When your cruise ship docks at Phu My or Lotus port, a local guide takes you on a private shore excursion to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s most populous metropolitan area. Visit the National History Museum, enjoy a photo op in front of the Presidential Palace and enoy the local cuisine at local restaurant. Swap your air-conditioned car for a cyclo as you take a relaxing ride past French-colonial buildings such as the Saigon Opera House. Finish at Ben Thanh market, a lively spot bursting with goods.
Your full-day shore excursion begins with pickup at Phu My or Lotus port and a 2-hour drive into Ho Chi Minh City in the air-conditioned comfort of a private vehicle.
Start out at the National History Museum, which houses an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the evolution of the cultures of Vietnam, from the Dong Son civilization of the Bronze Age to Cham, Khmer and modern-day peoples.
Then visit visit the Emperor Jade Pagoda, also known as Tortoise Pagoda, is one of the five most important shrines in Ho Chi Minh City, where American President Barack Obama chose to visit in 2016
After lunch at a local restaurant, take a 1-hour cyclo ride along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, which is the heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic French-style landmarks such as Saigon City Hall and the Saigon Opera House, and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office nearby.
Make a photo stop at the Presidential Palace, renowned for its symbolic role in the fall of Saigon in 1975, and end your cyclo tour at Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City. You’re free to explore the market, packed with every conceivable commodity, before the return drive by private vehicle back to the 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.