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Ho Chi Minh City Cruise Port Tours

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is a sophisticated city of more than seven million people, making it the largest city in Vietnam.  It is also a city of contrasts, with modern skyscrapers dotting the horizon and colonial-style buildings lining many of the streets.

How to Get to Ho Chi Minh City


Larger cruise ships will dock at Phu My, a port on the South China Sea, about 2.5 hours from Ho Chi Minh City. Smaller and mid-size ships that are able to navigate the Saigon River dock much closer to the city. Many ships will provide shuttles from either port into the center of the city. If yours doesn’t, head outside of the dock gates to hail a taxi. From the port at Phu My, taking a hydrofoil is also an option; the ride takes about an hour.

One Day in Ho Chi Minh City


Kick off your day with a visit to Reunification Hall, once the presidential palace of South Vietnam. Take a tour of this somewhat eerie building that has been left mostly untouched since the 1960s. From there, move on to the War Remnants Museum, whose moving and sometimes disturbing exhibits share the story of the Vietnam War from a distinctly Communist perspective. Then, to get a fuller understanding of the country’s history and culture, make your way to the Vietnamese History Museum. Peruse exhibits covering Vietnamese culture from the Bronze Age to the modern day and then enjoy a performance at the museum’s water puppet theater.

Next, head to the Ben Thanh Market, a bustling market that dates back to 1914. Scan the stalls for paintings, porcelain and jewelry before grabbing a late lunch at one of the food stalls.

Spend the rest of the afternoon visiting one or more of the city’s pagodas: the Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the sea goddess; the Quan Am Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in the city; and Phung Son Tu Pagoda, dedicated to the god of happiness and virtue. Or, escape from the heat to one of HCMC’s many water parks, such as the Dam Sen Water Park, closest to the city center.

If you still have time before returning to your ship, head up to the observation deck at the Bitexco Financial Tower for a panoramic view of the city.

Port Information

The official language is Vietnamese, but many younger people speak at least some English. Older generations may still speak some French as well. The local currency is the Vietnamese dong, but the US dollar is preferred for many cash purchases, including taxis and pedicabs. Credit cards may be used in higher end shops and restaurants. ATMs are available throughout the city center. Port facilities are quite limited.

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Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Private City Tour Including Cyclo Ride, Ho Chi Minh City, null
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Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Private City Tour Including Cyclo Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks at Phu My or Lotus port, a local guide takes you on a private shore excursion to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s most populous ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00
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Ho Chi Minh City tour : including cyclo ride

Alpha Travel will take you to experience the culture and history of Vietnam in tours to Ho Chi Minh City from Phu My port. Travel to the most populous city of ...  Read more

Location: tp. Bà Rịa, Vietnam
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port or Cai Mep Port, Ho Chi Minh City, Ports ... 
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Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port or Cai Mep Port

Enjoy a private full-day tour in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, where your guide will take you to some of the best highlights that this shore excursion has to ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 8 to 12 hrs

From USD $95.00
City tour for tourist from Cruiser (Pick up in Phu My), Ho Chi Minh City, Ports of Call Tours
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City tour for tourist from Cruiser (Pick up in Phu My)

You arrive Ho Chi Minh city by a cruiser dock in Phu My which is one and half hour away from the city. You would like to have a good time in the city but not ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Private Shore Excursion: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Insider by Scooter, Ho Chi Minh City, Ports of ... 
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Private Shore Excursion: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Insider by Scooter

Ho Chi Minh City Tour - This adventure is a fantastic way to see the highlights of this exciting city which is full of energy. Will show you the local way of ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 5 to 8 hrs

From USD $115.00
SHORE EXCURSION - ESSENCE OF SAIGON - PAST AND PRESENT, Ho Chi Minh City, Ports of Call Tours
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SHORE EXCURSION - ESSENCE OF SAIGON - PAST AND PRESENT

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Explore the highlights and encounter the hidden charm of Ho Chi Minh City on a guided, comfort-able journey through Vietnam’s southern metropolis. After visits ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour, Ho Chi Minh City, Ports of Call ... 
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Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

Vietnam's Cu Chi Tunnels are known worldwide but what they look like inside remains a mystery to most. When you're in port in Ho Chi Minh City, take this ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Private Shore Excursion of Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Ports of Call ... 
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Private Shore Excursion of Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City

Located 130 km away from the center of Phu My Port, Cu Chi Tunnel is one of the must-see spots in Phu My shore excursions for cruise passengers. Join ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Ho Chi Minh City Private 8-hour Tour From Phu My Port, Ho Chi Minh City, Ports of Call Tours
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Ho Chi Minh City Private 8-hour Tour From Phu My Port

Your exploration of Ho Chi Minh starts here! Our  fully customisable, private tour  aims to uncover the best this incredible city has to offer. ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 8 to 10 hrs

From USD $120.00
Ho Chi Minh City Private 8-hour Tour From Nha Rong Port, Ho Chi Minh City, Ports of Call Tours
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Ho Chi Minh City Private 8-hour Tour From Nha Rong Port

Your exploration of Ho Chi Minh starts here! Our  fully customisable, private tour  aims to uncover the best this incredible city has to offer. ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00

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