ITINERARY BY DAY
Saigon Free Walking Tour Half Day
At 8:30 am meet your local guide in front of Bitexco Financial Tower and set off on a half day Saigon free walking tour. Start with a stroll to Saigon’s colonial quarter, walking past scenes of everyday life on the way. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall, the old Saigon Post Office and more. Hear about the glory days of French Indochina and how that era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture.
Take a look at some of the best examples of French colonial architecture are represented in the forms of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883, and the stones used to create it were exported in its entirety from France. Next to the cathedral stands the Central Post Office, finished in 1891. It is another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam’s largest post office.
Walk to the Ho Chi minh city’s most iconic building: Reunification Hall (outside visit only). Formerly called the Presidential Palace, images of the building were seen around the world on 30 April 1975 when tanks stormed the gates as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. Hear the echoes of time while taking photos of this historic downtown site.
Step off the tourist trail for next stop on this Saigon half day city tour. Visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda to admire its ornate statues and effigies and learn about the city’s Cantonese Buddhist population.
Then step inside the War Remnants Museum for an insightful, yet sombre, look into Vietnam’s military history. See exhibitions displaying imagery from the French and American wars, learning more about the country’s struggle for independence and hearing tales of the resilience of the Vietnamese people. After this insightful visit, return to the hotel.