dragon Island, Phoenix Island, and Turtle Island. Stop at the famous Unicorn Island and visit a local bee farm. Taste natural honey along with honey wine, rice wine, and banana wine. Walk through the village, then visit a coconut candy workshop and learn how to make coconut candies. Hop back on the motorboat and travel along lush green canals to a local restaurant where you'll enjoy a Vietnamese lunch. Venture to another part of the island and enjoy tropical fruit as you listen to traditional south Vietnamese music. If you choose the "Luxury Tour Group Tour" option then after this delicious snack, you will take you back to My Tho to visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Enjoy the convenience of hotel drop-off once the bus has returned you to Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh: Tan Son Nhat Airport Private Car/Bus Transfer

7. Ho Chi Minh: Tan Son Nhat Airport Private Car/Bus Transfer

Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you will be greeted by your local driver with a welcome board before being transferred to your hotel along with other travelers. You can enjoy a comfortable ride to your chosen hotel in District 1, 3, Tan Binh within Ho Chi Minh City, in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. Along the way, you will see the busy life of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), at night. You will be amazed at how many motorbikes there will be on the road, and at how vibrant the streets of Ho Chi Minh will be. Arrive at your accommodation safely and conveniently and get your stay in the city off to the perfect start.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Street Food Evening Walking Tour

8. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Street Food Evening Walking Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in selected areas of Ho Chi Minh City, and then head by taxi to a local district which is known as a street food paradise to taste authentic banh xeo and banh khot (rice pancakes) away from the tourist crowds. Stroll along a street known for its barbecue seafood vendors and head to a local-favorite restaurant to taste the best bo la lot" (beef in wild betel leaves). Sample a tasty Bot Chien, pan-fried rice cakes with egg and spring onions which is cooked by a local chef with over 25 years experience, and then quench your thirst with a sugar cane juice mixed with a little orange. Continue your food adventure with an authentic banh mi (sandwich) and experience the perfect fusion of 4 delicious flavors with one bite! Walk into the old apartments of Nguyen Thien Thuat, where you can join the locals and try the best barbecue seafood or meat with some local beer and homemade Vietnamese rice wine. Cap off your Saigon street food tour at the night flower market by enjoying an amazing dessert which is coconut ice cream, avocado ice cream or grilled bananas with coconut milk. Your street food guide will take a taxi to go with you get back to your accommodation.

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Combo City and Hidden Gems Tour

9. Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Combo City and Hidden Gems Tour

Travel to every corner of the Ho Chi Minh on the back of the scooter and discover the city’s hidden gems. Explore the bustling streets, colorful markets, and must-see highlights to hidden alleyways, ancient apartments, and traditional local houses.  See beautiful local alleyways where Vietnamese families work, live, and socialize. Visit the famous Chinatown - the biggest and oldest in the world – where you will find out more about the traditional values and the lifestyles of the mixed cultures in Saigon. Explore various ancient temples and learn about the history of the different religions of this magical land. City Highlights: • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Central Post Office • Saigon Opera House • Nguyen Hue Walking Street • City hall Hidden Gems: • The Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument • Ho Thi Ky Wholesale Flower Market • Nguyen Thien Thuat Oldest Apartment • Local Cambodian Market • China Town With famous medicine street • Thien Hau Temple (day time trips only)

Mekong Delta Tour W/ Row-Boat, Kayak & Small Floating Market

10. Mekong Delta Tour W/ Row-Boat, Kayak & Small Floating Market

The tour starts at 7:45 AM from Ho Chi Minh city and ends in Ho Chi Minh at around 6:00 to 6:30 PM. Depart Ho Chi Minh City and relax on the 2-hour journey to Cai Be, where you will explore the local culture of the Mekong Delta.   Take a boat cruise along the Mekong River and pass a floating market. Disembark to visit the craft village and see how local products are made. Visit orchards of local fruit, such as durian, rambutan and longan, and refresh yourself with a hot tea and taste the fruits as you are entertained by a live music presentation. Next, take part in a cooking class and prepare your own lunch. Then, explore the delta by kayak and bike before the return trip to Ho Chi Minh City.

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11,682 reviews

It was very convenient -- pick up in morning and drop off in D1 area. Comfortable transportation and transfers between bus - boat - tuktuk. Exposed to variety of experiences such as traditional/local music, traditions, and food. Great tour guide -- Alex was a history teacher that had much to share about the history and culture of Vietnam. Helps elevate the tour beyond mere sightseeing, and gives better context to the sites we visited. :)

A wonderful adventure with My wife. Mr Lan (Unicorn) was a fantastic guide and kept everyone informed and amused. We loved it and highly recommend it. Many thanks to Mr Lan and the driver for a great day out. See you again soon. The Aussies ;)

Very friendly guides. Easy to interact with. You will definitely have a great experience with them, more people like these should be hired.

Asa was a fantastic tour guide and her English was amazing!! Thoroughly enjoyed the scooter tour

Really nice tour guides! Great way to get to know Ho Chi Minh better