At 8am, our local tour guide will meet and pick you up at the hotel. Your first destination will be the War Crime Museum, followed by Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown. Settled in the late 18th century, this labyrinthine section of Ho Chi Minh City bustles with restaurants, temples, exotic stores, and markets. Next, you move on to Binh Tay market, which is practically the main marketplace in Chinatown, where wholesale trading takes place between the locals or even with foreign businesses.
After lunch, you visit Reunification Hall, a notable landmark which was the residence of the President Ngo Dinh Diem of the former South Vietnam until 1975 (1960s - Apr 1975s). Your guide will explain some important historical facts about this building and some French colonial structures, including the Notre Dame Cathedral. Located in the heart of the city, this cathedral was built by the French in the late 1877s. A large statue of the Virgin Mary greets you as you walk into this neo-Romanesque cathedral, adorned by two tall spires flanking by either side. Next, visit the General Post Office. Designed by Gustav Eiffel, the Post Office is a testament to the French presence in the late 1800s. The appearance of this grand unique building is like an elegant railway station. Continue on to the City Hall. In fact, this is one of the most photographed buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. Constructed in the early 1900s, City Hall is a beautiful example of French colonial architecture.
In the evening, we end the day with a special musical play called the AO Show at Saigon Opera House. It takes you to a stunning visual performance about Vietnam that will leave you gaping in surprises