Cyclo and Markets
8: 00 am
Our starting point is the General Post Office, an icon of Saigon, noting the architecture and in particular the map of Saigon that shows where this modern city has come from, followed by Cathedral of Notre Dame (“Our Lady”).
From here we walk pass the Reunification Palace, previously referred to as the Presidential Palace, it is the sight of the official South Vietnamese surrender on April 30th, 1975. We will not go into the palace however our local guide will provide you with information and a chance to take photographs.
Onward to the War Remnants museum, originally opened in September 1975, the museum displays old military equipment and other related items from the Vietnam War. In the courtyard we will find some larger exhibits including a F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.
Departing the museum; we enjoy the ride on traditional cyclo, a three wheeled bicycle with a carriage at the front for the passenger to sit in, while the driver uses pedal to power us along. This allows us to take in the sights, sounds and smells of Ho Chi Minh City without the barrier of a car window or the sound of an engine, very environmentally friendly.
10: 00 am
The ride leads up Hai Ba Trung just past the pink church to Tan Dinh market. You’re not really here to buy souvenirs or clothes, but to experience a genuine suburban Saigon wet market. This is where the local housewives come to do their daily shop and stop for a gossip with their neighbours, making it a really “Vietnamese” experience.
Back on the cyclo ride toward Tao Dan Park then take a short walk to Saigon’s iconic Ben Thanh market, with its unmistakeable clock tower, has long been a staple of sightseeing itineraries in the city.
11: 30 am
At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.
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