History Museum, Lacquer Factory & Dong Khoi Street

9 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 1 0 5
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Points of Interest

  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Dong Khoi Street
  • National Museum of Vietnamese History
Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Your excursion begins at the pier where you'll board your air-conditioned motorcoach for the approximately one and half hour drive to Ho Chi Minh City. The route follows the Saigon River to Ho Chi Minh City, passing through small villages, rice paddy fields, oil and rubber trees.

In Ho Chi Minh City, you'll first visit the National History Museum of Vietnam. Explore a collection that traces the cultural history of Vietnam, including exhibits that feature stone and bronze artifacts, Champa art, ceramics and traditional costumes. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show at the National Museum's theater. Afterward, visit tthe Minh Phuong Lacquer workshop.

You'll drive past the Botanical and Zoological Gardens, City Hall, Ho Chi Minh Park and the site of the U.S. miltary's weekly updates at the Rex Hotel, home of the infamous "Friday Night Follies." You'll stop for photo opportunities at Notre Dame Cathedral, the French Colonial Post Office and Reunification Hall.


For lunch, you'll head to a deluxe hotel restaurant in downtown Ho Chi Minh City for an east-west buffet with both western and Vietnamese dishes accompanied by soft drinks and beer. Enjoy traditional Vietnamese entertainment while you dine.

After lunch, head to one of Saigon's busiest streets, formerly Rue Catinat of Author Graham Greene's Vietnam, Dong Khoi Street has regained its prestige. Explore the many shops and try your hand at bargaining for porcelain figurines, cinnamon boxes and other souvenirs. You'll have time to shop on your own before rejoining the motorcoach for the drive back to the pier and your cruise ship.

Special Notes:

The drive from Phu My to Ho Chi Minh City is approximately one and half hours each way and includes a restroom stop.

This tour is not available on all voyages.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
1:30
Wheelchair accessible:
No

Inside visit of the National History Museum

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
45
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
500
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Inside visit of Minh Phuong Lacquer Factory

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
300
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Narrated city drive with photo stops for Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Hall, City hall, and Rex hotel

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:20
Free time at site:
20
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
150
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Buffet lunch at a leading local restaurant with a traditional music show

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
60
Inside visit:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes

Free time for shopping at Dong Khoi Street

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
02:00
Free time at site:
120
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
2000
Steps:
3
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
01:30
Wheelchair accessible:
No