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Gain an overall understanding of Saigon through landmark architecture that reflects the changing face of the metropolis known as Ho Chi Minh City since 1976. In the lively Chinatown district of Cholon, you will find Giac Lam, the city’s oldest pagoda.

8 hours, from US$145pp

Operated in Small Group

Private tours available on request

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Overview

Gain an overall understanding of Saigon through landmark architecture that reflects the changing face of the metropolis known as Ho Chi Minh City since 1976. In the lively Chinatown district of Cholon, you will find Giac Lam, the city’s oldest pagoda.

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Highlights

  • Observe a range of architecture that reflects key periods in the history of Saigon.
  • Reflect for a few moments in serene Giac Lam, the city’s oldest pagoda.
  • See the Reunification Palace, which became a symbol of the Fall of Saigon in 1975.
  • Notice the French influence in colonial architecture such as Notre-Dame Cathedral.

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Itinerary

Depart from your hotel at 8:00, gain an overall understanding of Saigon through landmark architecture that reflects the changing face of the metropolis known as Ho Chi Minh City since 1976. In the lively Chinatown district of Cholon, you will find Giac Lam, the city’s oldest pagoda. A haven of tranquility where Taoism and Confucianism merge with Buddhism, the pagoda compound includes ornate tombs, a rare bodhi tree and an elegant statue of the Goddess of Mercy. Next, visit the century-aged hidden in a small little alleyways where locals making Buddha, God, Saint statues for selling nationally. Experience the biggest wholesale market of Binh Tay and stop by a local cafe’s for a typical Caphe Sua Da with traditional method of cooking coffee.

For a more contemporary perspective, you will view Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification Palace, a modernistic white building that was home to the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon presents a glimpse into colonial life, as the French constructed it in the mid-1800s. The ornate Central Post Office is another French-built colonial gem. If not for the large portrait of Ho Chi Minh inside, you might think you were in Paris. Then, visit the must-see War Remnants museum and the secret weapon bunker in district 3. Stop by the venerable statue of Monk Thich Quang Duc for history lessons before driving back to the hotel.

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