10 top optional activities in Saigon

For your next incentives group travel to Hochiminh city (or Saigon), you might wonder what should be the best offer to the guests as optional activities (or spouse activities). We would like to shortlist some activities below for your choice. Some of the activities could be turned into team-building-style events, should you have a group of company members.



Duration: 9h00 – 13h00 (or 15h30 – 18:30)
Minimum guests required: 2 guests
Maximum capacity: 30 guests
Venue: Vietnam Cookery Center, Saigon, Vietnam

The hands-on cooking course is tailored-made exclusively for your group. With duration from about 3 – 4 hours in the morning, the course is conducted by a professional chef and entertained by an English speaking interpreter who will explain the teaching of our chef – and talk about the history and culture Vietnamese cuisine.

You are explained and coached a traditional Vietnamese menu with 4 dishes and a chance to enjoy your own works at pleasure. Also you get a cookbook in English for your menu and a certificate to bring home.

Suggested menu: You will learn and try traditional Vietnamese cuisine with the following dishes:

+ Sour clams soup with dill
+ Vietnamese salad rolls (highlight of the day)
+ Vietnamese Chicken Salad (highlight of the day)
+ Steamed rice in coconut juice
+ Dessert will be offered by Chef

In the  program you will have:
+ Transportation from the hotel to the Vietnam cookery center and return
+ One welcome traditional tea
+ Lunch
+ Manual Cook book (in English)
+ Certificate for every participation (English)
+ English interpreter for the teaching of the chef

Suggested schedule:
+ 09:00 – 09:30am: Arrival to Vietnam Cookery Center
+ 09:30 – 10:00am: Welcome tea and introduction
+ 10:00 – 11:00am: Starting the 2 first courses
+ 11:00 – 11:10am: Relax and exchange of experience
+ 11:10 – 12:30pm: Making the 3 remaining courses
+ 12:30 – 13:00pm: Having lunch. Remittance of certificate. Transfer to your hotel.




Duration: 5,5 hours
Departure time: from 8:00am – 13:30pm or from 13:00pm – 18:30pm
Minimum required: 1 guest
Maximum capacity: 2000 guests

In the  program you will have:

.: Travel program at Cu chi tunnels
.: Entrance fees
.: Mineral water
.: English (or other languages) guide.


You will enjoy a trip to the famous Cu Chi Tunnel. On the way you will pass over the beautiful sights the suburb with typical view of Vietnam.

Cuchi, the metal land is named not only for it very hard soil but for the heroic spirit during the war. The tunnel is an intricate man-made under-ground network which was used as a secret guerrillas base and frontier. It is also amazing to get down to the tunnel for a closer look and a walk in the tight tubes to visit the underground spaces and rooms with is used during the guerrilla war. You will also have the change to taste the food and view the life of a period in the Vietnam war.




Duration: 4 hours
Departure time: 8:00am-12:00pm or 13:30pm – 17:30pm
Minimum required: 1 guest
Maximum capacity: 4,000 guests
In the  program you will have:

.: Travel program in Saigon
.: Transportation
.: Entrance fee
.: Mineral water
.: English (or other languages) speaking guide.


This is for a deeper exploration of Saigon – Hochiminh City with further exciting detail. You will get to know not only a Hochiminh City today but a Saigon of the past. The city has an almost 4 centuries old history. From very early time, this place has become a very crowded and bustling commercial center, exchanging busily trading and cultural relations with many foreign countries, and developing strongly all kinds of handicrafts. Points of visits: China Town and Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Temple, the War Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Main french post office.



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Duration: 8 hours
Departure time: 8:00 am
Minimum required: 1 guest
Maximum capacity: 500 guests

In the program you will have:

.: Deluxe transportation
.: Lunch at Longanier restaurant in Mekong delta
.: Boats
.: Fruits & tea on board
.: Cantonese speaking guides
.: Entrance fee
.: Mineral water for every guest
.: Wet towels for every guest


After breakfast, we start a 2 hour drive to visit Mekong delta. Upon embarkation on Cai Be Princess junk boat, you are welcomed with fresh cotton towels. The tour will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market. We will proceed by the visit of some local home factories such as rice paste making, rice pop corn, coco candies, longans drying processing. You will then return on board Cai Be Princess to proceed the excursion to Dong Hoa Hiep island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be during a 40 minutes cruise to discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. Stops on the way can be made upon request for particular visits or photos making. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people. Visit at an ancient mandarin house dating from the last century where the family descendants will welcome you with a cup a warm green tea. Back on board Cai Be Princess for a 20 minutes cruise to Phu An hamlet passing by Cai Be beautiful church. Lunch at local restaurant on the islet with special Vietnamese specialties (or international cuisine). After lunch, we transfer back to Hochiminh City.



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Duration: 5-6 hours
Departure time: 8:00 am
Minimum required: 2 guests
Maximum capacity: 140 guests

In the program you will have:

.: Deluxe transportation
.: Green fee
.: Caddy fee
.: Wet towels for every guest


Vietnam Golf & Country Club is the first 36-hole golf club in Vietnam and is widely regarded as Vietnam’s Premier Golf and Country Club. Located just 20 kilometers from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Golf and Country Club is also the nearest golf club to the city. Set amongst 300 hectares of land, two great golf courses have been carved out of the existing woodland with minimal land movement, leaving you feel that the land was always destined to be a golf course, so natural is the lay-out and design.

West Course: The West course first opened in December 1994, and was designed by Taiwanese architect Chen King Shih. The Par 72 Championship Course hosted the Vietnam Open (Asian PGA Tour Event) in both 1995 and 1997. The course winds its way through the trees offering challenging tee shots to the tree lined fairways before playing to the softly contoured Bermuda TifEagle greens, which provide beautiful putting surfaces all year round.

East Course: Lee Trevino, six-time Major Champion Winner (US Open 1968,1971, USPGA Championship 1974, 1984 and The Open Championship 1971 and 1972), designed the East Course which opened in September 1997. The East Course offers more generous fairways than the West Course but is protected by well positioned bunkers, water hazards and undulating Bermuda TifDwarf greens.

Restaurant: The Main Restaurant accommodates up to 200 persons at any time and offers a wide range of beverages, liquors and cocktails along with a wide range of international 5 star cuisines. There is nothing quite like relaxing and enjoying a cool refreshing drink or enjoying that exquisite oriental meal in a cozy atmosphere at one of the two restaurants overlooking the West Course.

The “A La Carte Menu” offers a combination of Asiatic and Western dishes offering you a feast of options whether your taste is for Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Indonesian or Western … We have something to suit everyone’s taste.

Downstairs Restaurant offers an ideal dining room offers the perfect venue for a society to re-live their day in the privacy of their own group with a seating capacity of 80 people .

Locker Room: The locker rooms offer a comfortable area for you to rest and refresh yourself after your game. With showers, a Turkish Steam Room and a Finnish Sauna, you are sure to feel revitalized for your journey back to the city.



The concept for this is spa in Saigon. You can choose one of the 8 following spas listed below which we recommended by Viethands team.

1      Anam QT Spa

2      Sen Spa

3      Saigon Spa

4      L’apothiquaire

5      Paloma Spa

6      Jasmin spa

7      Xuân Spa

8      Ngọc Anh Spa



Duration: 16 hours
Departure time: 6:00 am
Finish: 22:00 pm
Minimum required: 1 guest
Maximum capacity: 300 guests

In the program you will have:

.: Transportation from hotel and return
.: Guide
.: Trekking tour
.: Entrance ticket
.: Lunch


Nam Cat tien park is located 120km from Hochiminh city, it covers 71,920 Hectares (278 square miles) of lowland forest and swamp in southern Viet Nam and is home to numerous birds and mammals. It is approximately 160 km (100 miles) north east of Ho Chi Minh City, from which it is accessible in 3-4 hours. One of Vietnam’s most important and largest National Parks, it is mostly situated at the northern edge of Ðông Nam Bô (South-eastern) region, but includes southern edge of Tây Nguyên (the Western Highlands). The Javan rhinoceros was found in the Cat Loc area until recently, but there are many other mammals to see, including: a number of primate species such as the endemic golden-cheeked gibbon, bears, elephant and gaur. Many birds can be found, including such specialities as Germain’s peacock pheasant, bar-bellied pitta and the rare endemic orange-necked partridge.

The Park is varied and made up of seasonally flooding grassland and swamp forest. The wetland is bounded to the east, south and west by dense humid evergreen forest with semi-evergreen and deciduous forest in the park itself. To date, more than 1,610 plant species have been recorded, in 162 botanical families.





Duration: 7 hours
Minimum required: 1 guest
Maximum capacity: 60 guests

In the  program you will have

.: Deluxe transportation from hotel and return
.: Guide
.: Lunch / Dinner



Can Gio Mangrove Forest (Can Gio Biosphere Reserve) is a wetland located 40 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. This reserve has been listed the biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The site is an important wildlife sanctuary in Vietnam as it is characterized by a wetland bio-system dominated by mangrove and many rare species. The major habitat types found at Can Gio are plantation mangrove, of which there is about 20,000 ha, and naturally regenerating mangrove, of which there is about 7,000 ha. Moreover, a total of 18 molluscs, 27 crustacean, 45 fish and three amphibian species have been recorded at the site. Also, Dugong has been reported to occur seasonally in seagrass beds at the site, although these reports have not been confirmed. The intertidal mudflats and sandbanks at the biosphere reserve are an important habitat for migratory shorebirds. This is an amazing place for you to visit while in Saigon.




Duration: 4 hours
Minimum required: 1 guest
Maximum capacity: 120 guests
Total distance of ride: 30km

In the  program you will have:

.: Bicycle
.: Guide
.: Cold drink


We’ll start our trip with a ride from your hotel to Nhieu Loc channel, and ride along the river crossing by the heart of Saigon. We’ll stop at a local café for a coffee to watch the hectic pace of life pass by in Ho Chi Minh City. Following our market visit, we’ll enjoy a traditional lunch of “Pho” or some other Vietnamese cuisine. Afterward, we’ll ride to visit some famous HCMC landmarks. We’ll pass by the Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace, which was the sight of South Vietnam’s surrender in April 1975. The Notre Dame Cathedral is next on our list followed by the General Post Office and the Opera House. All of these are beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period. This 4 hour trip will provided insights into the history, culture and the daily life activities of the locals of the amazing city of Saigon.


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