Walking tour - Saigon, tales of the city - review by Rusty Compass
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Walking tour - Saigon, tales of the city

| 15 Jan 2019
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Walking tour - Saigon, tales of the city
Old Compass Cafe Level 3, 63 Pasteur St (down the alley), District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Our rating
15 Jan 2019

A heritage walking tour through Saigon’s historic streets capturing the city’s dramatic past and frenetic present - designed by Rusty Compass.

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Saigon - Tales of the City is a heritage walking tour for travellers seeking a deeper experience of Saigon's past and present. The small group tour combines historical insights, with the life experiences of a local - our guides, Duong and Nhi.

The major events in Saigon’s three centuries as a Vietnamese city are covered. We explore its founding as a Vietnamese city, French colonialism, the Vietnam War, and decades of post-war poverty, while constantly referencing the city’s development and its present as Vietnam’s fast-moving economic powerhouse.


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Duong (right) - your guide.
Photo: Mark Bowyer Duong (right) - your guide.


Along the way we’ll stop in the city’s cool cafes and chat about what we've been seeing.

We finish up with dinner at The Old Compass Cafe where you can experience a delicious Vietnamese family-style meal in an intimate old Saigon space.

This is a walking tour - you’ll be on your feet for around 3 hours. We move at a comfortable pace with stops, and keep groups small for flexibility. The tour was designed by Rusty Compass. If you'd like to ask any questions about the tour, come and meet us at The Old Compass Cafe off Pasteur St in the heart of Saigon. We hope to meet you!

Rusty Compass and Old Compass Travel are partners - so this is definitely not an independent review. If you’ve found the Rusty Compass approach to travel appealing, chances are you’ll find this tour rewarding too. In any case, come by and say hi at The Old Compass Cafe.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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