The Hidden Treasures of Ho Chi Minh City

The Hidden Treasures of Ho Chi Minh City

Spoken in: Vietnamese, English

( 214 reviews ) star City tour Ho Chi Minh City 1 - 8 watch_later 3 hours
  • Experience a day in the city like a local
  • Stroll among vendor stalls at Ban Co Market
  • Enjoy a coffee at an old coffeehouse
  • Visit two authentic Chinese-style temple
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Have fun and practice your Vietnamese skills

You will meet here: Ben Thanh Market

What you can expect

Get the perfect overview to the real lifestyle of Vietnamese people and join this tour for an authentic local experience. Explore Ho Chi Minh City hidden gems with an in-the-know local guide and hear all about city’s interesting past.

Meet your private guide at Ben Thanh Market and take a bus together to Chinatown, where you’ll stop at a Fruit Market. Enjoy a fruit tasting while you head towards Le Quang Sung Street, a must visit street for understanding Vietnamese life. It is the only place in town where they sell wedding betel and areca. Betel leaves, Areca nuts or Areca nut flower are very important in Vietnamese marriage ceremony.

Learn about Vietnamese & Chinese communities as you head to iconic Binh Tay Market, known for its beautiful Sino-French architecture. Wander around and take in the views of food stands, while you can ask your local guide to tell more about local’s lifestyle.

Next stop is Cha Tham Church, built around 19th century. This decaying light-caramel painted church exudes a sleepy, tropical feel. After hearing the local stories about the temple, continue to other markets like Kim Bien and Dai Quang Minh. Dai Quang Minh Market is heaven for Saigon creatives since it is full with shops that sell countless accessories for sewing and crafting.

Continue your journey to other beautiful temples where you and your group can adopt traditional gestures by making wishes for good fortune. Absorb the sacred atmosphere of the Thien Hau Temple, a revered structure built in the 19th century and dedicated to Thien Hau, goddess of the seafarers.

Time for a coffee break at one of oldest cafes in town, Cheo Leo. The place was founded by Vinh Ngo in 1938 and now it’s run by Ngo's eldest daughter. She still brews the coffee in a traditional way, with an old-fashioned cloth strainer and a clay pot.

Finish your private tour with a visit to Ban Co Market, a place where only Vietnamese go. The markets it’s full of stalls with clothes, jewelry, handbags or food. And how great it is to have your own private host! Nobody here speaks English, so either practice your Vietnamese or let your host do all the talking. Head back to the meeting point together with your local guide and say your goodbyes before you leave.

Pick any of our local hosts for an authentic Vietnamese experience away from touristic spots. You can personalize this experience to fit your traveling needs, let your host know all about it!

This is the plan

Meet your host and start the tour at Ben Thanh Market
Stop 1
Experience the local life by taking the bus to China-town
Stop 2
Explore the aromas of a Vietnamese Fruit Market where only locals go
Stop 3
Get to see the unique wedding accessories market and understand the Vietnamese wedding traditions
Stop 4
Take a walk through the Binh Tay area, an open paradise for local vendors, and understand how business is done, Vietnam style
Stop 5
Check out the beautiful architecture of Cha Tam Church
Stop 6
End the markets experience by passing through an artists' gem, the creative supplies market
Stop 7
Get inspired by the peace and quiet of one of he most colorful Pagodas in Saigon
Stop 8
Admire the architecture of another 19th century temple, and get completely relaxed
Stop 9
Taste the delicious Vietnamese coffee at a coffee place with tradition and very interesting story! Meet plenty of locals there :)
Stop 10
End the tour at Ban Co Market, for experiencing the buzz of a city-market and blending in with locals
Your guide will drop you off at Ben Thank market, in a central point of the city

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

City tour details

Private City tour
Mode of transport
Walking tour (cost included)
3 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Ben Thanh Market
Guest pick-up
instant confirmation
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkPrivate guide
checkVietnamese coffee at a local coffee place
checkGrab taxi costs
check1 non alcoholic drinks

about Withlocals Originals

  • Experience the heart
    of the city

  • With the host of
    your choice

  • Private. Affordable.
    And 100% You.


How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.