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Ho Chi Minh: Water Puppet Show Ticket

1. 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.

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

2. 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 City: Private Street Food Motorbike Tour

3. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Street Food Motorbike Tour

Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh City - formerly Saigon - and taste the best street food at night! Meet your English-speaking guides in the evening, and climb on the back of a bike to immerse yourself in the crazy traffic. Join thousands of other motorbikes as you ride the streets and your driver takes you through notable neighborhoods, including District 3 where the locals live. Stop to enjoy some Banh Xeo and Banh Khot (South and Central rice pancakes), and learn how they are made from a chef with over 20 years experience before riding down hidden alleyways, where you will encounter old apartment buildings. Go on a short adventure to climb up to the top of some old buildings and see the contrasting architecture between modern and authentic Saigon. You can even visit a local pagoda which was built inside an old apartment by a female monk. Visit the biggest night flower market and soak up the wonderful bouquets. Take a short walk around the area, and get a special gift from your guide. Go deep into a true maze of local market to have an authentic local experience by grilling banana cakes. Next, drive to District 5 and pass a street famous for its oil paintings. Stop at a local restaurant to savor some bún chả (grilled pork with noodles, Hanoi style), known as “Obama Noodles” after President Obama and Anthony Bourdain tried them in 2016! Venture into District 10, where the city’s street food scene really thrives. Excite your taste buds with a heavenly dish of coconut ice cream at a shop established in 1975. Watch as the owner prepares some coconut ice cream right before your eyes. Take a spin around the city for enticing views of the night life, and experience the hustle and bustle of fashion street. Squeeze through narrow alleyways that cars can’t access, and journey along the banks of the Saigon River with a welcoming breeze. End your food and motorbike tour in District 4, where you will enjoy a seafood or meat meal of 3 different dishes and an authentic food challenge! Try some balut (boiled, fertilized egg) and tuck into a dessert of flan cake with caramel, coffee and coconut milk. Wash it all down with beer, soft drinks, mineral water or homemade Vietnamese sticky rice wine.

Ho Chi Minh City: Hop-On Hop-Off Vietnam Bus Tour

4. Ho Chi Minh City: Hop-On Hop-Off Vietnam Bus Tour

Experience the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City from atop a double-decker bus. Ride through the city with a live guide or pop on a headset and learn about its triumphs, tragedies, and thriving culture. With a flexible hop-on hop-off tour schedule, fit this trip in whatever your plans may be. Choose your ideal time of day and enjoy different atmospheres whether you go in the morning or later on. Pick daytime slots and zoom around the busy streets or an evening slot to watch the storefronts light up as the sun goes down. See the multicultural influences on architecture as you pass by the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, the Central Post Office, Independence Palace, and City Hall. Learn about how each building came into being and how the city transformed from Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City. Weave through the streets of Ben Thanh Market, Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, and Nguyen Hue Street, and witness the lively and diverse atmospheres around each corner. The Bach Dang Pier is a beautiful stop for admiring the Saigon River, even more so in the evening when the city lights up.  You’ll pass by museums, the zoo, and more, giving you plenty of ideas for what to do on the rest of your trip in this unique city. If you'd like maps, brochures, or more information, your guide will be happy to help.

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

5. 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: Motorbike Combo City and Hidden Gems Tour

6. 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)

Bitexco Financial Tower: Saigon Sky Deck - Fast Track Ticket

7. 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: Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour by Limo

8. Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour by Limo

Discover the beauty of the Vinh Trang pagoda on this day trip from Ho Chi Minh city. Travel in a VIP Ford Transit limousine. Take a boat to Coconut Island, try local products and walk through local orchards in a small village, and savor a delicious Vietnamese lunch. Board the limousine for the 90-minute ride to My Tho. During the ride, you’ll have views of lush green rice paddy fields and scenes of local life. The first stop on this full-day program is to visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the largest pagoda in the Mekong delta. Afterwards, continue on to My Tho, where you’ll board a boat for a cruise along the Mekong River. The boat will take you onto a small canal, where you’ll leave hectic city life behind. Pass beneath coconut palms lining the canal on your way to Coconut Island in Ben Tre. Disembark and enjoy a walk around the village, stopping to meet a local family and taste tropical fruit, honey tea, and honey wine. Enjoy the sounds of traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers. Visit the village’s coconut candy shop, see how the candy is made, and also see some handicrafts made from coconut palm. Continue your walk through fruit orchards, admiring the flowers, trees, and other natural scenery. Head to a local restaurant for lunch and enjoy special Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, have half an hour to relax in the shade of the trees, take another walk around the village or go biking. Then it will be time to return to the ferry and head back to Ho Chi Minh City in the comfort of your VIP Ford Transit limousine. Be returned to your accommodation after the tour.

From Hồ Chí Min: Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Market 2-Day Trip

9. From Hồ Chí Min: Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Market 2-Day Trip

Get picked up at your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City and head to My Tho by bus. Your onboard tour guide will tell you everything about the culture of the locals while you can sit back, relax and enjoy the landscapes and scenery of green rice fields. Stop at the Vinh Trang pagoda on the way. Continue to My Tho and take a boat trip along the Mekong River. During the cruise, see fish cages and floating houses. The boat will take you to a small canal, where you can escape the busy town. The cruise through the coconut trees-lined canal will take you to a coconut island in Ben Tre.  Disembark and explore the village on foot. Visit local families and learn how to make sweets at a candy shop. You can enjoy fruits, honey tea and wine while listening to traditional music. Discover varieties of fruits, flowers, trees, and native houses. Enjoy a traditional lunch. Next, travel by ferry and bus to Can Tho, the heart of the Mekong Delta. Stay overnight in the hotel. The next day, after breakfast, take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river.  Proceed to visit the Cai Răng floating market, which is the liveliest in the whole region. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. Next, you will roam through the village, see fruit gardens and visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles-making shop.  Then, head back to the riverside for lunch before traveling back to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will arrive in the afternoon with unforgettable memories.

Saigon: 10 Tastings Street Food Tour By Motorbike

10. Saigon: 10 Tastings Street Food Tour By Motorbike

Embark on a motorbike trip around 5 of Ho Chi Minh's colorful districts and hidden streets. Immerse yourself in Saigon's culture, blend into local nightlife, and eat mouthwatering local dishes. Hop on the scooter and join into the crowded roundabout and Saigon crazy traffic on the back of your scooter. Take in this unique atmosphere and create unforgettable memories of Saigon. First, you'll ride to Chinatown and visit an evening local market. The next stop will visit Ho Thi Ky wholesale flower market. Take a walk in the market and sit down to learn how to make a crispy banana cracker. Continue to ride through the alleys, passing fashion streets and food vendors. After taking in some unbeatable views from your scooter, stop at a local food place for pho (beef noodle soup) and Banh My, Vietnam's most famous street food. After your meal, the Nguyen Thien Thuat area is next on the itinerary. This is one of the most famous street food areas in Saigon with great diversity in both cuisine and culture. Last but not least, discover the best place for a beer or dessert at a local-favorite spot. Sit at a small table and chair and have a great chat with your tour guide. Get to know more about the local life and the ingredients of Vietnamese cuisine.

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

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based on 4,572 reviews

My tour guide was JinLong who was amazing! He navigated the city so well and I felt really safe with him as a solo female traveller. He knew lots of facts and I feel like I learned a lot of interesting things about Vietnam. The rest of the tour guides were great too, all very funny and friendly guys. Definitely the best part of my Vietnam trip!

Best tour . Min and .mi were amazing. My fiend Kim was very nervous that I had booked it, but loved it. It seems much less stressful than takin a taxi. Felt totally safe. Only way to go out and about in this amazing city.

I was taken to places I would have never made it on my own, on foot or with car, narrow alleys, local areas outside the ‘books’, exposed to the stories of the city, buildings, people! Thank you!

Belle was an amazing guide. She was friendly, knowledgeable and patient to answer all the questions I had. I can only recommend the tour and especially Belle as a Tourguide.

really great tour, lots to see and fun to be on a motorbike while exploring the city. Our tour guide was really knowledgeable.