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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Overview

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.
  • Private shore excursion to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Peruse cultural artifacts at the National History Museum with a knowledgeable guide
  • Delight in a Vietnamese water puppet show
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
  • Take a 1-hour cyclo ride past classic city landmarks including Saigon City Hall and the Central Post Office
  • Browse for bargains at Ben Thanh market
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Travel to Ho Chi Minh City after morning pickup from the port at Phu My or Lotus, relaxing in a comfortable climate-controlled private vehicle for the scenic two-hour drive.

In the morning, you'll experience a classic Vietnamese art form: a water puppet show. Watch a short performance of this type of puppetry, which dates back to the 11th century and features lacquered wood puppets that appear to dance on the surface of a shallow indoor pool.

Get an overview of Vietnam's diverse cultures at the National History Museum. Your guide shows you artifacts that reflect the evolution of Vietnam, from modern-day people back to the Cham and Khmer dynasties, and the Dong Son civilization from the Bronze Age.

Enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes for lunch at a local restaurant. Then step into your cyclo for a one-hour tour along Dong Khoi Street, the heart of old colonial Saigon and formerly known as Rue Catinat. Admire fine examples of French colonial architecture as you pay a quick visit to the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office nearby. Get great photo ops of other classic colonial landmarks such as the Saigon Opera House and Saigon City Hall.

Before your cyclo tour winds down, stop outside the Reunification Palace (aka Independence Palace), site of dramatic events during the 1975 Fall of Saigon that marked the end the Vietnam War. Your cyclo tour ends at one of the most liveliest markets in Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh market. Have time to shop for souvenirs among a bounty of goods, then return in your private vehicle to your cruise terminal.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Ho Chi Minh City port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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j
, Dec 2018

Although my visit to Ho Chi Minh city began with dropping my husband at the airport, I had a wonderful day with my guide, Soo Li. She was an absolute gem who thoughtfully worked around my limited mobility. She made sure that I did everything that I wanted and some things like a tea tasting and trip to her local temple, that I didn't know a wanted to. It is a special memory!

G
, Sep 2018

Our Tour was excellent. We were meet promptly at the Pier and there was just my wife and myself and a guide plus a driver. We were greeted with a bottle of water for our ride to HO Chi Minh City and were driven there. During the drive our guide was so excellent in telling us about the countryside and things that we were passing and the history of the city we were to visit. Both Guide and Driver were excellent. They went out of their way to customize our trip when we asked them. We were able to see the War Memorial which was a fantastic stop for anyone who wants to know more history of Vietnam . We also went to a factory where they were making pictures out of sea shells and delicate art work. My wife could have spent even longer here. They called it Agent Orange and we thought at first we were going to a place that had been damaged during the war but were surprised at this part of the tour. We also visited the area where most of the communications and meetings took place during the war. We were taken on a Cyclo Ride in which my wife and myself and our guide went in 3 bikes that were peddled by 3 very nice Vietnam gentlemen. We were given time to go shopping in an enclosed market which was itself an experience . I bought a couple of shirts and t shirts and to my amazement when I got home and have worn them they were made of very nice fabric. They then drove us back to the cruise ship dock. I would give a 10 plus to our guide and driver. This was a very positive experience for my wife and myself. I believe our guides name was Hai .

B
, Jul 2018

An exciting full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City with a terrific and fun guide. We had a marvelous time and would highly recommend this tour.

C
, Apr 2018

Very very good excellent value

J
, Mar 2018

The problem started with a walk of almost two miles as the tour guides were not allowed at the port so we had to walk to the security gate. It was hot and we were tired before the trip started. It is a very long drive, about two hours. The rest of the excursion was nice and the guide tried very hard to be friendly and give us as much information as he could

J
, Mar 2018

Our tour didn’t get off to the best start as we were told our guide would be there to meet us as the boat docked. We duly disembarked promptly and looked through the 20 or so other guides waiting with their transport but ours was not there. Another guide from Bravo tours (the operator) kindly rang the office and we were assured ours was on his way. Approximately 30mins later our guide arrived on foot saying he could not get in the port (as the others had) and we had a 10 minute walk to the coach. We had a driver and a guide which worked well as we could be dropped off at one place and when we were ready to be picked up the guide telephoned and he came to pick us up to take us to the next place. The cyclo ride was fun but we didn’t go far as described. We were only on them one short journey about 10 minutes or so- not 1hr as detailed in the itinerary. We didn’t see the water puppet show which was on hourly as our guide said there wasn’t enough people for it to be on ... a decision he made 30 minutes before it started which we were confused by. The set menu lunch was at a nice air conditioned restaurant and was good quality Vietnamese food. We covered lots of ground and saw lots but we were unfortunately left disappointed by our guide himself. He was a nice young man who did have lots of knowledge but it was hard work. He spoke quietly, was difficult to understand and was not forthcoming with information - we constantly had to ask him questions.
I would definitely recommend the tour to you- I just hope you get a different guide.

l
, Mar 2018

Great variety of experiences on this tour. Crazy traffic, but we had a great driver. Wonderful meal at the Vietnamese restaurant. One of the highlights was the Rickshaw ride through town. Visit to the War Remnants museum brought mixed feelings. Being an American, it was sobering to see their propaganda slant to the Viet Nam war.

J
, Feb 2018

So much to do!! Saw lots of Saigon in a few hours. Trip from port to Saigon long 2 hours but tour guide made it interesting and informative.
Lunch at Indochine Restaurant was very excellent. Cyclo ride was fun. Time ran out before we could visit China Town. An interesting and moving excursion!

Great tour guide! Great Van Driver! My Apologies I have forgotten their names. The tour was on 24 Jan 2018 from the HAL Volendam cruise ship provided by Bravo Indochina Tours via Viator

p
, Feb 2018

well organized, good guide, was flexible to our requirements, excellent lunch

E
, Jan 2018

I was very worried when we disembarked and no one was waiting for us. We had a phone-number, so called the guide. He came relatively quickly, but it was not a good start.
The guide seemed a very nice young man, but I could only understand about half of what he said. Not good at all.
The car was comfortable, and having a private tour is great, we stayed longer where things interested us and left early where they did not. The food was very good


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