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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) City Tour Excursion Reviews

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Though a long drive from port, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and rife with things to see and do.

Steve East Sussex

1 review

Very different from Hanoi - appearred to be much more prosperous and with, surprising to us, much more communist propaganda. The presidential palace complete with the tanks that broke through the gates at the end of the Vietnam war was a major site.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

megandav

1 review

guide on bus was extremely knowledgable and give a very informative explanation of South Vietnam

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

AnnieB22

1 review

Long day but interesting points visited. as ever though- obligatory 'shopping experience' is truly irritating

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

helenls

2 reviews

Many of the shops were closed due to Tet. The only interesting sight was the old post office. It would have been nice to have seen more of the old colonial buildings and notable neighborhoods. We should have taken the Cu Chi Tunnels tour.

Provider: Azamara Club Cruises

Annie1959

2 reviews

Presidential palace was interesting. Ho hum on the Notre Dame cathedral & post office. Lacquerware shopping stop was interesting & expensive.

Provider: Oceania Cruises

paul reynolds

2 reviews

Although we were overnight in Saigon the ship did not dock until lunchtime and therefore limited time on the first day but a visit around the city with various stops was very enlightening once one got used to the traffic.

Provider: Azamara Club Cruises

Taxwatcher

1 review

Very interesting city tour. French influence noteworthy. Presidential Palace may be a skip unless you are really interested in 1960s architecture.

Provider: Independent Operator

Karen Anne

1 review

nice modern CLEAN city. would revisit this place

Provider: Voyages to Antiquity

alexandra cruiser

5 reviews

Bus tour of city with stops at major tourist sites.


Provider: AmaWaterways

calgal729

3 reviews

Really loved the city tour and was able to see many highlights of the city, however, our tour guides english was not very good so we werent able to ask many questions.

Provider: Independent Operator

Steph27

6 reviews

We booked a tour from our Celebrity Roll call with Smile. The tour had 10 people and we were picked up on the first day and brought to Saigon and then on the second day had a tour and returned to the ship. The Smile tour was just ok. They brought us to a lacquer store when we arrived in Saigon which was not on the itinerary. We left and went to our hotel instead by taxi. The Smile guide hardly explained anything and also decided we should skip the Bin Tay market but we insisted on going there and he relented. We saw the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, post office and the history museum. Our last stop was the Ben Thanh market. Saigon is a sea of motorcycles. I hired my own private guide from Viator for the first day and we spent the day shopping. We had a great time. My favorite store was Khai Silk. We had lunch at the Temple Club and then followed that up with Ice Cream at Fanny's downstairs. The ice cream is all natural and yummy! We went to a water puppet show the first night and enjoyed the 45 minute performance but would not lose sleep over missing it. We stayed at the Saigon Nikko Hotel. It was nice but we would have been better off at the Sheraton which is closer to town.

Provider: Independent Operator

B55

3 reviews

Preferred Hanoi for its authenticity but Saigon is nice enough and very interesting to see. From the point of view that it has more designer label shops in this communist run country than I have seen anywhere else in the world.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

seekAdventures

1 review

Loved this tour!!! It takes about a good 2 hour bus ride to get to Ho Chi Minh City, but the ride is very interesting. You drive along some rice paddies and see the locals (who were all very friendly and waved at us) on their mopeds. The tour guide was very good. Very informative. We saw a lot of interesting things. Lunch was included and was the most delicious meal we had in those 14 days of the cruise. I highly recommend to take any tour in Vietnam.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

wolfegizmo

1 review

Ho Chi Minh was an interesting city! We booked a private tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. An amazing amount of motorbikes were everywhere!! We also saw a lot of poverty and very dangerous electrical wires. A temple, Reunification Hall, Notre Dame, the Post Office, and other general sites were the areas we visited. Also included was a great lunch at the Rex Hotel and time for shopping for local crafts.

Provider: Independent Operator

Duane T

2 reviews

Before Saigon, we stopped at the beach city of Nha Trang. Both locations were very hot, humid, sticky. The boat ride in Nha Trang offered some respite from the heat and humidity, but the tour was a little disorganized due to the tender system broke up tour groups. We ended up with a mix of people from different tour groups that got separated during the tendering. Saigon is a long busride from the port. That left less than 4 hours in Saigon itself and we only got to go past alot of key sites instead of going inside to visit.

Provider: Princess Cruises

poppetau

1 review

Good Morning Vietnam (it had to be said) Once again we're off on the 'Saigon on your own' (well with 6 million others) style tour. Our guide was very helpful, and we hit the town. You can see a fair bit of Saigon by foot, and we ticked off the major pictures on our map during the day. Helpful hint on Ben Thanh market- the outer area has fixed price stuff, which was cheap as. I wouldn't bother delving deeper to try and save a few dhong. Sizing is Vietnamese. The Large T-shirt I bought is an Aussie size Small. Brave the Scooters, cross the roads and enjoy a different experience

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

aussiegirl51

1 review

I did the city tour and it was interesting but the guide went on about the politics of "the American war" too much.

Provider: Costa Cruises

isaacmidnight

1 review

great guides and generally good vans and drivers with the exception of Singapore where the van was unacceptably small with poor visibility.

Provider: Independent Operator

leedscruiser

2 reviews

As for Bangkok, hot humid and fascinating

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Sheila Robson

1 review

Again a long hot ride to get there - it was OK but I think I'd sooner visit somewhere inland like this on a land tour rather than a cruise.

Provider: P&O Cruises

R&Jcruisers

1 review

Long drive to Ho Chi Min- take plenty of cold water with you. Not much time in city but we went to the War Remnants Museum. Would have like to go and see the Re unification Hall but ran out of time. At the drop off point ,The Tax Trade Centre,or maybe next door, there is a coffee shop upstairs on the 2nd floor. You can get refreshing drinks before you star you day. Great place to eat lunch is Pho 24 - noodle soup. Tasty soups at great prices.

Provider: Princess Cruises

scottishcat

1 review

Fascinating, lots to see.

Provider: Azamara Club Cruises

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