When possible, exploring on foot is our favorite way to see a new destination! Of course, traffic in the major cities of Vietnam is a sight unto itself, so even crossing the street can be an adventure. For-hire transport options include taxis, motorbikes, and cyclos, and require a bit of bargaining ahead of time to decide on a rate. Keeping all of that in mind, it is always best to check with your hotel concierge for the best way to get to any particular site of interest.
Our tour includes a visit to the Fine Art Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, as well as time exploring and viewing different styles of architecture. If you decide to arrive in Vietnam a few days early, the following sites come recommended by our local guides.
Explore the lush gardens, secret rooms, and antique furniture on display at the former palace, perhaps best known for the famed photograph from 1975, which features a North Vietnamese tank crashing through its gates to end the Vietnam War.
This museum houses a collection of weapons, machinery, artifacts, films, and photographs illustrating the devastating effects of weapons of mass destruction used during the Vietnam War. Exhibits highlight the impact of the war both at home and abroad.
Explore one of the most picturesque and atmospheric temples in the city, known for its statues of figures from Buddhist and Taoist lore, elaborately tiled roof, and active offerings made by locals. Prayers, candles, and joss sticks abound.
Centrally located and always lively, the Ben Thanh Market features vendors selling everything from local produce and meat to electronics and souvenirs. In the evening, a night market takes over outside.
Built in 1744, the Giac Lam Pagoda is the oldest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. The beautiful architecture is complemented by peaceful gardens surrounding the grounds.
For hotel recommendations, please see the Pre- & Post-Tour section of your Trip Planner.
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