Best Of Ho Chi Minh City
Best of Ho Chi Minh City
This exciting Ho Chi Minh city tour is ideal for visitors wanting an overview of Saigon's main areas of attraction. Along the pleasurable drive with your professional guide to Ho Chi Minh City (The Pearl of the Far East), you'll encounter rows of palm trees and coconut trees as well as rice paddy fields in the peaceful countryside.
To many foreigners, Vietnam is synonymous with war. In reality, it's a beautiful nation with kind and peaceful people. Saigon and its nine million residents are at the heart of it all.
The communist Vietnamese won independence after the "Fall of Saigon" in 1975. Many attractions echo that era. The Reunification Palace (formerly the Presidential Palace) is an interesting landmark designed in the 1960s with the help of the Soviets. The tank that crashed through its gates on April 30, 1975, signifying "The Fall," still graces its front lawn.
Known as the "Paris of the Orient," you'll also see the landmark twin towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral, made by the French in true Gothic style with bricks imported from Marseille, France. Postcards to mail? You'll visit the bustling Saigon Central Post Office, built in the 1880s.
You'll then retire to a nice restaurant for lunch before returning to Ho Chi Minh City's peculiar sights. For instance, the War Remnant Museum features an exhibit of photos, planes, tanks, and weapons. Many are relics from the American phase of the Vietnam War and have been on display since the war's end in 1975.
Next, you'll partake in the hustle and bustle of shopping at the indoor Ben Thanh market. This popular marketplace for textiles and handcrafts is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon.
Your experienced guide will elaborate on the many places you see throughout this unique Saigon tour. Book this Ho Chi Minh City tour for an incredible Saigon experience at a low price.
Please Note: Western-style food is available upon request at the time of booking for an additional fee to be paid on the day of your tour (not included, approximately $10 US). Passengers will be granted a Vietnam visa by the cruise line. Some of the cruise lines include the visa within the cruise package. However, if a visa was not included in your cruise package, you pay may purchase one directly onboard. The cost can be up to $50 US per person, depending on the cruise line.
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