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Saigon City Stay
Welcome to sizzling Saigon and the south of Vietnam! This bustling metropolis is jam packed with historic landmarks, busy markets and enticing street stalls making it an excellent city break destination. Arriving into Ho Chi Minh international airport you’ll be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel for check in (from 2pm onwards – early check in available at additional cost). Remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Saigon.
Spend the day exploring Saigon accompanied by an English-speaking local guide who will share the history of this compelling city. First up is the Reunification Palace, so named as it was from here that north and south Vietnam were reunited after the Vietnam War. It’s now a museum where you can visit the “War Room” from where the South Vietnamese forces were controlled, and most poignantly, the room where the North Vietnamese army took official control in 1975.
Nearby stands the Neo-Romanesque form of the Notre Dame Cathedral, a major centre of Catholicism in modern day Vietnam. Close to here is the wonderful Saigon Post Office, built during French colonial rule with a stunning vaulted roof and arched windows. From here proceed to the sprawling Ben Thanh Market, packed to the rafters with all manner of goods from food to clothes with plenty of typically Vietnamese souvenirs including conical hats and lacquer ware.
The day concludes with a stroll around the bustling area of Pho Tay, known as ‘Streets of Foreigners’ thanks to its popularity with backpackers from around the world. Here you can sample some of Vietnam’s delicious snacks and street food from noodle soups to savoury pancakes. Perhaps grab a seat at one of the corner cafes and a cold beverage for a bit of people watching in the city.
Overnight in Saigon.
Today marks the end of touring arrangements. Make your way to the airport when you are ready.
Saigon – officially known as Ho Chi Minh City and south Vietnam’s largest city
Notre Dame Cathedral – one of the last remaining colonial relics of Catholicism
Ben Thanh Market – the city’s largest shopping destination and perfect for souvenirs
Reunification Palace – the site where north and south Vietnam were reunited after the war
Saigon Post Office – stunning colonial architecture and fully functional post office today
Pho Tay district – bright lights and fun nights with streetside cafes and bars
2 nights superior hotel (standard and deluxe options available)
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
Guided sightseeing on day 2 conducted by an English-speaking local guide
Entrance fees to included sites
International flights and visa
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture
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