Nice experience, very customer-oriented company fast and easy booking, very fast reaction. Mr. Bien a well-prepared guide and enthusiastic. You should try this experience.
Full-Day Ho Chi Minh City Tour
On this guided tour you’ll experience Vietnam’s rich tapestry of history, culture, and lifestyles with a local guide. We’ll venture to ‘every corner’ of Ho Chi Minh City, soaking up the city’s iconic French colonial architecture and its bustling local markets.
This Tour Includes Visits To...
The City's Biggest Flower Market
The Beautiful Thien Hau Temple
Secret Weapon Cellar
The War Remnants Museum
General Post Office
CIA Building Story
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From $55 per person.
- 1 person $159
- 2 people $95 per person
- 3 people $79 per person
- 4 people $70 per person
- 5 people $65 per person
- 6-8 people $60 per person
- 9+ people $55 per person
Please note – Children up to 3 years old are free of charge, while children 3-11 years old will be required to pay 75% of the adult rate. Please see our FAQs page for further pricing details.
We operate all year round, except for Vietnamese New Year, which runs from January 20th-24th, 2023
Tour is recommended to start at 8:00 am, finish around 5:00 pm. However, this is a private tour so we can be flexible to meet your interests.
Pick-up & drop-off
We will collect and return you to any hotel located within Ho Chi Minh City.
If you are staying out of the city we can collect you for an extra charge depending on the distance. Please get in touch for prices.
- All Entrance Fees
- All Taxes
- Fully Air-Conditioned Vehicle
- Two Bottles of Water
- English Speaking Guide
- Full Lunch – please note we can cater to any dietary requirements just be sure to get in touch beforehand.
- Booking fees
What to bring
- Insect Repellent
- Light Jacket
What to wear
Please be sensitive to the local customs and ensure you dress respectfully
Loose, free-flowing clothing is preferred given we will be visiting local communities. Knees and shoulders should be covered at all times.
We start our great day by heading for a beautiful stroll through the pretty Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, the biggest in Ho Chi Minh City! You’ll get to view the daily life of the city’s local traders as you are dazzled by the scents and a kaleidoscope of colours while we navigate through the narrow winding streets of the market before we explore the Saigon Chinatown.
Gaze At Cholon – Chinatown Saigon
Cholon, which directly translates to “Big Market”, was first established in the late 1700s when a large number of Hoa, an ethnic Chinese minority residing in Vietnam. Thien Hau is widely considered the most beautiful temple in the area and really worth paying a visit! After visiting this legendary temple, we will head to Secret Weapon Cellar.
Secret Saigon Underground
The NLF dug numerous secret cellars in the heart of Saigon to store weapons and explosives brought from rural bases such as Cu Chi for fighting against the South Government, particularly the 1968 Tet Offensive. Early in 1967 the house’s owner, Trần Văn Lai, dug two cellars underneath the house to store pistols, rifles, grenades and over 350kg of TNT were transported there in hollowed-out boxes and specially-adapted wickerwork baskets and plant pots. After visiting this historic place, we will head to the memorial of Thich Quang Duc who shocked the world by burning himself to death in 1963.
Learn From Different Perspectives During The Vietnam War!
Next, we will head back to the city centre to visit the fascinating War Remnants Museum. This will be an emotionally hard-hitting experience given the graphic content of the museum. Nevertheless, it will be a valuable stop for anybody wishing to learn more about different perspectives surrounding the Vietnam War and its continuing effects today.
Stop For A Tasty Local Lunch
After the museum, we’ll take a well-earned rest and enjoy a tasty Vietnamese set-menu lunch at an authentic restaurant. After we’ve fueled up on these delicious local dishes, it’s off to our first stop of the afternoon which will be the Reunification Palace. Here you’ll learn all about its important place in Vietnamese history.
An Afternoon Of Amazing Architecture
Our next stop will be the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. Your knowledgeable guide will explain all the history behind these two incredible buildings. Your guide will show you the historic CIA building where one of the last U.S Helicopters flew out of Saigon in 1975. Next, we’ll walk you to visit more HCMC highlights including the Opera House, Hotel Continental, Rex Hotel and City Hall as well as viewing the mighty Bitexco.
Our Final Stop!
In order to wrap up a wonderful day, we recommend you to come up to Rex Hotel rooftop for the legendary “Five O’Clock Follies” cocktail or simply have a cup of coffee or tea at the Coffee Apartment. After the last stop, we will get you safely back to your hotel in the comfort of our private vehicle. Don’t forget to give a hug to your lovely guide and ask for recommendations from our local expert!
See What Our Guests are Saying
I now refer my friends, family and colleagues, as well as book all of my tours, accommodation and flights with Maika because I feel very lucky to have finally found an organisation in Asia that gives me the confidence to do so.
The tour was very well organized, and the guide spoke very good English. We got to see and experience so many things: Besides visiting a pagoda and Buddha statue, we also went on a boat ride (with a stop to enjoy a coconut drink) and visited local businesses producing rice paper, conical hats and mats. We had fresh fruit and tea for a snack and Pho soup for lunch which was delicious! We had such a good day and would highly recommend this tour!
We went on this tour, two families of four, with children aged 9-12 years old. We were really happy with it and highly recommend. Lin was our guide and she was fantastic, would really do a trip with her again. It was nice to do this privately and easy to adjust with Lin if needed. Maika helped us book the accommodation in Can Tho which we really appreciated. Would highly recommend and for sure do again.
You did a great job looking after all of our family of 7. The kids enjoyed all the tours and especially the Mekong cruise …as did we……because the kids were so happy we got to enjoy some time to ourselves too. I would recommend Maika Tours if your thinking of visiting Vietnam!