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3 days in Ho Chi Minh City

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3 days in Ho Chi Minh City
Three days is plenty of time to take in the sensory explosion that is Vietnam's biggest city. The historic sites are outstanding, but perhaps the most fun is to be had in day trips just outside the city, to the Cu Chi tunnel complex and the Mekong River.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Winter
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Day 1
XO Tours - Vietnam Motorbike Tours
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XO Tours - Vietnam Motorbike Tours

XO Tours is the first all-female motorbike tour company in Vietnam, offering the most unique and highest ranked tours in Vietnam for over 3 years running. We pride ourselves in offering the best service in the industry and we are also the first company in Vietnam to include accident insurance with all our tours! Our "Foodie" tour is the original Vietnam street food tour and still the... More

XO Tours is the first all-female motorbike tour company in Vietnam, offering the most unique and highest ranked tours in Vietnam for over 3 years running. We pride ourselves in offering the best service in the industry and we are also the first company in Vietnam to include accident insurance with all our tours! Our "Foodie" tour is the original Vietnam street food tour and still the most popular food tour in all Vietnam! Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Reunification Palace
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Reunification Palace

This fascinating government building, significant for its role in the Vietnam conflict, is preserved almost exactly as it was in 1966.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Uy Ban Nhan Dan Thanh Pho
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Uy Ban Nhan Dan Thanh Pho

Though still called Hotel de Ville locally, this is no longer a hotel. This landmark building is actually The People's Committee, a government building with no public access.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Rex Hotel Rooftop Bar
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Rex Hotel Rooftop Bar

Tranquil gardens and award-winning restaurants make this a four-star hotel experience.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 2
Saigon Cooking Class
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Saigon Cooking Class

Go the market with your Chef to buy necessary ingredients for your class, then head back to the kitchen to learn how to prepare a selection of traditional and contemporary Vietnamese dishes. This is a great immersion experience.From Tuesday till Sunday, cooking class twice a day.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Emperor Jade Pagoda (Chua Ngoc Hoang or Phuoc Hai Tu)
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Emperor Jade Pagoda (Chua Ngoc Hoang or Phuoc Hai Tu)

Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship is considered by many to be Saigon’s finest.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Water puppet show at Thao Dien Village
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Water puppet show at Thao Dien Village

Come and enjoy Vietnamese food at Ngon restaurant Thao Dien Village, visitors can entertain themselves with water puppet show here. The show upholds the culture, the traditions of this country and is acted like normal human beings by the well-trained artists. It highlights the creative bent of mind of the inhabitants of the city. Weekly one show is held from 19:30 to 20:00 every... More

Come and enjoy Vietnamese food at Ngon restaurant Thao Dien Village, visitors can entertain themselves with water puppet show here. The show upholds the culture, the traditions of this country and is acted like normal human beings by the well-trained artists. It highlights the creative bent of mind of the inhabitants of the city. Weekly one show is held from 19:30 to 20:00 every Saturday at Ngon restaurant in Thao Dien Village. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 3
War Remnants Museum
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War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum is a unit under the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the museum system of Vietnam, the museum for world peace and a member of the World Council of Museums (ICOM), the War Remnants Museum, the Museum of thematic research, collection , storage, preservation and display of the material, photographs, artifacts on the evidence of the... More

War Remnants Museum is a unit under the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the museum system of Vietnam, the museum for world peace and a member of the World Council of Museums (ICOM), the War Remnants Museum, the Museum of thematic research, collection , storage, preservation and display of the material, photographs, artifacts on the evidence of the crime and the consequences of the war that the invasion force has caused to Vietnam.Museum store more than 20,000 documents, exhibits and films, in which more than 1,500 documents, artifacts, films have been applied to introduce in eight thematic exhibition frequently. In 35 years, the Museum has welcomed over 15 million visitors at home and abroad. Currently with about 500,000 visitors each year, the War Remnants Museum is one of the only cultural tourism to attract high public credibility at home and abroad. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Notre Dame Cathedral
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Notre Dame Cathedral

This French-built cathedral occupies scenic Paris Square in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Dinner on Bonsai Cruise
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Dinner on Bonsai Cruise

Escape the bustle of the city and cruise the waters of the Saigon River. Savor a sumptuous dinner, accompanied by live entertainment, while floating past Ho Chi Minh’s enchanting nighttime cityscape. Follow us on Twitter (at)BonsaiCruise or facebook Bonsai River Cruise for updates and promotions!

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours

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