Planning to visit Ho Chi Minh? Whether you’re planning to stay for half a day or several days, here are some of Ho Chi Minh’s highlights that will surely give you the authentic Saigon experience. Try mixing up suggestions. Go for the street culture and take a bite of their tradition. Explore like a local or go to popular sights.

If you’re on a rush or wanted to make the most of your short time, try getting some help from locals by getting an organized tour. District one has lots of sites that offers tours. Here are some organized tours they offer.

Urban Adventures, Cyclos and Market tour are tours with concentrations of the main sites of town. This is recommended for those who love strolling and shopping for souvenirs. You will also get a chance to ride the cyclo which is made even more exciting because of Vietnam’s traffic conditions. Most tours would last 4-5 hours. It is best if you don’t try cyclos by yourself as it is one of the common scams.

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If you’re a foodie or just plain interested in the cuisine, take the Saigon Cooking Class, Food Secrets Tour or Saigon Street Food at night. If you want original authentic Traditional Vietnamese Cuisine, track down Com Nha right in the centre of District 1 or choose from the extensive menu in beautiful surroundings at Ngon 138.

If you still have some time, get on your feet and go for a self-guided walking tour. You can go to strolling across the centre then chill out at one of the many cafes in town. Check out some of our favorite bars around town and try some of the more innovative restaurants like Noir, Dining in the Dark.

Saigon’s Cho Lon (Chinatown) is a must visit area, then take some tours to get the rest of the visit done. Take the Ho Chi Minh Discovery Tour to tour around most main sites or go for the Saigon Sightseeing Tour with Vietnam Bike Tours where you go on places on bikes. Vietnam Bike Tours also has an option for cycling options for the tunnels, ecological reserves, past battlefields and more.

If you want away from the hustle and bustle of the city and traffic, go for the full day motorcycle trip by OneTrip. They take you on motorcycles to the countryside for another side of Vietnam. Or Visit the Mekong Delta, the busiest river via Urban Adventures’ Mekong Discovery Trip or Vietnam Bike Tours.

For history buffs and art enthusiasts, Vietnam has the Sophies Art Tour which gives insight into Vietnam’s Past and Arts. You can also go on an adventure with friends, take the Saigon Unseen or Shopping Tour with City Treasure Hunt or Escape Hunt Experience, the more the merrier.

Keep in mind that these listed are just Ho Chi Minh City’s highlights. Saigon has more to offer, get lost and explore the land.