Vietnamese guides are friendly and well-informed. They’re happy to answer any questions you may have along the way and offer interesting insights into local culture. It’s also necessary to take guided tours to some places, like the remote caves of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
16 Things to Do
Take a full-day city tour to see Hanoi’s compact Old Quarter and a number of cultural and historical buildings. This is an excellent introduction to the capital, complete with a fun cyclo ride and an authentic meal.
Begin the tour at the impressive Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where you’ll visit the revered leader’s simple stilt home and the beautiful One Pillar Pagoda. Your guide will help you understand the Vietnam of today through stories of Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnam War.
Then, step back in time 1,000 years with a visit to the Temple of Literature. As Vietnam’s first university, this picturesque and peaceful collection of buildings has borne witness to some of the country’s greatest minds.
Moving closer to the maze of alleys that is the Old Quarter you will first visit Hoan Kiem Lake. This pretty, man-made lake is a hive of activity at all times of day when locals and tourists alike seek out the calming water for a stroll, a little exercise, and a catch-up with friends. Your tour includes a stop at Ngoc Son Temple, a site that pays homage to Saint Van Xuong and General Trang Hung Dao.
Later in the afternoon, hop on a cyclo for a 1-hour ride through the chaotic streets of the Old Quarter and learn about the trades that gave the alleys their names.
8 hrsFrom $47
Experience the best of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park on this full-day adventure tour. Travel along the storied Ho Chi Minh Trail, explore one of the most beautiful caves in the region, and kayak down the Chay River to a local village.
8 hrsFrom $67
Zoom through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City after dark on this amazing adventure. Join the hustle and bustle along with the locals as you see the sights, sample local cuisine, and enjoy music at popular hangouts. It’s an authentic experience that shows you what everyday life is like in the city after sunset.
4 hrsFrom $125
This full-day tour of Ho Chi Minh is the perfect introduction to the city, its history, and its diverse modern day culture. Explore the top historic sites, stroll around the lively Chinatown streets, and feast on delicious Saigonese food.
8 hrsFrom $44
Travel around the outskirts of Da Lat city to explore all the top attractions of this former French hill station. This full-day tour includes visits to the famed waterfalls, a serene zen monastery, the intriguing love valley and the summer palace of a former emperor.
8 hrsFrom $52
Hue was once the Imperial capital and now listed as a World heritage site. Sitting on the banks of the delightful Perfume River you will find amazing citadels, fabulous palaces and royal tombs. Many of the sites can be reached by river and this makes an excellent way to see the city.
8 hrsFrom $50
Take a break from the beach to discover the spiritual side to Nha Trang. On this half-day tour, you’ll step back in time to the Cham era at the Po Nagar Towers. You’ll also learn about modern-day Buddhism at the Long Son Pagoda and Vietnam’s colonial history at the Nha Trang Cathedral.
4 hrsFrom $27
Explore Hue, Vietnam as you zoom through the city on a Vespa. This thrilling tour lets you enjoy the local landscape, an authentic cultural exchange with a family, and a superb meal. Action, beauty, fun, excitement, food, and culture — this tour has it all!
4 hrsFrom $90
Don’t just stay in Ho Chi Minh City — explore it! This group tour takes you to a variety of interesting sights, and allows you to do it with fellow travel companions. From fixtures of everyday life such as City Hall and Ben Thanh Market, to special destinations such as the War Remnant Museum and palaces, explore the Ho Chi Minh sights you might be overwhelmed or intimidated to visit by yourself. There’s no need to worry about the hustle and bustle of the city on this friendly group tour!
- Elliot H.
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