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Saigon Up Close & Personal - Private Tour

Saigon Up Close & Personal - Private Tour

By Drive Vietnam
** All our tours are Exclusive Private Tours, so you will not be put together with other guests ** Join us on an exciting journey to explore the city of bright lights and motorbikes; the energetic and ever-changing Saigon. From the towering skyscrapers and French-Colonial architecture of district one, to the secret spots far outside the tourist districts, you will experience all aspects of Saigon life on our full day tour. Learn what the average day is like for a local, with cultural insights from our native, English-speaking guides, as we explore local markets and parks while meandering through historic landmarks in between.

Ages 12-80
Duration: 8h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Private transport by modern air-conditioned vehicle – Toyota, Honda or Ford, model 2016-2017
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary including entrance fees
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Fresh tropical fruits
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person
  • Drive Vietnam Goody Bag containing travel guide + phrasebook & Ho Chi Minh City map
  • Entry/Admission - Tao Dan Park
  • Entry/Admission - War Remnants Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Ba Thien Hau Temple
What's not included
  • Drinks, meals and any other incidental expenses not mentioned above.
  • Travel insurance

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pickup from any hotel in District 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, Phu Nhuan, Tan Binh and Binh Thanh.
  • Airports:
  • Ho Chi Minh City Airport, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 166798P3

  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 166798P3

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  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Tao Dan Park
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    War Remnants Museum
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    Ba Thien Hau Temple
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • You'll return to the starting point
About the operator
Drive Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Joined in May 2015

#128 of 911 Tours & Activities in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Paradise56159742443
    Private tour to Cu Chi tunnels + City tour by Drive Vietnam
    The private tour to Cu Chi tunnels + City tour by Drive Vietnam exceed our expectations. Although abit more expensive compared to the other local tours, but we did not have to jostle with other tourists for the transport. The time are more well spent, and we can enjoy the attractions longer without rushing. The tour guide can converse in good English, explaining to us on the history of the tunnels/ war. The kids really enjoy and interested in this tour, as they also get to climb in the actual tunnel. We dine in some local restaurants, get to try out best local Vietnamese food which normal tourist do not get to visit in their itinerary as it is either more costly or out of the way for the normal tour group. This private tour by Drive Vietnam is worth the money spent & I highly recommend it as it is different from the other tours.
  • BryceBlaszkow
    Wonderful Cambodia trip
    Third time we have used Drive Vietnam now. So easy to collaborate with to make a unique itinerary different from others. Although based in Vietnam they organise tours in Cambodia which is what we did. Angkor Wat temples were our highlight among other things. Highly recommend Drive Vietnam!
  • lastconnected
    I had the pleasure of meeting Quang and his driver for two wonderful days in Ho Chi Min City. We took a long trip to the Mekong River and enjoyed the authentic Vietnamese culture and food. The next day was a trip around the capital city and Quang was so knowledgeable about the history of the Vietnam war that I learned many new things. Our tour to the presidential palace turned out to be far more interesting than I had expected! Best of all, Quang’s command of the English language is excellent and I was able to understand and enjoy the entire tour. The last evening, he referred me to a great place for a hamburger called El Gaucho. After 3 wonderful weeks traveling throughout Vietnam, I was ready for one—and it was delicious. I highly recommend Drive Vietnam with their very skilled drivers and Quang as a tour guide.
  • GoPlaces822201
    Three Days in HCMC
    We used Drive Vietnam for private airport transfer to and from our hotel and we also used the company for a private half day tour customized for some Vietnam War sites I specifically wanted to see. Starting with the airport pickup, Drive Vietnam sent a detailed email explaining precisely where the guide would be and what they would be wearing. We then walked to the road area where a late mode SUV was waiting with AC running and water bottles available for us right away. We found the airport transportation worth every penny after a long international flight. The guide was friendly and spoke excellent English. The driver was safe and careful in a very chaotic city. The custom private tour was amazing. We were met at our hotel and again had the use of a late model SUV with a driver. Our guide took us to the War Remnants Museum, the Presidential Palace, as well as other landmarks and shopping in District !. We ended with a delicous meal at a local restaurant. Saigon was our first stop on a two week Asia trip and I cannot recommend Drive Vietnam highly enough. The traffic and hundreds of motorbikes make it a challenge to walk the city, especially on your first or second day. The company was professional, provided great communication, and helped us feel so comfortable on our tour. We would absolutely call them again!
  • 381kaidenb
    Vietnam 2022
    Ninh Binh and Sapa my favourites, also loved relaxing on Ha Long Bay. All guides were awesome and well organized.
  • BryceBlaszkow
    Highly recommend
    Drive Vietnam did an excellent job for us. Very easy to communicate with to make an itinerary and very quick to answer any questions. We spent two weeks in Vietnam with them and everything from transfers to day tours and booking hotels was done for us with nothing to worry about. Highly recommend booking a trip with drive Vietnam.
  • laurancey2022
    Meekong experience
    Great experience. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. It was a wonderful experience. The experience was well organised and fun
  • LLSS128
    Amazing Tour
    Great tour highly recommend. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly spoke good English. Went with a small group of friends, we had an amazing time.
  • anthonycK4559WC
    Amazing Tour
    Quang the tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave our group a really great insight on Mekong delta and what the locals do in their daily life. It is definitely an experience I would recommend!!
  • Anita S
    Anita S
    Do yourself a favour!
    Do yourself a favour and book drive Vietnam for your tour to the Mekong Delta. We rang them and asked if they could do what we wanted rather than a standard tour. We wanted a private tour visiting the Mekong and including lunch. That’s what we got. We didn’t have to do all the extras that other companies include. Our guide Nhu spoke great English, she was very friendly and informative and enjoyed a joke. We definitely recommend.
  • H2130GBwill
    Not to Missed!
    Probably one of my favourite tours during my week in Vietnam. We had an amazing time with our guide who was extremely attentive, hilarious to talk to and provided alot of interesting facts about the Mekong Delta as well as the people who lived there. The tour was also extremely authentic and allowed us to view sights we might not have been able to view in other tours. We cruised on the Mekong Delta in a boat, the back channels in Mekong Delta in row boats, did a ton of sightseeing, had a tasty lunch at a local village and even had the chance to sample local delicacies like snake wine! One thing I really liked was the fact that it was a private tour, we had a group of around 6 people and unlike other tours that try to max out the number of tours (up to 25 in some cases) this was alot more personalised. Due to this, the tour guide was able to great lengths to customise the tour to fit our preferences. If you have only 1 chance to do a tour of the Mekong Delta do this tour! You will not be disappointed!
  • Josh P
    Josh P
    Authentic and down to earth experience
    Such a great day! The owner of Drive Vietnam and some of the staff are from the Mekong Delta, so they know the area and the people, and as such the "tour" was a very down to earth and authentic experience. Definitely no tourist gimmicks. We were welcomed into private homes and farms, had a delicious home made (but completely hygienic) feast for lunch, paddled through the water coconut canals, and everything was seamless and well organized.
  • 735rachelg
    Awesome tour
    Great tour and tour guide. Viet was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and his English was spot on. Our 11 year old fired question after question and he was very attentive. Our driver was very relaxed and got us from a to b without any issues. Lunch was very nice. We have been to both cu chi tunnel sites and prefer this one.
  • Mawebb
    Very good service
    I did both airport transfers with this Company. Communication was very easy. Although the car was a few minutes late, the traffic on both days was terrible, so I think this was understandable. My guide was quick to introduce herself and provided a lovely personal touch to my trips. The cars were very clean and in good condition and my driver was excellent. I will definitely use this service when I return to Saigon.
  • Joann S
    Joann S
    Showed Up Just as Promised
    It was a bit pricey, but worth it to me since I was traveling alone and it was my first visit to Ho Chi Minh City (which can be quite overwhelming)! It was a relief to spot the guide in the sea of humanity outside the airport! They were there on time and got me to my hotel quickly and safely.
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3 reviews
Very good

Wellington, New Zealand47 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Quang expertly guided us through both lesser travelled and must visit places. His expert local knowledge and friendly approach made the tour memorable and enjoyable. Taking a private tour with Drive Vietnam meant we we did not have to stick to a timetable and could vary what we did and when. Can highly recommend Quang and his team at Drive Vietnam.
Written January 18, 2020
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Lucy V
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Business
Recommendation for great private tour with care.

My company has welcome auditors from region, Ireland and India. After working 1 week, we arranged a city tour for our VIPs on weekends April 2022, in HCMC VN. War museum, post office, church, ben thanh market, taka…
Visitors are impressed with Tour Guide Quang who speaks very well english with rich history knowledge about VN, Asia, culture, people, numbers, lifestyle, etc. he can answer all questions, on time, honest, kind and caring to people around. For example, the tour guide also take care of face tissues, cigarettes, paper fan, dehyrate water, special diet food, drink coconut, shopping special items… for the visitors without being requested.
Visitors are absolutely pleased, relax, lots of talk, sharing, laugh, hugs to say goodbye and wish to visit again next time.
One wish from visitors is the weather in HCM if cooler 25 degrees. Guest feeling sad a bit from the war museum, real story by eyes and ears first time seen, different from books and schools in overseas.
This tour guide , Mr Quang, is the best one ever for private tour service, since 4 years, he makes all my company’s visitors are happy. Im grateful for the great service and recommend the service to whoever looking for!
Great tour on 23 April 2022
Recommend Mr. QUANG +84 93 7417938
Written April 30, 2022
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Detroit, MI51 contributions
Quang is not a great guide he is an AWESOME guide. We were able to see the highlights of Saigon and drive to airport in one day! The teenagers in our group thought he was hilarious!!! They were laughing at the back of the car. We packed sightseeing plus shopping at the market for knock-off clothes and bags. He took us to the Bánh Xeo place where Anthony Bourdain went. He bought us fried bananas and Bánh mi sandwiches. We were stuffed after the tour. Thank you very much for such a great day.
Written August 20, 2019
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