Oddly enough,I dreaded this port but to my surprise it ended up being my favorite..but only by chance. I was going to stay on the ship but saw tents selling souvenirs outside and grabbed $40 and went outside. As I was looking at the tents with other guests that decided to stay a bus pulled up. We all looked at each other perplexed..so I asked. It was a free bus into town for shopping. So all of us stragglers hopped on. About a 30 minute drive. It was an average area. So I skipped the shopping to walk to the main intersection and decided to turn around and go back, but multiple motorcycle drivers asked to give tours I said no to all until the last one. He spoke some English and was polite. So I said f@&$ it ,he said $40 perfect that's all I had. I hopped on his new motorcycle and went. It was the best experience I saw way more than all of the excursions combined and then some. He was so cool. I wish I could name everything I saw but I don't have all day😍😍😍
We did a best of tour arranged via the cruise line. It was a circa 1.5 hour drive into ho chi minh. We went to a war museum and then had lunch at a nice hotel with vietnamese dancing and music. The food was ok but nothing amazing. Then we had a couple of hours to have a wander which is what we did...taking in all the atmosphere and energy of the city. It was a bank holiday so wasn't as hectic as usual and I have been before when the roads are absolutely crazy!
Used private tour and plenty too see.
Visited: Jan 20, 2019
Really enjoyed the trip to the Imperial Palace and seeing a lot of communist art and relics, very intriguing. Loved the city and the food over all.
Visited: Mar 16, 2019
Hired a driver with another couple for $40 a piece to take us to the Cu Cui tunnels then to Saigon to reunification palace, post office and Thane market. Busy day but I'm glad we did it.
Visited: Feb 28, 2016
Had a very long day but was worthwhile and great fun
Visited: Feb 04, 2018
This stop was skipped because of mechanical problems with the ship.
Visited: Jan 16, 2017
If I did this cruise again I would never take the ships excursion. There was no free time in the city at all, also there was a lot of standing around waiting. There was no way to identify the essence of the city.
Do a day trip to Ho Chi Minh. We did a private tour with Private Asia Tours. You get to see more than the cruise ship tours and there is more flexibility
Visited: Jan 17, 2016
Here we saw plenty of neglected colonial buildings in the rural township of Ba Ria. We visited a Buddhist Temple and stopped at a local marketplace where prices were quite reasonable & bargaining is accepted. We continued on to another lovely Buddhist temple and then to a local 100-year old Vietnam house. We were served some fruit and a potent moonshine rice wine. made right there on the property. Stepping outside we were invited to try our hand at making rice paper. Then we visited a charming Coa Dai temple, a fusion of many different religions.
Visited: Jan 04, 2018
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