Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
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Approximately 5 Hours
Meals not included
The History Museum houses an excellent collection of artifacts showing the evolution of Vietnam's diverse cultures, from the Bronze Age Dong Son civilization to Cham, Khmer, and modern day Vietnam. Here you'll find Cham art, ceramics and traditional dress.
Visit the Museum of Ho Chi Minh City which was the first Presidential Palace in the South of Vietnam before the Unification Palace. It has been a museum since 1999, beside the two main rooms about American, French War in Vietnam, it has a room showing the timeline about Ho Chi Minh City, and how does it developed until now. You also have a chance to discover a secret air raid shelter that located under this building.
Continue travelling past Saigon's many landmarks and including Pass Cholon, also known as Chinatown.
Proceed to the 18th-century Thien Hau Temple, where the aroma of incense hangs in the air from burning spirals suspended from the temple's ceiling, and ceramic friezes line the roof of the inner courtyard.
Next, you'll briefly visit the Minh Phuong lacquerware workshop.
Your final stop is at the former Presidential Palace, now known as Reunification Hall, made famous when a North Vietnamese tank crashed through its front gates on April 30, 1975 signaling the end of the Vietnam War. Tour the reception and dining rooms of the president's quarters, and the basement with its archaic American-made telecommunications equipment and strategic military maps lining the walls.
Re-board the coach for the drive back to the pier, with plenty to contemplate during the ride.