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

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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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
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Port pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned private car
Professional guide
Bottled water
Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Food and drinks, unless specified
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.
Pass By:  
Bravo Indochina Tours
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.
Pass By:  
Phu My
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.
Stop At:  
Ho Chi Minh City Museum
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Emperor Jade Pagoda
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
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ho Chi Minh City
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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants. Failure to do so could affect services rendered.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bravo Indochina Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.


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Great tour!
William W
, Oct 2019
This was a very pleasant and wonderful tour. The driver was very kind and courteous and the guy was as well. If you want to see Vietnam I highly recommend this tour as it was customized to whatever we wanted to do. Thanks again for a great experience!
Great excursion to Ho Chi Minh
, Jan 2019
We had a lovely trip to Ho Chi Minh city and our guide Hai was great. He was very knolwedgeable and shared personal stories which added to the experience. The tour was customisable which worked well for us and included a delicious lunch.
Going solo
, Dec 2018
Although my visit to Ho Chi Minh city began with dropping my husband at the airport, I had a wonderful day with my guide, Soo Li. She was an absolute gem who thoughtfully worked around my limited mobility. She made sure that I did everything that I wanted and some things like a tea tasting and trip to her local temple, that I didn't know a wanted to. It is a special memory!
Ho Chi Minh City Excellent Excursion
Gregory M
, Sep 2018
Our Tour was excellent. We were meet promptly at the Pier and there was just my wife and myself and a guide plus a driver. We were greeted with a bottle of water for our ride to HO Chi Minh City and were driven there. During the drive our guide was so excellent in telling us about the countryside and things that we were passing and the history of the city we were to visit. Both Guide and Driver were excellent. They went out of their way to customize our trip when we asked them. We were able to see the War Memorial which was a fantastic stop for anyone who wants to know more history of Vietnam . We also went to a factory where they were making pictures out of sea shells and delicate art work. My wife could have spent even longer here. They called it Agent Orange and we thought at first we were going to a place that had been damaged during the war but were surprised at this part of the tour. We also visited the area where most of the communications and meetings took place during the war. We were taken on a Cyclo Ride in which my wife and myself and our guide went in 3 bikes that were peddled by 3 very nice Vietnam gentlemen. We were given time to go shopping in an enclosed market which was itself an experience . I bought a couple of shirts and t shirts and to my amazement when I got home and have worn them they were made of very nice fabric. They then drove us back to the cruise ship dock. I would give a 10 plus to our guide and driver. This was a very positive experience for my wife and myself. I believe our guides name was Hai .
A wonderful private tour!
, Jul 2018
An exciting full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City with a terrific and fun guide. We had a marvelous time and would highly recommend this tour.
The problem started with a walk of...
Joan G
, Mar 2018
The problem started with a walk of almost two miles as the tour guides were not allowed at the port so we had to walk to the security gate. It was hot and we were tired before the trip started. It is a very long drive, about two hours. The rest of the excursion was nice and the guide tried very hard to be friendly and give us as much information as he could
Our tour didn’t get off to the best...
Jannine L
, Mar 2018
Our tour didn’t get off to the best start as we were told our guide would be there to meet us as the boat docked. We duly disembarked promptly and looked through the 20 or so other guides waiting with their transport but ours was not there. Another guide from Bravo tours (the operator) kindly rang the office and we were assured ours was on his way. Approximately 30mins later our guide arrived on foot saying he could not get in the port (as the others had) and we had a 10 minute walk to the coach. We had a driver and a guide which worked well as we could be dropped off at one place and when we were ready to be picked up the guide telephoned and he came to pick us up to take us to the next place. The cyclo ride was fun but we didn’t go far as described. We were only on them one short journey about 10 minutes or so- not 1hr as detailed in the itinerary. We didn’t see the water puppet show which was on hourly as our guide said there wasn’t enough people for it to be on ... a decision he made 30 minutes before it started which we were confused by. The set menu lunch was at a nice air conditioned restaurant and was good quality Vietnamese food. We covered lots of ground and saw lots but we were unfortunately left disappointed by our guide himself. He was a nice young man who did have lots of knowledge but it was hard work. He spoke quietly, was difficult to understand and was not forthcoming with information - we constantly had to ask him questions. I would definitely recommend the tour to you- I just hope you get a different guide.
Great variety of experiences on this...
, Mar 2018
Great variety of experiences on this tour. Crazy traffic, but we had a great driver. Wonderful meal at the Vietnamese restaurant. One of the highlights was the Rickshaw ride through town. Visit to the War Remnants museum brought mixed feelings. Being an American, it was sobering to see their propaganda slant to the Viet Nam war.
So much to do!! Saw lots of Saigon...
John C
, Feb 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
well organized, good guide, was...
, Feb 2018
well organized, good guide, was flexible to our requirements, excellent lunch

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