A fun ride to the most popular tourist attractions in Saigon. Learn the history of each famous site from the unique perspective of our guides.
Not only will you learn some fun and interesting facts about of each of the places we take you on the tour, our guides will tell you things only a true native of Saigon knows. For example: Why do so many young people hang out in the parks late at night? Answer – Because the typical Vietnamese household is so large that there is usually very little privacy at home. The park is a great place for friends and couples to hang out without having to spend money. It’s also a perfect place to drink iced Vietnamese coffee and try cheap food sold by the many street vendors in Saigon.
If you don’t want to be crammed onto a big, hot bus wasting an entire day going to places you aren’t interested in, then this is the perfect tour for you! We can easily cover the same number of sites in 3.5 hours that would require half a day on most other tours. Our pace is still very leisurely, so you will not be rushed. At each stop, you will be allowed to get off the bike and walk around so you will have plenty of great photo opportunities. We also won’t take you to the typical tourist traps to try sell you overpriced souvenirs.
The Sights tour offers a good mix of both famous attractions and lesser known markets and sites that the big tours cannot go to. We only run this tour in the morning, when the weather is coolest. The local markets are also busiest in the mornings so it’s the best time to experience all the hustle and bustle!
Some of the places we visit on this tour are The Central Post Office, The Notre Dame Cathedral, The Reunification Palace, The Secret CIA Building, Tan Dinh Market, The Thich Quang Duc memorial, Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, Cholon (Chinatown), The Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Pagoda, etc.
Please keep in mind that we do not go inside the Reunification Palace or visit the War Remnants Museum on the “Sights” tour. Both of these attractions require a lot of time to fully appreciate so we recommend that you visit them on your own so that we can make the most of the time you have with us.
Please also note that this tour is offered on a join in basis, so there may be other guests joining you on the tour. Our maximum group size is 8 people. For guests that do not want to go in a group, we also offer a private tour option for an extra charge.
According to travel writer Graham Caldwell, “The Sights” and “Foodie” tours were the most enjoyable tours he has been a part of in more than 20 years of travel writing. You can read more about Mr. Caldwell’s experience with XO Tours by clicking HERE.