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As a main water supply, the Saigon River is critically important to the residents of Ho Chi Minh City. Spend a few days in Ho Chi Minh, and you’ll discover it’s a young, modern city on the move. In contrast, cruising along the Saigon River gives you a glimpse of a more rural Vietnam, where life moves at a slower pace, much like it did decades ago.

The best way to experience the river is by plying its waters in a traditional Vietnamese junk boat. Many such tours offer a meal -- usually lunch or dinner -- along the way. While it’s possible to see the river for the river’s sake, you can also use the river to get to the popular Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate the area surrounding Ho Chi Minh City during the Vietnam War.

While the portion of the river seen by most tourists is in southern Vietnam, it actually starts in southeastern Cambodia and flows south over a 140-mile (225-kilometer) distance.

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Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 359 Reviews

Travel to the heart of the Mekong Delta on this small group adventure tour from Ho Chi Minh City. You'll board a private longtail boat, experience the ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.00

Cu Chi Tunnels Tour with Saigon River Speedboat Cruise from Ho Chi Minh City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Experience the Cu Chi Tunnels of Vietnam on this small-group day tour from Ho Chi Minh City with an informative guide. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle as ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.66

Ho Chi Minh City Bonsai Dinner Cruise on Saigon River

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 Reviews

Experience the vibrant city lights of Ho Chi Minh City when you join the Bonsai for a memorable, two-hour dinner cruise on the Saigon River.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.66

Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour with Saigon River Speedboat Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Experience the best of Ho Chi Minh City on this half-day tour with a knowledgeable local guide. With a small-group of no more than 6 people, visit ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.90

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