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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

What You Can Expect

Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Private City Tour Including Cyclo Ride

Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Private City Tour Including Cyclo Ride

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.

Customer Reviews

Martha E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was one of my favorite tours. We started in the history museum where our guide gave us an excellent overview of Vietnam and its history. We saw a water show, took a cyclo ride through the French district, saw highlights from the Vietnam war era, shopped and experienced Saigon.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We really had a great time thanks to Tien, our tour guide. Tien greeted us with and #34;Good Morning Vietnam!!! and #34; Throughout the tour he exhibited his bubbly personality. The food was very good. The only downside was the puppet show which is part of their culture. Otherwise it was an excellent tour.

Sidney C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great experience. Everyone should do it.
Great tour guide

Marek L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

An experience never to forget. The bravery and expertise of the driver was amazing.

Bernadette M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our tour was fantastic our guide did a fabulous job.Very informative was polite and very funny.We have done lots of Viator tours across Asia and Europe and everyone was great .Thanks

Chuck United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The tour was great! Our guide and driver took excellent care of us and provided informative commentary. This tour was well pacednot too fast and not too slowand showed us a great deal of the city and its people.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour good guide only complaint the lunch was awful..

Rayna M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide Tin was awesome! We were indeed lucky to have such a good person and a very patient one at that! Our time in Vietnam was an eye opener. Both guide and driver could not have been more pleasant! We are so happy with not do a trip to Vietnam and not think of using a reputable operator and a knowledgable tour guide as we experienced..thank you Tin for your time and for being a true professional! We had a blast!

paul b

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

Kien was our guide for this trip and he was very good and knowledgeable. I would drop the lacquer factory tour, its just another sales pitch stop to promote buying things that most people did not care for.

Steven K

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

Our guide 'Henry' was very friendly and knowledgeable. Highlight of the day was the cyclo ride .... a great way to see the city! Be aware the cyclo drivers will ask you to tip them. If you are a history buff the museum was interesting although we could have given the puppet show a miss. The only other negative was the lunch was a bit odd ..... we were the only people in a room but the food was good. Overall I would recommend as a good tour of Saigon.

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