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- Must see place in Saigon by walk
- Unique leather making local experience
- Chinatown and its Fito Museum
- Amazing A O Show as option
Combine a classic Saigon city tour and an original barista experience for an exclusive insight of the town.
In the morning, enjoy a walk in the city center to discover Saigon’s main attractions from this outside. It’s the perfect opportunity to fill the gallery of your cellphone with the pictures of the Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saigon Opera, Dong Khoi Street (ex Catinat Street), and Nguyen Hue pedestrian street.
After visiting the classics of Saigon, it’s time to dive into the heart of the city and discover a typical Saigonese delicacy: coffee.
Vietnam is the world’s second-largest coffee producer. It’s an unavoidable beverage of the Vietnamese lifestyle, vital to start the day.
You will have the awesome opportunity to participate in an introductory barista course. Brew your own cup of coffee by roasting Arabica coffee beans provided from plantations in Dalat and Buon Me Thuot. According to your preference, choose a preparation method that floats your coffee boat: Phin, Kalita, Vsixty, Chemex, Cold Brew, etc …
Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit Saigon’s Chinatown and the Fito Museum, a museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy. Alternatively, you have the option of watching an acrobatic circus show accompanied by a traditional orchestra at the Saigon Opera House. During 1 hour, the artists use a variety of bamboo props to perform scenic circus acts that tell stories of local lifestyle and culture.
Finally, you could take a stroll through the charming market of Binh Tay market and visit Thien Hau temple.
Option: A O show:
A O Show is an acrobatic circus show performed in the company of a traditional orchestra. It takes place in the Saigon Opera House. The name A O, derives from the word “Làng Phô”, means “countryside and city”. During 1 hour, the artists use a variety of bamboo props to perform scenic circus acts that tell stories of local lifestyle and culture.
Available everyday (except the indicated A O Show option)
From 6 yo till 99 yo
Official Language: Vietnamese
Surface: 330 967 km2
Population: 97 338 579 (in 2020)
Political System: Republic Single-party communist state
Currency: Đồng (VND)
Telephone code: +84
The specificity of Vietnamese cuisine is based on mixtures of herbs and spices that are not found anywhere else, as well as on cooking methods and a set of eating habits specific to the Vietnamese people. Vietnamese cuisine is a little-known cuisine compared to other Asian cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese or Thai cuisine. The cuisine offered by the Vietnamese hostess must be both an expression of her respect for the guests and a demonstration of her propensity to work.
Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia, surrounded to the west by Laos and Cambodia and to the north by China. It is bordered by the China Sea, Gulf of Tonkin and Gulf of Thailand. It has a surface area of 331,212 km2. Its maritime border is 3,260 km long. Vietnam is made up of three large regions, called Bộ:
In the North (Tonkin or Bắc Bộ), with Hanoi and Hai phong as main cities
In the Center (Annam or Trung Bộ), with Hué and Danang (former Tourane) as its main cities;
In the South (Cochinchina or Nam Bộ) with Hô Chi Minh City (former Saigon) and Can Tho as its main cities
No vaccination is required. However, it is recommended to protect yourself against hepatitis A and B (ask your doctor for advice). We advise you to bring your own:
of a broad-spectrum antibiotic;
of your usual medications if you are undergoing treatment;
an anti-diarrheal and an intestinal antiseptic (Intetrix, Immodium…);
a protective cream against mosquitoes;
moisturizing sunscreen, lip stick;
a healing ointment and a local antiseptic.
Water is not drinkable in Southeast Asia. Avoid tap water, require bottled water. It is harmless and safe to brush your teeth, but do not drink it.
Vietnamese (in Vietnamese: Tiếng Việt) is the official language of Vietnam. It belongs to the Mon-Khmer branch of the Austro-Asian languages. It is the Austro-Asian language with the most speakers (about ten times more than the second, Khmer). It is an insulating and monosyllabic language, with a 6-tone system. It is the mother tongue of about 85% of Vietnam’s population2, as well as of about two million migrants. Some 1,000 years of Chinese occupation have led to the adoption of a large number of words transcribed from Chinese and the old sinogram writing (the Chữ nôm now abandoned).
Hello : Xin chào
Good Bye : Tạm biết
Thank you (so much): Cảm ơn (nhiều)
Can i have the bill ? : Tính tiền
How much does it cost ? : Giá bảo nhiều ?
I don’t understand : Tôi không hiểu
My name is : Tôi tên là …
Where are the toilets? : Nhà về sinh ở đầu ?
220V with several possible socket types: two flat plugs, two round plugs or three plugs. Plan to bring a universal adapter. Power cuts are frequent, but most hotels have their own generators.
On your way, you will often have the opportunity to meet local people. Wherever you are, be discreet and humble. The multiplicity of cultures and traditions means that certain attitudes are perceived differently in different countries. To avoid being disrespectful, take the time to understand the people you meet, take the time to make connections. There too, listen to the advice of your guide! He knows better than anyone the behaviors to avoid or adopt.
For example, if you want to take a picture of someone, always ask them for permission. The best way for acceptance is to have established a prior contact. Similarly, do not distribute gifts at all … This often encourages children to beg, to avoid this kind of drift, it is better to refer to the local structures competent (donate to school, hospital, village chief etc.). Finally, be careful not to wear too light clothing (short shorts, cleavage …) and avoid exuberant behavior.