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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: Motorbike Combo City and Hidden Gems Tour

4. 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)

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

5. 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

6. 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.

Private Vegan Food Tour By Scooter in Ho Chi Minh City

7. Private Vegan Food Tour By Scooter in Ho Chi Minh City

Meet your guide at your accommodation at 5:30 PM and set off right away on the back of a motorbike. Get ready to experience the insane Vietnam traffic! The only thing that really stands between you and some awesome vegan food is the ‘daily-dice-with-death’ traffic situation, but don't worry, your guide is an experienced driver and will calmly lead you through the traffic. Your first stop is in District 3, a hip new spot with a relaxed, historical environment all around. Here you’ll kick the tour off with a famous story about a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself for protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. After learning about the history of the people of Saigon, head up to a local vegan restaurant, a calm spot combined with nostalgic vibes, where you’ll savor "Banh Xeo" - vegan Vietnamese rice pancake served with fresh vegetables.   Coming over District 10 then going off-the-beaten-path and diving into Saigon’s deep-rooted culture. Visit a true maze of the biggest wholesale flower market and a local market inside to have an authentic local experience in hidden alleys by grilling banana crispy crackers and local hangouts that you should not miss out on. Don’t get too comfy among the cushions as we’ve got to hurry to experience the highest pagoda of the city "Viet Nam Quoc Tu" located in a quiet space with its spectacular architecture before closing! From there, cross the road to the most famous restaurant in Saigon to sample vegan food. At the peak of culinary innovation, let your senses run wild with carefully planned Vietnamese dishes featuring sustainable ingredients and sip on your old-fashioned water or vegan beer. Drive to District 5 and pass the local streets of the nightlife. Take a spin around on the journey along the banks of the Saigon River in District 4 - The perfect time to cross the bridge to Saigon’s bustling night scene. After getting a welcoming breeze from the back of the bike, we’ll finish you off with a sweet treat such as smoothies or a dish of fresh fruit.

From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

8. From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 8:00 AM by your private car and tour guide, drive for 2-hours out of Saigon to the port. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to see 4 islets which are represented as four mythical animals in Southeast Asia: Dragon, Kirin, Tortoise, and Phoenix. Visit a honey bee farm and taste a delicious honey tea with lemon known for its health properties. If you are feeling adventurous, take the opportunity to stop at a local python farm. Continue to a coconut candy workshop to see how the delicious candies are made by hand. Next, listen to some Don Ca Tai Tu, a genre of traditional folk music. Relax on a rowing boat cruise as you journey through a mangrove palm canal. Continue the trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village to experience the way locals traveled in the 19th-century. Finally, head to the Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho Town. This ancient building is considered to be the biggest and oldest pagoda in southern Vietnam and was influenced by Asian and Western architecture and culture. End the tour at around 5:00 PM where you will be returned to Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh: Private Can Gio Mangrove Forest Day Tour

9. Ho Chi Minh: Private Can Gio Mangrove Forest Day Tour

Your tour begins at 8:00 AM, at which point you will be collected in a private car from your hotel. After a 40-minute drive, you will reach the Binh Khanh Ferry from where you will depart to Can Gio by boat. Once there, you will drive towards the Can Gio mangrove forest where you can admire the beauty of the green trees along the road. At 10:00 AM, you will have time to explore the mangrove forest, enjoying the fresh air and understanding the locals’ daily lives living along the river banks. You can also learn about the typical flora of mangrove forests and the other types of fauna at the local fishing hamlet. Furthermore, you will go through the forest on a canoe to visit the Reserve Bats Lagoon and the crab pond, before encountering and feeding a herd of deer which is friendly to man. Whilst here, you will also experience a crocodile farm where you can learn the process of hatching crocodiles and witness them in their natural environment. After that, you will venture toward the center of Vam Sat to observe the immensely panoramic views of the Vam Sat mangrove forest from the Tang Bong tower. Whilst there, you can also challenge yourself by crossing a suspension bridge. At 1:00 PM, you will have time for lunch at the Carrot Restaurant, before continuing with your tour in the afternoon. At 2:30 PM, you will go to Monkey Island to see over 1,000 monkeys that are living there. At 3:30 PM, you will return to the Binh Khanh ferry and drive directly to Saigon, where your tour ends at around 5:00 PM.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Motorbike Local Street Food Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,735 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.