Ho Chi Minh City Bus
Ho Chi Minh City Bus, for travelers in search of transportation to explore the city, a new bus service called City Look may be your best bet.
Service begins at 8 a.m. in the Backpacker Quarter on Pham Ngu Lao Street, and will travel to 11 tourist destinations scattered around town.
The Ho Chi Minh City Look bus is air conditioned, incredibly spacious and seats 20 comfortably. The bus is equipped with an MP3 system that introduces each destination and serves as a virtual tour guide for travelers. As travelers board the bus, the MP3 speaker announces the upcoming stop and an overview of the site.
As the bus doors close, the noise from the outside world is immediately muffled. The bus travels through the city’s streets and makes its first stop at the Fine Arts Museum. Tickets to the museum are priced at VND10,000. The three-story museum houses both ancient and contemporary artworks. Those who are interested in hunting for antiques will enjoy walking down Le Cong Kieu Street located nearby.
Without time restrictions, travelers can spend as little or as much time as they desire at each destination. To continue the tour, City Look riders must return to the designated area to board the bus, which stops at each destination every 30 minutes. By the way, it is important to have the City Look pass in hand in order to re-board the bus.
The second stop on the City Look tour is Ben Thanh Market, which was built in 1912 and is a symbol of Saigon. At the market, travelers can mingle with the crowds and bargain with vendors for gifts and souvenirs at any of the numerous stalls.
The City Look bus heads to the Reunification Palace after Ben Thanh Market. The building once served as headquarters for the former southern Vietnamese government. Today, the building serves as a historical landmark. While at the palace, travelers must see the two big red circles on the top floor where pilot Nguyen Thanh Trung dropped two bombs during the war.
Next, the bus drops travelers off at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. The French influenced buildings have stood in the city for hundreds of years.
Depending on interests and time constraints, travelers can either explore Nguyen Hue Boulevard or visit the War Remnants Museum next.
Following these two sites, the bus will travel away from the city center to the Vietnam History Museum, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Cho Lon, Thien Hau Pagoda and Binh Tay Market before finishing the tour at Pham Ngu Lao Street at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets for the tour are priced at VND75,000 for the entire tour and VND25,000 for a single stop. It is not required to book tickets in advance.