Independence Palace

Independence Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

Ho Chi Minh City: 2-Day, 1-Night My Tho and Mekong Delta

1. Ho Chi Minh City: 2-Day, 1-Night My Tho and Mekong Delta

DAY 1: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho 7.30 am: The car and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. One the way, you can stop for taking a photo and enjoying the nice scenery of green rice fields, the peaceful Vam Co Dong river. 9.30 am: Visit Vinh Trang pagoda – the biggest pagoda in Mekong Delta. It best reflects the soul of Mekong River Delta with a unique structural style. After that, we take a leisurely boat ride along the river to enjoy fresh air and escape the busy town. See the typical stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Go to Tortoise islet for lunch in the orchard garden with local fresh specialties. Then, the cruise through the shadows of the water coconut trees will take you to Ben Tre. Come to visit the traditional house: enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea with lemon when listening to the Southern Vietnamese folk music (performed by the locals). Visit a family business to learn how to make coconut candy. Go for a walk through the fruit plantation and villages to enjoy the natural scenery, observe the pastoral life and take nice photos. Arrive to Can Tho. Overnight in the hotel. Free time to visit Ninh Kieu Wharf, Can Tho Market or taste the delicious local dishes. DAY 2: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City 7.00 am: pick you up in hotel in Can Tho after breakfast. You will take the boat trip to along on the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River and visit the amazing Cai Rang floating market. You get to experience water commerce from the large cargo vessels to smaller sampans weave. Try some of the amazing, unique local food and to take a closer look at life on a boat. After exploring the floating market, you will wander around the village, see the orchard garden and try your best to cross a Monkey bridge which is built by only one bamboo tree. Besides that, you have a chance to experience how to they make rice vermicelli noodle. Stop for lunch before the return journey to Ho Chi Minh City. 5.00 pm: Arrive to Ho Chi Minh City. End of the tour. Say goodbye and see you again.

Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour by Jeep

2. Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour by Jeep

Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to explore Ho Chi Minh City from the comfort of a Jeep. Visit the main monuments of the city once known as Saigon to get a better understanding of its history at sites such as the symbolic Reunification Palace. Hear stories about the Vietnam War and the Fall of Saigon, where a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through the gates of what was at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Continue to the War Remnants Museum, where weapons, photos, documents and other relics tell the story of Vietnam’s wars. Admire the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office to get a feel for the typical architecture of Saigon. Venture down local streets such as Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue before making your way to Ben Thanh Market, where your guide can help you barter for goods.

Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants Museum & Ben Thanh Market

3. Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants Museum & Ben Thanh Market

Start your day with pick-up from your hotel. Choose to travel in either a VIP limousine or a luxury car. Journey to Independence Palace, which was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. View the tank that famously crashed through the palace gates in 1975.  Admire fascinating sights from the French colonial period, such as the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and the historic Saigon Central Post Office. Visit the War Remnants Museum, which displays a large collection of artifacts from the Indochina wars. You'll also get to enjoy lunch with sticky rice at Bui Sai Gon Restaurant. End your tour by travelling to the Bến Thành Market, the largest market in the center of the city and one of the earliest surviving structures. Explore the stalls and see what the locals have for sale.

Saigon: Private Half-Day Car Tour of Ho Chi Minh City

4. Saigon: Private Half-Day Car Tour of Ho Chi Minh City

Explore the fascinating city of Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, on this half-day tour. Travel in comfort in your private, air-conditioned car, and learn about the city's landmarks with your helpful guide. Meet your guide at your hotel, and head first to the Ban Thanh Market. Snap photos of the lively market's activities, or take the opportunity to buy kitchen equipment, souvenirs, garments, fruit, and many other foods. Next, pay a visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, which dates from the 19th century. Keep an eye out for local couples taking their pre-wedding shots at this beautiful basilica, officially known as the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception. Admire the surprising architecture at your next stop, the Saigon Central Post Office. Hear how the building is often mistakenly attributed to Gustave Eiffel, even though it was designed by Alfred Foulhoux. Then, it's decision time. Choose between the War Remnants Museum to learn more about the American War in Vietnam, or the Reunification Palace. Also known as the Independence Palace, the latter site is a landmark of Saigon history and architecture, which once served as the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Finally, end your tour at the Jade Emperor Pagoda. See the local worshippers in prayer for their careers, love, and fertility. Enjoy this taste of Taoist worship culture, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City: Guided Half-Day Tour

5. Ho Chi Minh City: Guided Half-Day Tour

Explore Ho Chi Minh City on a guided half-day tour and discover the most interesting cultural sights in town. After being picked up from your hotel or the central meeting point, kick things off with a visit to the Reunification Palace, a beautifully preserved building that was once home to the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Next, stop off at the War Remnants Museum and explore a vast array of artifacts and photographs documenting the second Indochina war. Afterwards, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon and Saigon Central Post Office. Erected towards the end of the 18th century, the old post office is one of the finest examples of classical French colonial architecture. Continue on to Jade Emperor Pagoda, an ancient temple built in the Chinese mode replete with bright decorative motifs. To finish things off, visit a local market where you can practice your haggling skills while shopping for souvenirs. Discover local life and culture and find some of the friendliest and liveliest vibes of the city here before returning to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

From Phu My Port: Ho Chi Minh City Tour and Transfers

6. From Phu My Port: Ho Chi Minh City Tour and Transfers

Benefit from pickup at Phu My Port by a friendly driver, and then travel in air-conditioned comfort on the drive to Ho Chi Minh City. Take in the landscape and experience the everday hustle and bustle of the city on arrival. Visit key landmarks such as the Reunification Palace in the Colonial Quarter. See where the Vietnam War ended, and learn how this impressive building now serves as a memorial museum. Continue to the Notre-Dame Cathedral and learn about the important role the Catholic religion has played in the history of Vietnam. Admire the elegant Saigon Central Post Office, and go to the Museum of War Remnants to learn about a painful period in the recent history of Vietnam. Break for a lunch of local foods, including the traditional pho noodle soup. Delve into the local life as you head to Ben Thanh market to learn about the art of making embroidered crafts.  

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

7. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Tour Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Ho Chi Minh City at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Saigon Opera House, Central Post Office, Independence Palace and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Guided Sightseeing & History Tour

8. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Guided Sightseeing & History Tour

Your tour begins with hotel pick-up at 08:00AM by luxury air-conditioned vehicle, from here you will start your Ho Chi Minh half-day tour. Experience the city of Ho Chi Minh like never before, taking the day to explore the city's history, culture, and traditions as you tour around some of its most famed sites, markets, restaurants, and pagodas. Visit the Reunification Palace, being able to listen to your guide's interesting historical knowledge about the structure that was formerly the South Vietnamese President's residence prior to the end of the war in 1975. You will then get the chance to witness the French influence through the French colonial architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. Following this, you will head over to the War Remnants Museum, where you can see the vast exhibits regarding the American-Vietnamese War. Next, enjoy a cycle ride to the Ben Thanh Market, where upon arrival you can wander through the vendor-lined walkways that make up one of the city's oldest surviving structures. You will even get the chance to purchase a few unique gifts, such as local crafts, textiles, or other souvenirs. At midday, stop at a popular local restaurant for an authentic Vietnamese meal with your guide. Next, follow your guide to Chinatown to wonder at the intricate architecture and detail of Thien Hau and learn about their spiritual significance. Finally, end the day with a visit to Binh Tay Market, wandering through the vendor-lined walkways before being transported back to your hotel at approximately 5:30PM.

Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon City Private Tour

9. Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon City Private Tour

Get picked up from Saigon by your guide. Drive to Cu Chi and enjoy the views of the agricultural and jungle scenery on the way. Arrive at Cu Chi and watch a short documentary film about Cu Chi during the war. Discover the incredible network of tunnels which were dug out by hand. Crawl through the narrow tunnels. Learn about the history and weapons used during the war. Then taste the main dish eaten by locals during wartime, boiled tapioca with hot pandan tea. Head back to Saigon and visit the War Remnants Museum to learn more about the American war in Vietnam. Or take the option to stop at the Reunification Palace, a landmark in Saigon for its history and architecture values. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office to admire the delicate French colonial architecture. Stop at the Jade Emperor (King of Heaven) Pagoda, a spiritual place where local Vietnamese and Chinese people pray for fertility and love. Visit the lively Ben Thanh Market, a must-see attraction in Saigon. Try some fresh seasonal fruits, and meet the friendly local sellers.

War Remnants Museum and Cu Chi Tunnels Full-Day Group Tour

10. War Remnants Museum and Cu Chi Tunnels Full-Day Group Tour

Take a tour of the historic center of Ho Chi Minh City and visit the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, and War Remnants Museum, where you can see historic artifacts from the Vietnam War and first Indochina War with the colonial French. Then, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. **The Notre Dame Cathedral has been restored, so the guests just visit outside. Next, journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels and watch an introductory video about the history of the tunnels and life during the Vietnam War. Crawl through the tunnels to experience the Viet Cong's underground village firsthand. Sample some of the tea and cassava that the guerrillas used to survive, and get the chance to fire some guns at the rifle range. Then take the bus back to Ho Chi Minh City, where the tour will end between about 19:00 PM - 19:30 PM (time is subject to traffic).

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What people are saying about Independence Palace

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Steve was a great tour guide and was very informative. He made any adjustments to the tour that we wanted and was very kind and helpful. He provided us with additional places to check out during our stay. It was great having a private tour and being able to do the tour on our own pace. I would highly recommend!

We had a nice trip through the city. Jeck gave us a lot of information and also let us try some food from Ho Chi Minh. He also made some pictures of us, so that we have a great memory of the city and the fantastic tour.

We really enjoyed visiting Independence Palace, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral on our tour. It was really good to get historical insight into some of Ho Chí Minh city's major sites.

Lovely tour, great perspective on history and the Vietnam war. They have a shooting range there we here you can fire some guns for relatively cheap.

It was such a great few hours. Our guide and driver were friendly, fun and full of knowledge. This was a great way to see Ho Chi Minh.