COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Lonely Planet Experiences: Local Guide To Ho Chi Minh City

By Lonely Planet Experiences


Mobile voucher
Instant confirmation


  • Check out all the major Ho Chi Minh City sights

  • See war relics at the War Remnants Museum

  • Wander the lively streets of HCMC's Chinatown

  • Feast on the delicious and traditional lunch of Pho

  • Six-months free access to the Lonely Planet’s Guides App

Check Availability

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Entrance fees at War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace

  • What's included

    Local “pho” lunch (noodle soup).

  • What's included

    One local tea

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

  • What's included

    Return transport as indicated.

  • What's excluded

    Hotel drop-off

Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 5 and younger are not allowed.

  • You must be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.

  • Maximum group size is 12 people.

What you can expect

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience powered by Urban Adventures.

This mesmerising full day Ho Chi Minh City walking tour gives you a fun and fascinating insight into the history, culture, and the daily life of the locals in this busy, buzzing city.

We'll start the tour by checking out some of the major Ho Chi Minh sights like the Opera House, the General Post Office (an icon of Saigon), and Notre Dame Cathedral, built by the French during the colonial era.

Our HCMC tour then takes us to Reunification Palace, previously referred to as the Presidential Palace, and the site of the official South Vietnamese surrender on April 30th, 1975.

The War Remnants Museum is next on the agenda. The museum was originally opened on September 1975 and displays old military equipment and other items from the Vietnam War. In the courtyard we will find some larger exhibits including a F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.

We’ll then enjoy a traditional local Vietnamese lunch of pho, or noodle soup – a must when you’re in Vietnam.

After our delicious lunch, we head to Chinatown and pass through the fascinating back streets near Cho Lon. This area is one of the busiest commercial districts of Ho Chi Minh City and its atmospheric streets are home to some of the city’s most interesting sites.

From there, we will pay a visit to Thien Hau Temple, which was built in the early 19th century and dedicated to the goddess of seafarers. And you will also get to see downtown Saigon and get a real feel for local life in the past and present.

At the end of your HCMC tour, your guide will assist you in getting back to your hotel, or will provide you with tips and suggestions if you'd like to continue exploring the area.


Open map

Activity Location

  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Font entrance of the Saigon Opera House, Dong Khoi St, District 1 (intersection of Le Loi St)
    • Đồng Khởi
    • Ho Chi Minh City Hồ Chí Minh
    • Font entrance of the Saigon Opera House, Dong Khoi St, District 1 (intersection of Le Loi St)
    • Đồng Khởi
    • HO CHi minh city Hồ Chí Minh

5.0 average out of 5 rating of 1 reviews


Sort reviews by

Supercharge your planning powers

Use the Expedia app to organise your entire trip and find mobile-exclusive deals on the go

Text yourself a download link

By providing your number, you agree to receive a one-time automated text message with a link to get the app. Standard text message rates may apply.
Scan the QR code

Scan the QR code