Saigon

Saigon In-depth

8 reviews
Experience by
Team Onetrip

The Experience

Ho Chi Minh city, or Saigon as preferred by many people, has always been a travel hub. Once regarded as the jewel of Far East, Saigon has a lot to offer for tourists. From the famous Independence Palace to the magnificent Notre Dame cathedral, there is no shortage of things to see. However, beside those typical tourist attractions, there are a lot more to explore about Saigon. This tour is born from the desire of a local person who wants to show international friends true heart and soul of the city. From the hidden aspect of history to the bustling local life, from the sacred temple to delicious cuisine, we've got you all covered!


Detailed itinerary

Onetrip’s Saigon-in-Depth tour can be enjoyed in two ways: by riding pillion on a motorcycle, or by taking a private car. And, you can choose your preferred time as well: choose the morning hours from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM, or take an afternoon tour from 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Morning itinerary:

7:30 AM

We will pick you up at your accommodation, after which we’ll go straight to one of our favorite spots for a local breakfast of champions. With renewed energy, you will visit the Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment Complex, an Oasis of old Saigon right in the heart of modern Ho Chi Minh City. Visiting this place will be a great way to get to know more about our Vietnamese culture and understand how 3 generations of a family can live together in one single flat.

A 5 minute stroll will take us to the Ban Co Market where you can experience the vibrant and authentic local market life. You’ll have a chance to buy some fruit at this market that will later serve as dessert for lunch.

Next up is a stop at the Cheo Leo Cafe where we’ll enjoy a Vietnamese coffee before we take our motorbikes to a weapons-concealing bunker - an unusual yet fascinating insight into the history of Saigon. And yes, we’ll make sure you get to have the opportunity to crawl inside the bunker. In that same spirit, we will pause at the Thich Quang Duc statue to relive one the most emotional moments of the war. After all that, the beautiful Jade Emperor Pagoda is our last stop before having lunch.

11:45 AM

There is no better way to taste real Vietnamese food than with a home-cooked meal. Dishes vary by day, but could include… And of course, let’s not forget to enjoy the fruit that you have bought at Ban Co Market earlier!

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

We will arrive back at your accommodation. Don't forget to give our guides a hug and keep in touch. It will be an experience to remember and we hope you will leave with a new friend made.

Afternoon itinerary

12:30 PM

We will pick you up at your accommodation. First things first, we take a ride straight a local family’s home for home cooked for lunch. Prepared by a few olderVietnamese ladies, we believe the delicious food will fill your stomach, while their hospitality will warm your heart. A great way to gain energy for the amazing adventure ahead!

The beautiful Jade Emperor Pagoda is our first stop after lunch. After spending around an hour here, we will go to the Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment Complex. On the way there, we will stop by Thich Quang Duc statue to relive one the most emotional moments of the war. To help you understand even more, our next stop is a weapons-concealing bunker which is an unusual yet fascinating insight into the history of Saigon. And yes, we’ll make sure you have the opportunity to crawl inside the bunker.

Heading back, we’ll return to the apartment complex and explore this place a bit more in-depth before taking a walk to our favorite Cheo Leo Ca Phe to try some true Vietnamese-style coffee.

Fully energized, we will take advantage of the afternoon timing to have some food, as most street food places Saigon will open around 4pm. One of those places is the Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, which is not only known for its fresh flowers but also for a surprisingly wide selection of Vietnamese food specialties. Let’s give them a try before heading home!

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

We will arrive back at your accommodation. Don't forget to give our guides a hug and keep in touch. It will be an experience to remember and we hope you will leave with a new friend made.


Important

Please note that there is a 30% cancellation fee for any cancellation made less than 24 hours prior to the tour date since we have to book many services in advance. Otherwise, there is a 5% transaction fee for bookings that are canceled 24 hours prior to the departure in order to cover for transaction processing costs.


8 reviews

5.0

Onetrip is exactly the type of experience I was looking for !My guide was extremely nice, I told him I was mostly interested in discovering where the locals go to have food or with their friend and I wasn't disappointed :)I went to some areas where I was the only tourist, he explained a bit about the Vietnamese culture as well as the different districts in Saigon. All in all, simply the best experience with a guide of my one-month trip in Vietnam, and it's also cool to know that the money goes straight to him :)


I had a wonderful time with Oggy & Chang visiting local places I will not get to usually see! I highly recommend Onetrip if you are trying to have fun and inquiry about VN culture.


A day before we had another tour with Onetrip crew and Will (a trial city tour in HCMC which enables you to get the feel of the city and get to know the locals a bit) so the next day we already knew Will and that the Mekong delta trip will be a success as the first one was exceptional already. And so it was!!! Besides small surprises prepared by Onetrip, we had a blast and can highly recommend the trip The coconut lady is the best! Cheers to Will and the Onetrip gang ;) thank you all again for making our visit in Vietnam so memorable!!


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