Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam

Over three decades have passed since the Vietnam War ended with the fall of Saigon. Today, the name of this bustling metropolis on the Mekong River is Ho Chi Minh City. Yet, the essence of the city, a major trading center since the 18th century, remains unchanged. The air is filled with the cries of street hawkers and honking horns. Bicycles, motorbikes and automobiles fly down the boulevards at dizzying speeds. And everywhere, friendly faces and warm greetings meet you.

The port of Phu My (pronounced "Foo Me") is your gateway to Ho Chi Minh City and the seaside resort of Vung Tau.

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Points of Interest

  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Dong Khoi Street
  • National Museum of Vietnamese History
  • Cholon (Chinatown)
  • Jade Emperor Pagoda
  • Mekong Delta
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Home Visit

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  • Notre Dame Cathedral

    Admire the 19th-century red brick construction of the Roman-Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, then recall the historic end of the Vietnam War at Ho Chi Minh's stately Reunification Palace.

  • Dong Khoi Street

    The best places to shop in Ho Chi Minh City are bustling Dong Khoi Street, with its artisan stores and cafes, and Ben Thanh Market, a historic symbol of Saigon, full of souvenirs and tempting cuisine.

  • National Museum of Vietnamese History

    This French Colonial building houses a collection of Vietnamese relics, from prehistoric artifacts and carvings, to excavations of Han tombs, Buddhist statuary and everyday items.

  • Cholon (Chinatown)

    A predominantly Chinese district, Cholon was historically filled with brothels and opium dens. Today it is filled with restaurants, temples, jade stores and medicine shops.

  • Jade Emperor Pagoda

    Just over 100 years old, this elaborately decorated Taoist pagoda, also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, features a spectacular statue of the Jade Emperor, revered as the god of the heavens.

  • Mekong Delta

    This waterway filled with nutrient-rich silt is the "rice basket" of Vietnam, growing a majority of the country's rice and produce, as well as a major rice exporter. Don't miss the floating markets.

  • Cu Chi Tunnels

    During wartime, this underground network of tunnels stretched to Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens and first-aid units. Today it features a museum and model of bunkers and snares.

  • Home Visit

    There's no better introduction to Vietnamese culture than to be welcomed into a traditional home, which often houses three generations. See the family altar and learn customs of the Mekong Delta.

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Long Phuoc & Long Tan

5 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 2 1 5

Discover Ba Ria, one of the country's prettiest towns, on this compelling half-day adventure that explores both its local marketplace and the development of the area after wartime. Then, head underground at the Long Phuoc tunnels and pay your respects at Long Tan Cross, in commemoration of deceased Australian soldiers.

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Ho Chi Minh City On Your Own

8 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 1 8 5
  • Notre Dame Cathedral

Experience a full day on your own in Ho Chi Minh City! After an orientation drive, disembark at the Bitexco Building. Enjoy approximately 3 1/2 hours of free time to explore the city, following your own itinerary and traveling at your own pace.

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Saigon - War Relics & Shopping

8 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 1 3 0
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • National Museum of Vietnamese History

Delve into the world history of Vietnam's flagship city, once known as Saigon, on a comprehensive sightseeing tour that includes several photo stops and visits to the War Museum, Reunification Hall, and the Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum. Enjoy time for a little shopping and a traditional lunch at a deluxe hotel.

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Vung Tau, Lang Ca Ong Whale Temple & Home Visit

7.5 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 1 3 5
  • Home Visit

Experience Vietnam during this full-day, guided adventure to Vung Tau, one of the country's most beautiful cities. Visit a mystical Whale Temple. Shop and snap photos at a gorgeous beach. Witness demonstrations of rice wine, rice paper and rice noodle making. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a breathtaking resort.

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Cu Chi Tunnels & Countryside

9 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 1 6 0
  • Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi District played a major role in the Vietnam War, and features more than 124 miles of underground tunnels. Go on a tour of these historic tunnels and hear the fascinating story behind it. Lunch is included on this full-day excursion.

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Market Visit & Cooking Class

9.5 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 1 4 5
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Jade Emperor Pagoda

Discover the Vietnamese art of food decoration from an expert chef! Tour the bustling Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City then visit the luxurious Rex Hotel where an expert chef teaches you to carve food into lovely and intricate designs. Enjoy photo stops at a cathedral and pagoda.

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Ultimate Ho Chi Minh City

9.5 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 9 9 9
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Cholon (Chinatown)
  • National Museum of Vietnamese History

Enjoy a guided tour of some of Ho Chi Minh City's historic landmarks, including visits to the National History Museum and the Ben Thanh – Saigon Market. You'll also stop at a lacquerware factory and see a demonstration of how pieces are made. Lunch is included on this full-day tour.

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Best of Ho Chi Minh City

9.5 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 1 0 0
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • National Museum of Vietnamese History

Enjoy a guided tour of some of Ho Chi Minh City's historic landmarks, including visits to the National History Museum and the Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown. You'll also stop at a lacquerware factory and see a demonstration of how pieces are made. Lunch is included on this full-day tour.

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History Museum, Lacquer Factory & Dong Khoi Street

9 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 1 0 5
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Dong Khoi Street
  • National Museum of Vietnamese History

Take in the city sights on a narrated drive. Tour the National History Museum of Vietnam and enjoy free time for shopping on Dong Khoi Street. Lunch with a music show is included on this full-day tour.

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Guided in German: Best of Ho Chi Minh City

9.5 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 1 0 3
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Cholon (Chinatown)
  • National Museum of Vietnamese History

Enjoy a guided tour of some of Ho Chi Minh City's historic landmarks, including visits to the National History Museum and the Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown. You'll also stop at a lacquerware factory and see a demonstration of how pieces are made. Lunch is included on this tour.

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The Mekong Delta

10.5 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 1 4 0
  • Mekong Delta
  • Home Visit

Journey to My Tho Island and the heart of the Mekong Delta on a narrated cruise and a sampan ride down tranquil canals. You'll also visit a traditional Delta home and tour a coconut candy factory. A Delta-style lunch is included on this approximately 10.5-hour excursion.

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