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These add-on tours are a selection and example of what is available in Vietnam.
Most hotels will be able to assist you in booking such tours.
You can view more day tours and evening tours for Ho Chi Minh City here.
On this unique tour, you will have the opportunity to discover places in the city where no tourists go.
The tour will start with a visit to a local market where you will see the active commercial life of the local people. At the market you will be surrounded by local merchants selling meat, fish, vegetables and flowers. You can buy some local food to sample unique tastes of Vietnam. Continue your journey to a very famous and special temple where you can observe and make wishes for luck in a unique traditional gesture.
Moving on, explore where cars can’t go - through the very small streets of Ho Chi Minh City. There, you will have a glimpse of the real Vietnam. These out of the way paths and alleys truly capture the essence of this vibrant city. You will encounter Pho stalls, typical haircut salons, motorbike mechanics and grocery stores. Afterward, travel to a local Vietnamese house where you will have a chance to cook a Vietnamese traditional lunch. What better way to relax after lunch than a trip to the massage parlour where you can enjoy two of some of the select services offered such as hair wash, foot massage, manicure and pedicure. Finish the day with a refreshing drink in a Vietnamese coffee shop. Don’t forget your camera, this tour is sure to be full of picture opportunities.
Discover the modern city by taking a trip through central Ho Chi Minh City. The streets, where much of the city life takes place, are a jumble of markets, shops and pavement cafes. Everywhere you turn there are rolling food carts and vendors selling wares spread out on the sidewalk. After you take in the city centre, you will head South to District 7 to visit the new area of Ho Chi Minh City - Phu My Hung. Your guide will lead you to some of the most famous local and chain coffee shops to see what makes them unique. You can also enjoy different kinds of Vietnamese fresh juices along the way but save room for lunch because you will be dining at one of the finest restaurants in the area.
After lunch, you will have the choice to visit the large department stores around Phu My Hung at Parkson Paragon and The Crescent Mall or head back to the city centre for some shopping at Diamond Plaza, Parkson Plaza Downtown or the Vietnamese Lacquerware factory.
The battle at Long Tan is the most famous battle fought by the Australian Army during the Vietnam War. The tour will begin with a departure for Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province by minivan. The local guide will take you to the site of the Long Tan Battlefield where you will visit the former 1st Australian Task Force at Nui Dat. In a sombre moment, you can visit the Australian Memorial established at Long Tan for the 17 Australian Infantrymen and one APC crewman killed in action during the Battle of Long Tan on August 18, 1966.
You can then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before travelling back to Ho Chi Minh City.
The morning will begin with a visit to Ben Thanh Market- one of the most iconic places in Ho Chi Minh City. You will also see the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office followed by a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
In the afternoon, visit the War Remnants Museum, Giac Lam Pagoda, Fito Museum and China Town.
The last stop will be a visit to the Lacquerware factory where you’ll be able to watch and learn about this historic Vietnamese art.
Departing Ho Chi Minh City for Tay Ninh Province, an area near the Vietnamese-Cambodian border, visit the Black Lady Mountain, approximately 11 km northeast of Tay Ninh. Take an exhilarating cable car ride to the top of the mountain for a panoramic view of this beautiful region. Black Lady Mountain consists of three major mountains covering an area of 24 km and reaching an altitude of 986 meters. Here the beautiful temples and caves that are used to house Buddhist monks and nuns remain largely undisturbed.
Proceed to the Cao Dai Holy Temple - home to the Cao Dai sects who practice a unique hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. Their patron saints include Sun Yat-Sen, Victor Hugo and Nguyen Binh Khiem.
A three-hour drive will take you to Vung Tau where you can relax and enjoy some fun under the sun. Vung Tau is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Vietnam with golden sandy beaches and transparent warm blue water all year round. Vung Tau also offers some of the best seafood in the country and here you can enjoy a seafood lunch at a beautiful local restaurant. Your next stop is a visit to the 32 meter high Statue of Jesus that sits atop a small mountain overlooking the sea (The Nui Nho). End the sightseeing tour at a popular Buddhist Temple before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City.
The day will begin with a two-hour ride from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, walk along Cai Thia canal to visit the Cai Thia brick factory and take a boat cruise to visit a local home where rice paper is being made. Next take a 1-2 hour tour by bicycle along the small beautiful roads to explore the famous village of Hoa Loc. Along the way, see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and the local farmers going about their daily routine. You will have an opportunity to make contact with them and see how they catch fish and pick fruit using traditional methods.
Then take a paddleboat cruise through the narrow canals of the Mekong and enjoy a lunch of some local dishes on the boat.
After lunch, visit Cai Be Floating Market. At the floating market, you can watch locals aboard their small boats trading fresh goods and local commodities. Stop over at a local house where and see how they make coconut candy, rice-paper, rice-pop corn and rice wine.
End of tour in the afternoon and return to Ho Chi Minh City by minivan.
The tour will begin with a departure for Dan Xay Bridge where you will take a boat or canoe to visit the natural bird reserve at Vam Sat Eco-Tourist Zone. It is especially beautiful from May to October when the bird nesting is at its peak and visit the crocodile swamp.
The tour continues with a trip to the Bat Lagoon before beginning a venture up to Tang Bong Tower at a height of 26m to take in the panoramic beauty of the biosphere reserve below. After conquering the tower, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Next, depart for Forest Park (Monkey Island), and visit Can Gio Museum and the Mangrove Forest Park Fauna Conservation - filled with thousands of monkeys as well as saltwater crocodiles. Moving on by canoe, visit the Mangrove Forest Ecosystem and the Rung Sac Guerrilla Base before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.