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Saigon Opera House (Opéra de Saïgon) Tours

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Saigon Opera House (Opéra de Saïgon)
The Saigon Opera House (Opéra de Saïgon), aka Ho Chi Minh City Theater (Nhà Hát Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh), is a landmark piece of French colonial architecture. (Saigon was the colonial name for Ho Chi Minh City.) Built in 1897, it is home to the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra, but is best known for evening cultural shows, such as A O and Teh Dar.
 
The Basics
The Saigon Opera House is an easy walk from other colonial-era masterpieces, including the Central Post Office and Notre-Dame Basilica. As a landmark building, it’s a regular stop on Ho Chi Minh City tours. The only way to experience the interior is to buy tickets for a performance. Some Saigon Opera House ticket packages include round-trip transfers.
 
Cultural performances, such as the A O Show and Teh Dar, typically blend acrobatics, dance, drama, and tribal or folk elements. The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra offers classical concerts, opera, ballet, modern dance, and more.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Cultural shows at the Saigon Opera House are a must for fans of acrobatics.
  • Architecture buffs should sign up for the short theater tours before each performance.
  • Ticket prices vary according to not only the show but also seat class.
 
How to Get There
An easy walk from other District 1 attractions, including the Central Post Office and Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Saigon Opera House sits on Lam Son Square. The 49 bus stops here, as do some hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tours. The Grab app takes the strain out of negotiating with motorbike and 4-wheeled taxi drivers in Ho Chi Minh City.
 
When to Get There
As with other Vietnam tourist attractions, the Saigon Opera House gets insanely busy over the Vietnamese New Year (Tet) holidays. Evening is the best time to appreciate the spectacular 19th-century facade, which is dressed up in lights, and, of course, to enjoy a performance. Book ahead of time when reserving show tickets for weekends.
 
The Colorful Past of Saigon Opera House
Designed by French architects in the Belle Epoque style, the Saigon Opera House opened to the public in 1900 under the name of Theatre de Saigon. Theater companies from both France and Vietnam performed. After being damaged during World War II, it served variously as a theater, a refuge for French citizens, and home to part of the government of South Vietnam.
Address: 7 Lam Son Square, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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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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$40.76
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Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group River Cruise Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh

Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group River Cruise Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh

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Journey from Ho Chi Minh City into the heart of the Mekong Delta on a small-group tour led by an experienced local guide, cruising along the mighty Mekong in a private long-tail boat. Experience this important river delta firsthand as you explore both jungle-shaded canals and wide waterways to see fishing villages, exotic fruit farms, and the rhythms of daily life. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Mekong Delta dishes and sample local specialties along the way.
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  • 8 hours
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$63.00
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Saigon in a Day: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing and Night Food Tour

Saigon in a Day: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing and Night Food Tour

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Enjoy Ho Chi Minh City in the morning and at night on a tour that combines a classic city sightseeing tour with an evening food tour by motorbike. Discover the gems of Vietnam's largest metropolis as you visit Tao Dan Park, Ben Thanh market, Reunification Palace and see French colonial architecture at Saigon Opera House. Taste a range of authentic Vietnamese treats, including ‘pho’ (noodle soup) for breakfast, and street food dishes with beer or rice wine for dinner. This small-group tour is limited to seven people to ensure a personalized experience.
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  • 12 hours
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Saigon Pho and Beer Bike Tour

Saigon Pho and Beer Bike Tour

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Ride a bike through Ho Chi Minh City on a full-day bike tour that explores the city's vibrant neighborhoods and local landmarks. You'll pause to check out historic sites such as the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace, with breaks to sample Vietnamese coffee, pho, and local beer. Exploring Ho Chi Minh City by bike is a great way to soak up the unique atmosphere, from bustling Chinatown to the Old French Quarter and the banks of the Saigon River.
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$75.00
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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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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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Saigon: Mekong Delta Day Cruise

Saigon: Mekong Delta Day Cruise

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  • 1 day
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A O Show at Saigon Opera House with Private Dinner

A O Show at Saigon Opera House with Private Dinner

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Enjoy a romantic night out in Ho Chi Minh City with a night at the opera. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel by private transportation to the gorgeous Saigon Opera House for the AO show—performance contrasting rural life with urbanization in Vietnam that incorporates contemporary dance, acrobatics, and Southern Vietnamese folk music. Walk to a nearby restaurant afterwards and enjoy dinner included in the tour price.
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  • 3 hours
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1H Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus + Saigon Skydeck Pass

1H Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus + Saigon Skydeck Pass

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  • 1 hour
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Private Jeep City Tour Saigon by Night and Skybar Drink

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Ride an open Jeep through the Ho Chi Minh City night on a guided tour of the city’s highlights, from colonial-era architecture to a stylish rooftop bar. You’ll see some local landmarks light up after dark, including the Saigon Opera House, the gorgeous Central Post Office, and Nguyen Hue Walking Street, a favorite meeting spot for locals. Finish the evening over an included drink at a rooftop bar, with great views across the nighttime cityscape.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$55.00
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GirlPower Saigon By Night Tour by Scooters with Female Drivers | Kiss Tours

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At night, Ho Chi Minh City comes to life. Experience the Vietnamese capital at it best during a evening food and culture tour, which provides a perfect introduction to first-time visitors. You’ll explore on the back of your guide’s scooter and stray from the tourist trail at street food stalls that offer classic Vietnamese dishes. Plus, convenient hotel pickup and drop-off ensure you won’t have to worry about finding a meeting point.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Night Tour in Saigon with a Local

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Spend an evening out in Ho Chi Minh City on this 2.5-hour tour with a private guide who shows you some of the city's main sights and local hotspots. Join the residents of Saigon as they come out for the night, admiring the city in a different light. You'll visit a cafe, night market, and more. A coffee drink and street food tasting are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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SAIGON SHORE EXCURSION: Old and New Parts of Saigon

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We will take you on a tour of the city that will touch on some of the historical antecedents to modern Saigon as well as delving into some of the more everyday traditional lifestyle of the Saigonese. Our guide will introduce to you how they grow the rice, how they catch a fish but in Saigon city (This is unseen part of Saigon). Enjoy lunch at local restaurant with local specialty. After that we'll head to center and discover history and culture of Saigon with: • Local Wet Market • The Jade Emperor temple • City Hall • Opera House • Central Post Office • Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral • War Museum or Reunification Palace (Presidential Palace). • The CIA building in Saigon: Saigon Helicopter Photo + Our tour itinerary is flexible and changeable to make you have local most experiences. + All private tours are approximately 9-10 hours or longer depending on your time. At the end of the private tour, we will ensure that you return on-time to board the cruise ship
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$119.00
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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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Full-Day Saigon City Tour Including Cyclo Ride

Full-Day Saigon City Tour Including Cyclo Ride

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Let a local guide unveil the highlights of Saigon, one of Vietnam’s most vibrant cities. This full-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City starts with a 40-minute cyclo ride to the Ho Thi Ky alleys for a walk to the flower market. Visit Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Pagoda in Cho Lon (Chinatown) before you slurp up ‘pho’ (Vietnamese rice-noodle beef soup) for lunch. Stop at the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, and landmarks such as the Saigon Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral.
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  • 9 hours
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Sai Gon Opera House Show & Dinner

Sai Gon Opera House Show & Dinner

Experience the best of Ho Chi Minh City at night; start off with a lively show at one of the nation’s most iconic attractions - the legendary Sai Gon Opera House. Followed by dinner at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
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$95.00
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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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Private Full Day Tour of Ho Chi Minh City including Lunch

Private Full Day Tour of Ho Chi Minh City including Lunch

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This private tour of Ho Chi Minh City is led by your own personal guide who provides fascinating insight into the culture, history and daily life. Explore the city in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle and visit key attractions such as the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. After lunch at a local restaurant, see Chinatown, Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Pagoda.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.34
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Saigon Foodie Tour On Vintage Vespa Scooter

Saigon Foodie Tour On Vintage Vespa Scooter

Part night excursion, part street/local food adventure. Guests experience the nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Stops include drinks at Zoom cafe to watch "the world goes by" (as said in the Lonely Planet guide book), food and drinks at local restaurants (one stop for sea food and one stop for Southern food), samplings of Saigon's best authentic street/local food, a Vietnamese-style coffee shop (with live music) and wrapping up the evening at one of the many local nightclubs (with live music) , where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique style. Guests ride pillion behind our drivers to enjoy and experience the Vietnamese night life with friends...
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  • 4 hours
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Ho Chi Minh City and More Realistic & Less Touristy Cu Chi-Ben Duoc Tunnels 1day

Ho Chi Minh City and More Realistic & Less Touristy Cu Chi-Ben Duoc Tunnels 1day

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We are one of the rare operators who offer those customers with tight schedules a combination tour within the day to visit most of the famous buildings/spots in the city and extension to Cu Chi Tunnels in the afternoon. Buildings in Ho Chi Minh City have a huge influence on foreign countries, especially French, one that has a long time ruled over Vietnam during history. Learning about these buildings not only gives you knowledge in terms of art and architecture but also helps you understand further Vietnamese history and culture. Once you have seen it all in the city, get off the beaten path and explore the Cu Chi Tunnels. Situated in the northeastern part of Ho Chi Minh City and only about a 70-kilometer drive from the city, it is an elaborate, interwoven network of hand-dug tunnels created by Vietnamese in their fight against US soldiers. We shall take you to Ben Duoc Tunnels, not Ben Dinh, for its more realistic and no-touristy character. Just go with us now!
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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$44.66
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Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour With Student By Scooter

Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour With Student By Scooter

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See the city all in a 4-hour tour! The scooter city tour of Saigon will focus on providing a variety of what Ho Chi Minh City has to offer including main sights and local spots. From Beautiful French Architecture to local alleyways where Vietnamese families work, live, and play. We simply arrange this tour with local tour guide who are experts at navigating their beloved city. 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?
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  • 3 hours
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$16.00
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Half-day Scooter Tour Of Ho Chi Minh City

Half-day Scooter Tour Of Ho Chi Minh City

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Get around Ho Chi Minh City on the back of a scooter driven by a dedicated guide. This half-day tour lets you see the main sights of Saigon plus local hot spots—from French colonial buildings to alleyways where Vietnamese families live, work, and play. Relax and leave the navigation to a driver who knows the city streets.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$15.00
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$15.00

Saigon Night Life Adventure By Motorbike

Saigon Night Life Adventure By Motorbike

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We special design this tour for you to enjoy a wonderful night in Saigon to non-tourist destination, to see the real life of local people. A 3 hour exploration tour on a motorbike will drive you to get through various location in Saigon, you will pass by the alleys, narrow street and enjoy Vietnamese food and drinks by the local style,... Our aim is to bring you to see both city highlights and Unseen Saigon! Getting around on the motorbike and hitting the street with us, will give you a better perspective of life in Vietnam largest city and the freedom to interact with the locals whilst doing so. Please note that food are not included in the tour price. If you want to try some local food, please let our guide know ( food and drink will be on your own fee)
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  • 3 hours
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$15.00
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