Squeeze through the hidden network of Cu Chi tunnels
On your second day in the city, depart early for a half day trip exploring one of the most famous landmarks on the city’s outskirts – the Cu Chi tunnels. Join a guided tour that will pick you up and drop you off from your accommodation to save time. On your 90 min coach ride to the tunnels, you will get a chance to view the idyllic Vietnamese countryside – rice paddies, villages and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam. At the Cu Chi tunnels, learn all about the intricate tunnel system, built using simple tools and bare hands, which helped the Viet Cong soldiers defeat a much stronger American army. And if you’re not the claustrophobic kind, maybe even try squeezing through the tight entrance to explore the 250 km long maze. Once above ground, see other ingenious items used by the soldiers to defend themselves such as bamboo traps and camouflaged pits.
Shop and eat at Ben Thanh Market
Return to the town centre to tick off another item on your Ho Chi Minh City things to do list – the Ben Thanh Market. First, fill yourself up with delicious and authentic Vietnamese street food from the many hawkers, including crispy rice pancakes, pho noodles, steamed cakes, spring rolls, fresh seafood, and the like. And then, begin your souvenir shopping, stocking up on spices, nuts, Vietnamese coffee beans, apparels, and electronics.
Experience the Saigon Opera House
To conclude your delightful two days in the lively city, dress up and make your way to the gorgeous Saigon Opera House. From ballet to opera, the stage here sees a wide range of performances that showcase Vietnamese dance and music in all its glory, and is sure to be the highlight of your ‘what to do in Ho Chi Minh City’ agenda. Under the soft nightlights, the peach coloured French colonial building shines like a polished pearl and the elegant interiors take you back to its 19th century glory days. Take a seat and prepare to be blown away by performances that are a unique blend of theatrical visual drama portraying the lives of Vietnamese countryside and cities, and spectacular acrobatic manoeuvres.