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Cholon (Saigon Chinatown) Tours

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Cholon (Saigon Chinatown)
Cholon (Saigon Chinatown) is Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinese quarter, and the largest in Vietnam. It’s full of Chinese Buddhist temples, as well as other religious buildings and markets. It contrasts with much of the rest of the city, with its narrow streets and varied architectural styles. This is a great place to come to see a different side of Ho Chi Minh City.
 
The Basics
Cholon (written Chợ Lớn in Vietnamese) is full of colorful Chinese temples with curved roofs, decorative tile work, and fragrant smoke billowing from enormous incense coils hanging from the ceiling. The Quan Am Pagoda and Thien Hau Temple are two must-visit attractions, but simply wandering through the streets will uncover other interesting buildings.   

Cholon is also home to a mosque, a Catholic cathedral, and the large Binh Tay Market, reflecting Ho Chi Minh City’s diversity. Most travelers visit Cholon for a couple of days, either independently or on a guided tour that includes other points of interest in the city.

 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Evening cycle tours are an especially good way to explore Cholon, and your guide will help you find places to eat.
  • There are lots of Chinese restaurants in Cholon, so visit at the right time to eat lunch or dinner.
  • Don’t forget to bargain at the market, but keep things friendly and lighthearted.
  • The temples do not normally charge admission fees, but it’s a good idea to leave a few small notes if you see a donation box.
 
How to Get There
If you’re not visiting Cholon on a guided tour, there are several ways to reach the area. Taxi and motorbike taxi are the most straightforward ways. You can also take a boat down the Saigon River and the Ben Nghe Channel, or catch a bus from the central city area around the Ben Thanh Market.
 
When to Get There
Visiting Cholon is fun at any time of day, but evening is an especially good time to experience the Binh Tay Market and hawker stalls that sell Chinese and Vietnamese food. The area is especially fun and festive during the Lunar New Year period.
 
Visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda
For a different temple experience, check out the Jade Emperor Pagoda in central Ho Chi Minh City. It’s decorated with green ceramic tiles, as well as intricate wood carvings and the huge coils of burning incense hanging from the ceiling that you’ll find at all temples in Vietnam.
Address: Centered around Nguyen Trai, Districts 5 & 6, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Admission: Varies
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45 Tours and Activities to Experience Cholon (Saigon Chinatown)

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Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

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Experience Ho Chi Minh City’s major landmarks and attractions on an all-day tour. After a convenient pickup from Phu My Port, travel in a private air-conditioned minivan with a personal guide to the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace (formerly the Presidential Palace), and the French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office. Enjoy a cafe sua da (coffee with condensed-milk) and lunch at a local restaurant included.  
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  • 6 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.45
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$120.45
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Make Your Own Full Day Shore Excursion in Ho Chi Minh City

Make Your Own Full Day Shore Excursion in Ho Chi Minh City

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Enjoy a private full-day tour in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, where your guide will take you to some of the best highlights that this shore excursion has to offer. Lunch and attraction entrance fees are included in this tour.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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$110.33
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$110.33
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Best Options for Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from any Cruise Port

Best Options for Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from any Cruise Port

By booking this tour you have many options for your shore excursion when your ship is docking in Ho Chi Minh City. Depending on your ship' schedule, you can choose for your own tour: Ho Chi Minh (or Saigon) City Tour only or Combining Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City Tour or Combining Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City Tour. We will make a day for you. Moreover you can easily customize your tour. We can arrange all the services accordingly with effective supporting from your tour guide.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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$126.52
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$126.52
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Saigon Highlights and Street Food Tour with Local Student

Saigon Highlights and Street Food Tour with Local Student

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Get around Ho Chi Minh City like a local on this tour of districts 1, 3, 4, 5, and 10 by motorbike. Explore a variety of sights and attractions located off the beaten track, including a colorful flower market, historic areas, and Chinatown. Plus, try local-approved street food like sugarcane juice and steamed rice rolls along the way.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.00
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$22.00

Best Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from any Cruise Port

Best Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from any Cruise Port

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Enjoy a private full-day tour in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, where your guide will take you to some of the best highlights that this shore excursion has to offer. Vietnamese Traditional lunch and attraction entrance fees are included in this tour.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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$130.57
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$130.57
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Hidden Treasures of Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour

Hidden Treasures of Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour

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Go beyond Ho Chi Minh City's typical visitor attractions to see lesser-known sights on this 3-hour private tour. With a guide, you'll discover a bit of real life in the city as you stroll along narrow lanes, visit hidden gems, and explore favorite local markets. Listen to insider stories about the lifestyles of Vietnamese people, and enjoy an overall authentic experience. Coffee and fruit are included.
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  • 3 hours
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$35.30
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$35.30
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Shore Excursion Beauty Essence of Saigon City

Shore Excursion Beauty Essence of Saigon City

Enjoy a private full-day tour in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, where your guide will take you to some of the best highlights that this shore excursion has to offer. Vietnamese Traditional lunch and attraction entrance fees are included in this tour.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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$187.25
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$187.25
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Best of Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from any cruise port

Best of Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from any cruise port

Check off Saigon’s signature sights in less than a day on a private guided shore excursion from any Ho Chi Minh City port—complete with a Vietnamese lunch. Learn about the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace; soak up colonial architecture at Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office; tour the historic Thien Hay Temple; and shop at Ben Thanh Market.
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  • 6 to 12 hours
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$120.45
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$120.45
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Private Full Day Tour of Ho Chi Minh City including Lunch

Private Full Day Tour of Ho Chi Minh City including Lunch

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This private tour of Ho Chi Minh City is led by your own personal guide who provides fascinating insight into the culture, history and daily life. Explore the city in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle and visit key attractions such as the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. After lunch at a local restaurant, see Chinatown, Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Pagoda.
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  • 8 hours
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$33.34
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$33.34

Private Tour & Coffee on top of the Ho Chi Minh City from Cruise Port

Private Tour & Coffee on top of the Ho Chi Minh City from Cruise Port

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Embrace the spirit of Saigon - "Pearl of the Far East" with a day trip visiting the iconic landmarks of the city and soaking up the rich tapestry of history and culture. This Vietnamese metropolis can intimidate at first, but with a local to guide you on a Ho Chi Minh City tour, it’s never been easier to visit this incredible city. This city tour unravels Saigon's turbulent past and also provides a glimpse into the fascinating variety the city has to offer. - Experience fast paced Ho Chi Minh City - Enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch and Vietnamese Coffee - Learn more about the Vietnam War, explore the old and new Saigon, and admire the highlights of the city - Admire magnificent pagodas, impressive buildings, and traditional markets - Experience the special atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City for yourself
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  • 6 to 12 hours
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$125.65
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$125.65
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Private Best of Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

Private Best of Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

Enjoy a private full-day tour in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, where your guide will take you to some of the best highlights that this shore excursion has to offer. Lunch and attraction entrance fees are included in this tour.
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  • 6 to 12 hours
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$125.65
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$125.65
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3-Day Small-Group Best of Ho Chi Minh: City Sightseeing, Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Tour

3-Day Small-Group Best of Ho Chi Minh: City Sightseeing, Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Tour

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Experience the best of southern Vietnam including Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta and the Cu Chi Tunnels. Enjoy three days of small-group tours with an expert guide, visiting landmarks such as Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, the Mekong River and Vinh Trang Pagoda. Arrange your own overnight accommodation according to your taste, and enjoy the ease of traveling with your knowledgeable guide on day tours. This small-group tour includes three lunches and round-trip hotel or airport transport by private vehicle. Numbers are limited to seven people to ensure a personalized experience.
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  • 3 days
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$219.00
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Ho Chi Minh City Night Tour by Vintage Vespa

Ho Chi Minh City Night Tour by Vintage Vespa

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Ride off the beaten path aboard a vintage Vespa during this 4-hour night tour of Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon. Pass local landmarks and see a totally different side of the city while you follow a professional guide to a flower market and shopping district. Experience a fun ride on the freeway and learn about Vietnamese culture as you enjoy dinner.
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  • 4 hours
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$53.34
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Full-Day Saigon City Tour Including Cyclo Ride

Full-Day Saigon City Tour Including Cyclo Ride

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Let a local guide unveil the highlights of Saigon, one of Vietnam’s most vibrant cities. This full-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City starts with a 40-minute cyclo ride to the Ho Thi Ky alleys for a walk to the flower market. Visit Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Pagoda in Cho Lon (Chinatown) before you slurp up ‘pho’ (Vietnamese rice-noodle beef soup) for lunch. Stop at the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, and landmarks such as the Saigon Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral.
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  • 9 hours
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$82.06
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$82.06

Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels with Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels with Ho Chi Minh City Tour

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See the sights of Ho Chi Minh City and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels on this 9-hour tour with lunch included. You'll start by leaving town to see the tunnels, as well as a rubber tree forest and an agricultural village. Then return to the city for an exploration of attractions such as Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and War Remnants Museum.
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  • 9 hours
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$66.67
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Wonderful Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion

Wonderful Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion

Enjoy a private full-day tour in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, where your guide will take you to some of the best highlights that this shore excursion has to offer. Vietnamese Traditional lunch and attraction entrance fees are included in this tour.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.57
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$130.57
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Saigon twilight tour by motorbike - See Saigon with Tiger eyes

Saigon twilight tour by motorbike - See Saigon with Tiger eyes

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Hop on the back of your trusty guide’s motorbike—you’re off to see the nightlife of Ho Chi Minh City. Explore the old streets, stop for street snacks, shop for souvenirs, and hang out in the local spots that come alive after dark. This laid-back tour is an excellent way to see the city in a low-key and relaxed setting.
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  • 3 hours
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$42.00
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$42.00
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Individual Saigon city tour as a private tour

Individual Saigon city tour as a private tour

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Private guided Saigon city tour with German-speaking guide ohen other participants. Design your tour of the vibrant metropolis according to your wishes and ideas. The all-day Saigon City Tour gives you the opportunity to explore the metropolis in a sustainable and comfortable way. You'll begin your tour of District 1 on the Saigon City Tour. Then, explore the city's tourist attractions with your tour guide. This Saigon City Tour offers a mix of the city's main attractions and lesser-known markets and winding Old Town streets. It is possible to visit different places according to interest and desire; Here are some proven suggestions from our side: - War Remnants Museum (War Remnants Museum) - Cholon and Chinatown - FITO Museum (Museum of Traditional Medicine) - Tour of the "Korean" Quarter (District 7) - Art museum - or any other place you want to visit
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$187.25
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$187.25
per group

Half Day Saigon with China Town

Half Day Saigon with China Town

Get a personal introduction to Ho Chi Minh City on a 4-hour, private tour that includes all entrance fees, as well as pickup and drop-off at your hotel. Explore the lively streets of Chinatown, then visit Binh Tay Market and an 18th-century temple, and learn about wartime history at the War Remants Museum. This private tour offers the flexibility to customize the experience to your interests, and both morning and afternoon departures are available.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$33.34
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$33.34
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Ho Chi Minh City Highlights Full-Day Tour

Ho Chi Minh City Highlights Full-Day Tour

This full-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City with a private guide is an excellent way to get acquainted with the city. Visit Thien Hau Temple, the War Remnants Museum, Binh Tay Market, and more. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. Your guide is happy to share local culture and insights along the way.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.00
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$61.00
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3-hour Saigon Nightlife tour on motorbike: Sky bar - Dinner and Local insights

3-hour Saigon Nightlife tour on motorbike: Sky bar - Dinner and Local insights

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At night, Ho Chi Minh City adopts a completely different persona. See Vietnam’s second city illuminated by night on a motorbike tour that provides a perfect introduction to first-time visitors. You’ll visit off-the-beaten path places that you may otherwise have missed and get the best views of the metropolis from a rooftop bar. Dinner, and hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 3 hours
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$52.00
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$52.00
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Private sight-seeing motorbike tour with local expert/student in HCMC

Private sight-seeing motorbike tour with local expert/student in HCMC

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Explore Ho chi Minh city or Saigon as a local and with a local, know more about the places, traditions, cultures and food with us in this amazing tour! Authentic experience Visit the best local attractions and hidden gems in HCMC Fun loving and friendly team, well trained and safe!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.62
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$24.62

Hidden gems, breakfast & local coffee

Hidden gems, breakfast & local coffee

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Do you want to learn more about the culture and history of this city? Then don't miss out this tour which will give you great insights in traditions, remarkable moments in history and more! List of thinsg you will see/do on your tour: 1. Jade Emperor Temple: This well-known CHINESE temple was visted by Obama president 2. The Pink Church: The most checked-in church on Instagram. 3. Local Wet Market: Experience locals shopping at a typical Vietnamese market 4. Old Apartment Area: Explore the oldest apartment in town and places where people live off the beaten path 5. Flower Paradise: Jump into the best smelling and most colorful area of the city 6. Untold Story Time: Thich Quang Duc - The monk who burnt himself alive in 1963 7. Wander through narrow alleys and drink coffee at a local cafe Inclusions: - One local breakfast or lunch - Pickup and Dropoff at your accomodation - One cup of Vietnamese coffee - English speaking tour guide - Scooter Accident Insurance (up to 5000$)
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  • 4 hours
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$17.66
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$17.66

4-Day Ho Chi Minh City Golf Stay Including City Tour

4-Day Ho Chi Minh City Golf Stay Including City Tour

As the largest city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is quickly becoming one of the world’s most exciting destinations. With strong economic growth, it is also becoming a serious player in the golf industry. This 4-day stay includes golf at Vietnam Golf & Country Club, Vietnam's premier golf destination; and beautiful Long Thanh Golf Club. Enjoy three nights of accommodations with breakfast, a dinner cruise, transportation to and from the airport and golf courses, greens fees, cart and caddy fees, plus a private tour of Ho Chi Minh City.
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  • 4 days
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$615.00
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What's the best way to experience Cholon (Saigon Chinatown)?