Saigon, a multicultural city, always magnetizes those who wish to know more about the Vietnamese lifestyle and specialties. There are many things to put on your list of what to do in Saigon day tours, as well as many one-day trips you can make from the city. Check our guide and start planning your fun adventure.
1. Saigon Half-day Tours
There are a series of historical landmarks including the Saigon Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, War Remnant Museum, and Independence Palace, which are well-suited to people who are interested in sightseeing and learning more about Vietnamese history either in the past or the present days. Besides, various religious sites such as pagodas, temples, and churches around the city, from the city center to the outskirts will help you understand more about religions in Vietnam. These are the top places we recommend visiting on Saigon day tours.
A break with Vietnamese drinks like Vietnamese coffee, coconut juice, or sugarcane juice to refresh will boost your energy on this exciting journey. For anyone who loves shopping will find Saigon the perfect place to shop around with many malls in the city centers, as well as local markets offering many items at low prices and cool souvenirs.
If this kind of half-day tour is what you are looking for, check out our Day Adventure Tour. Note: due to quality assurance purposes, all of our private tours have limited spaces. Please make your reservation in advance.
Saigon is a city with people from all cross of life, a “hotpot” city where you can find many kinds of Vietnamese foods from different cultures. If you are a foodie, you cannot go wrong with the range of stalls on your Saigon day tours. You will have a lot of delicious street eats, entrees, and desserts. A typical local combination of many ingredients like fresh herbs, crunchy vegetables, and the smelly-yet-amazingly tasty fish sauce will be a keeper for your Vietnamese travel. And nothing is better than treating yourself to great tropical fruits while in such a beautiful tropical city.
At i Tour Vietnam, we offer two tours for any Vietnamese food lovers: The 3 hours I Love Food and the 4 hours I Really Love Food. Check out and satisfy your graving. If you have dietary restrictions or requirements, please inform us in advance to better accommodate you.
Any unusual ideas for what to do in Saigon day tours? Along with modernity and development, Saigon also has another side with hidden charms that if you try to look for them, you will find a lot of exciting things that are not mainstream. Not knowing what happens next is also a kind of excitement. On this journey, you will take a glimpse at some places that maybe not many people know. But make sure you have a local guide with you for safety and to avoid dangerous areas.
On this tour, you can even find floating markets in Saigon, a city with buildings and busy traffic. It is going to be great if you sit on the river banks, laid back, and enjoy the peaceful stream and coconut juice in your hand. Another aspect of the city’s culture and lifestyle away from ordinary tourists will open to you.
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Saigon at daytime and nighttime will leave you with a completely different impression. The transformation of the city would bring you wonderful surprises. The lights are on and shine in every corner, then reveal the true beauty of the city scenery. Historical landmarks and stunning architecture, those must-see attractions are decorated with beautiful lights that you should not hesitate to wander around and enjoy the atmosphere.
Besides, most of the entertainment activities happen at this time so make sure you do not miss the chance to visit the lively backpackers’ district. A BBQ for dinner, and ending the meal with sweet Vietnamese desserts, a cup of coffee, or some beer would be a perfect match.
After this, you can walk down the street and see many exciting activities of the youth at night. For more ideas, read more on Things to do on a Saigon Night Tour.
Excited for exploring culture and food in Saigon, have a look at our Night Adventure Tour, and contact us to reserve this private night tour.
2. Saigon Full-day Tours
You will be amazed by how many places you can visit in a one-day trip from Saigon. The three exciting and familiar places to both local and foreign travelers are Cu Chi Tunnel, Mekong Delta, and Vung Tau. But there are also a lot of other destinations. Check out our guide Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City.
Whenever foreigners are asked about Vietnam, some of them will say that it is a war. That is the first impression many have about Vietnam. Tours to Vietnam War are also people who have an interest in history usually look for. One of the destinations always on the list is the Cu Chi Tunnels. A trip to this place will help you understand the living condition of people at the time, under massive bombs and chemical toxic dropping above their heads, and their cleverness, their will to live in such difficult situations. Besides, visiting Cu Chi Tunnels, the sophisticated underground network, is also a nice escape from the busy streets in Saigon.
One fun fact about Vietnam is that it is very famous for aquaculture and waterway ecological tourism. Traveling to Mekong Delta will lead you to another world and dispel the heat while streaming down the river, joining in busy trades in some provinces, trying some local delicacies such as traditional cakes and Vietnamese tropical fruits, and sightseeing breathtaking views. In the past, Mekong Delta Tour has played a crucial role in Southern people because the land is fertile and where a lot of produces are grown. And until today, the place still has all characteristics passed down from generation to generation to maintain and promote Vietnamese culture and traditions. Often on the list of what to do in Saigon day tours, if you are a nature and countryside lover, this tour will bring you a joyful experience.
Located near Saigon, Vung Tau City is a perfect one-day getaway for the Saigonese. It takes 2 – 2.5 hours by bus to arrive there. Traveling by bike is also a common choice for the adventurous. The city is famous for its spectacular beaches, with clear blue sea and white sand. Swimming in cool water and immersing yourself in the majestic beauty of sunset would bring you a memorable experience. Cycling a tandem bicycle, hiking to the top of a mountain, and visiting the Christ statue or the Light House are the must-do activities. For food lovers, do not miss out on the seafood; it is Vung Tau’s specialty for freshness and delicious cooking. If you enjoy the sea and the sun, Vung Tau, and the activities there are perfect for you.
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Summary of What to Do in Saigon Day Tours
As a metropolitan in the South, Saigon offers a lot of scenes, activities, and foods for any traveler to enjoy. From the city centers to the outskirts and other neighboring provinces, there’s a little bit for everyone. For more exciting adventures in Saigon, check out our guides Outrageous things to do in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), What to Expect on Your Saigon Food Tours, and Off-the-Beaten-Path in Saigon.