Take a ride through Ho Chi Minh City the most traditional way – by cyclo (pedicab)! Relax, take in the sights, and experience pre-war Saigon as your driver trundles along the streets of Chinatown on this 3-hour tour. Immerse into local life, learn about traditional Chinese medicine, and visit an ancient Chinese temple.
This tour will begin with a ride to the Lady Thien Hau Temple. Built to worship Lady Thien Hau (the goddess of the sea), this temple is one of the most interesting and ancient temples in the Chinatown area. Thien Hau is the Vietnamese transcription of the Chinese name Tianhou ("Empress of Heaven"), an epithet of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. Mazu is the deified form of Lin Moniang, a medieval Fujianese girl credited with saving one or some of her family members from harm during a typhoon through her spiritual power. After visiting the temple, you will sit back and relax on a cyclo (pedicab) as your driver takes you around Chinatown and to some local shops, where you can find many traditional Chinese products including medicinal herbs and clothing. The fascinating Chinatown district is where you can see classical Chinese architecture reminiscent of years gone by, as well as plenty of Chinese restaurants. You'll then visit Cha Tam Church (or Saint Francis Xavier Parish Church), the first church for the Catholic parishioners of the local Chinese community in Ho Chi Minh City. The last stop is Binh Tay Market. Constructed by the French in the 1880s, it's located in the center of Vietnam’s largest China Town district.