Lacquer Factory, Central Market & Dong Khoi Street

9 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 1 8 0
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Points of Interest

  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • National Museum of Vietnamese History
  • Dong Khoi Street
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. Travel along the Saigon River where you'll pass small villages, green paddy fields and orchards of tropical trees. En route, you'll stop at Minh Phuong Lacquerware Factory. See the art of lacquerware-making, one of Vietnam's most popular exports. Take in a brief demonstration of the lacquering process and see a variety of lacquerware pieces, ranging from small boxes to large pieces of furniture.

The city tour drive introduces the major highlights of bustling Ho Chi Minh City, still commonly referred to as Saigon. Pass grand old buildings such as the "wedding cake" style Hotel d'Ville and the historic Rex Hotel. The streets are lined with colorful street markets selling everything from chilies to French baguettes and filled with a sea of bicycles, cyclos and motorbikes.

You'll drive past the Botanical and Zoological Gardens, Notre Dame Cathedral, the French Colonial Post Office and Ho Chi Minh Park. And travel to Saigon to visit Ben Thanh Central Market, which features thousands of products such as readymade clothes, shoes, watches, bags and local foods. Next, you'll stop for a photo opportunity at historic Reunification Hall, the former presidential palace that holds a museum and exhibition center today.

Continue on downtown to one of Ho Chi Minh City's busiest streets, formerly Rue Catinat of Author Graham Greene's Vietnam, Dong Khoi Street is still a fascinating place to see. Explore the many shops and try your hand at bargaining for porcelain figurines, cinnamon boxes and other souvenirs. You'll have time on your own to shop for souvenirs before rejoining the motor coach 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.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for an inside visit of Minh Phuong Lacquer Factory

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
38
Travel time:
01:30
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

Photo stop for Reunification Hall

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
38
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:10
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
No
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Free time at Ben Thanh Central Market

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
60
Walking distance:
500
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes

Free time for shopping at Dong Khoi Street (lunch on own)

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
38
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
02:00
Free time at site:
120
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
1500
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
38
Travel time:
01:30