HO CHI MINH TOURS

Saigon as the city is still frequently referred to is Vietnam’s largest city. It is a fast-paced city full of contrasts as street vendors selling fruit and vegetables can be seen next to glitzy western-style bars and boutiques. Saigon’s history is only 300 years old. In 1859 the city was captured by the French and became the capital of Cochin china. From 1956 until its dramatic demise in April 1975 it was the capital of the US-backed Republic of Vietnam. Today Ho Chi Minh City is very much the heart of Vietnamese business and entrepreneurs. And yet the city still retains its connections to the past, particularly in Cho Lon, Saigon’s Chinatown. Here dozens of elegant temples and pagodas can be seen. The French also left their mark with some fine colonial-era buildings such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.

Reunification palace Saigon
Reunification palace Saigon

1. Ho Chi Minh city half day tour
This half day city tour unravels Saigon’s turbulent past and also provides a glimpse into the fascinating variety the city has to offer. We visit the following places of interest: The Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, and Ben Thanh Market.

War Museum Vietnam- Ho Chi Minh
War Museum Vietnam- Ho Chi Minh

2. Ho Chi Minh city 1 day tour
This 1 day city tour unravels Saigon’s turbulent past and also provides a glimpse into the fascinating variety the city has to offer. We visit the following places of interest: The Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, and Ben Thanh Market, Giac Lam Pagoda, Cholon & Thien Hau Pagoda and Ben Thanh Market.

Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh
Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh

3. Cu Chi half day tour
At its height the tunnel system stretched over 250km. from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the American war must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.

Saigon cooking class
Saigon cooking class

4.Saigon Cooking Class half day tour
You will have the opportunity to learn a selection of favorite dishes, an ability to recognize the basic ingredients, the blending of these many ingredients and spices to create the famous “nuoc mam” (fish sauce) as well as cooking of the multitude of different rice. Apart from the preparation and cooking under our Chef guidance, you will be introduced to the traditional Vietnamese kitchen with cooking utensils still closely linked to the Vietnamese way of life in the past, you will learn a touch of oriental science with the Yin-Yang balance to respect, some of the history of Vietnamese Cuisine from its roots in the Hue Citadel Imperial Cuisine to the effects of various influences from both the West and other Eastern Cultures. Finally you will understand the intricacies of the Vietnamese dining Etiquette and the technique to master the chopsticks!

Cao Dai Temple – Tay Ninh
Cao Dai Temple – Tay Ninh

5.Cu Chi Tay Ninh – Cao Dai Temple 1 day tour
Tay Ninh, near the Cambodian border, is home to the unique Cao Dai sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill to name a few. The religion is a hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. The Cao Dai Temple at Tay Ninh has been described as a Walt Disney fantasia of the East. The temple’s exterior is decorated with multi-colored dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with a number of swastikas. Above the main entrance is the all-seeing holy eye, the symbol of the Cao Dai sect. The interior is just as engaging as statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and the Hindu god, Brahma, stand side by side.

Can Gio Forest
Can Gio Forest

6. Can Gio – Sat forest 1 day tour
Located just some 50km south from downtown Ho Chi Minh City, the outlying district of Can Gio is a eco-tourism destination for a one-day weekend stretch out of the city and into the countryside, where mangroves, the beach and monkeys await you. Vam Sat mangrove forest is a part of the ecosystem of Can Gio mangrove forest with an area of 1,862ha. It has an abundant and assorted system of animals and plants including typical species of salt-marsh zone. In the wars against French colonialist and U.S imperialist, Vam Sat was a famous waterway battlefield with many resounding victories. Just few years after the war, the people have gathered here and restored the forest by growing trees to protect Can Gio’s natural ecological conditions…

Long Phuoc Tunnels-Long Tan-Nui Dat
Long Phuoc Tunnels-Long Tan-Nui Dat

7. Long Tan – Nui Dat 1 day tour
Long Tan is a village in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. When it was part of South Vietnam it was in Phuoc Tuy province. It is renowned for its rubber plantations and hosts a very small population of roughly 1,200 people. This itinerary is designed for Australian and New Zealand veterans and their relatives and friends, and visitors interested in the battle sites where those countries soldiers fought and died. The focus will be on the sights – wherever possible, we bring past combatants together in a spirit of reconciliation.

Vung Tau Beach
Vung Tau Beach

8. Vung Tau the former Cap Saint Jacque
Vung Tau is an old port town to the southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, developed under the French as a seaside resort called Cap Saint Jacques. Known as Cap St. Jacques by the French, Vung Tau is a popular weekend getaway for Ho Chi Minh City residents.

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