ITINERARY BY DAY
Good Morning Saigon By Scooter (B)
Today’s tour will begin at 6:30AM. Good morning Saigon! Wake up early to capture the city as it comes to life. Depart with a local guide for a fun, authentic morning tour in Ho Chi Minh City.
Travel by scooter with your local guide, a local way to get that also gives an opportunity to absorb the sights, smells and sounds of the city. The first stop is Tao Dan Park, a great place for people watching. Observe locals practicing their morning exercises, such as Tai Chi, aerobics and badminton, and visit a small pagoda where devotees gather to perform daily prayers. Learn about these morning rituals and the role they play in local society.
Then grab a seat at the end of the park near the ‘birds’ club’. Local people gather here with their birds to relax, talk, enjoy a morning coffee and compare their birds. Enjoy watching this uniquely Vietnamese scene will sipping a cup of traditional sweet iced coffee.
Continue to a local wet market where shoppers haggle over the fresh produce on offer. Wander through the stalls where vendors are selling everything from live seafood to dried meats, fresh seasonal vegetables and home ware goods. Take a break for breakfast. Alongside the locals, sample of bowl of Vietnam’s national dish – pho noodle soup at Pho Binh. Also called ‘Peace Noodle Shop’, the stores served as a secret base for the Viet Cong during the war era.
After this fabulous start to the morning, return to the hotel for a chance to freshen up before exploring more of Ho Chi Minh City.