Tours in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
The city is filled with pagodas, museums, historical and culture sites that are worth visiting. But not just the city, there are many things in the surrounding area worth seeing as well. Just to be on the safe side, one should book a tour in some of the many travel agencies that operate in the city to make sure that to visit the best places and for fair prices. There are many tours that the agencies offer and here are some suggestions:
A great tour to consider is the Full Day Tour Around Ho Chi Minh City. This tour takes visitors to see all of the best and most popular places in Ho Chi Minh City. One will start your tour in the historic part of town and will first pass by the City Hall, the Opera House, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. After this, they will visit the Reunification Palace, which used to be the palace of the president but is now a museum. After this, they will go to the War Remnants Museum which depicts the horrors of the Vietnam-American War. The next thing in the tour to visit is the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, the most interesting pagoda in the city. Afterwards, the tour goes to a couple of the best markets in town, such as the Ben Thanh Market, where you can buy a lot of handicrafts and traditional items. In between, the tour group also visits the Thien Hau Pagoda dedicated to the Heavenly Goddess.
Another tour worth going on is the one that will take you to see Cao Dai Temple and the Cu Chi Tunnels. First the tour visits the Cao Dai temple which is located in the Tay Ninh district. Some of the agencies make the tour as such so that it arrives at noon for the ceremony just so the visitors can experience the interesting religion of Cao Daoism. After that, tourists visit the Cu Chi Tunnels which were built by local fighters as a military base. A walk through the tunnel is also included in the tour. After the tunnels, tour goes heads back to the city.
Last, but not least, a tour that is also great is the one that will take visitors to and through the city of My Tho which is located at the Mekong Delta. At this city, the tourists visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda which has been a famous sanctuary for orphans for decades. After the Pagoda, the tour gets on a boat and explore the islands in the Mekong River and stop at the Thoi Son islet.