Today you will go downtown and visit Giac Lam Pagoda – Saigon’s oldest pagoda. Dating back to 1744, its architecture, layout, and ornamentation remain largely unaltered. The elderly and infirm flock here as the pagoda houses a bronze bell that pilgrims ring after posting their prayers, said to ensure an answer to prayer.
Then you will visit FITO Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine. Its collection of 3,000 items, including traditional tools and ancient documents, traces the development of traditional medicine in Vietnam.
Back to the downtown, you will visit the Reunification Palace, the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Passing by Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883, most materials for Saigon’s Notre Dame Cathedral were imported from France, and one of the city’s major landmarks, you will head to Saigon Post Office, a classic French colonial structure, is still a functioning post office today and features huge ceilings, a giant portrait of Uncle Ho, and many beautiful details.
Afterwards, let’s top off the day with a visit to Ben Thanh Market, packed to the rafters with everything from fruits to nuts, from tourist kitsch to true bargains, it is a definite must-see.
This evening, you will enjoy A O show at Saigon Opera House (the show subjects to availability).
After tour ends, you will transfer back to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Des Arts Saigon Hotel – Deluxe Room