Participate in the most bustling, bursting-with-life city of Vietnam. Enjoy signature Saigon street food, taste the freshest tropical fruits as you stroll around the city and visit the most famous monuments, each contains countless stories and a historical background of its own. It will take you literally no time to blend into the busy daily life of Saigon, breath the hot air and get wet in a Saigon shower rain that comes as suddenly just as how it leaves.
After breakfast at your hotel, private car and native tour guide arrive to pick you up and head to the first destination of Ho Chi Minh City tour.
First, pay a visit to the Reunification Palace. Reunification Palace was the base of Vietnamese General Ngo Dinh Diem until his death in 1963. It made its name in global history in 1975, a tank belonging to the North Vietnamese Army crashed through its main gate, officially ended the war in Vietnam. Today, it’s a must-see destination for tourists in Ho Chi Minh City.
The palace is like a time capsule frozen in 1975. You can see two of the original tanks used in the capture of the palace parked in the grounds. Reunification Palace was the home and workplace to the French Governor of Cochin-China with lush gardens, secret rooms, antique furniture and a command bunker and still in use till this date to host important occasions in Ho Chi Minh, including APEC summits.
Second, War Remnants Museum is a must-have in the check list when you visit Ho Chi Minh. Here, you’ll learn a lot about the war between Vietnam and other countries: from artifacts of real hand-made weapon to brutal tools once used for torturing Vietnamese prisoners, as well as all the things Vietnamese had to sacrifice to take back and maintain the country’s peace.
Lunch break at a restaurant, where you can try out signature Saigon dishes, which delivers a distinctive sweet and spicy taste due to the frequent use of condensed coconut oil and different spices.
After lunch, next stop is the Notre Dame Cathedral, aside from its status as one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most prominent attractions, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral still serves as a religious institution for the local population. The best time to visit is during Sunday at 09:30. As with any holy places around the world.
A Virgin Mary statue also stands in front of Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, which locals claimed to have shed tears in October 2005. Till this day, thousands of visitors still flock to this statue in hopes of witnessing a miracle.
Final destination is Central Post Office, which was constructed between 1886 and 1891, the looping arches, intricately designed marble floors and antiquated telephone boxes all serve as a reminder of the important role of the place back in the days of war. Although the architecture is distinctly French, the large portrait of Ho Chi Minh hanging high above everyone at the far end of the building reminds everyone we are definitely in Vietnam. Painted onto walls overhead are two maps of the region; one of them showing the telegraph lines that crisscross Vietnam and Cambodia and the other displaying a map of the Saigon region in 1892.
Back to hotel, end of the trip.