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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Ho Chi Minh City Half-Day Sightseeing

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.




Opt 1: 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.

Opt 2: 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 is 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.

http://www.hynostravel.com/tour/ho-chi-minh-city-half-day-sightseeing/

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