Ho Chi Minh City Walking Tour: Typical Highlights

Duration: 3h
Languages: English, French
Guru: Louis
Registered on June 09, 2022

I am a licensed, freelance, tour guide who has been working in Ho Chi Minh city since 2015. Therefore, I understand the city as only a local can, and will guide you through some incredible tourist attractions as well as some hidden gems that may surprise you. I have been studying French since 2012 and still seeking for an opportunity to sharpen it, so I will not mind handling French-speaking tours besides English. I am an open-minded person who love reading as a habit and a hobby. My favorite reading fields are Culture, Travel, Psychology, History and Geography so if you have any questions about any of those topics I am more than happy to answer.

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

"Xin Chao" and welcome to Ho Chi Minh City
Formerly (and still commonly) known as Saigon, it is the largest city in Vietnam and is well-known for its modern and dynamic vibe. Besides Cu Chi Tunnels, which most newcomers will pick as a part of their schedule, a walking tour of the city center will give you an excellent introduction to the city's history, including, but not limited to, the history of the Vietnam war.

In this tour, we will meet up at the back of Ben Thanh Market, which is an easier meeting place as the front of the market is currently occupied by the construction work of the new metro system.  From the market we will walk to the War Remnants Museum to learn about the Civil War that occurred in Vietnam from 1954 to 1975.
Next, we will enter the Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace) which was the working and living place of the president before the war ended in 1975. 
After that, we will visit the Saigon Central Post-Office which lies next to the Notre Dame Cathedral, two French architectural highlights of the city.
From here, you will have your own free time to walk to the Opera House, the City's Square and the front of the City Hall or explore the Ben Thanh market on your own.

The approximate length for this tour is 3 hours. 

Important information for the traveler:
- Entrance fee for The War Remnant Museum and the Reunification Palace is 1,4 euros (40,000 vnd) for each, which is not included in the guide's fee.

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  • Meeting point:
    2 Thủ Khoa Huân, Phường Bến Thành, Qu...
    2 Thủ Khoa Huân, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
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    I will be sitting in Local Saigon Cafe (12 Thu Khoa Huan), at the back of Ben Thanh Market.You will recognize me with my arm tattoos and the logo of GuruWalk :D

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Kamila 11 Dec 2022

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
Unfortunately, we didn’t really enjoy the tour. Louis is a very nice person, but he provided very little general information - the focus was mostly on politics. Our main stop was the War Remnants Museum where we were left to our own devices. The time there was very rushed, we didn’t even look at all the areas which I found disappointing.
Alex... 05 Dec 2022

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
Louis is very nice, provides different view points and has a very good english. Don't visit the museums before the tour though as it's 80% of the tour.
Stefani 10 Nov 2022

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
This was a great experience! Our guides (Louis) English was excellent and he was very informative. We had also a lot of fun with him and he made us feel welcome ☺️
Ronnie 02 Nov 2022

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Super Guide und hat total viel Spaß gemacht. Er wusste auch sehr viel über die Stadt und die Geschichte. Immer wieder gerne.
Elżb... 02 Nov 2022

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Travelled alone - Oct 2022
I really enjoyed the tour with Louis. It was a very informative walk and we could learn a lot about Vietnam beyond the official version as presented in the museums. Louis has a huge knowledge about the history and contemporary events not only in Vietnam but also around the world which gave participants an interesting perspective.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.