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

Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour with Saigon River Speedboat Cruise

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 French-designed architectural landmarks such as Saigon Opera House, Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, and stroll through modern urban streets in the city center. You’ll see evidence of the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum and learn about the city’s transformation from war-torn Saigon to present day. Then, travel by speedboat along the Saigon River at sunset to witness life along the waterway!


  • 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

Meet your guide upon pickup at your hotel in the afternoon, and hop in an air-conditioned vehicle to explore the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City. First, visit the city’s most popular museum, often frequented by westerners – the War Remnants Museum – formerly called the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes. As you tour exhibits about the Vietnam War, which the Vietnamese refer to as the ‘American War,’ hear stories of former Saigon from your guide.

Next, visit the Reunification Palace, formerly known as Independence Palace, and walk through the eerie, deserted halls with your guide. This symbol of the South Vietnam government was the former home and workplace of the president during the Vietnam War, until the Fall of Saigon during which a North Vietnamese army tank stormed its gates and ended the war.

Afterward, drive to view two French-style architectural landmarks – the Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. The post office, designed by Gustav Eiffel in Gothic style between 1886 and 1891, is Vietnam’s largest. Admire the interior painted maps of the former Saigon and then enjoy the serene ambiance inside the iconic cathedral, built by the French between 1863 and 1880 on Paris Square and renowned for its neo-Romanesque architecture.

From here, follow your guide on a walking tour of Dong Khoi Street (formerly known as Rue Catinat) – a commercial center boasting numerous boutiques, shops, cafés and restaurants. Stroll to the Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon Opera House -- now home to the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera. Learn how this Gothic structure, completed in 1901 and bombed during WWII, served as a refuge for French citizens fleeing North Vietnam in 1954.

When you’ve finished exploring Ho Chi Minh City’s downtown and its most famous landmarks, enjoy a speedboat ride along the Saigon River. Your guide will point out the houses on stilts, which line the riverbanks, and tell you about the local people whose livelihoods depend on the river. Feel as though you've traveled back in time as you cruise the waterway – depending on the season of your travel, your cruise lets you bask in the warm glow of the sun as it disappears behind the horizon! Then, returning to land by 6pm, you’ll be transported back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Excellent tour , great guide and good value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

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

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.

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.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

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

Erickson M

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.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2013

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

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