Slow Travel Guide: 1-Day Saigon Walking Tour - Where to Go, What to Eat, and Authentic Experiences

Slow Travel Guide: 1-Day Saigon Walking Tour - Where to Go, What to Eat, and Authentic Experiences

Slow Travel Guide: 1-Day Saigon Walking Tour - Where to Go, What to Eat, and Authentic Experiences

Exploring Saigon at a leisurely pace in just one day presents a delightful challenge as you seek to capture the essence of this vibrant city. Let me guide you through a comprehensive itinerary for a relaxed one-day Saigon walking tour, where you can fully immerse yourself in its charm.

1 - Day Slow Travel Itinerary for you

Where to Go on a One-Day Saigon Walking Tour?

Embarking on a one-day Saigon walking tour offers a multitude of attractions and culinary delights, demanding a well-thought-out plan. Here's what you can do:

Morning: Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica - Fine Arts Museum

Begin your day at 8:00 AM with breakfast before heading to Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, a quintessential landmark often frequented first by tourists arriving in Saigon. Located at 1 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, this iconic cathedral showcases striking French architecture, including bell towers and a verdant park. Capture timeless moments against its Western backdrop.

Check-in at Notre Dame Cathedral.
Photo: cattour

At 10:00 AM, explore the Fine Arts Museum, renowned for its picturesque corners. Delight in its unique blend of European-Asian architecture, adorned with warm yellow hues. Discover photogenic spots like the spiral staircase, vaulted ceilings, and sunlit balconies.

Ticket price for museum admission: 30,000 VND per person, open until 5:00 PM daily.

Address: 97 Pho Duc Chinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Capturing picturesque moments at the Fine Arts Museum. Photo: dulichlive

Noon: Savoring Saigon's Culinary Delights for Lunch

After your morning exploration, indulge in a variety of Saigon's specialties at recommended eateries like:

  • Ba Ghien Broken Rice Restaurant: 84 Dang Van Ngu, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan District.
  • Fish Noodle Soup - D3 Street: 67 D3 Street, Ward 25, Binh Thanh District.
  • Phnom Penh Noodle Soup Quynh: A65 Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1.
  • Banh Mi (Vietnamese Baguette) with Stewed Offal: 243/29G Ton Dan, Ward 15, District 4.
Indulge in Saigon's signature stewed offal baguette.

Alternatively, explore snack paradises like Ho Thi Ky Market (District 10) or Bà Hoa Market (Tan Binh District) for a culinary adventure.

Afternoon: Discovering Suoi Tien Tourist Area

Continue your leisurely journey by visiting Suoi Tien Tourist Area for relaxation and engaging activities. Consider taking a taxi or ride-sharing service to Suoi Tien due to the distance.

Address: 120 Hanoi Highway, Tan Phu Ward, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City. Entrance fee: 120,000 VND for adults, 60,000 VND for children.

Enjoying the amusement paradise at Suoi Tien Tourist Area.
Photo: digiticket

Evening: Immersing in Bui Vien Walking Street's Vibrant Atmosphere

s evening descends, return to the heart of Saigon and experience the vibrant nightlife at Bui Vien Walking Street. Dine, unwind, and explore eateries like:


Party with friends at night on Bui Vien West Street.

Photo: (Photo @ruby.lee276)

Dine and unwind at Bui Vien or explore eateries like:

    • Bun Mam 444 Saigon, 369 Le Quang Dinh, Ward 5, Binh Thanh District.
    • Saigon Thien Ly Rice Cooker, 87A Cuu Long, Ward 15, District 10.
    • Pork Rib Porridge Ms. Hao, Tran Khac Chan, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1.
Savoring the famous North Sea crab egg soup.

If time permits, consider visiting Starlight Bridge located in the new urban area of Phu My Hung, District 7, to marvel at its illuminated beauty at night. The vicinity surrounding Starlight Bridge offers ample space, perfect for leisurely walks, scenic views, and socializing with friends. In the evening, numerous street food stalls dot the area, offering a diverse array of delicacies including grilled rice paper, skewered fish cakes, sausages, crab soup, baguettes, and refreshing lemon tea.


Admire the stunning night view of Starlight Bridge.

Photo: vietfuntravel

After a fulfilling day of exploring Saigon's beauty and culinary delights, it's time to head back to your hotel room to unwind and conclude your memorable journey. This marks the culmination of an extensive one-day itinerary for discovering the wonders of Saigon. However, for those with limited time, consider swapping the Suoi Tien Tourist Area for a visit to Ben Thanh Market for some last-minute shopping before heading to the airport for your departure.

As you wrap up your leisurely exploration of Saigon, take a moment to reflect on the authentic experiences you've had. This serves as the ultimate slow travel guide for experiencing the essence of Saigon in just one day. Step beyond the usual tourist spots and delve deep into the genuine charm of Vietnam's bustling metropolis. Don't miss out on the opportunity to join the Saigon Walking Tour for an immersive and enriching experience. Your journey will be truly meaningful and authentic when you accompany us on this unforgettable adventure.

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