Saigon Early Birds

Once dearly called “the Pearl of the Far East” with the luxury level overriding that of Hong Kong or Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City is now the most populated city in Vietnam. Modern office skyscrapers, amidst Chinese style pagodas and food stalls along the street, creat a dynamic urban area in very special sense. Long before traffic choked the center of the city, Saigon had already been christened the “Paris of Asia” for its wide boulevards lined with stately trees and magnificent French villas. For a moment you may be fooled by the smells of coffee and baking bread and by old Renaults sounding the horns at roundabouts.. The best way of all to see HCM City is on foot in early morning.

Tour Style: Local Life & Culture, Local Markets
Inclusion:
English speaking guide, entrance fees as indicated, transport as indicated, meals: 1 local breakfast (“Pho” / Noodles Soup).

Exclusion: 
Items of a personal nature, tips or gratuities for drivers or guide.

Tour Price: US$ 66
Group Size: Minimum 2, maximum 12
Schedule Details:

  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Meeting point:
    45 Dinh Tien Hoang St., Da Kao Ward, District 1 – HCM City – VIETNAM.
  • Start time: 5.00am – 5.15am
  • Finish point:
    At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.

Additional information:

  • Voucher exchange details:
    Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.
  • Confirmation of booking:
    Please contact G.H.T Office to confirm your trip 24 hours prior to departure (online booking).
  • 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:
    Children must be between 6 and 11 years of age inclusive. Children below 6 years of age are not permitted on this tour.
  • Language: English

Also runs during Tet Holiday
Itinerary:
We start our trip with our local guide by heading to one of Saigon’s largest public parks with a walking tour through back streets inside the park to view the local daily life. Some people gather here to get in shape, others to loose weight or gain energy for a new day, and the remaining to socialize with their friends. There are several active activities including Tai Chi, jogging or badminton.. Visit the Saigon Bird Club and be entertained by the lively chirping songbirds while sipping a cup of Vietnamese hot coffee with condensed milk. Take a walk to the well known Ben Thanh Market and pass some ornate Chinese and Hindu temples along the way. Enjoy your breakfast with authentic Pho at Pho 2000 which had the honor of receiving the former U.S President Bill Clinton.

This trip with our local guide will give us insights into the history, culture and the daily life activities of the locals in Ho Chi Minh City.

At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.

Your trip:
This trip is offered on a “join-in” basis. Maximum group size is 12.

Tipping:
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 other destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.

Highlights:

  • Experience the authentic Ho Chi Minh City
  • Explore ancient pagodas and beautiful colonial architecture
  • Have a cup of Vietnamese coffee with locals at Saigon Bird Club
  • Dive into noisy markets to strike bargains with the locals
  • Feast on delicious traditional food
  • Explore our favorite back streets & local neighborhoods