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.
- Port pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned private car
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide
- Bottled water
- Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
- 8 hours