Historic Ho Chi Minh City
From 8,300,000 VNĐ
Gain a deeper perspective of Vietnam’s past and present on this 4-day historical escape to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in the country. In addition to exploring Cu Chi Tunnels, you’ll wander busy streets, soaking up ancient belief systems, a different perspective of the Second Indochinese War, and of course, the delicious flavors of southern Vietnamese cuisine.
- Exploring historic attractions of past and present Vietnam with an expert
- Sampling traditional Vietnamese cuisine with a modern take
- Travelling by speed-boat to the Cu Chi Tunnels
- Experiencing local culture through temple and market visits
This Tour is Perfect for
- Culture aficionados and history buffs
- Leisure travel in a relaxed, upscale style
- Extending for a few days to northern or central Vietnam
Topas Travel creates tailor-made tours for our guests according to their specific requests. This itinerary has been designed to show you just one of many options
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City Departure
Xin Chao and welcome to evocative Saigon, known officially as Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, a Topas representative will welcome you before heading to the heart of the city to your cozy accommodation for the next few days.
Enjoy the day at leisure exploring old Saigon’s most popular attractions, mainly Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office before heading to the historic Caravelle Hotel for Happy Hour, sipping cocktails with a view of what you’ve seen from above. Then, sup at the contemporary Quan Bui Original for dinner amidst modern office skyscrapers, Oriental styled pagodas, and food stalls, sensing the dynamic urban feel of the new Ho Chi Minh City.
Included meals: Dinner
Distance and activities: 45’ drive
Board your speedboat this morning and jet out of Ho Chi Minh City into the jungles and stilted houses of the surrounding region. After a 90’ ride, step into the past with a visit through the Cu Chi tunnels, a vital network of 200km of underground passages, chambers, and living quarters from the Second Indochinese War set outside of the city. This fascinating piece of Vietnam’s history helps visitors to understand the conditions of the war and the incredible odds the Vietnamese were against.
Enjoy a local lunch nearby before returning to the center of Ho Chi Minh City for a sightseeing tour, starting at the Reunification Palace and pausing at the old Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral, two still-working colonial masterpieces. End the day’s activities browsing exhibits at the War Remnants Museum, paying respect to the sobering recent tragedies and the fighting spirit of the Vietnamese to rebuild their society.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 3h speedboat ride – 5h day tour
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
The day is at leisure until your transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for onward booked travel.
Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and Activities: 45′ transfer
From: 8,300,000 VNĐ(equivalent of 359 USD)
- 2-way private A/C airport transfer
- All accommodation indicated as twin-shared room
- All meals as indicated in the program
- All tours mentioned in the program
- Refillable water in vans (Please check with your guide or driver)
- 1 x English speaking local tour guide on days with activities
- 2-way x join-in speedboat transfer to Cu Chi Tunnels
- Government VAT
- Drinks and alcohol
- Vietnam visa (On request with additional charge)
- Travel insurance (Compulsory with Topas Travel programs)
- Upgrades to higher standard rooms or single supplements
- Personal travel items (Please visit our Vietnam weather page for more information)
This program utilizes comfortable accommodation in the form of carefully curated hotels, lodges, and homestays. Hotels and lodges have been selected with the active traveler in mind, offering standard services and located as close to nature and local engagement as possible. Homestays are simple and equipped with western toilets and amenities such as fans and mattresses. If you have a specific property in mind you wish to stay at, please let your travel designer know so they can work it into your program.