This morning explores ancient Vietnamese beliefs combined with delicious traditional cuisine in one go. Start with a warm bowl of Saigon’s best pho and a cup of coffee before wandering wet market stalls in search of com tam, tropical fruits, and other popular snacks. After your belly is full, dive into local history with local insight into “ancestor worship” and a tour of a popular temple dedicated to a Vietnamese military leader, who is now known (188 years after his death) for his fortune-telling.
After lunch, head to Dân Sinh Market, a famous space of narrow walkways selling construction tools, industrial equipment, and Vietnam War memorabilia, although it’s estimated 95% of items are fake. Sift through combat boots, rusty dog tags, rain jackets, mosquito nets, hammocks, canteens, duffel bags, ponchos, combat tents, and binoculars for the coolest souvenirs.
The final stop of the day is at the Southern Women’s Museum, a wonderful “boutique” museum dedicated to the women of Vietnam. There are fascinating stories of the role of women in the struggle for unification and a wonderful range of traditional ao dai’s and weavings.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 4.5h sightseeing tour – 1h shopping – 1h museum tour