With over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, Saigon is truly a city that never sleeps.
Despite its modernity, Saigon maintains a strong link to the past. Start your walking tour at Saigon Opera House, a beautiful French colonial-era building from the late 19th and early 20th century.
Wander along Dong Khoi Street to the CIA building, where helicopters evacuated the remaining US citizens in 1975. The next stop is Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires, based on the original construction from Paris. Head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustav Eiffel, before he had risen to fame for the Eiffel Tower. From there, we make our way to the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the war. We also walk past the famous Ben Thanh market.
You may choose to make a stop at Maison Marou to taste the best Vietnamese chocolate and learn the history of the artisanal, single-origin chocolate maker.
Move on to the stunning French building built in the late twenties – originally a mansion and now Fine Arts Museum. If you are an antique lover, experience walk on the 300-meter Le Cong Kieu Street with all kinds of local collectibles and antiquities.
The last stop of this walking tour can be one of the following places:
+ Local craft beer brewery
+Sky Deck on Bitexco Tower with Panoramic Views
+ Hidden restaurant located on the top of an old apartment for lunch