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How to Spend 2 Days in Ho Chi Minh City

How to Spend 2 Days in Ho Chi Minh City

With two days in Ho Chi Minh City, you can check off the city’s signature sights, take a street-food tour, and explore the claustrophobic wartime tunnel network at Cu Chi, but you’ll also have time to get out into the countryside and discover life on the water aboard a Mekong Delta cruise. Here is a typical itinerary.

Day 1: Tunnels, Food, and Touring

Morning: Start the day by visiting some of Ho Chi Minh City’s star attractions. History fans will love the War Remnants Museum with its military hardware and evocative displays; shoppers will thrill to Ben Thanh Market; while sightseers won’t want to miss signature city sights such as the Central Post Office and Reunification Palace.

Afternoon: The Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground labyrinth of cramped tunnels excavated during the war against the Americans, are No. 1 on most visitors’ Ho Chi Minh City must-see lists. Consider taking a tour by speedboat for insight into rural life on the Saigon River, not to mention less time spent in traffic.

Night: Follow in the footsteps of the late, great Anthony Bourdain on a Saigon street-food tour. Whether you’re walking or riding shotgun on a scooter, Ho Chi Minh City’s brightly lit eateries deliver. Be sure to wrap up the night with a chilled bia hoi draft beer.

Day 2: Delta Exploration

Morning: With two days in Ho Chi Minh City, most visitors will want to spend a full day exploring the canals and calm waterways of the Mekong Delta. Start the morning bright and early with a trip to one of the river’s signature floating markets, perhaps Cai Rang, the delta’s largest, or the ever-popular Cai Be.

Afternoon: Continue your Mekong Delta cruise in the afternoon. Many tours include stops at orchards, workshops, restaurants, and islands, where you can watch craftspeople at work, cycle through quiet backwaters, or even learn to cook simple fare such as spring rolls.

Evening: For your last night in Ho Chi Minh City, push the boat out with a little luxury. Marvel at the spectacular bamboo cirque of the A O Show at the 120-year-old Saigon Opera House or enjoy a traditional Vietnamese art form: water puppetry. Toast the city with a fresh-fruit cocktail at a rooftop bar.

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Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city

Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city

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Visit two major attractions of southern Vietnam—one historical, one natural, both cultural—on this full-day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City. Explore the tunnel system and learn about its role as a hospital, living quarters, storage, and more during wartime, and then cruise through the canals of the delta on a motorboat and rowboat to visit a village.
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Mekong Delta River Cruise Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh

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Mekong Delta River Cruise Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh

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Journey from Ho Chi Minh City into the heart of the Mekong Delta on a small-group tour led by an experienced local guide, cruising along the mighty Mekong in a private long-tail boat. Experience this important river delta firsthand as you explore both jungle-shaded canals and wide waterways to see fishing villages, exotic fruit farms, and the rhythms of daily life. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Mekong Delta dishes and sample local specialties along the way.
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Ho Chi Minh City by Night: Ultimate Street Food Experience with 5 Food Stops

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Ho Chi Minh City by Night: Ultimate Street Food Experience with 5 Food Stops

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Please your palate with the culinary delights of Southern Vietnam on a culinary walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City. With an expert gastronomic guide, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of local markets and rustic restaurants to sample local specialties such as ‘bahn mi’ baguettes and popular rice dishes. Sip aromatic Saigonese coffee and refreshing beers as you explore the appetizing attractions of Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to just 12 fellow food lovers.
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Saigon Night Street Food and City Tour on Scooter

Saigon Night Street Food and City Tour on Scooter

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Soak up the electric atmospheric of Ho Chi Minh City at night and tuck into the city’s famous street food on this evening tour by motorbike. Hop on the back of your bike and whizz your way around the city’s markets, boulevards and backstreets, stopping at street food hotspots along the way. Learn about local cuisine and culinary traditions from your guide as you travel around town and fill up on delicious barbecue meats, noodles and vegetable dishes, including unique Vietnamese specialties and sweet desserts.
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Fullday Tour of Ho Chi Minh City Including Cu Chi Tunnels

Fullday Tour of Ho Chi Minh City Including Cu Chi Tunnels

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Combine all the best bits of Ho Chi Minh City on this 8-hour sightseeing tour, including hotel pick-up. Head straight for the city’s star attraction, the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels, where you can learn about their use during the Vietnam War and even pose for a photo peeking out from a camouflaged trapdoor. After a typical Vietnamese lunch (included), admire architechtural highlights like the Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral, then browse the colorful stalls of Ben Thanh market. This small-group tour is limited to seven for a personalized experience.
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Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour

Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour

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Enhance your cultural experience of Vietnam on an enriching full-day excursion from Ho Chi Minh City to the rural countryside of the Cai Be. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, feast your senses on the enticing aromas of fruit orchards; tantalize your taste buds at a traditional candy factory; and browse stalls bursting with exotic produce during a visit to a floating market. Interact with locals as you uncover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine and enjoy a bicycle ride around the town of Cai Be on this intimate small-group tour.
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  • 10 hours
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