Ho Chi Minh City Tour: Based on a recommendation from Flyertalk I emailed Tony with Ann Tours to arrange a driver and guide for the day. A full day guide, driver, and vehicle including entrance fees where applicable was US$90, prepaid by credit card.
We were picked up as planned at 10am in the lobby of the Sheraton, and packed most of the well-known city sights into the day. Specifically the Presidential palace, War Remnant museum, Notre Dame cathedral, Central post office, Emperor of Jade pagoda, the museum of alternative medicine,, a couple of markets, and had our lunch at a Pho restaurant down on Pasteur street.
Very happy with the guide, and would use Ann Tours again (they have an office in Hanoi as well).
Lunch time! In addition to the soup we ordered cocunut dirnks and some bread. I was surprised that the waitress simply picked up a bread basket from another table of patrons that had just left and put it down on our table. I think our guide must have seen me give off a funny look, and he offered “oh, they will only charge you for the pieces you use” so he must have assumed I was concerned I would pay for a full order when I hadn’t gotten a full basket. But fair enough, that’s how they do things there, and I wouldn’t have eaten the full basket of bread! Lunch for three (mrs. gleff, myself, and our tour guide) with bread and drinks, was about $8.