• Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 109.00 View price calendar

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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

Carl B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very very good excellent value

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

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

David T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We booked this tour independent of the cruise ship and were delighted with the result. We were met on the quay by our driver and guide who were both friendly and helpful throughout the day,. We were able to adjust our itinerary for the day and were not hampered by the inconsiderate time keeping of other guests you experience on an organised coach tour from the ship. In future we will do independent tours whenever we can and the cost difference was negligible to the ship tour. All in all a great day and a return to ship on time guarantee built in.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Though a little expensive it was well worth it. The guide met us at our ship and gave us great information about Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City. Though it was foggy the day we took it, there are plenty of photo ops during the tour. The tour was 7 hours and met our expectations. The lunch was more french vietnamese...and was delicious. Soda or beer at lunch is not included in your fee you must pay yourself....but US dollars are readily accepted anywhere. The Cyclo ride modern day rickshaw was neat and enjoyable. The guide was flexible and found us a Starbucks we collect mugs from cities we visit and also took us the the local shopping area to get some souvenirs. We have no complaints and would recommend this to others who only have one day to spend in Ho Chi Minh City.

Joan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great tour. Our guide, Joe I think, gave us an excellent overview of Ho Chi Minh City. We especially enjoyed the cyclo ride through the busy streets. Lunch was tasty.

Erica B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

We had an amazing time on our tour in Ho Chi Minh! Everything was perfect and Phan Hoang Tan, our tour guide, was AWESOME! Couldn't have asked for a better guide!

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

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