Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the largest city in Vietnam with a population of over 8.5 million. With all the hustle and bustle you might like to take a leisurely city bus tour; taking in all the essential sights to see, in a comfortable and air-conditioned single decker bus. Here is what you need to know about the Hop on and Hop Off Ho Chi Minh City Bus Tour.
Ho Chi Minh City Hop On and Hop Off Bus Tour
Where To Board
After some time searching google maps, walking around bus stops, enquiring with the locals and finally the bus station, we realised that the City Hop On and Hop Off Tour wasn’t that well known. After returning to our hotel we enquired there, as to this elusive tour bus.
We were relieved that staying close to the first and starting point of the tour bus/bus station had its advantages. They kindly agreed to pick us up outside the hotel the following morning.
Right on time 08.30am the bus pulled up and we were warmly greeted and welcomed onboard. The full loop of the inner city route takes approx 1 hour depending on the traffic in Saigon. A headset is provided to listen to the well recorded and informative audio as you travel in comfort around the bustling city.
After taking the full loop we discovered where the first actual stop at the bus station was located. It’s not given a bay or stand number; in fact, it sits by the not in service buses in the middle of the bus station.
There are several stops on the tour including the Saigon Skydeck, Opera House, Reunification Palace and more. We did the full loop that takes approx 1 hour depending on traffic and listened to the commentary before deciding which stops to visit. (With the bus only going in one direction; it’s really easy to find the stop, as it’s the one you got off at).
We visited the Saigon Skydeck, with a few cruise ship passengers visiting Ho Chi Minh City for the day. It’s one of the tallest towers in the world standing at 262 metres. The observatory deck is on the 49th floor; and you can then travel up another floor to the restaurant or a further floor for the cafe. The Vietnamese coffee was delicious in the cafe. As we had limited time we walked around to the pier to take photographs and admire the landscape gardens before joining the next bus travelling on to our last and final stop the City Hall. It’s one of the most impressive French colonial buildings in Ho Chi Minh City.
The tour bus is said to be route 120 but although mentioned on some bus stops; they don’t appear to stop there. Best advice is to join the City Bus Tour at the bus station. We pre-paid for the ticket at the hotel but you can pay onboard and it was the same price quoted in the brochure approx $12 USD (depending on the rate of exchange) or you could book via TripAdvisor. There is the option to walk around the city but it is quite large and can be very hot, also crossing the road in Saigon is a triumph in itself.
The bright red and not so comfortable plastic headphones are kindly asked to be returned at the end of the tour. (Maybe worth trying your own, if more comfortable? It’s just the standard headphone jack socket). The bus wasn’t busy, so you could easily move seats to look at the different styled buildings and watch the everyday Vietnamese life pass before your eyes. It’s a great way to explore, especially with limited time to kill on your last day.
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