Ho Chi Minh City is full of energy which reaches from the skyline to the shores of the Saigon River. The aromatics of restaurants and the vivacious pulse of commerce seem to be never ending. Depart this morning from the hotel for a full day leisurely Ho Chi Minh City tour.
Begin the day with a visit to Cholon, the Chinatown district, to discover the area’s markets, shops, and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda
. From here, proceed to visit the FITO Museum
, Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum, with an stunning collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine. Implements used to prepare indigenous herbs, and objects commonly found in traditional pharmacies can be seen in the ancient books and documents as well as galleries on traditional Vietnamese medicine.
Return to the city centre to visit Ben Thanh Market
where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered. Enjoy a stroll through the market exploring the variety of goods for sale. Lunch break at a restaurant.
Continue to the War Remnants
or History Museum
(up to personal preference) and the Reunification Hall,
formerly known as the Presidential Palace. The Palace was also where the Vietnam War concluded in 1975, when a Communist tank of the North Vietnam crashed through its gates.
At the heart of the rising cityscape you find the elegant artistry of the Cathedral of Notre Dame
. The material used to build the cathedral was shipped from France in the late 19th century, creating an iconic touch of a colonial past. The towers stand 190 feet high with the rose window as the central image. Once inside the familiar scent of myrrh enraptures you within the lofted ceilings and mesmerizing shapes of the tiled floor. The graceful structure also brings a tranquility that takes you away from the energetic pulse of the surrounding streets, giving you a moment to connect to the art, the history, and the evolving culture of former city of Saigon.
From the Cathedral of Notre Dame, stroll to the other major sights
of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the elegant 19th century Old Saigon Post Office, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Opera House. Afterwards, head back to the hotel then rest. Note:
History Museum is closed on Mondays.
Overnight in HCMC.