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Awake to the french heritage and wartime history of nostalgic Saigon. Dine in colonial mansions, take part in a cooking class, and go on a street food tour in Saigon-style: on the back of a motorcycle.
Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, your guide will come to meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Saigon art insight
In the afternoon, visit the ochre-colored Fine Arts Museum (closed on Mondays) to learn more about the past, present and future of the arts movement in Vietnam. Head to Ben Thanh Art & Frame gallery to admire contemporary artworks. Then drive to the private museum of the art collector - Duc Minh, which displays striking works of young artists and provides an overview of the flourishing Vietnamese arts scene. Drop by Apricot Gallery, home to the top-rank artists from the master generations to up-coming stars. Apricot - specializes in oils, silk paintings - won the heart of art lovers by its genuine and qualified masterpieces.
Gala dinner at the Ambassador's former residence
In the evening, our guide will meet you at 18:00 at hotel. Follow our trail through an alley dotted with colonial era mansions until you reach a gate, behind of which an enchanting home awaits. The US Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Henry Cabot Lodge, lived in this stylish residence from 60 - 65 and today it has been restored to its former glory. Perfectly suited to social gatherings for up to 40 persons, guests will enjoy a cocktail reception complete with traditional dance performances in the intimate courtyard. A sophisticated Vietnamese meal will be served in the magnificent dining room and is accompanied by live music to create a memorable atmosphere. Then you will visit Ben Thanh night market before driving back to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Private cooking at Saigon Culinary Art Centre
After breakfast, our guide will meet you at hotel. A local chef will accompany you to the vibrant central market and guide you while selecting the fresh vegetables, spices and other ingredients. Proceed to Saigon Culinary Art Centre for your private hands-on cooking class. Here you will see familiar images from traditional Vietnamese kitchens such as clay stoves or garde-manger. Receive a detailed explanation of the ingredients and utensils often used in the Vietnamese kitchen. This cooking class offers the flavor of Southern Vietnamese cuisine.
Saigon half day city tour
In the afternoon, you will have a half day tour around city. Saigon is the country’s commercial center and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. Enjoy a city tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris (it is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel.
Continue your visit with the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, revealing the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Further, drive to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight of the American war through the local’s eyes (please note that some of the photos are very graphic). Then sit down at a street coffee shop for a break to observe the daily life of the locals, and have a little personal chat with your guide over a cup of coffee. Your guide will give you some interesting tips such as how to cross the road without breaking a sweat or to say a few simple words in Vietnamese as well as offer an insight of the local’s daily lives.
Vespa street food evening tour
With all its hustle & bustle, Saigon is a city on the move. Discover what this thriving and exciting metropolis can offer in terms of street food, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Early this evening, meet your Vespa driver at the hotel lobby. Then be driven to the local Zoom coffee shop for a welcome drink and briefing about the trip. Start the journey with en-route stops including dinner and drinks at Saigon's best authentic street food, and a Vietnamese-style coffee shop. Drive to District 4 to taste various snail dishes which are very popular in Saigon. Then it’s back to District 3 to sample a southern Vietnamese specialty – BanhXeo (rice pancake with pork and prawns). Finally, head to a local Vietnamese style coffee shop and enjoy a local coffee.
Overnight at the hotel.
Walking street food tour
Amongst all the cities of Vietnam, Saigon is best well known as a food paradise with amazing street-food. Start to explore the best cuisines today with our local foodie. After breakfast, meet up with the local foodie at your hotel, transfer by private car to Vuon Chuoi market where you can taste fresh and made on demand Banh Khot and Bun Cha Hanoi with a drink of your choice.
Continue walking around the small alleys to discover local life and habits, listening to your foodie’s explanation of Vietnamese food practices, as well as taking a look at a traditional medicine shop. Stop en-route to enjoy an unusual delicious BanhMi (fresh bread) with eggs, bacon, pickles vegetables and hams, served with Vietnamese Tra Da (ice tea) or hot tea. Also pass by a wholesale flower market where you can observe the bustling flower trading activities here.
Have lunch with Bo La Lot or Bun Thit Nuong in a local canteen (according to your choice) with drinks. (Canteen may be at basic conditions with fans and decent restrooms). Wrap up the enjoyable street food tour with your stomach full and head back to hotel (our foodie will escort you back to your hotel).
Then you have time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
|Prices per person||2 pax|
|1 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2018||$1037|
|1 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019||$1060|
|1 Apr 2019 - 30 Sep 2019||$1046|