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Meet your private guide at Ben Thanh Market and take a bus together to Chinatown, where you’ll stop at a fruit market. Enjoy a fruit tasting while you head toward Le Quang Sung Street, a must-visit street for understanding Vietnamese life. It is the only place in town to purchase wedding betel and areca; betel leaves and areca nuts or flowers are very important in Vietnamese marriage ceremonies.

Learn about local Vietnamese and Chinese communities as you continue to Binh Tay Market, known for its beautiful Sino-French architecture. Wander around and take in the views of food stands while your local guide tells more about life in Ho Chi Minh City.

Next stop is Cha Tham Church, built in the 19th century. This decaying light-caramel-painted church exudes a sleepy, tropical feel. After hearing the stories about the site, continue to other markets like Kim Bien and Dai Quang Minh. Dai Quang Minh Market is heaven for Saigon creatives, as it's full of shops that sell countless accessories for sewing and crafting.

Continue your journey to other beautiful temples where you and your group can practice traditional gestures by making wishes for good fortune. Take in the sacred atmosphere of Thien Hau Temple, a revered structure built in the 19th century and dedicated to Thien Hau, goddess of the seafarers.

Now it's time for a coffee break at one of oldest cafes in town, Cheo Leo. The place was founded by Vinh Ngo in 1938 and now it’s run by Ngo's eldest daughter. She still brews the coffee in the traditional way, with an old-fashioned cloth strainer and a clay pot.

Finish your private tour with a visit to Ban Co Market, a place where only Vietnamese go, full of stalls selling clothes, jewelry, handbags, and food. How great it is to have your own private host, as nobody here speaks English, so either practice your Vietnamese or let your host do all the talking. Then head back to your meeting point together and say your goodbyes to end your tour.
Locations visited
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Nha Tho Cha Tam (Cha Tam Church)
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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hidden Treasures of Ho Chi Minh City

Joy is one of the hidden Treasures of HCM. She is knowledgeable, has a great personality and went out of her way to make the tour enjoyable. She is a great asset for you

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 13 July 2018
What a lovely surprise this tour and fabulous guide were.

I love to do walking tours, and Thien's profile on the withlocals site, before I even booked a tour seemed to suit my interests. Her tour included travel on the local bus, amongst many of the locals, and through the side streets, temple areas, and...More

Thank Tours H
Reviewed 28 May 2018
Ho Chi Minh with Joy

Joy was such a pleasure to be around. From the start to the end of the tour, there was no end to great conversations and amazing food. My husband & I were educated on so much history and were shown so many different architecture and...More

Thank 678joelv
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile
Book this tour for a great experience

We booked the tour Hidden gems to see some other sides of the city than the default top 10 list and to learn more about Vietnam from a local. Thien is born and raised in Saigon and showed us the area and spots she likes...More

Thank Ellen B
Reviewed 2 May 2018
An experience to remember for a lifetime !!!

It was really great to have Thien by our side. She arrived on time, and then proceeded to give us great tour of Chinatown and environs. She is great at taking you to hidden gems in the city. While walking with her, we got a...More

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