Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour

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After almost six-hours  travel we reached the city of Ho Chi Minh where we explore Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour and itinerary. Join us as we visit Ho Chi Minh Vietnam in our Day Activity and Itinerary. Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon is located in the southern part of Vietnam. We rode a bus that departs daily from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh.  The city is known for its landmarks such as Notre-Dame Cathedral and the 19th-century Central Post Office. Also, a huge number of a motorbike can be seen across the road as it Vietnam’s most popular mode of transportation.

Last March 2013, we visit Vietnam coming from an awesome experience in Cambodia. We read online and knew about backpacking in Southeast Asia, as recommended it was worth to travel from one country to another. So we decided and took this journey for us to experience the cross country travel between countries.

how to enter ho chi minh

"Phnom Penh-Ho Chi Minh Border"

All nationalities entering Vietnam require a visa on arrival, except for nationals under ASEAN countries in which visa is not required. For more details on visa on arrival, please this link here. Philippine passport holder is given 21 days to stay in Vietnam provided that passport validity should be at least 6 months.

We booked our return flight from Ho Chi Minh to Singapore through Jetstar since we arrived in Cambodia via bus transport from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh.  Jetstar is also one of the airlines the has daily flight route to Ho Chi Minh. We are able to get our one-way ticket at around 3,596php for both of us. It was 2-hour flight travel from Ho Chi Minh to Singapore. Other airlines include Scoot, Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and Jetstar Asia.

best time to travel ho chi minh

Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour-Motorcycles Along Tran Nguyen Han Statue

Ho Chi Minh City’s climate consist of wet and dry, a tropical weather. During March to May, the average temperature would be at 30°C, while from November to January temperature could be as low as 25°C. It was only a one-day stay when we explored Ho Chi Minh and during that day we observed that the weather was around 29°C.


"Mekong Express Limousine Bus"
Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour-Riding Motorcycles in the Street of Ho Chi Minh

Motorcycle taxi is the most common transportation in Ho Chi Minh City and almost all locals owned a motorcycle. With the huge number of motorcycle,  we noticed in every corner were motorcycle along the roads, streets, and parking areas. Other transportation options include bus and taxi which is more convenient to in getting around the city.

When we arrived at the city center, we rode a taxi in exploring the city landmarks.  Since most of the famous landmarks were near to each other we walked from one place to another.  This way we were able to familiarize the place and local street information.

Places that we have been

Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour-Interior Arch Design Notre Dame Basilica

Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica

01 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Quận 1
Entrance: FREE
Opening Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm (DAILY)

It is the famous cathedral in Ho Chi Minh which is located in the middle of the city. After we took our lunch we went and visited the church and observe how detailed the exterior and interior design structure. Most of the tourist was also fascinated by the church decorative arch design.

"Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour-Independence Palace"

Independence Palace

135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1
Entrance Fee: VND 30,000
Opening Hours:  7:30am–11:00am and 1:00pm–4:00pm (DAILY)

After a visit to the cathedral, we passed by the Independence Palace. The palace is located in busy city streets of Ho Chi Minh where we had a glimpse of the palace outside facade-huge lawn and scenic view. We were not able to enter the palace as we had not enough time but we saw a number of tourist buses going in and out of the palace.

Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour-War Remnants Museum
Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour-Battle Tank with Long Canon a War Remnant Museum
"Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour-War Remnants Museum"

War Remnants Museum

Chợ, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1
Entrance Fee: VND 15,000
Opening Hours:  7:30am–6:00pm (DAILY)

After passing the Independence Palace we directly went to the War Remnants Museum which was a short walk from the palace. War Remnants Museum is where all the artifacts during the Vietnam War and early war of Indochina.  Upon entering the gate there was an open field where we saw helicopters, tanks, a canyon that used during the war.  Inside the museum shows how the history of Vietnamese tunnels, prisoners during the war and different kinds of bomb. Also, photos of the bloody war were displayed in the exhibit.

Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour-Vietnamese Walking on the Street
"Ho Chi Minh Road Motorcycle Ride"

Ben Thanh Market

Chợ, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1
Entrance Fee: FREE
Opening Hours:  7:00am–7:00pm (DAILY)

Our visit in Ho Chi Minh will not be complete without going to its famous Ban Thanh Market. It is the largest marketplace in the city where all local handicrafts, souvenirs, and goods are available in this market. Also coffee shops, food stalls are visible in the area. We went to market after and had purchase some souvenirs and had a taste to Pho noodle soup-which consist of broth, rice noodles, herbs with beef.

Local Foods we have eaten

"Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour-Curry Chicken Noodle"
"Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour-Beef Flat Noodle with Vegetable"
"Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour-Fresh Spring Roll Wrap"

Upon exploring the city we noticed that most of the street signs, billboards and information were written in the local Vietnamese language.  Having said that we have the difficulty in navigating the place, and also most of the locals don’t understand English, so we ended up showing the map for them to help us navigate the place. After we took our dinner we headed to the airport. It was almost 7 pm when we reached the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, 2 hours earlier before our scheduled departure time at 9 in the evening.

It was a fun and wonderful experience for us to explore our Ho Chi Minh city day tour adventure. Even we have spend for only few hours in the city we are still able to visit its iconic landmarks and have a taste of its famous Pho. In our next adventure, we plan to visit Hanoi and witness its famous attraction in-Ha long Bay.

"Ho Chi Minh City Day Tour-Street Shot"

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Ho Chi Minh City
Day Tour and Itinerary

  • 06:00am Wake Up and Ready
  • 06:30am  Breakfast
  • 07:30am  Head to Bus Terminal
                       Bound for Ho Chi Minh
  • 08:00am Depart  Bus
                      Head to PHo Chi Minh City
                      Fare: 160
  • 10:30am  Cambodia Immigration
                      Exit Cambodia Border
  • 11:00am   ETA Vietnam Immigration
                      Enter Vietnam
  • 11:30am   ETA Ho Chi Minh 
  • 12:30pm  Lunch
  • 01:30pm  Explore Ho Chi Minh
                      Notre-Dame Basilica
  • 02:30pm War Remnants Museum
  • 03:00pm Independence Palace
  • 04:30pm Ben Thanh Market
                      Early Dinner
  • 06:30pm Head to airport
                     Ride Taxi
  • 07:45pm ETA Airport
                     Tan Son Nhat Airport
  • 09:15pm Depart Ho Chi Minh
                     Jetstar 3K 552
  • 12:00am  ETA Singapore

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A wife and a mother of three toddlers | Previously working as customer service executive in a logistics supply chain | working at home mom. But in spite of this added responsibilities I still find time to travel and explore together with my family.

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