IF YOU HAVE 1 DAY FREE:
– City tour:
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the whole country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here – visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.
From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets, HCMC is a city of contrasts. Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before catching up with the present in designer malls beneath sleek skyscrapers. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but the real beauty of (erstwhile) Saigon’s urban collage is the seamless blending of these two worlds into one thrilling, seething mass, while a host of new and exhilarating tours get you way off-the-beaten track.
– Discover the National Biosphere Reserve of Can Gio:
This is a new and exotic day tour for Saigon-based travelers. You will discover the National Biosphere Reserve of Can Gio and immerse yourself in its natural beauty and learn about its wildlife. The reserve is located 55 km from Ho Chi Minh City and the trip there takes about 2 hours. You can visit Monkey Island situated in Can Gio Mangrove Forest, which UNESCO has recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve on January 21st, 2000.
You can also visit Can Gio Museum, with archaeological relics, as well as unique flora and fauna. You’ll also explore the Mangrove Forest by boat and visit Rung Sac Guerilla Base by canoe, from which you’ll see crocodiles, wild cats, otters, pythons, playful monkeys and more. The Purebred Crocodile Reserve Park boasts more than 80 specimens of these prehistoric reptiles. Then you will transfer to 30-4 Beach, where you can see Vung Tau on the left and Tien Giang on your right-hand side. You will have the option to take a swim and relax until you have a lunch. Following lunch, you will drive to Vam Sat Eco-Tourist area. You will take a canoe trip to visit Vam Sat, traveling past the flora typical of mangroves, and then visit the bat-reserve. You can also experience crab and crocodile fishing on the boat.
You will visit the crab ponds to learn about their lifecycle and how to collect the best crabs for eating. You will enjoy seeing a variety of wild animals and admire the bird sanctuary in Vam Sac. You end your trip by visiting crocodile farms to learn about the process of crocodile egg laying and visit the newly-born crocs.
– Mekong Delta Tien Giang – Cai Be:
Mekong Delta plays an important role in the tourism development in Vietnam because of its attractive landscapes, various and unique culture. Mekong Delta Tours associate between canals, rice paddy fields are ideal destinations for all tourists who want to find the peaceful atmosphere and experience the simple life in the countryside. There are many beautiful landscapes to enjoy such as floating markets, Unicorn Island, An Binh island, Vinh Sang farm, bee farm, crocodile farm, craft village, Cham Tribal village… with the attractive folk games. In Mekong Delta Tours, not can you also taste a charming cup of unsophisticated honey tea in a bee farm, enjoying the fresh air along the canal and wonderful water coconut tree landscape, but you also visit traditional handicraft villages, tropical fruits gardens and enjoy the typical folk music in Southern Vietnam. Especially, you will have a great opportunity to visit two largest floating markets in the Mekong such as Cai Be floating market and Cai Rang floating market in Mekong Delta Tours.
Furthermore, you can travel downs the canals and backwaters of the main Mekong Channel to visit catfish farm and Cham Tribal Village by motorboat in these tours. In Mekong Delta Tours, you can swim in a crystal-clear water or simply enjoy the sea breeze in a hammock and visit some attractive landscapes in Phu Quoc.
– Floating Fish Market:
Cross Mekong river by motorized boat. Row- boat ride along small creeks to Mekong River estuary. Motorized boat ride to Con Phung (Phoenix island): have Vietnamese lunch , see the manufacture of handicraft made from coconut trees.
Motorized boat cruise along natural creeks and quiet village in Ben Tre province. Visit orchards, bee – keeping farm, taste natural honey & honey wine, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music and see round a distillery. See Coconut candy production process, taste candy & Coconut pulp.
– Tay Ninh province:
Cao Dai Temple – Ba Den mountain Just outside Tay Ninh and 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City is the Great Temple or Holy See, the center of the intriguing Cao Dai sect. Cao Dai is a syncretist Vietnamese religious movement that incorporates aspect of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism. The Cao Dai Temple (as it is more commonly known) was begun in 1933 in a unique architectural style that reflects its blended traditions. Most people visit on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City.
– Ba Den Mountain Location:
Ba Den Mountain is located 11km Northeast of Tay Ninh Town and 106km from Ho Chi Minh City. Characteristics: It is a famous complex of cultural, historical and beautiful sites covering an area of more than 24km2. The complex includes three mountains: Heo, Phung and Ba Den, of which the 986m-high Ba Den is the highest peak in the south. Ba Den Mountain is also called Black Lady Mountain. According to legends, beautiful Ly Thi Thien Huong, Black Lady, was forced to marry the son of a rich mandarin while she fell in love with a poor man who was fighting the aggressors. Rather than marrying a man she did not love, she threw herself from the mountain. Several shrines and pagodas were built in the mountain as well as in the caves. Ba and Hang Pagodas attract many pilgrims during the New Lunar Year and Vu Lan Festivals There are three ways to reach Ba Temple. If you go on foot, it takes you over one hour to arrive at the destination. Cable cars take you 20 minutes to cover a distance of 1200m. The sliding system includes two lines going upward and downward, 1190m and 1700m in length respectively. It is impressive to take the downward line as it will take you through lots of hair-raising bends and corners. Ba Den Mountain was where the headquarters of the liberation force of South Vietnam were located. During war time, many tough battles were fought in that area.
– Cu Chi Tunnel :
The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chidistrict of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort. http://www.etravelvietnam.com/english/tour_details.php?tourID=229
Or you can attend some short-term classes such as:
– Saigon Cooking Class by Hoa Tuc
Located in the heart of downtown, in District 1.At 74 Hai Ba Trung Street, opposite to Park Hyatt hotel, pass under the yellow arch then take the passage way to the end and to your left you will find Hoa Tuc restaurant.
- Address: 74 Hai Ba Trung, District. 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.saigoncookingclass.com
– Vietnamese cooking class in Saigon – VIETNAM
Located in the heart of Saigon, from our large terrace you will have an unique view of an area that real estate developers call the “Golden Triangle”. On top of having a wonderful initiation on Vietnamese Gastronomy, you will have the opportunity to go back in history and spend time in one of the last colonial building still erected right downtown. This building has been built in 1930 by the French, and was to be the residence of the Saigonese Elite. It was the first concrete building in Asia, and the pride of its French architect. Unfortunately he made a typical “colonial“ mistake: as many French buildings in France, the space under the roof was divided into small rooms for the servants. When the building was finished and the apartments put on sale, none of the rich Vietnamese accepted to live there, as in Asia the tradition is to have only your ancestors’ altar or worshiped gods over your head, not servants!
- Address: 4th Fl, # 26 Ly Tu Trong St., Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.vietnamese-cooking-class-saigon.com/
– Pottery classes
- Address: 36 Bis Huynh Khuong Ninh Str., Dakao Ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.overlandclub.jp/
1. Saigon tourist
- Add: 23 Le Loi st, District 1, HCMC
- Tel : (84.8) 3829 2291 – 3822 5874
- Website: http://www.saigon-tourist.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Add: 190 Pasteur, P.6, Distict .3, Tp. Hồ Chí Minh
- Tel: (84.8) 38 22 8898 (20 lines)
- Website: http://www.vietravel.com.vn/
- Mail: email@example.com
3. TheSinh tourist
- Add: 246 – 248 De Tham St., District 1, HCMC
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.thesinhtourist.vn
4. Ben Thanh Tourist
- Add: 79 Nguyen Trai st, District 1
- Website: http://vn.benthanhtourist.com