HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM
Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is a vibrant city filled with motorbikes. Certainly not an easy city to drive in and renting a car is not recommended. Best to hire a driver.
The parks come alive in the morning as workers attend their morning fitness classes before going to work. Go to the Botanic Garden and Zoo at 7.30 am and you will see what I mean.
The place to be is definitely in District 1. It is the home of the major buildings such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Post Office and the Opera House. The War Remnants Museum is a must see and reflects the horror and futility of past wars. For a more in depth insight into this, you can always take the Chu Chi Tunnel Tours.
There are shows to be seen as well. The A O Show is well recommended and so are the Water Puppet Theatres.
Don’t think that Vietnam is behind the trends. With department stores such as Parksons, top brand name shops and a shopping centre called the Vincom Centre, your shopping addiction can be satisfied. But you don’t have to go far to go shopping. The Ben Thanh market will tax your bargaining skills and is renowned for their persistent sellers. There are also many street vendors that will try to sell you their wares from motorbike helmets to cut out cards.
There are all types of restaurants available and at all prices. Go local for spicey beef noodle soup or fine dining at a French restaurant such as La Villa French Restaurant. Try their juices too made from soursop, a white sweet fruit related to the dreaded durian. Cruise dining is also possible on the Saigon River.
Hi Chi Minh is a vibrant city full of surprises catching up with the latest shopping trends and many interesting tourist attractions, but throttled by a huge traffic problem. You cross the road at your own risk. Dynamic, bustling, historic, beautiful and charming.
Hugh is the quiet studious type. He is a part-time qualified English teacher. Hugh will be happy to show you Ho Chi Minh, and what it has to offer. Though he has had no tourism experience, having lived here all his life, he is well versed on local places to eat and visit.
Hugh has been working for Holiday Houseboys for over three years and has great reviews.
Hugh is 29 yrs old, is a non-smoker and speaks fluent Vietnamese and English.
Total cost for 1 full day (10 hours) with Hugh = deposit of US67.50 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 1,500,000 dong (US67.50) in cash to Hugh after his services. Total approx. US135.
A shorter version (6 hours) is available = deposit of US35 by paypal or major credit card PLUS 800.000 dong (approx. US35) in cash to Hugh after his services. Total approx. US70.
“We had a blast with Hugh – the perfect way to start our trip to HCMC. He’s such a sweet guy and really took care of us – taking us to a good mix of tourist and local spots.” Bryant, USA
“Hugh was fantastic. Just a great guide for us. Enjoyed his company. He did a very good job of customizing the tour to our needs. Really very happy and satisfied with everything.” Dale, USA
“I had a great time on Monday in HCMC with Hieu! I would recommend hin. He took me to special events for the TET holiday which made my tour unique. He shared stories with me about Vietnam. He offered a lot of flexibility in my tour as we picked things to do together. He was great!” Mike, USA
“Hugh is a marvellous person and I am super happy to have shared a day with him. It was a magnificent experience.” Antonio, Italy
What stands out with Tommy is his entrepreneural spirit. Having studied in the University of Northampton in the UK, Tommy imported products from Vietnam to sell them on ebay in the UK. Being the technical whizz kid that he is, he also produced jailbreak systems and consultancy for iphones and ipads. He has a first class honours BSc degree in Business Computing Systems. Tommy though is no technical nerd. He is a delightful young guy with his feet firmly on the ground and has a good future ahead of him.
Tommy is willing to take you around Ho Chi Minh on his motorbike. Holiday Houseboys does not accept any responsibility for any accidents however caused and you are responsible for your own insurance. Whilst being an enthralling way to discover Ho Chi Minh, you do this at your own risk.
Tommy is 24 yrs old, is a non-smoker, and speaks English and Vietnamese.
Total cost for 1 full day (10 hours) with Tommy = deposit of US47.50 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 1,000,000 dong in cash to Tommy after his services. Total approx. US95.
Total cost for half day (6 hours) with Tommy = deposit of US35 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) and 700,000 dong in cash to Tommy after his services. Total approx. US70.
“We had a very good time with Tommy.” – Ganzil & Jiro, Japan
“Tommy’s HCMC tour was well above my expectations.
Tommy delivered a very professional quality service. The itinerary was very thoughtfully constructed to maximise comfort i.e. Visiting indoor sights during the middle of The day to avoid the heat; eating from street food stalls that have high hygiene standards; a break in the late afternoon to relax and fresh up for the evening.
Tommy is a very polite, knowledgeable and informative. He maintained enthusiasm throughout the day in delivering a quality service. I definitely recommend holiday houseboys based on my HCMC experience.“ – Vincent, USA
Steven has a good level of English, dresses smart casual and is a friendly guy. Within Ho Chi Minh, Steven will want to show you his own district to get a distinctive feel of what living in Ho Chi Minh is like as a local. If your interest is to explore more of Vietnam by rail, Steven will almost certainly be able to help you. He has worked for the Saigon Railway Tourist Company. He explains that the French Colonnial package is one of the most popular rail packages.
Steven is willing to take you around Ho Chi Minh, and even further afield such as the Cu Chi tunnels and Vung Tau, on his motorbike. Holiday Houseboys does not accept any responsibility for any accidents however caused and you are responsible for your own insurance. Whilst being an enthralling way to discover Ho Chi Minh, you do this at your own risk.
Steven is 26 yrs old, is a non-smoker and speaks English and Vietnamese.
Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Steven = deposit of US50 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) and 1,200,000 dong (approx. US52) in cash to Steven after his services. Total approx. US102.
“Steven was excellent and very adaptable as some things were not open as usually before the Tet NY. He’s a good tour guide/person” Wayne, USA
“Steven met our expectations completely. He is a friendly, humorous and caring guy. We enjoyed his company every minute. The best thing was the ride on the motorbike and of course his introduction to Saigon street food kitchens. To put it in a nutshell: highly recommended!!!” Andre, Germany
“..we absolutely adored Steven and had the most wonderful day with him. He knew all the best places to shop and understood our style immediately. He made sure we had the best shopping experience and made us feel comfortable everywhere we went. Mostly, we just enjoyed spending time with him because he is so charming and such a great guy. We couldn’t have been more pleased with Steven and hope to keep in touch with him in the future. We feel very lucky to have made a friend like him in Saigon. He’s the best! ” Eamon and Keyvn, USA