Tour Code: IGT-CCT-02
Price: From US$ 32 – 79/ Pax
Formally established by the French colonial powers, Ben Thanh Market nowadays is a big marketplace in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City, in District 1. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and today is considered one of symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, Ao Dai dress, and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.
Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 8:00 a.m for the drive to Cu Chi district. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam.
Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47′s on display. At noon journey back to Ho Chi Minh City.
In the afternoon, after lunch, you will visit:
The Reunification Palace:
This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30th 1975 the ‘American War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.
From this sight, you could be able to see the front sight and take picture of The Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office and Dong Khoi Street, the Opera House and the Peoples’ Committee Building.
You will enjoy lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant.
Thien Hau Pagoda:
Located in Cholon, the city’s Chinatown, this pagoda is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. The most impressive features of this structure are the intricately friezes and the carved tableaus towards the front of the pagoda. The impressive incense coils in the interior also make for some great photos.
The last visit is to stop at Ben Thanh market for shopping.
Ben Thanh Market:
The market developed from informal markets created by early 17th century street vendors gathering together near the Saigon River. The market was formally established by the French colonial powers after taking over the Gia Dinh citadel in 1859 (see Citadel of Saigon). This market was destroyed by fire in 1870 and rebuilt to become Saigon’s largest market. In 1912 the market was moved to a new building and called the New Ben Thanh Market to distinguish over its predecessor. The building was renovated in 1985.
Land price per person:
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- English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees
- Other meals and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Pre & post accommodation in Ho Chi Minh