Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) City Tour Excursion Reviews
In Vietnam the ship docks at Phu My which is a container port roughly 1.5 hours from HCMC/Saigon. There is nothing much around there so it’s best to pre-arrange your tours. We booked with Zoom who was great guide for Saigon (firstname.lastname@example.org). We thoroughly enjoyed his tour which took us to Chinatown, a lacquerware workshop, the War Remnants Museum, Independence Palace, Notre Dame, great coffee at the Rex Hotel and a lunch at Pho 2000 where President Cliniton dined in 2000.
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.
Presidential palace was interesting. Ho hum on the Notre Dame cathedral & post office. Lacquerware shopping stop was interesting & expensive.
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.
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