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Private Hồ Chí Minh on a Cyclo Adventure: History, Culture, and Daily Life

Private Hồ Chí Minh on a Cyclo Adventure: History, Culture, and Daily Life

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Safety measures
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the vibrant atmosphere and bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City on this 3 to 3.5-hour excursion. Visit local haunts with a guide and pass landmarks like Notre Dame Cathedral and the picturesque post office. Explore the rich cultural tapestry of the city on foot and on a bicycle, passing Reunification Palace, the city's flower market, and more, while enjoying personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
  • Ride through the vibrant streets of Ho Chi Minh City in a Cyclo, a three wheeled bicycle
  • Marvel at colonial architecture at the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, and Reunification Palace
  • See Ho Chi Minh City from the seat of a cyclo, just like a local
  • Sit among the locals and enjoy Vietnamese coffee or iced tea at a local café in Saigon
  • Experience the biggest atmospheric flower market, Ho Thi Ky, as well as Ben Thanh Market and its nearby neighborhoods
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Friendly English speaking Local guide
Visit the War Remnants Museum and helps preserve local cultural heritage (Entrance Fees Included)
Pass by the sights like Saigon Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office
Experience authentic local life as you sit back on the cyclos (return Cyclo Ride Included)
Feast on a delicious and traditional local lunch of Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup)
Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
We will pick you up and drop you off at a centrally located hotel (District 1 and District 3)
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8:00 AM
Pick up at a centrally located hotel (District 1 and District 3) in Ho Chi Minh City
Meet your guide at the General Post Office and admire the fabulous façade of the structure. Then head to Reunification Palace for an exterior visit and learn about the official South Vietnamese surrender that took place here on April 30th, 1975.

Continue to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai for a tour of Ho Chi Minh City by cyclo, a traditional three-wheeled bicycle with a carriage at the front for passengers. The ride will lead us to a local café for a quick pick-me-up, where you will sit among locals and enjoy some tasty Vietnamese coffee.

Back on the cyclo, travel toward the crossroads where the famous monk Thich Quang Duc protested the government’s persecution of Buddhists. Then head to District 3 to see the city's largest flower market. You’ll also visit a neighborhood where many Viet Kieu Cambodians now live, giving you a chance to learn more about Southeast Asian history and taste some finger food in the market.

 

Back on the cyclo, pass Le Hong Phong, and the ‘art and painting street’ of Tran Phu, before bidding your cyclo driver goodbye at Tao Dan Park. Take a short walk to Saigon’s Ben Thanh Market with its unmistakable clock tower.

Conclude your tour in the Ben Thanh market. Practice your bargaining skills and hear of the market’s interesting origin from your guide. Bid farewell to your group at the market and feel free to continue exploring the city independently.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Ho Chi Minh City
This mesmerizing half-day Ho Chi Minh City tour gives you a fun and fascinating insight into the history, culture, and daily life of the locals in this busy, buzzing city on a cyclo.
Pass By:  
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
We'll start the tour by checking out some of the major Ho Chi Minh sights like the Opera House, the General Post Office (an icon of Saigon), and Notre Dame Cathedral, built by the French during the colonial era.
Pass By:  
The Independence Palace
We will pass by and stop outside so your local guide will tell you all about it and give you the chance to take some photos. 
Stop At:  
War Remnants Museum
The War Remnants Museum is next on the agenda. The museum was originally opened in September 1975 and displays old military equipment and other items from the Vietnam War. In the courtyard, we will find some larger exhibits including an F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter. We’ll then enjoy a traditional local Vietnamese lunch of Pho, or noodle soup – a must when you’re in Vietnam!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Urban Adventures - Vietnam
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Hồ Chí Minh on a Cyclo Adventure: History, Culture, and Daily Life?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Private Hồ Chí Minh on a Cyclo Adventure: History, Culture, and Daily Life.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Hồ Chí Minh on a Cyclo Adventure: History, Culture, and Daily Life?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Hồ Chí Minh on a Cyclo Adventure: History, Culture, and Daily Life.

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  • "A great tour to get in and amoungst it all in Ho Chi Minh." See review

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star-4
An adventure it is!
Andrew_V
, Dec 2019
A great tour to get in and amoungst it all in Ho Chi Minh. It gives you a first hand feeling of how the fast flowing pace works. People are lovely and our guide Tao was fantastic.
star-4
This was a fun tour. Our guide was full...
Andrew W
, Apr 2018
This was a fun tour. Our guide was full of interesting facts.
star-5
Great tour, very informative and...
Janice B
, Dec 2017
Great tour, very informative and really interesting, it is a must do, to hear about Vietnam history. We had a lovely rep and cyclo drivers were very good, also giving information to us. Only disappointment was, we did not receive any photo's from the trip, which states will be e-mailed to you, gave rep e-mail address, but did not arrive. Would recommend this trip though,early start.
star-3
I thought the tour includes time and...
Fong Y
, May 2017
I thought the tour includes time and entrance fees for sighting inside the palace and the museum but its only a cyclo tour throughout.
star-5
My respect to Vietnamese is...
Shiella_A
, Feb 2017
My respect to Vietnamese is undeniable. After learning their history especially the Vietnam war and the sufferings they had, I would say they are the bravest to have fought for their freedom. Thank you so much for sharing your past with the tourist like us.
star-5
We were lucky to have the tour guide...
David_L
, Jan 2017
We were lucky to have the tour guide too ourselves. The tour was informative and he gave us a great insight to the Vietnamese culture and people. The cyclo toor was a fun part of the trip.
star-1
Only went into War Remnants Museum...
rodney t
, Sep 2016
Only went into War Remnants Museum and looked at other sights. Way too much cyclo. Would not recommend.
star-5
Great tour guide Linda showed us so...
Gillian H
, Jul 2016
Great tour guide Linda showed us so much of Ho Chi Minh city. and the cyclo bikes are an absolute must-an incredible experience in what must be some of the craziest traffic in the world! Highly recommend this tour-it does include War Remnants museum which is unbelievable but unmissable
star-5
Another great tour, thanks Than, you...
Linda_E
, May 2016
Another great tour, thanks Than, you made for a very interesting morning and were very considerate of us oldies
star-5
Interesting way to find out a little...
Kezza
, Aug 2015
Interesting way to find out a little about the city and find your way around. Great guide, full of information. We especially enjoyed the cyclo part where you felt you were playing with death in the traffic at times. The market was interesting as was the war museum. Worth doing.
star-5
Excellent day tour helps find your...
Joanne L
, May 2015
Excellent day tour helps find your way round initially and the trip to the museum was brilliant plenty of time to look round at leisure. The market was an eye opener but worth visiting!
star-5
We had a great trip with Quang. Our...
linda p
, Dec 2014
We had a great trip with Quang. Our family of four were the only people on the tour and he kindly adapted it to suit what the kids wanted to know and see. He was such a great guide - accommodating, happy and proud to show off his country with a great deal of knowledge. We highly recommend this tour to get your bearings and some history and you can't go wrong with Quang as your tour guide.
star-5
We were the only 2 on this tour with...
Cynthia A
, Oct 2014
We were the only 2 on this tour with a delightful guide named Tham. The walking part of the tour was very interesting with Tham giving us good insight into the history of Vietnam. We walked to the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum which was extremely interesting. Tham all took us to the local market where she taught us some Vietnamese in the attempt to try to buy green onions and garlic. I'm sure the stall holders found it very amusing when we tried to speak to them in Vietnamese. I don't think we got the local price but it was a lot of fun. Then we took the Cyclo Tour and played in the traffic. Tham was always near us on a motorcycle and we found this a great way to see some of Ho Chi Minh and too feel part of the bustle of the city. I can thoroughly recommend this tour if you want to get up close and personal with the sights of the city. Tham was an excellent guide and looked after us very well. It was a wonderful experience.
star-4
Our guide was very knowledgable and it...
Adrian M
, Sep 2014
Our guide was very knowledgable and it gave us a good overview of the main sights.
star-5
Great first day in Saigon, gives you...
Mike W
, Aug 2014
Great first day in Saigon, gives you an idea of where things are and some good tips from the guide Gem
star-4
We were a family tour of 8 people...
Robert lilburne L
, Aug 2014
We were a family tour of 8 people ranging in age from 12 to 82. The tour was enjoyed by all of us. It was interesting, informative and well paced for all the participants. We would highly recommend it to our friends.
star-3
good tour and a great way to see...
Elouise_R
, Feb 2014
good tour and a great way to see they city, we were buy ourselves so it was a great private tour. Hotel pick up was good though they do not take you back but put you in a cab. not a problem just unexpected. Another thing to note is that at the end of the tour the guide told us we should tip the cyclo drivers, a bit unexpected because i was under the impression that we had paid for the tour already and if the company wants to tip the drivers then that should be included in the price. Not really an issue, but a little of putting at the end of the tour.
star-4
Nice cyclos tour ! Interesting program...
Dan_M
, Jan 2014
Nice cyclos tour ! Interesting program. The costs could be less !
star-4
Interesting, fun and a great way to get...
Lisa_M
, Nov 2013
Interesting, fun and a great way to get your bearings around Ho Chi Minh city.
star-5
It was fantastic and the local...
Norman T
, Sep 2013
It was fantastic and the local guides were so friendly and helpful and I strongly reccomend them to any body wishing to this .

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