Follow Local Steps - Saigon Free Walking Tours

Saigon Free Walking Tours - a non-profit organization. Loving Saigon, they want to show this city to tourists form all over the world. Choosing this service to discover Ho Chi Minh city as locals!

About the Saigon Free Walking Tours

Saigon Free Walking Tours is a non-profit organization, which is founded in September 2014 and managed by Hospitality & Tourism students at Hoa Sen University, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

The Saigon Free Walking Tours have hold for two main purposes:

  • Introduce Saigon to foreign friends
  • Give students who work as tour guide a practical environment. They can learn not only what they know at school, but also improve their language, especially English.

Note: All tour exclude meals, entrance fees.

Some Available Saigon Free Walking Tours

1. Saigon City Tour

Transport: Walking

Depart: Daily 8:00 AM*

Duration: Half day (4 hours)

Schedule: The tour will start with a visit to Downtown (District 1) of Saigon.

  • Pass by some beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period: People’s Committee Building, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and Saigon Central Post Office, which are.

Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office

  • Visit one of two destinations below:Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace: It is used to be the house and workplace of the President of South Vietnam, also the site of the end of the Vietnam War.

War Remnants Museum: It primarily contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War.

  • Pay a visit to  Ben Thanh Market, where you can see almost necessaries of  life that locals may need in their daily lives, moreover the local handicrafts, textiles, áo dài and souvenirs.

Ticket Prices: Reunification Palace: 30.000 VND

  War Remnants Museum: 15.000 VND

2. Saigon Street Food Tour

Transport: Scooter. Scooter surcharge: 70.000 VND/ person/ tour

Depart: Daily 6:00 PM

Duration: 4 hours

Schedule: People once said that “Saigon is the kitchen of the world”, it certainly feels that way. The tour will start to explore:

  • Travel around must-see destinations:
    • See the architecture from the French colonial period at The Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and Saigon Central Post Office.
    • Have sightseeing around Saigon buildings, places that locals gathering, chatting and having coffee or snacks
    • Drink famous milk tea at The Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon Opera House.
  • Have the snack with one of three Vietnamese dishes below 

 

Sup cua - Crab sticky soup

Sup cua - Crab sticky soup

 

Banh trang nuong – Vietnamese Pizza

Banh trang nuong – Vietnamese Pizza

   

Muc chien nuoc mam - Fried Squid with fish sauce

Muc chien nuoc mam - Fried Squid with fish sauce

  • Choose one of three Vietnamese desserts below to finish this Saigon Free Walking Tours.

Kem xoi dua - Steamed rice sticky and coconut ice cream

Kem xoi dua - Steamed rice sticky and coconut ice cream

 

 

Sinh to - Fruit Smoothies

Sinh to - Fruit Smoothies

 

 

Rau cau trai cay - Fruity jelly

Rau cau trai cay - Fruity jelly

3. The Oriental tour 1

Transport: Scooter. Scooter surcharge: 50.000 VND/ person/ tour

Depart: Daily 8:00 AM*

Duration: 4 hours

Schedule: This Saigon Free Walking Tours could be:

  • Visit a beautiful and colorful local Cao Dai Temple (District 5).

Cao Dai Temple

Cao Dai Temple

Caodaism is a religious sect found only in Southern Vietnam, a religious combination of the Confucianism, the Christianity, the Taoism and the Buddhism.

  • Take a short walk around Le Hong Phong Market, where is considered as a miniature Cambodia country, has sold plenty of Cambodian specialties, even Cambodian cuisine.
  • Then, we will enjoy Vietnamese & Cambodian Sweet Soup for relaxing (optional choice).
  • Visit FITO Museum (Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine), see nearly 3,000 items relevant to traditional Vietnamese medicine.

Ticket Prices: FITO Museum: 50 000 VND

4. The Oriental tour 2

Transport: Scooter. Scooter surcharge: 70.000 VND/person/tour

Depart: Daily 8:00 AM*. This Saigon Free Walking Tours is not available on Monday.

Duration: 4 hours

Schedule:

  • Visit History Museum, where you can see a rewarding collection of artefacts illustrating the evolution of the cultures of Vietnam, Champa, Funan. Highlights include valuable relics taken from Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.
  • Visit Temple of King Hung Vuong, burn incense in commemoration of Hung King.
  • Head to the Tan Dinh Market, where the local housewives come to do their daily meals and ancestor worship, has sold plenty of market foods and fabrics, even making a really “Vietnamese” experience.

Vietnamese Sweet Soup

Vietnamese Sweet Soup

  • Try Vietnamese Sweet Soup for relaxing (optional choice).

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Jade Emperor Pagoda

  • Go to Jade Emperor Pagoda (Ngoc Hoang Pagoda), seeing one of the most spectacularly atmospheric temples in HCMC which is stuffed with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes and the pungent smoke of incense (huong) fills the air, obscuring the exquisite woodcarvings.

5. The Light Up The Night Tour

Transport: Scooter. Scooter surcharge: 60.000 VND/ person/ tour.

Departure: Daily 6:00 PM

Duration: 4 hours

Schedule: This is one of most favorite tour in Saigon Free Walking Tours. The tour will start at District 1 and then move to district 2, and 3.

  • Have dinner with one of three Vietnamese dishes below (optional choice):
  1. Com tam - Broken rice with grilled pork
  2. Banh mi - Vietnamese baguette
  3. Mi Quang - Quang noodles soup
  • Stroll through most of famous destinations in Saigon, such as: Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Notre­Dame Basilica, Central Post Office, The Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City…
  • Next, we can enjoy a short walk in Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street, the most modern walking street in Vietnam.

Nguyen Hue walking street

Nguyen Hue walking street

  • Go sightseeing at Thu Thiem Tunnel near the banks of Saigon River, where you can see sparkling Saigon buildings and the walking­side way along the river. It’s also a place where local people gathering, chatting and having coffee or snacks.
  • Have dessert with Coconut Ice­cream (optional choice), then we will go back to District 1.

6. China Town Tour

Transportation: Scooter. Scooter surcharge: 70.000 VND/person/tour

Depart: 8:00AM*

Duration: 4 hours

Schedule: The tour will start with a visit to ChinaTown in Saigon, which is the biggest Chinese community in the South of Vietnam.

Binh Tay market

Binh Tay market

This wholesale market in Saigon, where you can find any kind of goods with reasonable price and see the locals bartering, purchasing and selling wares.

  • Pay a short visit to Cha Tam Church, Chinese-style Catholic church, which architecture is harmonized Eastern style with Western’s.
  • Visit the two temples below:

Thien Hau Temple

Thien Hau Temple (Tue Thanh Hoi Quan), was built in the early 19th Century dedicated to Thien Hau, as known as Lady of the Sea.

Quan Cong Temple

Quan Cong Temple (Nghia An Hoi Quan), was built in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, known as the biggest Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation in Saigon.

  • Enjoy dessert with Chinese sweet soup. Some of ingredients is made of Chinese traditional medicine. (Optional choice).

What to tip a Free Walking tour guide?

No tips required in Saigon Free Walking Tours. So do not give a cash tip. Give them some meaningful goods instead. There are some suggestions for the gifts:

  • Invite the guide to join you for lunch or buy the guide a good lunch
  • A nice present from your home country that is unique to your home country will be really appreciated far more than money. It doesnt have to be expensive just something that can only be purchased from your place. They will treasure that far more.
  • A funny thing that you got from this tour could be the perfect compliment for tour guide.

Tips for Saigon Free Walking Tours

- How to cross the street

  • Walk slowly
  • Check the traffic jam
  • Wave your hand if you feel unsafe

- Aware of Thieft/Pickpocket

  • Leave your identity papers at hotel. In Vietnam, you can go to most of destinations without passport.
  • Wear your bag in front.
  • Tighten your camera strap.
  • No phone on the street. In case of your demand, you need to be careful.

- What should you do If you are robbed?

  • Shouting out “coup”, which means robbery.
  • No chasing. You must be safe first.
  • Noting down your location.
  • Calling the hotel to notice them your circumtance.You can ask them to not let anyone approach your room.
  • Looking for the police. Don’t be hesitage, you can ask the locals for help.
  • If you are joining Saigon Free Walking Tours, tell tour guide immediately.

Trying Saigon Free Walking Tours is one way to discover the mordern but classical city. We hope that this article give you some useful tips for your journey to Ho Chi Minh.

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