Private Tour: Ho Chi Minh City Half-Day Sightseeing
package options
from $24.00
the low down
Visit top attractions of Ho Chi Minh City on this half-day private sightseeing tour of Vietnam’s largest city. Choose a different itinerary depending on your selection (morning or afternoon tour). With a professional guide you’ll discover historical sites, cultural centers, museums and markets of Chinatown (Cholon) or the French Quarter. Travel by private car and get oriented to the city formerly known as Saigon! Round-trip hotel transport and a Vietnamese meal are included.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam , Vietnam
  • 4 hours
customer reviews
out of 5

Yoshime O

The tour itself was great, but the guide we had spoke English with such a strong Veitnamese accent we weren't able to understand much of what he tried to tell us.

This review is the subjective opinion of the person who shared it and not necessarily of Bucketlist City
what to expect

Your friendly and knowledgeable guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and take you by private vehicle to see the highlights of former Saigon. Depending on which sightseeing tour you select (see descriptions below), you’ll be introduced to a mix of French colonial architecture and Chinese influences as you visit temples, markets, museums and other landmarks.

Enjoy a complimentary lunch or dinner of delicious Vietnamese cuisine, with your choice of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) or banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake). After your half-day tour, your guide will deliver you back to your hotel.

  • Option 1: Morning Tour (Chinatown: Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Temple and War Remnants Museum)After hotel pickup, your private guide will take you to District 5 to immerse you in the bustling life of Chinatown. Experience the vibrant rhythm of one of Ho Chi Minh City’s busiest and most colorful areas — Binh Tay Market. At this major hub for local merchants, watch Vietnamese farmers barter for goods.

    Next is Thien Hau Temple, built in the early 19th century. The temple is dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of seafarers, for her protection during Chinese migration to Vietnam. Visit the pagoda’s shrines and shops in the center of Chinatown, where the Hoa (Chinese minority) reside.
    The last stop on your private tour is the War Remnants Museum, which relates to the American phase of the Vietnam War. See displays of old military equipment and other related objects as well as larger exhibits including an F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.
    After lunch, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel by private vehicle.

    Option 2: Afternoon Tour (French Quarter: Reunification Palace, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Central Post Office and Ben Thanh Market)After hotel pickup, your private tour begins at the century-old Reunification Palace, which witnessed the growth of Ho Chi Minh City during peacetime and throughout the Vietnam War until its end in 1975.

    Continue to the nearby French colonial area, including a stop at the impressive Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a famous cathedral located in Paris Square. Discover the magnificent neo-Romanesque architecture as you take in the tranquil atmosphere inside.
    At the opposite Central Post Office, one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City, learn about this significant landmark — the busiest post office in Vietnam. Admire the neoclassical-style of the post office interior as your guide points out the painted maps of former Saigon, once the capital of South Vietnam.

    Take a look at the embroidery workshop of XQ Vietnam Company before a visit to Ben Thanh Market, a lively market in District 1, where your guide can help you barter for goods.

    After dinner, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel by private vehicle in the early evening.
inclusions and exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch or dinner
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Returns to original departure point
  • All entrance fees included
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.