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Until fairly recently, Cho Lon was its own city, long inhabited by người Hoa (ethnic Chinese) who carved out an economic hub along the banks of the Saigon River over 200 years ago.

Due to its economic prowess, the neighborhood is home to stately colonial and modernist architecture, particularly those of the shophouse variety. On this tour, we will walk the streets of Cho Lon to gaze upon these architectural gems.

While we will focus on the neighborhood's buildings, we will also engage with some of its human history with a stop at one of the city's oldest coffee shops where the family has been roasting for over 70 years.

The tour is rounded out with a stop at the University of Medicine - a modernist masterpiece before ending at Thien Hau Pagoda, one of Saigon's oldest buildings.

Itinerary

Important Information

Minor program changes are sometimes necessary, depending on road- and weather conditions

Included in the Prices are: 

  • English-speaking guide
  • Private car with AC
  • Pick up/drop off in downtown Saigon (either D1 or D3) or at Urbanist office (95 Pasteur, D1)
  • Entrance fee
  • Insurance
  • VAT

Not Included in the Prices are:

  • Other food and beverage in addition to the above
  • Services not mentioned in our Itinerary
  • Expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, tipping, etc
  • Tips (at the eateries/drivers)
  • Additional water/beer/soft drinks. Clients are encouraged to bring their own bottles of water
  • Surcharge applied for having other language speaking guide such as Spanish - French - Chinese
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