This is the combination of the morning visit the “must-sees” of Saigon and afternoon explore another side for the city where the Chinese commune have been located
In this tour, you will visit the Reunification palace (former Presidential Palace), where everything has been left much as it was on April 30, 1975, when North Vietnamese military tanks crashed through the front gates and overthrew the South Vietnamese government. You will also visit the History Museum, which documents the evolution of Viet Nam’s various cultures from the Dong Son Bronze Age civilization to the Chams and the Khmers. The History Museum also features a water puppet performance, a traditional Vietnamese performing art that dates back to the 11th century. After that, transfer to The Jade Emperor Pagoda. Built in 1909, this pagoda is known for its statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes as well as the profusion of incense coils which burn for up to one month.
Afterwards a short transfer toward China town will bring you to a Cao Dai Temple where you may meet the Noon service happens at 1200 noon every day. After lunch, take rickshaw ride through the China town area, stop to visit the Cho Lon or Binh Tay markets to learn about the culture of Chinese commune before visiting an historically significant church, the oldest Chinese built pagoda in the city – Thien Hau Temple, and the Quam Am Pagoda. Your guide will explain the merit of making a donation and lighting your own incense coil or placing a pink donation slip inside the pagoda.
Back to downtown, we have a photo stop at Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, famed for its grand French colonial architecture. After that, have a leisure walk through the busy Dong khoi street and let’s enjoy a cool drink or a Vietnamese coffee at a local shop before getting back to the port.
Casual wear should cover shoulder and knees for pagoda and temple visiting
Update: The Binh Tay market will be closed for renovations during our port stay, so this no program will no longer be able to visit this market.