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Heard of the slow food movement? Try the slow tour movement! Travel Ho Chi Minh City and minimise your carbon emissions on this city tour that trades in cars and tour buses for the humble cyclo.
If you are on the road and want to book a trip for today or tomorrow - call Ho Chi Minh City Urban Adventures on +84 (0) 909 904 100 to check availability and book straight away. Late bookings made online may not be confirmed without a confirmation call to the number above.
- Marvel at colonial architecture at the Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office
- Check out historic buildings like Reunification Palace, the Opera House, City Hall, and Continental Hotel
- Relive the war at the War Remnants Museum
- See Ho Chi Minh City from the seat of a cyclo, just like a local
- Experience the atmospheric Ben Thanh and Tan Dinh Markets and nearby neighbourhoods
Tour style:Local Life & Culture, Heritage & History, Local Markets
Local English speaking guide, transportation, entrance fees as indicated.
Items of a personal nature, tips or gratuities for drivers or guides.
Group size:Maximum 12
- Duration:4-5 hours
- Meeting point:
Pick up at front entrance of the Central Post Office - 2 Cong Xa Paris St, District 1 (next to Notre Dame Cathedral).
- Starting time: 8.00 AM
- Ending point:
Ben Thanh Market.
Additional information :
- Voucher exchange details:
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.
- Confirmation of booking:
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
- Dress standard:
Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.
- Child policy:
This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.
- Language: English
Also runs from:1 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015
Make like a local and experience Ho Chi Minh City using your own two feet and from the seat of a cyclo! With a combination of foot power and pedal power, you'll see the classic sights and quintessential markets of HCMC like you've never seen them before! We'll start our Ho Chi Minh City tour at the General Post Office, an icon of Saigon, and Notre Dame Cathedral, built by the French during the colonial era. Both structures are fine examples of architecture from the colonial period.
Our HCMC tour takes us past the Reunification Palace, previously referred to as the Presidential Palace, and the site of the official South Vietnamese surrender on April 30th, 1975. Although we won't go into the palace, your local guide will tell you all about it and give you the chance to take some photos. From here we continue our journey to the War Remnants Museum, which 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.
Now it's time for some fun! From the museum, we'll embark on a cyclo tour of Ho Chi Minh City, rolling around the city on a traditional three-wheeled bicycle with a carriage at the front for passengers. Drivers use pedal power to push us along, and gives us the opportunity to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of HCMC without the barrier of being trapped behind a car window (or the sound of a noisy engine!).
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 gossip with their neighbours, making it a real “Vietnamese” experience.
Hop back on the cyclo and we'll ride toward Tao Dan Park before bidding our cyclos goodbye and enjoying a short walk to Saigon’s iconic and authentic Ben Thanh market, with its unmistakable clock tower, has long been a staple of the city and is not to be missed.
At the end of your Ho Chi Minh City tour you are free to continue exploring Ben Thanh market, or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel or providing tips and suggestions for further exploration in the area.
Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback.
- Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.86
- Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.86
The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.43
The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.71
- Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.71
Mr. Michael M.
Australia ~ 18 Jan 2014[back to top]
My wife and I did the "Cyclos and Markets" tour to give us an insight into the sights, sounds and smells of Ho Chi Mihn City. This tour certainly gave us that. My wife was a little hesitant about getting on a cyclo but her mind was quickly put at ease, all of the cyclo riders were very experienced so we all felt very safe. Houng (Mary) was our guide and she was fantastic. We would highly recommend this tour.
Ms. Chelsea F.
Australia ~ 07 Jan 2014[back to top]
With only 2 days in Ho Chi Minh City, I was so glad to go on this tour and see everything I did. My guide, Linda, was informative and very friendly, making the tour a great experience! I would definitely recommend it!
Ms. Bree W.
Australia ~ 07 Jan 2014[back to top]
Linda was great! Would be good if she could go in the war museum with you and also go inside reunification place.
Ms. Jessica B.
Australia ~ 03 Sep 2013[back to top]
We did the Cyclos & Markets urban adventure in Ho Chi Minh City and it was fantastic. Luke was a really wonderful guide with a great sense of humour, and gave us lots of information and insight into Vietnam's history and culture.
Mr. Bryan H.
Ireland ~ 09 Aug 2013[back to top]
Excellent trip. We went on the 6/8/13. We were the only 2 booked in and the tour still went ahead. Guide very friendly, spoke good English and it was clear he was used to delivering the tour to big groups. Very enjoyable experience for a couple who only had one day to experience some of the wonders of Ho Chi Minh.
Ms. Summer L.
USA ~ 08 Jan 2012[back to top]
Our flight into Saigon was delayed and we were able to call up Urban Adventures and reschedule our cyclo tour for the next day-no problem at all. Our guide, Vang, was wonderful. My sister and I were the only 2 people on the trip--so it was like a private tour. Vang did a great job telling us about the sites we were visiting and answering our many questions about Vietnamese culture, traditions, and history. We would definitely recommend this tour!
This trip is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour
- Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
- Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.
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