With the cultural diversity, beautiful French colonial buildings, amazing cuisine, and historical value, Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon is one of the must-visit city in Southern Vietnam. In this article, we would review our Vietnam tailor-made tour in so-called “the pearl of Indochina” about how to transfer and what to do.
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon – a famous religious place in Saigon
How to transfer to Ho Chi Minh City?
If you take on an organized tour in Ho Chi Minh City from a tour operator, you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the travel destinations. However, when you plan a tailor-made tour, you will have to think of the transportation in the city. On my Vietnam tailor-made tour to Saigon, I tried 3 kinds of transportation that not only helped me save money but also brought a chance to observe the local life.
Cyclo or xich lo is a three-wheeled vehicle that is a unique transportation in Vietnam that you should try at least once when traveling this city. I decided to take a cyclo tour around the city center. I was watching the streets, old and new buildings, and local people on their personal vehicles while talking to the cyclo rider about some famous tourist sites in Saigon. That was such a memorable experience I have ever had. If you ask me what to do in Saigon tour, taking a xich lo tour would be my first recommendation.
When I came to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time, I was surprised at the huge number of motorbikes moving on the roads. With the suggestion from a local friend, I decided to rent a motorbike at a price of VND 120,000 per day and ride it to explore Saigon in order to experience living like a local. Our motorbike trip was fun, however, I do not highly recommend this option due to the chaotic traffic.
If you are a budget traveler, so bus would be the perfect choice for you. All buses there are equipped with air conditioners and the ticket price is only VND 5,000.
What to do in Ho Chi Minh City?
Visit historical sites
For anyone who gets a taste for history, Vietnam’s History Museum, War Remnants Museum and Cu Chi Underground Tunnels are perfect destinations for you. Coming here, travelers are able to get more understanding about the Vietnam War. My tour guide, who was very thoughtful and knowledgeable, introduced us to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi Tunnel was the underground tunnel system used by Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. The historical site was hiding spots that also served as living places, hospitals, kitchens, and supply routes.
Saigon at night
Take on a food tour
Saigon is famous for the cultural diversity, leading to the diversity in the cuisine. On the second day in Saigon, we made a food tour with the recommendation from the local tour guide. Here are 4 dishes that we love most during our Vietnam tailor-made tour:
- Com tam (broken rice)
We recommend Com tam Ba Ghien (84 Dang Van Ngu, Phu Nhuan District)
- Banh my (Vietnamese baguette)
We suggest Banh mi Huynh Hoa (Le Thi Rieng St, District 1)
- Bun thit nuong
We recommend Anh Ba restaurant (Le Van Si St, Phu Nhuan Dist)
- Banh xeo (crispy pancake)
We recommend Banh xeo Muoi Xiem (204 Nguyen Trai St, Dist 1)
Go on a tour in Mekong Delta
Mekong River is one of the top must-see destinations in Vietnam with its wild and pristine beauty that you may not experience anywhere else. We took a boat trip along the Mekong River to visit Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho. Our trip started early in the morning so that we had the chance to observe the bustling trading activities while enjoying some tropical fruits bought from the locals. It was definitely the most interesting experience that we ever had during our Vietnam tour in Saigon.
Floating market on Mekong River
Here is our review on our Vietnam tour in Saigon – the most amazing city in the South of Vietnam. We hope that with the help of our review, you will have a memorable trip to Vietnam.