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Cyclos & Markets - Small Group Tour

Take in the sights sounds and smells of Ho Chi Minh City as you travel like a local - on foot and aboard a traditional cyclo - a three wheeled bicycle with a carriage at the front.

Travel around Ho Chi Minh City with a combination of foot power and pedal power and minimise your carbon emissions on this city tour that trades in cars and tour buses for the humble cyclo. You'll see the classic sights and quintessential markets of HCMC like you've never seen them before. You'll start walking from the General Post Office - an icon of Saigon, and Notre Dame Cathedral - built by the French during the colonial era. Both structures are fine examples of architecture from the colonial period.

Next, pass the Reunification Palace - previously referred to as the Presidential Palace and the site of the official South Vietnamese surrender on April 30th, 1975. Although you won't go into the palace, your local guide will tell you all about it and give you the chance to take some photos.

From here we continue our journey to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, where we'll embark on a cyclo tour of Ho Chi Minh City, rolling around the city on a traditional three-wheeled bicycle with a carriage at the front for passengers. Drivers use pedal power to push us along, and gives us the opportunity to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of HCMC without the barrier of being trapped behind a car window (or the sound of a noisy engine!).

The ride leads us to the bird café at Tao Dan Park, where locals come carrying their caged birds every morning for a true one-of-a-kind sight. This park is also where locals gather to do morning exercises and enjoy the fresh air andshade on sunny days.

Hop back on the cyclo and we'll ride toward the crossroads where the famous monk Thich Quang Duc self-immolated in 1963, in protest of the government’s persecution of Buddhists. We’ll then ride to the very local District 3 and the biggest flower market in the city. We’ll also visit a neighbourhood where a lot of Viet Kieu Cambodians now live in Saigon, giving you a chance to learn more about Southeast Asian history.

Back on the cyclo, it’s non-stop sightseeing as we pass by the ‘pet street,’ Le Hong Phong, and the ‘art and painting street,’ Tran Phu, before bidding our cyclos goodbye at Tao Dan Park. Here, we’ll enjoy a short walk to Saigon’s iconic and authentic Ben Thanh Market; with its unmistakable clock tower, it has long been a staple of the city and is not to be missed.

At the end of your Ho Chi Minh City tour you are free to continue exploring Ben Thanh market, or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel or providing tips and suggestions for further exploration in the area.

Experience Includes

  • Marvel at colonial architecture such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office and Reunification Palace
  • See Ho Chi Minh City from the seat of a cyclo, just like a local
  • Visit the famous bird café in Tao Dan Park, where locals take their caged birds every morning
  • Experience the biggest atmospheric flower market, Ho Thi Ky, as well as Ben Thanh Market and its nearby neighbourhoods
  • English-speaking guide
  • Finger food at local market

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Entrance fees

Departs

Daily, year round.

Departure location

Front entrance of the Central Post Office (2 Cong Xa Paris St, District 1 (next to Notre Dame Cathedral).

Start times

8.00am.

Duration

4-5 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • To ensure a personal experience, the group sizes are limited to 12 passengers.
  • Please note the minimum age of participants is 6 years.
  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.