Ho Chi Minh City Cruise Port Tours

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Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is a sophisticated city of more than seven million people, making it the largest city in Vietnam.  It is also a city of contrasts, with modern skyscrapers dotting the horizon and colonial-style buildings lining many of the streets.

How to Get to Ho Chi Minh City


Larger cruise ships will dock at Phu My, a port on the South China Sea, about 2.5 hours from Ho Chi Minh City. Smaller and mid-size ships that are able to navigate the Saigon River dock much closer to the city. Many ships will provide shuttles from either port into the center of the city. If yours doesn’t, head outside of the dock gates to hail a taxi. From the port at Phu My, taking a hydrofoil is also an option; the ride takes about an hour.

One Day in Ho Chi Minh City


Kick off your day with a visit to Reunification Hall, once the presidential palace of South Vietnam. Take a tour of this somewhat eerie building that has been left mostly untouched since the 1960s. From there, move on to the War Remnants Museum, whose moving and sometimes disturbing exhibits share the story of the Vietnam War from a distinctly Communist perspective. Then, to get a fuller understanding of the country’s history and culture, make your way to the Vietnamese History Museum. Peruse exhibits covering Vietnamese culture from the Bronze Age to the modern day and then enjoy a performance at the museum’s water puppet theater.

Next, head to the Ben Thanh Market, a bustling market that dates back to 1914. Scan the stalls for paintings, porcelain and jewelry before grabbing a late lunch at one of the food stalls.

Spend the rest of the afternoon visiting one or more of the city’s pagodas: the Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the sea goddess; the Quan Am Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in the city; and Phung Son Tu Pagoda, dedicated to the god of happiness and virtue. Or, escape from the heat to one of HCMC’s many water parks, such as the Dam Sen Water Park, closest to the city center.

If you still have time before returning to your ship, head up to the observation deck at the Bitexco Financial Tower for a panoramic view of the city.

Port Information

The official language is Vietnamese, but many younger people speak at least some English. Older generations may still speak some French as well. The local currency is the Vietnamese dong, but the US dollar is preferred for many cash purchases, including taxis and pedicabs. Credit cards may be used in higher end shops and restaurants. ATMs are available throughout the city center. Port facilities are quite limited.
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Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Private City Tour Including Cyclo Ride

Experience Vietnamese culture and history during a private shore excursion to Ho Chi Minh City from Phu My or Lotus port. Travel in comfort to Vietnam’s most populous metropolitan area to see the Reunification Palace, visit the National History Museum, watch a water puppet show and savor an authentic Vietnamese lunch. In the afternoon, take a three-wheeled bicycle taxi known as a cyclo to see architectural landmarks from the French colonial era, including Saigon Opera House. Wrap up with some shopping at vibrant Ben Thanh market before returning to your ship.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$109.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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$109.00 USD

Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port or Cai Mep Port

Experience the rich culture and fascinating history of Ho Chi Minh City on this all-day guided adventure. After convenient cruise port pickup, visit important landmarks and attractions like Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Chinatown, and Ben Thanh Market. Travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan with a private guide and enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant included in the tour price.
  • Duration: 8 to 12 hrs
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$95.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 to 12 hrs
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$95.00 USD

SHORE EXCURSION - ESSENCE OF SAIGON - PAST AND PRESENT

With just one day in port in Ho Chi Minh City, this tour ensures that you maximize your time and take in all the highlights. Admire landmarks including the Central Post Office and the Reunification Palace, learn more about Vietnam’s history at the War Remnants Museum, and browse the stalls at Ben Thanh Market. After lunch, explore the lively Chinatown district aboard a traditional cyclo, then watch the sunset over the city from a rooftop bar.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$120.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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$120.00 USD

Ho Chi Minh City tour : including cyclo ride

Get the most from your time at Phu My port with this full-day Ho Chi Minh City shore excursion. Forget arranging your own trip or haggling with cabs, and be sure to cover the city's highlights by air-conditioned bus and with a guide for extra insight. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh market, and more; and enjoy a cyclo rickshaw ride—an activity you might miss if exploring alone.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$90.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Cu Chi Tunnels Shore Excursion by Speedboat

When your cruise ship docks at Ho Chi Minh, visit one of Vietnam’s historical highlights with ease on this private Cu Chi Tunnels tour. Instead of arranging independent transport, enjoy an easy and scenic Saigon River speedboat ride to the tunnels. Then, go underground to learn how they were used during the Vietnam-American War. Upgrade for a half-day Ho Chi Minh city tour to get the max from your day.
  • Duration: 5 to 9 hrs
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$129.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 to 9 hrs
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$129.00 USD

Private Shore Excursion of Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City

Located 130 km away from the center of Phu My Port, Cu Chi Tunnel is one of the must-see spots in Phu My shore excursions for cruise passengers. Join this tour to explore an immense network of connecting underground tunnels that witnessed several military campaigns during the Vietnam War. Besides, you can take a glance at most of the tourist spots of  Saigon
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$89.00 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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$89.00 USD

Ho Chi Minh City Private 8-hour Tour From Hiep Phuoc Port

Your exploration of Ho Chi Minh starts here! Our  fully customisable, private tour aims to uncover the best this incredible city has to offer. From  colonial landmarks to local markets and rural houses on stilts, Ho Chi Minh is a bustling city in which you will never grow bored. Choose to follow our expert advice or craft your own adventure in this cultural hub.  Shore Excursions tend to sell out quickly. Please make sure to book as soon as possible.
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hrs
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$100.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 to 10 hrs
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Best of Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursions from any cruise port

Enjoy a full-day out and about in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, where your guide will take you to some of the best highlights that this shore excursion has to offer. Lunch and attraction entrance fees are included in this tour.
  • Duration: 6 to 12 hrs
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$115.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 to 12 hrs
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$115.00 USD

Full-Day Private Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City Tour From Phu My with Lunch

Experience the  best of Ho Chi Minh and the Cu Chi Tunnels on this insightful tour! Learn about the techniques, impact and perseverance of this horrific time, all the while gaining a  deeper understanding of the forces that shaped this beautiful country. Witness colonial architecture and meet a local family - a truly immersive trip!
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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$170.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Evening Street Food Delight on Vespa

Visit Saigon city after dark on a vintage vespa scooter, thread your way into zig-zagging alleys and lively apartment complex to catch the life scene of the inhabitants. Indulge yourself in the sensory and hedonistic evening combining gastronomy, beer, music, friendly locals and unique locations which are hardly mentioned in the guidebooks.
  • Duration: 3 to 5 hrs
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$109.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 to 5 hrs
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$109.00 USD

Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Maximize your time in port in Ho Chi Minh City and take in all the highlights on this full-day tour. Admire landmarks including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and the Reunification Palace, then learn more about the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum. After lunch, visit the magnificent Thien Hau Lady temple and browse the stalls at the famous Ben Thanh Market.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$79.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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$79.00 USD

Mekong Delta Tour - My Tho - Ben Tre from Saigon Port

Explore the scenic landscapes of the Mekong Delta while in port in Ho Chi Minh City and benefit from the personal touch of a private tour. Visit the regional capital of My Tho, then set sail along the Mekong canals on a traditional longtail boat. Cruise around the islands of the delta, stopping to explore Ben Tre Village, visit a rice wine distillery and honey bee farm, and sample local specialties including tropical fruits and coconut candies.
  • Duration: 7 to 15 hrs
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$76.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 to 15 hrs
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$76.00 USD

City tour for tourist from Cruiser (Pick up in Phu My)

When your cruise ship pulls into port in Phu My, let a personal guide organize a private tour of Ho Chi Minh City, located about 1.5 hours away. You’ll visit Reunification Palace and other landmarks, with entry fees and a restaurant lunch included. This customizable shore excursion is ideal for private groups of 4–6 people.
  • Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes
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$115.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes
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$115.00 USD

Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

Beneath the outskirts of of Ho Chi Minh City lies an extensive network of underground tunnels stretching more than 120 miles. Used by soldiers during the Vietnam War, the tunnels consist of an elaborate maze of levels, trap doors, storage facilities, kitchens, command centers, and more. After the tour, fire an AK-47 or an M-16 (at your own risk and expense) at a nearby range before heading back to port.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$125.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Half-Day Discover Chinatown by Cyclo from Ho Chi Minh Port

Ho Chi Minh City is home to the biggest Chinatown in Vietnam, but it’s easy for first-time visitors to get lost in its maze-like streets. Hop aboard a traditional cyclo for a 6-hour guided shore excursion, visit Lady Thien Hau temple, browse the stalls at Binh Tay Market, and tuck into a typical Vietnamese lunch.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$113.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Shore Excursion: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Insider by Scooter

Whether you’re in port for a while or just for one day, this private tour around the Ho Chi Minh City is a great introduction to the city, covering local secrets that you won’t see on a big tour. Hop on the back of a scooter, visit underappreciated city highlights like the Chợ Lớn Chinese Quarter, and discover hidden markets and temples. You’ll also see high-profile landmarks like the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Central Post Office.
  • Duration: 5 to 8 hrs
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$115.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 to 8 hrs
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Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Saigon Port

Take in the highlights of Vietnam’s largest city—Ho Chi Minh City—while in port in Nha Rong. On this private shore excursion, benefit from the undivided attention of your guide as you visit sights such as the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, and Notre Dame Cathedral. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to Ben Thanh Market to shop for souvenirs and visit Ngoc Hoang Temple before returning to your cruise ship.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$121.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Full-Day Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion with Cu Chi Tunnels from Saigon Port

When your cruise ship sails into Ho Chi Minh City Cruise Port, make the most of your time in Vietnam’s second city on a 12.5-hour shore excursion to Ho Chi Minh City, including the Cu Chi Tunnels. Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels, where the Viet Kong hid from air raids, before ticking off top Ho Chi Minh attractions — including Reunification Palace, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, and the Central Post Office — on a panoramic tour. A traditional Vietnamese lunch and dinner, and port pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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$147.00 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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Water Puppet Show Including Dinner from Ho Chi Minh Port

Spend an evening exploring traditional Vietnamese culture: watch a water puppet show with a live orchestra and choir, then dine onboard a river cruise as folk singers serenade you with songs from rural Vietnam. This 6-hour evening excursion includes entrance fees, dinner, and round-trip transport from your Ho Chi Minh City cruise ship. Exact schedule can be tailored to your cruise ship’s itinerary.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$112.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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$112.00 USD

Full-day Cu Chi Tunnels Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

The Cu Chi Tunnels are one of the most popular day tours from Ho Chi Minh City but cruise visitors can save time by booking a direct transfer. On this full-day shore excursion from Phu My Port, explore the fascinating tunnels along the Ho Chi Minh Trail; visit the Cu Chi Museum; and learn more about their use by guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$260.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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$260.00 USD

Ho Chi Minh City Private Day Tour from Nha Rong Port

Your exploration of Ho Chi Minh starts here! Our  fully customisable, private tour aims to uncover the best this incredible city has to offer. From  colonial landmarks to local markets and rural houses on stilts, Ho Chi Minh is a bustling city in which you will never grow bored. Choose to follow our expert advice or craft your own adventure in this cultural hub.  Shore Excursions tend to sell out quickly. Please make sure to book as soon as possible.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$80.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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$80.00 USD

Private Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum Tour From Nha Rong Port

Get up close and personal to the unique culture and history of Vietnam with this insightful tour. Learn how the Viet Cong fighters navigated a   network of war tunnels (even squeeze in yourself!) and get a different perspective on the Vietnam War in the War Remnants Museum. This trip is essential for anyone looking for a   true insight into Vietnamese culture!
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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$100.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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$100.00 USD

3-Day Nha Trang Beach Excursion

A tour to the coastal city hailed by many as the ‘Beach Capital of Vietnam’-Nha Trang. Relax on stunning soft-white sand, cool off in calm turquoise waters, embark on an island-hopping boat tour; sample some of the best seafood in the country, and visit some cultural gems, including a giant Buddha statue.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$450.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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$450.00 USD

Ho Chi Minh City Private 8-hour Tour From Phu Huu Port

Your exploration of Ho Chi Minh starts here! Our  fully customisable, private tour aims to uncover the best this incredible city has to offer. From  colonial landmarks to local markets and rural houses on stilts, Ho Chi Minh is a bustling city in which you will never grow bored. Choose to follow our expert advice or craft your own adventure in this cultural hub.  Shore Excursions tend to sell out quickly. Please make sure to book as soon as possible.
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hrs
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$100.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 to 10 hrs
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