Mai Hotel

4A- 4B Thi Sach, Ben Nghe Ward, 1 District, TP.HCM, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Vietnam Tour Options.. please give suggestions

by psychiy

I have 1 1/2 days to tour Ho Chi Minh after Christmas. Could you please suggest which places I should give priority to based on the tours below:

a. City Tour - whole day
b. Cu Chi Tunnels - half day
c. Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Temple - whole day
d. Mekong Delta (Saigon – Cai Be – Vinh Long) - whole day
e. Mekong Delta (SAI GON – MY THO – BEN TRE – SAI GON) - whole day

Also, could you please suggest tour operators which are affordable and efficient? I have to fly to Siem Reap at 6pm on my 2nd day which means I have to make sure my chosen half day tour during that day won't be delayed.


Re: Vietnam Tour Options.. please give suggestions

by stedeb

My suggestion would be using Sinh Cafe and do their Mekong Delta full day and their half day Cu Chi Tunnels. That will give you time after your full day tour to wander the streets and see a lot of what is on offer on full day city tour. You could email them and ask how much they would charge for a private tour in a car to the tunnels to make sure you are back well in time for your onward flight. I highly recomend Sinh Cafe.

Re: Vietnam Tour Options.. please give suggestions

by Eggboy

I recommend the half days city and half days Cu Chi tours. Agree with the above that Sinh cafe is good but their Mekong tour wasn't great in my opinion. Its a long bus trip there and back and I felt it was boring. Other people would not agree with me and thats cool but you dont have much time really.

Re: Vietnam Tour Options.. please give suggestions

by NYTim

The half day tour to Cu Chi, will not get you back in time for your flight.

Re: Vietnam Tour Options.. please give suggestions

by petert51

I took a tour of the Mekong Delta that mainly used boats from HCM and a bus on the return leg. I purchased the ticket from one of the many agents in the backpacker area of HCM. The trip was excellent. I wouldn't waste my time going to the tunnels unless you want to crawl underground and shot guns in the air. A trip to Cao Dai Temple is so much more interesting. Otherwise there is plenty to see just walking around HCM.

Re: Vietnam Tour Options.. please give suggestions

by Morozov

As to me - Saigon is usual big south city, isn't interesting. But Hue, Hoi An, Hanoi, Sapa are strictly recommended.
Have a good trip.

Re: Vietnam Tour Options.. please give suggestions

by JohanIsWeg

If I was you I'd stick to HCMC - there's more than enough to see and do. Trips out of the city (to Mekong Delta, Cu Chi and Cao Dai) will chew up a lot of time travelling.
Many markets, public buildings, churches, temples and even a mosque and museum to visit in HCMC. They also have one of the best restaurants in Vietnam - food is absolutely delicious - called Quan An Ngon.

Re: Vietnam Tour Options.. please give suggestions

by psychiy

Thank you all for your comments/suggestions. I'm off to Ho Chi Minh in a while. :)

Travel Tips for Ho Chi Minh City


by balhannah

Traffic in Ho Chi Minh..........I have never seen so many motorbikes in my life, at least they weren't going fast like at home!

How to get across to the other side of the road?
Mmm, rather daunting with all those bikes, but it can be done quite easily.

The trick is to stay aware, and walk slowly and confidently. The motorbike riders are watching and will simply move to avoid you - just don't make any sudden lurches forwards, backwards, or stop for that matter!

Just look for a gap in the traffic, and begin a slow but steady movement. If you hear a beep coming your way it's likely a motorbike rider is about to enter your personal space.

Be a alert and prepared to stop putting your foot forward until he passes

If you don't feel up to doing this, then go and stand with a local and cross with them!



by muddybok

Beers are so inexpensive in Vietnam. You can easily enjoy you chilled bottle of beer at the price of VND10.000 (local beers) and VND15.000 for imported brands (Tiger, Heineken).

I was resolved to drink only beer to regulate my body temperature (40-degree temperature daily) and hydrate.

Most big cities will have their own breweries such as Saigon Beer, Hanoi Beer & etc.

Christmas Decorations everywhere!

by shrimp56

Well at least in the tourist hotels -- including some dreadful music. ["Frosty the Snowman" etc...] This was the case in Thailand and Cambodia-- even the bar waitresses were dressed in little santa outfits. It was weird in Thailand and Cambodia, but more understandable in Vietnam, which has a Catholic tradition.

Relax and cool off for a day

by PhilEadie

If you've had enough of shopping, museums and really feel you've been offered one coconut too many then get out of town to the Saigon Water Park in Thu Duc district.
The water park, which was an Australian joint project, has been open for about 5 years and offers a total escape from the city and all the usual attractions including six slides (for singles, doubles and triples), a lazy river, wave pool and an infant pool. All are well policed with lifegaurds on permanent duty. There are no hawkers so you really will be able to escape for a few hours.
The only downside in a country with such tasty food in abundance is the quality of the food on offer inside which ranges from boring pseudo Western fair to equally average local food at inflated (by VN standards) prices. Risk the wrath of the management and smuggle your own in.
Entrance is around 70k Dong (around 4.50USD). As for getting there - There is a bus from the centre of the city or you can take a boat from Bach Dang wharf. Personally I would splash out (pun intended) on a taxi which is the easiest way to get there and should only cost about 6USD each way.
If you are in HCMC for more than four days you really should treat yourself to a day here or at one of the other water parks around Saigon such as Dam Sen.

Vietnam T-shirts

by BorneoGrrl about Ben Thanh Market

You can find many shops selling T-shirts but in Ben Thanh market, you can find many, many stalls where you can choose & bargain from

You can buy T-shirts from the upscale souvenir shops e.g in hotels but expect to pay 10x - 20x more!! I'm not going to encourage anyone out there to purchase any fake designer shirts even though they do come in very tempting prices. However, T-shirts made in Vietnam are pretty nice to bring home as souvenirs or gifts to pass around because not only they are inexpensive, they come in nice designs too especially the ones with the embroidery

Personally, I find the cheaper T-shirts are quite thin (but good to wear in a hot & humid place like Saigon) but with the low prices, it's value for money. Plus, they're pretty handy if you forgot to pack extra clothes Some stalls are notorious because even after I bargained for half the price of the item, I found other places that sell them for less than that. I guess they know the trick so they push the price higher

So, the cheapest T-shirts I bought were US$1 for printed tees and US$2 for T-shirts with embroidery


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