Suggestions for a Thrilling Day Trip Ho Chi Minh City

If you were to visit Vietnam for an unlimited time, you would definitely have all the time in the world for exploring all the facets that make this place unique. However, this is never the case and most people book Vietnam Day Trips for only a limited period of time. It is thus important that you know how you can take full advantage of the limited time you have to get the most out of this destination. 



A Day trip Ho Chi Minh City is certainly the best place to start off your vacation in this country. Even though there is no doubt that Ho Chi Minh City really has quite a lot to explore when it comes to cultural experiences and attractions, you surely can’t be able to experience everything, and you will thus need to prioritize and know what to go for.  

Eat soup for your breakfast 
Noodle soup dishes are very popular among the Vietnamese people. While everyone is well familiar with pho, the truth of the matter is that countless more soups of this kind exist and are worthy tasting during Vietnam Day Trips. By having the soup for your breakfast, you will certainly be able to start off your day the Vietnamese style. 

Tour the Ben Thanh Market
One of the top places in Ho Chi Minh City that you should consider visiting is the iconic Ben Thanh market which is the city’s central market. This is truly a great wonder that you should surely not miss and you will be able to buy nearly everything you might imagine ranging from groceries to meat, kitchen supplies and souvenirs among others. This market will surely make your Day trip Ho Chi Minh City complete in every sense. Considering the vast size of the market, it is essential that you schedule a considerably enough time to navigate everything the market has to offer. 

Appreciate the architecture 
Both colonial and modern buildings found in Ho Chi Minh City feature an amazing architecture that w ill leave you completely dazzled and marvel led. The city’s architecture comprise of a unique combination of old tube houses, French colonial buildings and modern skyscrapers. The city center features some old colonial buildings that not only have an amazing character but are also rich in history as well. Fortunately for you, most of these buildings are located just close to one another and you will be able to walk to most of them within a considerably short time period. Even downtown Ho Chi Minh City will amaze you due to the incredibly beautiful old buildings. 

Get a hair wash and massage 
Life in Ho Chi Minh City can be quite chaotic but the locals have designed a unique way in which you can get a serene escape from the chaos by offering cheap foot massages. This assures you of complete relaxation. A better alternative to the massive would be getting a hair wash which generally includes face wash, mask, a shoulder massage and even a head massage. 

Motorbike tours 
Vietnam Day Trips can never be complete without motorbike tours and no matter how limited your time is it is always a good idea that you spare sometime for these tours. The moment you reach Ho Chi Minh City, one thing that you will realize that the most popular vehicle of choice here is the motorbikes. And there is no any better way of seeing this great city than by riding on a motorbike. Hiring a bike at one of the many shops in the city is quite cheap and won’t really cost you a fortune. 

Get a good view 
Ho Chi Minh City doesn’t have many tall buildings as such and it is thus a good idea that you go atop one of the top buildings here and enjoy some good views over the entire city. Fortunately, most bars are on the high floors and you can thus get to enjoy the excellent views as you sip on your drink. After spending a long day full of many activities, this can mark the end of Day trip Ho Chi Minh City and you will certainly have a lot to narrate to your friends and family. 

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Top travel agencies in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

Ho Chi Minh City is the most popular destination to visit in Vietnam. There are so many travel agencies in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and in this article, we selected 5 best travel agencies in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), hoping to give you as a reference for your traveling in Vietnam.


TNK Travel
Add: 220 De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
E-mail: info@tnktravelvietnam.com
Website: http://www.tnktravel.com
Tel: (84-8) 39204766
About:
TNK Travel has been online since 2003 and is a leading travel website portal providing reliable travel solutions for vacation planners who prefer to deal directly with a locally based tour operator. They specialize in private family tours and tailor-made tours for individuals, families or groups to the Indochina peninsula which includes Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Reviews (Tripadvisor Users):
Guide was good, AK he liked to call himself, informative and able to take questions throughout the day. He provided background history on the way there and back which was good, he also had a little disdain for the perceived excess to which westerners live which gave him a bit of edge, which I enjoyed. No stops on the way or back which is unusual but welcome, only so many factory's exploiting people with physical problems you can take. Bus was fine with A/C and it was reasonably cheap. I didn't see anything extra an expensive tour could have provided being honest
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The Sinhtourist (Sinh cafe)
Add: 246 - 248 De Tham St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Email: info@thesinhtourist.vn 
Tel: +84.8.3838.9597
About:
Sinh Cafe was the first in Saigon who has provided travelers with travel information and transport to ease their travel.
Sinh Cafe had witnessed a variety of market segments of the tourist industry with different types of travelers ever increasing in a potential market in blossom.  Sinh Cafe has diversified its products to please the travelers in the spirit of keeping up its traditional core business: To introduce its Vietnam country and Vietnamese people to friends all over the world.  This is the initial mission of the inborn concept of founding Sinh Cafe.
Sinh Cafe has made every effort to develop a stable system of human resources to improve know how and professionalism of its staff.  Sinh Cafe has strengthened ceaselessly the quality its services i.e. package tours, tailored tours, open bus at a reasonable price.  Additionally, Sinh Cafe has developed its strength in building and designing open tours with multiple choices which can meet diversiform requirements of local and international travelers.
Today Sinh Cafe is an internationally-renowned, award-winning travel agent.  Our first cafeteria serving as a travel office in Ho Chi Minh City has grown with the establishment of local offices in Da Lat, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue, Hanoi and international offices in Phnom Penh, Siem Riep.
Though it has grown significantly over years, its philosophy for business has not changed:  To introduce Vietnam to worldwide friends with passion to please them is its principal mission as initially set.
To mark the growth of a coffee house organizing travel to become a professional travel agent, it decided to change its trademark and logo from Sinh Cafe to TheSinhTourist.
Travel stories with cups of coffee had inspired the foundation of Sinh Cafe in 1993, and has given birth to TheSinhTourist in 2009.  TheSinhTourist will keep on developing sustainably “The travel stories with cups of coffee” from now on to satisfy all travel needs of the world people
Reviews: 
http://www.tripadvisor.com.vn/Attraction_Review-g293925-d2493165-Reviews-The_Sinh_Tourist_Day_Tours-Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html

Kim Travel
Add: 189 De Tham St., Dist.1, HCMC, Vietnam
Phone: (848) 39205552
Email: info@kimtravel.com
Website: www.kimtravel.com
About: KIM TRAVEL , one of companies in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam having lengthy experience and a credible reputation specializing in organizing inbound and outbound tours and providing services such as: Hotel reservation, Air and Train ticket booking, Transportation, Tour guide, and Travel consultancy. A best website to find out Vietnam Highlight, Highlights in Vietnam, Vietnam Tours, Vietnam Hotels, Vietnam Transports ...


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Vietnam Travel Tips from Telegraph's readers

Some Vietnam Travel Tips from Telegraph's readers you should read before your trip:


Head for the hills
Escape from the traffic chaos and heat of Hanoi by taking the overnight train to Sapa, up in the mountains towards the border with China. This was the alpine region fought over by the two countries in a brief but bloody war in 1979 which everyone apart from the Vietnamese seems to have forgotten.
The ride is bouncy and the train noisy and slow. Take earplugs and lavatory paper, and book a four-person compartment just for yourself (it's not expensive). Do not let the train attendant remove the (thin) mattresses from the two unused bunks – you are going to need these.
It's worth the trip. Sapa is great for trekking and has a fascinating market. January/February is a good time to visit but avoid the period around Tet, the Vietnamese lunar new year holiday, when the whole of Vietnam seems to be on the move. For Europeans travelling in our winter, it's best to start a Vietnam tour in the cooler north since it will get hotter, and the food better, as you move south.
Unless you're desperate to shoot an old M16 or see holes in the ground, I'd give a miss to the Cu Chi tunnel trip and instead take a Bassac (tributary of the Mekong) cruise and end up with a few days of snorkelling and swimming on tropical Phu Quoc island off the Cambodian coast.
Peter J Griffiths, from Cornwall

Two-man job
I still think of my Vietnam holiday as the most exciting one I have ever had. It was an organised trip beginning in Hanoi, and we travelled the length of the country through the seasons in two weeks: they were planting rice in the north and harvesting in the south.
Hanoi was austere and drab, but the people were fun, taking us around the city on their bikes. It's the first time I have seen two men using one shovel. Travelling through the countryside you see the amazing ways they carry animals on their bicycles. The markets are fabulous places with all the produce you can think of.
Ho Chi Min City was a bustling colourful modern place, full of scooters and mopeds. But beware pickpockets – they were rife.
Neville Meeker, by email

Cool welcome
Don't miss the ancient port of Hoi An with its wooden houses, market and Japanese covered bridge. We stayed in the Pacific View Hotel, and on arrival were greeted with cool towels and welcoming drinks before being taken to a large airy room with a balcony view across the treetops – and a neighbour far below with a pig in the back garden.
Lunch at Wonton restaurant cost about £4 and in the evening we visited a silk workshop which measured us for bespoke outfits that were ready within 24 hours. Afterwards we ate at an amazing riverside café and had a five-course meal for about £7 sitting outside around a huge table next to the Thu Bon River.
Rosemary Wyeth, Wiltshire

Perfect view
My tip for a visitor to Saigon is to head for the Rex Hotel in the evening and go to the famous bar on the roof. Try for a seat near the edge and a stunning view of this vibrant neon-lit city, while enjoying an excellent Singapore Sling at a fraction of the price of one in Singapore.
Sally Higgins, West Sussex

Green peace
We'd booked a fortnight's tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, including a week's cruise along the Mekong. Our flight to Ho Chi Minh City arrived early on Sunday, giving us a free day before the formal tour programme began. As keen gardeners, we decided to explore the Botanic Garden. Walking there gave us a lesson in a necessary local skill; how to cross roads teeming with unbroken streams of motor scooters. (Stride out and look confident.)
Arriving unscathed, we found a garden full of exotic tropical plants and trees, including a zoo that boasts rhinos, colourful birds and much else. We sat for a while in front of the bandstand, watching a charming show featuring music and performing dogs. Spending an afternoon among families enjoying peaceful outings added a soft perspective to the sightseeing programme, which inevitably included allusions to the country's turbulent past.
Olga Leapman, London

Streetwise
Exploring the back streets of the cities and checking out silk shops, street food, family parties, old buildings and general chaos is one of the best experiences in Vietnam. Inevitably one gets lost. Top tip: shops and businesses display their name and street address with other information over their doors. Look up! Instant orientation. A little tourist map and it's all sorted.
Clodagh Veale, by email

Local knowledge
One of the highlights was our stay in Nha Trang at the new Novatel. Lanterns restaurant is within walking distance and it's not to be missed. The food was delicious, and on Mondays they give free food to local people in need.
We booked a tour to Ninh Hoa, about an hour away, and our guide took us to her village home. We made incense sticks, watched rice wine being made (and tasted it), went to a market, had lunch with a local family, took a ride on a bull and cart and watched the fishing boats going out and coming in with their catch.
Alex Gould, West Midlands

Fish tank
Leave behind busy Ho Chi Min City and board a cruise boat at My Tho on the Mekong to explore Vietnam in a relaxed and leisurely manner. The dry season is best as there are no mosquitoes. The Pandow Line boat RV Mekong Pandow was clean, the food and accommodation were excellent and the staff very attentive.
The scenery is ever-changing, from mangrove swamps to forested areas with villages on stilts and temples to explore along the way. Smaller local boats take you to villages, floating markets with the wares advertised on the end of bamboo poles, to small family businesses making rice paper and hand-rolled sweets, and to the liquor brewer who matures his wine with snakes in the bottle.
Visit the attractive floating bungalows tethered together to form villages and accept the invitation to look inside. The typical living space, with table and chairs, sofa, pictures on the walls and carpet on the floor, is suddenly transformed when the carpet is rolled aside, a wooden trap door is lifted and thousands of fish can be seen thrashing in a cage below. The bungalows are all fish farms. Just one of the many delights and surprises of Vietnam.
Davena Lawrence, Hampshire

Wartime memory
Any trip to Vietnam must include a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels built by the Viet Cong. Contrast these with the splendour of the neoclassical, French colonial architecture less than 25 miles away in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. Watch the hustle and bustle of Hanoi city life from a rooftop restaurant, experience the tranquillity of Ho Chi Minh's stilt house in the middle of the city and enjoy the sheer beauty of Halong bay: all examples of the diversity of Vietnam.
Despite the historic conflicts, the resolve of the people to try to please everyone can be summed up in their Cao Dai religion, which combines Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam and various local beliefs, so a visit to the splendid Great Temple at Tay Ninh should be on any traveller's itinerary.
Richard Williams, by email

Taxi scam
A visit to Vietnam would not be complete without a trip to the Cu Chi tunnels. Pay only for the bullets and fire any gun of the period, including the AK47. Marvel at the ingenuity of the Viet Cong over a vastly superior enemy.
Return to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) by riverboat. Visit one of the factories run for the benefit of people born with birth defects associated with the use of the defoliant Agent Orange.
Be aware of a scam in Saigon where a taxi will quote a fare and then demand more money halfway through the journey. My travelling companion and I fell into this trap on the way to the railway station. Use only a reputable taxi firm such as Vinasun.
Francis Horton, by email

On your bike
Hoi An is a wonderful place to spend a few days relaxing and exploring. If you can steer yourself away from the tempting tailors, there are some beautiful areas to explore just outside Hoi An. For about $1 a day you can hire a bike (with lock) and cycle down to the beach through the paddy fields, passing grazing water buffalo.
Book a cookery class, and you'll get a guided tasting tour round the local market with the vibrant stalls of fresh fruit, vegetables and fish, and a masterclass on how to choose a good fish. You can learn about the health benefits of Vietnamese cooking, and how to make banh xeo (crispy Hoi An pancakes) and turn out the perfect rice-paper summer roll. Better still, you get to eat the product of your labours.
Gill Whitelegg, London

Motorcycle memories
Travelling through Vietnam by motorcycle may not be to everybody's taste, but for me it was the best ride of my life. I met a fellow solo traveller from Norway on my first night in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), having travelled there from Cambodia. The following night I bought Max, a Honda Win 100 which was to be my ride for the next three weeks.
Our first of many challenges was to ride safely out of HCMC. However, once on our way to Mui Ne, the feeling of freedom and pure exhilaration largely outweighed those of trepidation and uncertainty.
We saw white and red sand dunes in Mui Ne, the My Son ruins, the most incredible, surreal caves at Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, islands rising from the waters at Halong Bay and enough coffee shops along the way to keep caffeine levels at a dangerous high. But the best moments were riding along the Ho Chi Minh trail through the mountains. Every winding road took your breath away as you were faced with incredible landscapes.
The children who ran out of their houses in villages we rode through, just to wave and say hello, were humbling. The same was true of the hospitality of the locals who invited us for coffee or pho bo (beef noodle soup).
Vietnam is one of the most surprising and beautiful countries I have ever visited, heightened by travelling on motorcycle.
Joella Sandstra-Bennett, Essex
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Vietnam visa exemption countries

Nationals of certain countries may visit Vietnam without visa for a period of time, here under is the list of countries and regions that have visa exemption arrangements with Vietnam.


CountryLength of Residence
SingaporeLess than 30 days
MalaysiaLess than 30 days
ThailandLess than 30 days
PhilipineLess than 30 days
LaosLess than 30 days
IndonesiaLess than 30 days
Japan15 days
South Korea15 days
Sweden15 days
Denmark15 days
Finland15 days
Norway15 days
Russia15 days

Special:

Citizens of Chile with valid Diplomatic passport no need visa for Vietnam less than 60 days.
APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holder may visit Vietnam less than 60 days.
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Huffingtonpost: Vietnam is a dream trip you can actually afford

Vietnam is a dream trip you can actually afford: According to Huffingtonpost Vietnam is Home to beautiful beaches, vibrant cities, and a wealth of historical sites, Vietnam definitely deserves a spot on your dream trips list. 
World Spree offers a 12-day tour that includes airfare from San Francisco (or L.A., Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, D.C., and New York City for an additional charge), making this amazing county more accessible than ever. 



The trip also gives you time to explore Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hue, Hoi An, Hanoi, and takes you on a cruise around scenic Halong Bay at the end. All transfers, ground transportation, and intra-Vietnam flights are also part of the package price, as are most meals, a comprehensive sightseeing itinerary, and the services of English-speaking guides throughout. Several optional tours are also available for a little extra, including a half-day trip to see the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels ($40) and a half day historic tour of Hanoi's "Old Quarters," the "Hanoi Hilton," and a traditional water puppet show ($50), but you'll have a number of guided tours along the way that are included as well.

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Anthony Bourdain: i would travel to Nha Trang, Vietnam this summer

American chef Anthony Bourdain has some travel tips for your trip in this summer.



If you had time for one trip this summer, where would you go?
It's always life-changing to go to Japan for the first time. It's like life before acid and life after acid. Summer might not be the ideal time to visit there though; it's hot and Tokyo is a city full of people. I would also recommend South Vietnam, Nha Trang. A beach in Vietnam would be nice. Chances are it's very different from the everyday experiences that you are used to. Personally I just fell in love with that part of the world.

How do you get around in South Vietnam?
First and foremost, rent a scooter. That's the way to see Vietnam, no question. There is just this flow of thousands of people navigating the provinces on scooters and that's a magical thing to see and to be a part of. You want to be as close to the action as possible. You don't want to see Vietnam from a bus or inside an air conditioned car.

Where was your last visit to?
I just came from Shanghai and it was amazing. You can see the future and it doesn't include us. Just modern building and high-speed rail everywhere. We were up the Congo River where there were no toilets, but everywhere you go there is full signal on your iPhone.
Anthony Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and in 2005 he began hosting the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. In 2013, he joined CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
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AirAsia resume Kuala Lumpur - Da Nang service

AirAsia will resume flights between Kuala Lumpur-Danang route starting 29 August after suspending the service last year. The airline will fly Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.



Using an Airbus A320, AK648 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 1135 and arrive in Danang at1330. The return flight AK649 will depart Danang at 1400 and arrive Kuala Lumpur at 1755.
AirAsia  first introduced Danang to its schedule in 16 December 2011, but terminated the route 10 June 2013 to rearrange its schedule.
The Kuala Lumpur-Danang service is the low-cost carrier’s third route to Vietnam after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
In 2009, Singapore-based SilkAir became the first foreign carrier to operate to Vietnam’s third largest city, although that honour from Bangkok would go to PB Air that flew to Danang in the early 2000s before going bust.
Danang is the closest city to Hoi An and Hue world heritage sites and is home to new golf courses and five-star resorts on beaches just outside the city. There was talk last year that THAI Smile would open a route to Danang, but the airline has been bogged down with company structure issues and making a profit on domestic routes.  Danang was  put on the back burner.

The route will be AirAsia’s third destination to Vietnam from Malaysia, apart from flights to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
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