From Indochine to Modernism: Discovering District 1's Architecture


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Embark on a captivating half-day tour, navigating the diverse architectural landscape of Saigon, weaving through the enduring allure of Indochine to the modernist wonders of South Vietnam.

Commence your journey at the iconic Turtle Lake, a symbolic starting point for an exploration filled with architectural marvels. Wander past landmarks of Saigon, such as Reunification Palace (from the outside), catching glimpses of the city's historical architectural treasures, each narrating a unique tale of its rich past.

As you traverse charming streets and nooks, you'll discover fine examples of modernist architecture seamlessly blending with traditional Indochine structures. Looking closely allows one to notice a harmonious fusion of the old and the new. After a refreshing sip of Vietnamese coffee, you'll continue your stroll through small alleys filled with hidden charms that reveal the transformation from Indochine architecture to modernist aesthetics, a testament to Saigon's evolving architectural identity.

Wrap up your day by returning to your hotel.

Upgrade Your Experience: Indulge in a One-Hour Coffee Conversation with Architect Mel Schenck @590 USD/group

If you'd like to gain profound insights and a deeper understanding of Vietnamese modernist architecture, following your tour, join us for a one-hour coffee conversation with architect Mel Schenck - the renowned author of 'Southern Vietnamese Modernist Architecture'.  During the engaging session, Mr.Schenck will delve deeper into the captivating world of modernist architecture in Southern Vietnam while sharing his impressive collection of documents and photos that exemplify modernist architectural marvels throughout the region.

Please note that this upgraded experience is subject to Mr.Mel Schenck's availability and you must book it at least 2 weeks before your tour date. The meeting will be arranged according to your tour schedule as below:
- Following the morning tour: from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Following the afternoon tour: from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Important Information

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

Included in the Prices are: 

  • English-speaking guide
  • Taxi fees included for walking tour or else the whole tour will be on foot
  • Pick up/drop off in downtown Saigon (either D1 or D3) 
  • 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 to drivers/ guides / local eateries
  • 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