Wake to the sounds of Asia coming to life. This morning guided half day trip explores Ho Chi Minh City in the early morning hours when it is buzzing with activity. Watch Tai Chi in the park, jostle with traders at a fresh market and eat breakfast at a popular local shop.
Minimum 2 persons
Scooter with private driver (helmet provided)
Meals as mentioned (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)
Entrance fees for mentioned visits
What’s Not Included
Other meals than mentioned
Other services than mentioned
International and domestic Flights
Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
Today’s tour will begin at 6:30AM. Good morning Saigon! Wake up early to capture the city as it comes to life. Depart with a local guide for a fun, authentic morning tour in Ho Chi Minh City.
Travel by scooter with your local guide, a local way to get that also gives an opportunity to absorb the sights, smells and sounds of the city. The first stop is Tao Dan Park, a great place for people watching. Observe locals practicing their morning exercises, such as Tai Chi, aerobics and badminton, and visit a small pagoda where devotees gather to perform daily prayers. Learn about these morning rituals and the role they play in local society.
Then grab a seat at the end of the park near the ‘birds’ club’. Local people gather here with their birds to relax, talk, enjoy a morning coffee and compare their birds. Enjoy watching this uniquely Vietnamese scene will sipping a cup of traditional sweet iced coffee.
Continue to a local wet market where shoppers haggle over the fresh produce on offer. Wander through the stalls where vendors are selling everything from live seafood to dried meats, fresh seasonal vegetables and home ware goods. Take a break for breakfast. Alongside the locals, sample of bowl of Vietnam’s national dish – pho noodle soup at Pho Binh. Also called ‘Peace Noodle Shop’, the stores served as a secret base for the Viet Cong during the war era.
After this fabulous start to the morning, return to the hotel for a chance to freshen up before exploring more of Ho Chi Minh City.
Note: the tour is offered on a join in basis, so there may be other guests joining you on the tour. Our maximum group size is 8 people. For guests that do not want to go in a group, we also offer a private tour option for an extra charge.