Located along the mighty Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) is a fabulous destination on a cruise in Asia! Having begun as a small fishing village, Ho Chi Minh City is now a thriving modern city filled with tons of incredible sights! Among skyscrapers and high-rises, you will discover plenty of French colonial architecture, temples, shrines, shopping opportunities and friendly locals. While spending time in Ho Chi Minh City, you can explore its many iconic landmarks, museums, religious sites, local markets, and other unique attractions (such as a waterpark, tourist village, and a monkey island). Plus, you can discover a wide range of delicious cuisine, from local Vietnamese and Chinese flavors all the way to French-inspired dishes. With so many great things to experience, you might consider spending additional time in Ho Chi Minh City before or after your cruise (if your cruise departs from or ends in it) so you can see everything you want.
There are many fabulous cruise lines that feature cruises from Ho Chi Minh City! River cruises are the most popular types of cruises leaving from Ho Chi Minh City. AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, CroisiEurope, Uniworld River Cruises, and Viking River Cruises all offer a wonderful selection of Asia itineraries from this port. Depending on which cruise line you book, cruises range in length from 7- to 25-nights.
There is also a nice selection of luxury cruises from Ho Chi Minh City available. Seabourn and Silversea (both all-suite and all-inclusive) feature a few cruises to Asia onboard their ships Seabourn Ovation and Silver Spirit, respectively. Specialty cruise Ponant also features an elegant onboard experience, offering a couple of appealing itineraries onboard their explorer ship, Le Laperouse.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Ho Chi Minh City. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines feature cruises leaving from Ho Chi Minh City. Select a cruise line to view upcoming cruises that they're offering from Ho Chi Minh City:
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, along with a brief description:
♦ Cu Chi Tunnels
Originally used as hiding spots and supply routes by Viet Cong soldiers, these underground tunnels will instantly bring you back in time to the Vietnam War. Today, the Vietnamese government has preserved 75 miles of this tunnel system for tourists who are interested in learning more. Local tour guides will provide you with historical insights and knowledge as you walk through the tunnels and learn what it was like for soldiers to live and fight. You can even enjoy a meal reminiscent of what the soldiers ate back in the day. As this attraction is a bit further out from the city center, you should allot at least half a day to a full day to enjoy this experience, as it is very worth it!
♦ Independence Palace
Independence Palace is one of the most popular attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. This landmark was the original home of South Vietnam’s president during the Vietnam War and was also the site of an army tank crash, which signified the war’s end. Touring this palace is an incredible way to learn more about Vietnam’s political climate and history. Outside of the palace, you can admire the building’s striking architecture and explore its surrounding gardens.
♦ War Remnants Museum
For an even deeper insight into Vietnam’s vast history, considering paying a visit to the War Remnants Museum. You can learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Vietnam War and First Indochina War at this incredible attraction. Among some of the exhibits you can view include a UH-1 Helicopter, an F-5A fighter jet, a Patton tank and a couple of attack bombers, as well as a guillotine and cages where political prisoners were once held. There is also a collection of photography that tells the stories of chemical warfare.
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