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Reunification Palace (Independence Palace) Tours

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Reunification Palace (Independence Palace)
Originally built by the French in 1868 to commemorate the establishment of the colony of Indochina, the Reunification Palace (formerly Independence Palace) as it stands today was built during the 1960s. Known in Vietnamese as Dinh Độc Lập or Dinh Thống Nhất, it was most famously the symbolic site of the liberation of Saigon by communist forces that reunited the nation on April 30, 1975.
 
The Basics
Vietnam has a long history of conflict, and a visit to the Reunification Palace is essential to an understanding of modern-day Vietnam. As such, it is featured on most sightseeing tours of the city. The structure is a working government building, but it’s also a museum of the historical events that happened there.
 
Visitors can see the war-command room with its old communications equipment, the F5E fighter plane that bombed the building in 1975, and the tank that rolled through the gates as Saigon fell. Rooms in the labyrinthine basement screen videos about the palace history in several languages. For a comprehensive overview of the war, combine a city tour and visit to the Reunification Palace with a guided visit to the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Reunification Palace is a must-visit for history buffs and first time visitors.
  • Visitors may be asked to pass through a security check before entering the building.
  • Photography is allowed inside the palace.
  • The palace is wheelchair accessible, with the exception of the rooftop terrace.
  • How to Get There
  • Reunification Palace is situated in the heart of District 1, a short walk from Ben Thanh market. Follow Le Loi away from the market circle and turn left on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia.
 
When to Get There
The palace is open to the public daily so long as there are no official receptions or events taking place.
 
Designed for a President
The Reunification Palace was designed as the presidential palace for Ngo Dingh, the president of South Vietnam, after his own air force bombed his old palace (he was quite unpopular). The building has a bomb shelter in the basement, a movie theater, game room, disco, and rooftop helipad. Unfortunately, the president never moved in, as he was killed by his own troops three years before it was completed.
Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Full-Day Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels Tour with Lunch

Full-Day Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels Tour with Lunch

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Tour the sites of Ho Chi Minh City and travel back in time on a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels on this full-day tour that includes lunch. See the Notre Dame Cathedral from the outside and visit the famous Post Office that was built during colonial times. Then tour the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace. Finally, head outside of the city to the Cu Chi Tunnels, where you head far underground with a local guide and learn how thousands of people survived far below the earth's surface during the Vietnam War.
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  • 8 hours
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$33.00
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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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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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Half-Day Tour in Ho Chi Minh with Lunch

Half-Day Tour in Ho Chi Minh with Lunch

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City on an adventurous tour. Gain fascinating insight into the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage as you explore significant sites with a knowledgeable guide; haggle for souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market, and feast your senses on a local lunch of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Visit the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum to learn of the country’s turbulent history and conclude the day with a serene stroll down tree-lined boulevards.
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  • 6 hours
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$52.00
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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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Full-Day Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels Tour with Lunch

Full-Day Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels Tour with Lunch

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Explore the French colonial and wartime history of Vietnam on a full-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City and the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze-like network where Vietnamese soldiers lived and worked underground. Visit Ho Chi Minh City landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace, and the War Remnants Museum, with a guide to share stories about local history and culture. Your tour includes all entrance fees and lunch, with pickup and drop-off at select Ho Chi Minh City hotels.
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  • 1 day
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$41.03
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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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$135.00
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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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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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$39.21
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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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$79.00
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Private & All-Inclusive Ho Chi Minh City Instagram Tour: Hidden Gems

Private & All-Inclusive Ho Chi Minh City Instagram Tour: Hidden Gems

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If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, the iconic city of Ho Chi Minh will already be on your itinerary. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the best spots, let us show you around on our Ho Chi Minh Instagram Tour! Forget everything you think you know about guided tours when you come with us - there are no stuffy silences or boring monologues here! ===== Tour Schedule 10:00 AM – Pick up at your hotel 10:15 AM – Arrive at the Notre Dame Cathedral 10:45 AM – Visit The Central Post Office 11:45 AM – Visit the “Pink Church" 12:30 PM – Explore a hidden weapons bunker 1:15 PM – Lunch Time! 2:45 PM – Visit the Ho Chi Minh Squares (People’s Committee) 3:00 PM – Stroll along Nguyen Hue Street and grab views of Bitexco 3:30 PM – Visit Instagrammable boutique shops and enjoy coffee & dessert! 4:30 PM – Visit the Minh Dang Quang Pagoda 5:15 PM – View the tallest building in HCMC and relax in a secret spot by the river 6:15 PM – Arrive back at your hotel
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$107.70
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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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Ho Chi Minh City Tour & Saigon Skydeck

Ho Chi Minh City Tour & Saigon Skydeck

Enjoy a special Hop on - Hop off bus tour around Ho Chi Minh City that allows you to discover many of the city's landmarks in just 24-hours. Choose from over 10 stops, 20 destinations, and complete your evening with entrance tickets to the Saigon sky deck. Hop On Hop Off guide will guide you to visit the Saigon Sky Deck, a super popular attraction that will allow you to enjoy panoramic views of Saigon from the top of a large building. 360 degree observatory
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  • 1 day
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$26.00
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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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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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The Ultimate Private Ho Chi Minh City Layover Tour with a Local

The Ultimate Private Ho Chi Minh City Layover Tour with a Local

Long layovers are no fun, especially when there's a beautiful city out there ready to be discovered. If you are in Ho Chi Minh City waiting for your next travel adventure and have some time to spare, why not spend it outside exploring the city? Let a local show you their city in a layover tour. With a convenient pickup and drop off, you'll enjoy the best of Ho Chi Minh City and will be back in time for your next destination. From incredible sights like the oldest pagoda in town to one of the biggest markets in Vietnam and with a delicious bánh mì included, your local host can create a personalized itinerary taking into consideration your preferences and time availability. Believe it, your local host knows exactly how to make just a few hours count!
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  • 5 hours
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$97.42
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$97.42
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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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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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$120.45
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Best Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from any Cruise Port

Best Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from any Cruise Port

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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. Vietnamese Traditional lunch and attraction entrance fees are included in this tour.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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$130.57
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$130.57
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Full-Day Saigon Tour Including Cu Chi Tunnels

Full-Day Saigon Tour Including Cu Chi Tunnels

If you want to learn about the history of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), this private tour offers a comprehensive look at the city as well as the Cu Chi tunnels. Learn about the role of the tunnel system, which stretched all the way to the Cambodian border during the Vietnam-American war. Then visit the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace, with a stop at Ben Thanh Market. You’ll witness daily life on the streets lined with shops and stalls where vendors sell their wares.
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  • 1 day
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$73.08
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Small-Group Ho Chi Minh City Tour with Cu Chi Tunnels

Small-Group Ho Chi Minh City Tour with Cu Chi Tunnels

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Combine a visit to the the Cu Chi Tunnels with a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Learn about the network of tunnels that provided an underground base for Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. Then return to the city for lunch and discover places of interest such as the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saigon Post Office, Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. This small-group tour offers a great overview of Vietnamese culture and history.
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  • 9 hours
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$52.57
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Small-Group 4 hours Saigon City Tour

Small-Group 4 hours Saigon City Tour

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Let a knowledgeable guide unravel the history of Saigon’s turbulent past on this half-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Head to the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum to learn about the city's dramatic demise when it was the capital of the US-backed Republic of Vietnam. See colonial buildings like the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office, evidence of the 19th-century capital of French Indochina. Get a glimpse of vendors selling fruit and vegetables at Ben Thanh Market and visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.00
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$26.00
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Ho Chi Minh City Morning Tour

Ho Chi Minh City Morning Tour

Experience Ho Chi Minh City Morning Tour during the early morning to discovering the history, traditions, and culture of the energetic city. You will visit historical places like the base of Vietnamese General Ngo Dinh Diem (Reunification Palace), memorial monument the long and brutal Vietnam War known as the ‘Museum of American War Crimes’ and the grandest post office in all of Southeast Asia a remnant of French colonial times. Ho Chi Minh City Tour Itinerary: 7:45 am ~ pickup at the meeting point Reunification Palace Notre Dame Cathedral (currently closed for refurbishment) and Central Post Office War Remnants Museum 12:00 pm ~ drop off at the meet point
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  • 4 hours
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$30.77
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Saigon Foodie Tour

Saigon Foodie Tour

We'll be walking through different historical places which are remained most of the precious hidden gems of Sai Gon from hundred years ago. Experiencing through this tour you will understand about the whole story of Viet Nam War and enjoy the peacefulness of the taste of Vietnamese Coffee. Next we will observe the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Central Post Office and visit the and Reunification Palace,Thien Hau Pagoda and Stroll through Ben Thanh Market. Saigon is the biggest city in Vietnam with diversity of culture and food. Discover this city on this tour with us.
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  • 4 hours
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$29.08
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