Vietnam Shore Excursions

Tours from Saigon Port

Number of days: 1

Price from: 00$

Tour type: Private Tours

Pick up & Drop off Point: in Saigon Port / Nha Rong Port / Lotus Port / Tan Cang Port

Pick up & Drop off Time: will be confirmed as soon as we have your ship's arrival & departure time

Destination: Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Mekong Delta, Cuchi Tunnels

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  • Program 1 (SGN01): Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) City Tour


    Morning: You will be picked up by our guide by the ship in the port. The transfer is between 15 to 40 minutes to its center depending on the exact port of call. Saigon is not only sightseeing, but about street markets, where bargains are struck and deals are done; the pavement cafes, where stereo speakers fill the surrounding streets with a melodious thumping beat; and the sleek new cafes and pubs, where tourists chat over beer, pretzels, coffee and croissants.


    Here are the suggestions for highlight places of visit for the city sightseeing in a day:


    Former Presidential Palace (the Reunification Palace), which is beautiful in its ugliness, a 1960s monstrosity designed with the help of Soviet architects. Most people will remember the image of a North Vietnamese tank crashing through the gates on 30 April 1975, signifying the fall of Saigon. The tank still graces the front lawn. Rooms open to the public remain exactly as they were in 1975, showing where important meetings were held during the war, as well as some of the private quarters of the president and his family. Most fascinating are a series of underground tunnels housing a telecommunications centre.

    War Remnants Museum , once known as the ‘Museum of American War Crimes’, first opened to the public in 1975. It offers a shocking reminder of the long and brutal Vietnam War, with many graphic photographs and American military equipment on display, including a helicopter with rocket launchers, a tank, a fighter plane, a single-seater attack aircraft and a 6,800kg conventional bomb.

    Cholon (China Town): Cholon is in District 5 and is a maze of narrow streets, bustling with people. Most of Vietnam's ethnic Chinese live here and they are the largest single ethnic minority group in the country. Merchants began to settle in Cholon in the 1770s, although many ethnic Chinese fled the country in 1975.

    The Thien Hau Pagoda, one of Cholon's must-sees. It is dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau, protector of the sea. Photographers are spoilt for choice with the ornate decoration inside the pagoda and the statues of Thien Hau. It is popular with worshippers (the air is always heavy with the smell of incense).

    Notre Dame Cathedral: The twin towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral have been a familiar landmark in Ho Chi Minh City since the 1880s. In front of the cathedral in a small garden is a delicate statue of the Virgin Mary. The interior of the cathedral is rather plain, unlike most French cathedrals, with no stained glass but it is a cool escape from the heat outside.

    Former Post Office: Across from the Notre Dame Cathedral, the vast Post Office was also built in the late 19th century in European style. The interior has hardly been touched since it was built and is dominated by a huge portrait of Ho Chi Minh. The building always seems busy but most people are just visitors rather than customers.


    Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Here, you’ll find eating stalls inside the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much.

    Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Here, you’ll find eating stalls inside the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much.

    Afternoon: Transfer back to the port. 
    This is the sample program. The visits and programs can be modified to suit your inquiry and plan. 

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    Program 2 (SGN02): Cuchi Tunnels Tour from Saigon Port


    AM: Pick up at the port by the ship. It will be between 1.5 hours to 2 hours drive to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Just 65 km (40 miles) northwest of Saigon, the Cu Chi area lies at the end of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and was the base from which Ho Chi Minh guerillas used to attack Saigon. As a result the whole area became a "free fire zone" and was carpet-bombed in one of many American "scorched-earth" policies. But the residents of Cu Chi took their war underground, literally, developing a network of tunnels that, at its height, stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens, and triage areas - an effective network for waging guerilla warfare on nearby U.S. troops. The U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division was just next door, and there are detailed maps denoting land that was either U.S.-held, Vietminh-held, or in dispute. The sight supports a small museum of photos and artifacts, as well as an extensive outdoor exhibit of guerilla snares and reconstructions of the original tunnels and bunkers. Wear your "play clothes" if you choose to get down in the tunnels; the experience is dusty and claustrophobic.
    Afternoon: Transfer back to the port. 

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    Program 3 (SGN03): Mekong Delta Tour from Saigon Port


    Morning: Pick up by the ship in the port. It will be about a 2 hour drive to visit the infamous My Tho in Mekong Delta. Upon arrival in My Tho, we embark on a boat navigating around the small canals in the delta region, which passing My Tho fruit market. Joining in with daily activities of local people and enjoy the atmosphere of water world along the canal and along the Tien river. The exciting cruise continue to Unicorn island, here you can taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy the local traditional music, performed by the islanders. Next stops are the coconut candy “mill” and some other local industries in Ben Tre province.
    Afternoon: Transfer back to the ship. 

    Trip includes: 
    - Transportation by private A/C vehicle 
    - All entrance fee to sightseeing sites as mentioned 
    - Private tours with local English speaking tour guides
    - Port permit and tour permit from the local authority

    Trip excludes:
    - Meals 
    - Travel insurance
    - Vietnam visa

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    We are now finally home from our cruise and holidays in Vietnam and Hong Kong, We want to thank you very much for the wonderful way you organised out Saigon tour recently.

    Our guides  Johnny, D, Rabbit and of course our driver “005”.

    Johnny was full of laughs, but importantly all 3 were informative, knowledgeable and very helpful and would recomend your company to anyone.

    From the moment we arrived to the time we left  Johnny , D and 005 were on hand.

    In hindsight we should have organised one of your tour guides to meet the ship at the 3 ports we stopped at in Vietnam instead of relying on finding our own way around (mainly Phu My, Hue/Danang and Halong Bay) as the ship berthed well away from the main areas.


    Once more thank you very much.


    Janice & Allan McGuiness

    David & Pauline

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