Saigon Streets of Chinatown Morning Tour

5 hr

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Get far off of the tourist track with a unique walking excursion by foot through Ho Chi Minh City's Cho Lon District, otherwise known as Saigon's Chinatown district. Explore the vivid and distinct charm of this little-explored corner of the city - and learn the local secrets behind one of the world's oldest and largest Chinatowns.
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Itinerary Details

Get off of the tourist track to experience the local life of bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Learn about Vietnamese and Chinese communities as you travel to Cho Lon, one of the world’s largest and oldest Chinatowns. Start with a visit to the iconic Binh Tay Market, famed for its warren of food stands and grand Sino-French architecture. Learn about the everyday life of the fruit and vegetable sellers before stopping for a glass of traditional Café Sua Da - Vietnamese iced coffee, and the chance to try some of Vietnam’s exotic fruits. Afterwards hop on a cyclo and pass through the chaotic backstreets where everything from spare motorbike parts to religious artifacts are frantically traded! Stop at historic Cha Tam church, where President Diem was seized during the 1963 coup and hear about the city’s turbulent past before walking through the oldest streets of Cho Lon. Visit a traditional...
Get off of the tourist track to experience the local life of bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Learn about Vietnamese and Chinese communities as you travel to Cho Lon, one of the world’s largest and oldest Chinatowns. Start with a visit to the iconic Binh Tay Market, famed for its warren of food stands and grand Sino-French architecture. Learn about the everyday life of the fruit and vegetable sellers before stopping for a glass of traditional Café Sua Da - Vietnamese iced coffee, and the chance to try some of Vietnam’s exotic fruits. Afterwards hop on a cyclo and pass through the chaotic backstreets where everything from spare motorbike parts to religious artifacts are frantically traded! Stop at historic Cha Tam church, where President Diem was seized during the 1963 coup and hear about the city’s turbulent past before walking through the oldest streets of Cho Lon. Visit a traditional Chinese medicine shop and see how herbal tea is prepared, before arriving at the Minh Huong communal house - home to one of Cho Lon’s oldest Chinese communities. Hear the stories of the families that moved from China over 3 centuries ago and learn how Vietnamese and Chinese culture has blended over the years. End your day of exploration in District 1 with a 3 course lunch in a cool 1960’s apartment building where you can enjoy daily life in Saigon as a Saigon.

Lunch – Standard (Vietnamese Menu) 

Special note:
* Starting time at 7:30 - 7:45am; Finishing time around 14:00
* Pick-up and drop-off point at hotels in district 1, 3, 5 in Saigon
* Transportation for Saigon Local Life: Taxi (group 1 - 3 pax); 16-seats van (group 4 - 8 pax)

NOTE:

Binh Tay market, an 88 year old structure is going under a comprehensive 365-day-restoration project starting from Nov 2016. During this renovation time, the visit will be arranged at temporary market, located on Thap Muoi Street, just opposite the existing market, with space for up to 1,077 stalls.

 

Important Details

Included
  • Snacks and Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Not Included
  • Personal expenses and gratuities (optional)
Departure Point
Hotels in District 1.3.5
7:30 AM
Return Details
Hotels in District 1.3.5
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Pick-up and drop-off point at hotels in district 1, 3, 5 in Saigon
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.