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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.
Ao Dai is Vietnam’s traditional dress and has become the official uniform for many women working in hotels, resorts, restaurants, offices and even high school campuses all over the country.
This tour starts with a short transfer from your hotel to a photo studio where you will be dressed and have your make up done*. After the preparations, you will head to the city centre for a photo shoot with you as the star.
The photo shoot will take place in some of Ho Chi Minh City’s most renowned sites such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, The Opera House and the Ben Thanh Market**. This tour will definitely catch the attention of those passing by and the other tourists around the city. What better way to learn and experience the Vietnamese culture and history than by visiting the sights in traditional dress!
Want to get your own Ao Dai?
1 set including Ao Dai and trousers with 1 day delivery to your hotel required: VND 1.302.000 net (classic material) - payable to the tour operator.
Ho Chi Minh City is the largest, busiest and most exciting city in Vietnam. It is also filled with intrigue and culture. On this tour you will visit some of the most interesting sights that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer, such as:
The War Remnants Museum: A very interesting, comprehensive and at times confronting exhibition that many consider to be a must visit..
The Reunification Palace: This beautifully preserved palace was the residence of the President of the Republic of Viet Nam.
Notre Dame Cathedral built in 1880 and the Old Post Office built between 1886 and 1891 are some of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture.
Thien Hau Pagoda in Cho Lon: This is a Chinese style temple located on Nguyen Trai Street in Cho Lon (China town) district. It is dedicated to Thien Hau, the Lady of the Sea, also known as “Mazu” (“Tian Hou” in Chinese).
The last stop is at the Lacquerware factory where you can observe the process of making these traditional Vietnamese products.
Traffic in Vietnam is an experience that most visitors will never forget. Enjoy a unique look at local Vietnamese life on a tour of some favourite local streets and places in Ho Chi Minh City by motorbike. During this excursion, you will visit a few of the iconic places that are symbols of Vietnamese local culture. All of the streets here have their own characteristics. If you are a person who loves motorbikes, you will have a chance to drop by Tan Thanh Market where you can find almost any motorbike part, both new and vintage, out on display here. Or, if you are interested in music & DVDs, there is a CD-DVD street for you to visit. Many of the streets in Ho Chi Minh are known by the locals for the different goods they sell such as: aquarium fishes, scissors, guitars ... Moreover, Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street is famous for its Chinese traditional medicines.
You will begin your morning by visiting a local park where you can watch the local people practicing Tai Chi, walking, exercising and doing aerobics. You will also have the opportunity to get an overview of their daily lives, especially on how they spend their mornings. Morning time in Vietnamese parks is certainly interesting.
After time in the park, you can take a cyclo (pedicab / rickshaw) trip through the exciting and busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Your final destination will be the famous Ben Thanh Market. At the market, you will be able to watch the sellers start their business day, trading and selling their different products such as fresh fish, meat, vegetables, fruits and flowers.
Complete your tour of Ho Chi Minh City with a bowl of their famous bowl of “PHỞ” (Vietnamese noodle soup) and traditional Vietnamese coffee.
The tour begins with a visit to a local lacquerware shop where you can learn about this ancient artistry and the intricate stages of the manufacturing process. Then, you will visit the XQ showroom where you can observe hand embroideries being skilfully crafted. The quality of these embroidered pieces of art is exceptional and you will have a chance to shop for unique gifts and souvenirs.
Next up, you will go to Sai Gon Square where you can see goods being prepared for export and can purchase many items at reasonable prices. You will continue on to the famous Ben Thanh Market to see its many stalls stacked high with interesting items, both traditional and modern as well as its many food options. The tour will conclude by showing you the rapid development of Ho Chi Minh City as one of the most modern and exciting cities in Asia by visiting the Vincom Center Shopping Mall, which is home to some of the city’s largest department stores.
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to a café where you will be given an introduction to modern Vietnamese history. The first stop on the tour is a private collection that houses colonial era artworks. Using visual aids, clients are invited to see how European styles have been fused with traditional Vietnamese materials and techniques to give birth to modern Vietnamese art.
Next you can wander a short distance to a special Private Gallery, a space connected to the largest private collection of propaganda art in Vietnam. Here you will learn about how important propaganda was produced and distributed during and after the war and how it was influenced by China and Russia.
Continue to HCMC Fine Arts Museum, an impressive example of Sino-French architecture, where you will look at the work of wartime artists. The last stop is one of the city leading contemporary art galleries which houses changing exhibitions of works by Vietnamese and international artists. You will learn how these spaces are nurturing experimentation and creating opportunities for emerging artists. Here the future of Vietnamese art and the next generation of Vietnamese artists are discussed in an international context.
The tour will begin with a relaxing cyclo (pedicab / rickshaw) ride to the Lady Thien Hau Temple. This temple, built to worship Lady Thien Hau (the goddess of the sea), is one of the most interesting and ancient temples in the China Town area. After visiting the temple, you can walk around China Town and visit some of the local shops. Here you can find traditional Chinese products including: medicinal herbs, clothing and more.
After departing from the China Town area, you will visit Cha Tam Church. You can then go shopping at Binh Tay Market, the largest market in Ho Chi Minh City or at the lacquerware factory where you can find local products.
Enjoy a half-day golfing at one of the best golf courses in Vietnam. Vietnam boasts some of the finest golf courses not only in Asia but also worldwide. Only 20 km away from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnam Golf and Country Club is a unique 36-hole golf course that consists of two 18-hole courses. The courses here are unique in that the West course favours the Asian tradition of narrow tree-lined fairways and fast smooth greens, while the East course offers long, wide fairways with well-placed bunkers and water hazards in addition to challenging and undulating greens.
Get away from classical cooking classes and learn to cook authentic Vietnamese cuisine at a local home. Start the day with a short stop at a local market. There, you will buy all the ingredients needed: vegetables, spices, meat, fish, etc… After providing you with information about the different kinds of ingredients you can find in Vietnam, you will go to one of the local homes where the host will teach you a typical Vietnamese menu. The tour will finish with enjoying your self-made dishes.
Spend a therapeutic day at the Spa centre. Here, you can have a relaxing and restorative Hot Stone Massage. What more can we say!
After the treatment, enjoy lunch or dinner at a restaurant.