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See all of the highlights on this half-day Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour with Saigon River Speedboat Cruise. Your expert guide will take you and your small group on a behind the scenes look at some of the city’s best and brightest sites. Visit the Saigon Opera House, Central Post Office and Notre-Dame Cathedral and learn about the influence of French colonizers on Vietnamese architecture. Wander the urban streets of city center and make stops at the War Remnants Museum, where you’ll learn about how a previously war-torn Saigon grew into this prosperous city. After you’ve explored on foot hop aboard a speedboat for a thrilling ride along the Saigon River. Experience the beauty of sunset over the charming waterway before making your way back to shore.

Highlights

  • Half-day sightseeing city tour of Ho Chi Minh City with an expert guide
  • View exhibits on the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum
  • See Reunification Palace, site of the Fall of Saigon
  • Admire the French architecture of the Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • Walk down bustling Dong Khoi Street to Saigon Opera House
  • Cruise the Saigon River by speedboat at dusk
  • Small-group limited to 6 people, ensuring a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour with Saigon River Speedboat Cruise

Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh

Your friendly guide will meet you at your Ho Chi Minh Hotel and transport you in air-conditioned comfort around this stunning city. Visit the most popular museum in this urban landscape-the War Remnants Museum (once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes). Learn about the national history of this famous war from your tour guide. 
After you’ve taken in some architecture and history, head to Reunification Palace and explore the dark empty halls of this former home and workplace of the president of Vietnam. A royal and regal structure during the Vietnam War, a North Vietnamese army tank crashed through its gates and ended the war, making it a significant city landmark.
Your friendly guide will take you past several other French-style architectural landmarks, including the Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. You’ll get an up close look at the striking interior of the public post building filled with painted maps of the former city and enjoy a tour of the stunning and peaceful neo-Romanesque architecture of Notre-Dame Cathedral. 
From here, your small group tour heads to Dong Khoi Street—a bustling commercial district known for trendy boutiques, quiet cafes, tasty restaurants and unique shops. Wander past the Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City—known as the Saigon Opera House—where the local symphony and city ballet perform. Your guide will share stories about this Gothic structure that served as a refuge for French Citizens in North Vietnam during WWI.
After you’ve experienced the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City, round out your urban experience with a thrilling speedboat ride along the Saigon River. Cruise past traditional stilt houses, and learn about the lives of locals who depend on the river for their livelihood. You’ll enjoy sunset views and warm breezes aboard your speeding ship before returning to shore by 6 p.m., where you’ll return to your hotel in air-conditioned comfort.

Customer Reviews

Kevin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Excellent tour , great guide and good value.

Maureen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Excellent tour of the city and a very good tour guide.

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This tour gave us an excellent overview of central Ho Chi Minh City with focus on the War Remnants Museum, a collection of weapons and pictures based on the Vietnamese beating both the French and American armies, and the Reunification Palace, the home and office of the former president of South Vietnam which was captured by North Vietnamese troops in April 1975. The Palace is seen as it was when the president fled. We also visited the Post Office designed by M. Eiffel who also built the Eiffel Tower in Paris; the French colonial style city hall, the Opera House and other buildings. A speedboat your up the Saigon River showed us the poorer side of Saigon with thousands of shacks on stilts built along the river bank, and at one place on the river the most expensive housing in Ho Chi Minh City.

Kenneth U

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Good introduction to the maiin highlights of the city and its past history.
Guide was good and the timing of the tour was about right.

Maz

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Very interesting tour and a wonderful guide who spoke perfect English and was very entertaining.

Erickson M Philippines

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Dominic, was very enthusiastic. I've learned a lot about Ho Chi Minh through him. The Speedboat ride was great too. Definitely worth your while. I recommend this tour to anyone who's going to Ho Chi Minh for the first time.

Michael A

4 star rating: Recommended October 2013

Informative tour guide, spent just the right amount of time at each place.

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