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Ben Thanh Market (Cho Ben Thanh) Tours

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Ben Thanh Market (Cho Ben Thanh)
Right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City is the Ben Thanh Market (Chợ Bến Thành). More than a place to go shopping, the market is also an architectural landmark, a center of local Vietnamese life and commerce, and a meeting point all rolled into one.
 
The Basics
The distinctive cream-colored market building with its wide clock tower was built in 1870 by French colonizers. Everything from fresh fruit and meat to frying pans and mops are sold at the Ben Thanh Market. While travelers are welcome to browse, this is an authentic local market where Ho Chi Minh City’s residents do their daily shopping. Therefore, it’s an ideal place to immerse yourself in local life. The streets surrounding the market are also fun to check out, with lots of hawker stalls selling tasty Vietnamese cuisine.
 
Stop by the market to take a break from sightseeing and pick up lunch, or buy food to take away on a picnic. Many travelers visit independently, but the market is also a fixture on most guided sightseeing tours.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The market sits in the middle of some very busy roads, and crossing can be a challenge if you’re not used to Vietnamese traffic. Walk out slowly and steadily so that cars and scooters have plenty of time to see you and stop. If in doubt, cross with the locals.
  • Be prepared to haggle when shopping in the market, but keep things friendly and respectful.
  • A highlight of the market is the fruit section. Many visitors may find foods they’ve never seen or tasted before.
 
How to Get There
The Ben Thanh Market is in the central city. Taxi drivers will know where it is, but travelers who don’t speak Vietnamese may mispronounce Vietnamese place names without realizing. It’s best to write down the name of the place you want to visit and show it to your driver.
 
When to Get There
While the market is open all day from around 7am, it’s especially lively in the evenings, when locals come to eat and shop after work.
 
Visit the Binh Tay Market
For a more Chinese type of shopping experience, visit the Binh Tay Market in the Cholon neighborhood of Ho Chi Minh City. This area is known as the city’s Chinatown, and visitors can find Chinese Buddhist temples, Chinese restaurants, and a wide variety of Chinese goods for sale.
Address: Cnr Le Loi, Trang Hung Dao, Le Lai, Ho Chi Minh City District 1, Vietnam
Admission: Varies
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Ho Chi Minh City Private Half-Day Tour by Jeep

Ho Chi Minh City Private Half-Day Tour by Jeep

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Get to know the history and culture of Ho Chi Minh City on a private sightseeing tour by Jeep. Traveling with a guide, you'll see a selection of the main sights, like the War Remnants Museum, the Independence Palace (aka Reunification Palace), Emperor Jade Pagoda, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Market. Entrance fees are included.
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  • 4 hours
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$54.00
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24H Ho Chi Minh City HOP-ON HOP-OFF RED BUS TOUR

24H Ho Chi Minh City HOP-ON HOP-OFF RED BUS TOUR

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See the sights of Ho Chi Minh City your way on a hop-on hop-off bus tour that allows you to create your own personalized sightseeing itinerary. Ideal for first-time visitors and travelers with limited time, this flexible tour option means you can disembark the bus whenever an attraction captures your attention. Your ticket also includes an evening bus tour of Ho Chi Minh City, which reveals a different side to attractions when they’re illuminated by night.
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  • 1 hour
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$15.39
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Saigon Food Adventure by Scooter

Saigon Food Adventure by Scooter

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Benefit from a Ho Chi Minh City food tour that is paired with sightseeing by motorbike for the ultimate half-day combo tour of this important city in southern Vietnam. Observe daily life as your driver-guide zips through the streets while you ride as a passenger on the motorbike. Stop at popular local eateries and sample enough dishes to make up a meal, including delicious appetizers, mains, and dessert.
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  • 4 hours
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Covid-19 Regulated PRIVATE Tour in HCMC

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Covid-19 Regulated PRIVATE Tour in HCMC

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Explore the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, as it's also still known, on this 3.5-hour private walking tour. Visit major attractions like the War Remnants Museum, learn about the city's history, and enjoy a Vietnamese snack. Your private guide also shows you hidden gems you might otherwise miss.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Ho Chi Minh City Tour (8 Hour Excursion From Phu My Seaport)

Ho Chi Minh City Tour (8 Hour Excursion From Phu My Seaport)

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Embrace the spirit of Saigon – “Pearl of the Far East” with a day trip visiting the iconic landmarks of the city and soaking up the rich tapestry of history and culture. This Vietnamese metropolis can intimidate at first, but with a local to guide you on a Ho Chi Minh City tour, it’s never been easier to visit this incredible city. This city tour unravels Saigon’s turbulent past and also provides a glimpse into the fascinating variety the city has to offer. High light • Experience the special atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City • Enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch • Learn more about the Vietnam War, explore the old and new Saigon, and admire the highlights of the city • Admire magnificent pagodas, impressive buildings, and traditional markets
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  • 8 hours
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$135.00
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Saigon's private FOODWALK tour

Saigon's private FOODWALK tour

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Dive into the tastes and flavors of Ho Chi Minh City’s back-alleys and neighborhood markets on this lively private food tour. Head out in the afternoon for lunch or immerse yourself in the bright lights of the city at night with a dinner tour around a series of city food stalls. Enjoy iconic Vietnamese dishes like pho and banh mi – and maybe even a surprise dish.
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  • 4 hours
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$27.00
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Hidden Treasures of Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour

Hidden Treasures of Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour

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Go beyond Ho Chi Minh City's typical visitor attractions to see lesser-known sights on this 3-hour private tour. With a guide, you'll discover a bit of real life in the city as you stroll along narrow lanes, visit hidden gems, and explore favorite local markets. Listen to insider stories about the lifestyles of Vietnamese people, and enjoy an overall authentic experience. Coffee and fruit are included.
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  • 3 hours
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$34.45
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4-Hour Ho Chi Minh City Market Tour by Cyclo

4-Hour Ho Chi Minh City Market Tour by Cyclo

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Let a private driver guide you around Ho Chi Minh City on a cyclo, a three-wheeled bicycle taxi commonly used in Vietnam. During the 4-hour tour you'll see a number of authentic markets selling flowers, fabrics, electronics, and more. Hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as coconut water, are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Ho Chi Minh city half day - Morning or Afternoon - Luxury group tour

Ho Chi Minh city half day - Morning or Afternoon - Luxury group tour

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Once dearly called Diamond of the Far-east with the luxury level overriding that of Hongkong or Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City is now the most populated city in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh city is Vietnam’s largest city. It is a fast-paced urban area full of diverse people including street vendor selling fresh fruit and vegetables, to ritzy western-style bars and boutiques. This haft-day-tour unravels Saigon’s turbulent past and also provides a glimpse into the fascinating variety the city has to offer. We will visit the following places of interest: * The Reunification Palace * War Remants Museum * Notre Dame Cathedral * Central Post Office * Jade Emperor Pagoda * Ben Thanh Market
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  • 5 hours
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$33.99
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City Half Day by car

City Half Day by car

• Private tour: only you & your local host! • Flexible time to start • Infant (0-4) is complimentary • Get To Local Areas To See Real Life Of The People • Learn about Vietnam fascinating history
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$30.77
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Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

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Experience Ho Chi Minh City’s major landmarks and attractions on an all-day tour. After a convenient pickup from Phu My Port, travel in a private air-conditioned minivan with a personal guide to the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace (formerly the Presidential Palace), and the French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office. Enjoy a cafe sua da (coffee with condensed-milk) and lunch at a local restaurant included.  
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  • 6 to 12 hours
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$120.45
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Saigon City Tour & Sunset View By Walking

Saigon City Tour & Sunset View By Walking

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We have made a hard-effort to design this unique tour for those who are interested in the history of Saigon. In this experience, you are not only taken to some main historic spots but also discovered hidden gems and unknown historical tourist spots that would be a miss on your own! By walking around the city within 4 hours, we will explore the whole city from some ancient building architectures, markets, the second tallest building, sunset view. This is some highlights of samples on the tour: ⭐ WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM ⭐ INDEPENDENCE PALACE ⭐NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL ⭐CENTRAL POST OFFICE ⭐ CIA BUILDING ⭐COMMITTEE HALL ⭐ OPERA HOUSE ⭐ ANCIENT HOTELS ⭐ WALKING STREET ⭐ BITEXCO FINANCIAL BUILDING We live it, you love it.!
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  • 4 hours
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Suv Car or Minivan, Nontouristy, Private Tour To Cu Chi Tunnels ( Ben Duoc )

Suv Car or Minivan, Nontouristy, Private Tour To Cu Chi Tunnels ( Ben Duoc )

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- We will have the best local experience together, we go thruogh Ho Chi Minh city in the morning to see how the local hustly goes to work. In the countryside, we will visit the rice field and rubber farm to learn about local agriculture. Get out of the city and visit the countryside areas, beautiful landscape. -Visit a local family to learn how the Vietnamese make local noodle - Visit Cu Chi to learn more about the history of the Vietnam war. - The best thing is no touristy on the tour, no tourist trap, no shopping, real local experience. - Driver AND GUIDE will drive you to the places that only we know and explain things you ask during the trip - Fluent English speaking guide, friendly, polite - Comfy SUV car
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  • 7 hours
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Deluxe Half-Day Saigon Sightseeing Group Tour

Deluxe Half-Day Saigon Sightseeing Group Tour

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Gain a unique perspective of Ho Chi Minh City, where modern life meets traditional Vietnam. Tour the dynamic city with a professional guide who points out architectural features of French colonial–style buildings, such as Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and Saigon Post Office. Visit other famous attractions including Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, and the Jade Emperor Pagoda. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included from districts 1 and 3.
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  • 4 hours
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$26.67
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Fullday Tour of Ho Chi Minh City Including Cu Chi Tunnels

Fullday Tour of Ho Chi Minh City Including Cu Chi Tunnels

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Combine all the best bits of Ho Chi Minh City on this 8-hour sightseeing tour, including hotel pick-up. Head straight for the city’s star attraction, the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels, where you can learn about their use during the Vietnam War and even pose for a photo peeking out from a camouflaged trapdoor. After a typical Vietnamese lunch (included), admire architechtural highlights like the Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral, then browse the colorful stalls of Ben Thanh market. This small-group tour is limited to seven for a personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours
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$45.00
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Chef Vu Cooking Class Plus Market Trip in Saigon Center (Pick up by Cyclo)

Chef Vu Cooking Class Plus Market Trip in Saigon Center (Pick up by Cyclo)

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There’s no better way to learn about Vietnamese cuisine than a cooking class. And Cyclo Resto’s cooking course doesn’t just include a feast of fantastic food but a ride on the classic Vietnamese “cyclo” and a shopping trip to Ben Thanh Market. Choose from different menus for the class, then savor the results followed by an egg coffee for dessert.
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  • 4 hours
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$38.98
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Make Your Own Full Day Shore Excursion in Ho Chi Minh City

Make Your Own Full Day Shore Excursion in Ho Chi Minh City

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Enjoy a private full-day tour in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, where your guide will take you to some of the best highlights that this shore excursion has to offer. Lunch and attraction entrance fees are included in this tour.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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$110.33
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$110.33
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3-Hour Saigon Adventure in Cyclo or Rickshaw

3-Hour Saigon Adventure in Cyclo or Rickshaw

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Join the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City on the cyclo tour and see more than you could find on your own. This is a great way for sightseeing in 3 hours. Our tour guide will give you all the information of each stop. We offer 2 options for you, please choose one of these below: Option 1: Cyclo and Markets Highlights: Biggest Wholesale Flower Market, Local Market, Pet Street, Electronics Market, Motorbike Parts Market, Thien Hau Temple (The Oldest Chinese Temple) in Chinatown, Nguyen Thien Thuat Oldest Apartment and Vietnamese Coffee. Option 2: Cyclo and Spectacular Landmarks Highlights: War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, Vietnamese Temple, Buddhist Monument, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Opera House, Saigon River, Ben Thanh Market, and Vietnamese Coffee. **Note: Our cyclo driver just drives pass War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace to cover for you all of the sights as listed.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.80
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The City Walking Journey with Student Buddies

The City Walking Journey with Student Buddies

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A fun walk to most popular tourist attractions in Saigon. Listen to the history and stories behind of each famous site from the unique perspective . Not only will you learn some fun and interesting facts about the places we take you on the tour, but also we will tell you things only a true Saigonese knows. Especially, we will try a typical Vietnamese coffee like a local during the tour. Together with my co-host, Mike and Paul are studying China major. We will try to make your Experience more interesting than ever. This is a great way for you to gain some experience while sharing our unique culture with you from around the world. It’s like having a new friend to show you around, so WHY NOT? Please note that this tour is offered for a join basic, so there maybe other guests will join with you. The maximum group size is 3-5 people. Just contact me if you need a private tour.
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  • 3 hours 20 minutes
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$12.53
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Private Ho Chi Minh City Photography Walking Tour

Private Ho Chi Minh City Photography Walking Tour

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Amid the bustle of the big, bad city, it can be hard to capture traditional life in Ho Chi Minh City. Stroll the streets like a local and enjoy a local’s access to the city’s most photogenic spots on this private tour. Start at a traditional coffee shop, stroll through a flower market, then explore an apartment block, an alleyway, an artists’ street, a wet market, and a colonial-era church
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.45
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$34.45
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Private Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Private Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Vietnam's largest city boasts energy travellers can feel the moment they step out onto the street. Discover the delights of lively Saigon with a friendly private guide from Vietravel. Get a local's perspective on this evocative Vietnamese metropolis as you explore Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace.
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  • 8 hours
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$75.90
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$75.90
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One hour cyclo tour around Saigon

One hour cyclo tour around Saigon

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From your pick-up point, join Xích Lô Tours for a fun cyclo ride across the undiscovered highlights of Saigon. ‘Xich lo’ or cyclo is a traditional transport in Saigon that is being left behind by sharp urbanization. Nowadays, it is a reminicence of the past. Hopping on your very own cyclos, you will be joining some 8 millions scooters of Saigon and get a premium 360 degree view of its traffic.
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  • 55 minutes to 1 hour
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$10.26
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$10.26

Half Day Join in Saigon Cooking Class and Ben Thanh Market Tour

Half Day Join in Saigon Cooking Class and Ben Thanh Market Tour

Learn to cook like a local in Ho Chi Minh City with this small-group cooking class. Meet your guide, a local chef, at Ben Thanh Market and learn about the typical ingredients, herbs, and spices used in Vietnamese cuisine as you shop for fresh produce. Then, take part in a hands-on cooking class and create a variety of traditional Vietnamese dishes before sitting down to enjoy your 3-course home-cooked lunch.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$40.00
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Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants Museum & Ben Thanh Market

Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants Museum & Ben Thanh Market

Explore the center of Ho Chi Minh City by car. Visit Independence Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Shop at Bến Thành Market, the largest market in the city. Highlights Discover Ho Chi Minh City Visit the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica Shop at Bến Thành Market Visit the War Remnants Museum Enjoy lunch with traditional beef noodles (Pho).
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.00
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$38.00
Price varies by group size

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