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Reunification Palace (Independence Palace) Tours

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Reunification Palace (Independence Palace)
Originally built by the French in 1868 to commemorate the establishment of the colony of Indochina, the Reunification Palace (formerly Independence Palace) as it stands today was built during the 1960s. Known in Vietnamese as Dinh Độc Lập or Dinh Thống Nhất, it was most famously the symbolic site of the liberation of Saigon by communist forces that reunited the nation on April 30, 1975.
 
The Basics
Vietnam has a long history of conflict, and a visit to the Reunification Palace is essential to an understanding of modern-day Vietnam. As such, it is featured on most sightseeing tours of the city. The structure is a working government building, but it’s also a museum of the historical events that happened there.
 
Visitors can see the war-command room with its old communications equipment, the F5E fighter plane that bombed the building in 1975, and the tank that rolled through the gates as Saigon fell. Rooms in the labyrinthine basement screen videos about the palace history in several languages. For a comprehensive overview of the war, combine a city tour and visit to the Reunification Palace with a guided visit to the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Reunification Palace is a must-visit for history buffs and first time visitors.
  • Visitors may be asked to pass through a security check before entering the building.
  • Photography is allowed inside the palace.
  • The palace is wheelchair accessible, with the exception of the rooftop terrace.
  • How to Get There
  • Reunification Palace is situated in the heart of District 1, a short walk from Ben Thanh market. Follow Le Loi away from the market circle and turn left on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia.
 
When to Get There
The palace is open to the public daily so long as there are no official receptions or events taking place.
 
Designed for a President
The Reunification Palace was designed as the presidential palace for Ngo Dingh, the president of South Vietnam, after his own air force bombed his old palace (he was quite unpopular). The building has a bomb shelter in the basement, a movie theater, game room, disco, and rooftop helipad. Unfortunately, the president never moved in, as he was killed by his own troops three years before it was completed.
Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Admission: Varies
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Ho Chi Minh City Private Half-Day Tour by Jeep

Ho Chi Minh City Private Half-Day Tour by Jeep

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Get to know the history and culture of Ho Chi Minh City on a private sightseeing tour by Jeep. Traveling with a guide, you'll see a selection of the main sights, like the War Remnants Museum, the Independence Palace (aka Reunification Palace), Emperor Jade Pagoda, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Market. Entrance fees are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
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$54.00

Ho Chi Minh City Tour (8 Hour Excursion From Phu My Seaport)

Ho Chi Minh City Tour (8 Hour Excursion From Phu My Seaport)

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Embrace the spirit of Saigon – “Pearl of the Far East” with a day trip visiting the iconic landmarks of the city and soaking up the rich tapestry of history and culture. This Vietnamese metropolis can intimidate at first, but with a local to guide you on a Ho Chi Minh City tour, it’s never been easier to visit this incredible city. This city tour unravels Saigon’s turbulent past and also provides a glimpse into the fascinating variety the city has to offer. High light • Experience the special atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City • Enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch • Learn more about the Vietnam War, explore the old and new Saigon, and admire the highlights of the city • Admire magnificent pagodas, impressive buildings, and traditional markets
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  • 8 hours
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$135.00
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$135.00
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Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

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Experience Ho Chi Minh City’s major landmarks and attractions on an all-day tour. After a convenient pickup from Phu My Port, travel in a private air-conditioned minivan with a personal guide to the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace (formerly the Presidential Palace), and the French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office. Enjoy a cafe sua da (coffee with condensed-milk) and lunch at a local restaurant included.  
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  • 6 to 12 hours
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$120.45
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$120.45
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Make Your Own Full Day Shore Excursion in Ho Chi Minh City

Make Your Own Full Day Shore Excursion in Ho Chi Minh City

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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 offer. Lunch and attraction entrance fees are included in this tour.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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$110.33
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Private & All-Inclusive Ho Chi Minh City Instagram Tour: Hidden Gems

Private & All-Inclusive Ho Chi Minh City Instagram Tour: Hidden Gems

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If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, the iconic city of Ho Chi Minh will already be on your itinerary. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the best spots, let us show you around on our Ho Chi Minh Instagram Tour! Forget everything you think you know about guided tours when you come with us - there are no stuffy silences or boring monologues here! ===== Tour Schedule 10:00 AM – Pick up at your hotel 10:15 AM – Arrive at the Notre Dame Cathedral 10:45 AM – Visit The Central Post Office 11:45 AM – Visit the “Pink Church" 12:30 PM – Explore a hidden weapons bunker 1:15 PM – Lunch Time! 2:45 PM – Visit the Ho Chi Minh Squares (People’s Committee) 3:00 PM – Stroll along Nguyen Hue Street and grab views of Bitexco 3:30 PM – Visit Instagrammable boutique shops and enjoy coffee & dessert! 4:30 PM – Visit the Minh Dang Quang Pagoda 5:15 PM – View the tallest building in HCMC and relax in a secret spot by the river 6:15 PM – Arrive back at your hotel
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$107.70
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Full-Day Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels Tour with Lunch

Full-Day Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels Tour with Lunch

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Explore the French colonial and wartime history of Vietnam on a full-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City and the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze-like network where Vietnamese soldiers lived and worked underground. Visit Ho Chi Minh City landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace, and the War Remnants Museum, with a guide to share stories about local history and culture. Your tour includes all entrance fees and lunch, with pickup and drop-off at select Ho Chi Minh City hotels.
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  • 1 day
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Multi-Day Tour of 5 Days Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap

Multi-Day Tour of 5 Days Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap

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Don’t let time pressures restrict you from seeing Angkor Wat. In just three action-packed days, discover the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a cruise through the Mekong Delta, and explore the Vietnam War–era Cu Chi Tunnels. From here, fly to Siem Reap (own expense), where your guide will introduce you to the greatest highlights of Angkor culture. Choose between 3-star, 4-star, and 5-star packages: all include breakfast.
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  • 5 days
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$369.24
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Covid-19 Regulated PRIVATE Tour in HCMC

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Covid-19 Regulated PRIVATE Tour in HCMC

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Explore the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, as it's also still known, on this 3.5-hour private walking tour. Visit major attractions like the War Remnants Museum, learn about the city's history, and enjoy a Vietnamese snack. Your private guide also shows you hidden gems you might otherwise miss.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$40.73
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Full-Day Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels Tour with Lunch

Full-Day Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels Tour with Lunch

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Tour the sites of Ho Chi Minh City and travel back in time on a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels on this full-day tour that includes lunch. See the Notre Dame Cathedral from the outside and visit the famous Post Office that was built during colonial times. Then tour the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace. Finally, head outside of the city to the Cu Chi Tunnels, where you head far underground with a local guide and learn how thousands of people survived far below the earth's surface during the Vietnam War.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$33.00
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Half-Day Tour in Ho Chi Minh with Lunch

Half-Day Tour in Ho Chi Minh with Lunch

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City on an adventurous tour. Gain fascinating insight into the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage as you explore significant sites with a knowledgeable guide; haggle for souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market, and feast your senses on a local lunch of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Visit the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum to learn of the country’s turbulent history and conclude the day with a serene stroll down tree-lined boulevards.
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  • 6 hours
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$52.00
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SAIGON SHORE EXCURSION: Car Services + LOCAL TOUR GUIDE in Saigon

SAIGON SHORE EXCURSION: Car Services + LOCAL TOUR GUIDE in Saigon

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+ Our itinerary are flexible and changeable to make you have a great local experiences. + Our private tour guide will do tour in the Ho Chi Minh City in a very flexible way to match your interest and hobby until the time must drive back to the cruise port. - 7:30-8:00Am Our driver will welcome you with a sign (your name) at Phu My port gate (2 to 5 minutes by shuttle bus from the ship to the gate) and depart to Saigon around 1. 5 hours by private mini-van. • Our Tour Guide will welcome you in Saigon Center then you will start your date with Saigon City Tour. - We'll discover history and culture of Saigon with: • Local Wet Market • The Jade Emperor temple • City Hall • Opera House • Central Post Office • Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral - Lunch at local restaurant with Pho (noodles soup) • Saigon Skydeck with 50 floor - Enjoy a great view of Saigon. • War Museum or Reunification Palace - Our guide will say goodbye then the driver will send you back the ship.
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  • 8 hours
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$109.00
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Deluxe Half-Day Saigon Sightseeing Group Tour

Deluxe Half-Day Saigon Sightseeing Group Tour

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Gain a unique perspective of Ho Chi Minh City, where modern life meets traditional Vietnam. Tour the dynamic city with a professional guide who points out architectural features of French colonial–style buildings, such as Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and Saigon Post Office. Visit other famous attractions including Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, and the Jade Emperor Pagoda. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included from districts 1 and 3.
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  • 4 hours
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$26.67
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Private Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Private Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Vietnam's largest city boasts energy travellers can feel the moment they step out onto the street. Discover the delights of lively Saigon with a friendly private guide from Vietravel. Get a local's perspective on this evocative Vietnamese metropolis as you explore Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace.
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  • 8 hours
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$75.90
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$75.90
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Best Options for Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from any Cruise Port

Best Options for Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from any Cruise Port

By booking this tour you have many options for your shore excursion when your ship is docking in Ho Chi Minh City. Depending on your ship' schedule, you can choose for your own tour: Ho Chi Minh (or Saigon) City Tour only or Combining Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City Tour or Combining Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City Tour. We will make a day for you. Moreover you can easily customize your tour. We can arrange all the services accordingly with effective supporting from your tour guide.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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$126.52
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$126.52
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One hour cyclo tour around Saigon

One hour cyclo tour around Saigon

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From your pick-up point, join Xích Lô Tours for a fun cyclo ride across the undiscovered highlights of Saigon. ‘Xich lo’ or cyclo is a traditional transport in Saigon that is being left behind by sharp urbanization. Nowadays, it is a reminicence of the past. Hopping on your very own cyclos, you will be joining some 8 millions scooters of Saigon and get a premium 360 degree view of its traffic.
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  • 55 minutes to 1 hour
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$10.26
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$10.26

Ho Chi Minh city half day - Morning or Afternoon - Luxury group tour

Ho Chi Minh city half day - Morning or Afternoon - Luxury group tour

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Once dearly called Diamond of the Far-east with the luxury level overriding that of Hongkong or Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City is now the most populated city in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh city is Vietnam’s largest city. It is a fast-paced urban area full of diverse people including street vendor selling fresh fruit and vegetables, to ritzy western-style bars and boutiques. This haft-day-tour unravels Saigon’s turbulent past and also provides a glimpse into the fascinating variety the city has to offer. We will visit the following places of interest: * The Reunification Palace * War Remants Museum * Notre Dame Cathedral * Central Post Office * Jade Emperor Pagoda * Ben Thanh Market
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.99
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$33.99

Best Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from any Cruise Port

Best Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from any Cruise Port

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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 offer. Vietnamese Traditional lunch and attraction entrance fees are included in this tour.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.57
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$130.57
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Unique Cyclo trip combined lunch/dinner at Cyclo Resto

Unique Cyclo trip combined lunch/dinner at Cyclo Resto

Cyclo pick you up at hotel and drive you about 1 hour though main landmarks. You can sit on cyclo and enjoy the Saigon views After finish cyclo trip, you arrive Cyclo Resto restaurant where you taste Vietnamese family meal and get egg coffee for dessert.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$14.36
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$14.36

Daily Small Group Tour to Saigon City and Cu Chi Tunnels

Daily Small Group Tour to Saigon City and Cu Chi Tunnels

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Vietnam’s recent history is complex, so exploring Ho Chi Minh City’s wartime relics is best with a guide to explain them. This full-day tour delivers: focusing on the 1955-1975 Vietnam War, with sightseeing on top. See the city’s colonial-era sights, chart the war in the photo exhibits of the War Remnants Museum, and explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong to hide from and fight the enemy.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.00
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$47.00
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Cu Chi Tunnels by Speed Boat & Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

Cu Chi Tunnels by Speed Boat & Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port

Experience the world of the Cu Chi freedom fighters with a visit to their famous tunnel system. Different from other classic tours to Cu Chi Tunnels, the speedboat tour not only helps you to understand the war remnant but also offers chance to explore the daily life of Saigonese with a brand-new view.The scenery quickly changes from urban to suburban, to rural. This will be the capstone experience for your time in Vietnam, and you could not have asked for a more special experience.  A classic half day Saigon city tour begins by enjoying Vietnamese coffee then continue with all the famous sight seeing places such as: Reunification Palace, War remnants museum, Notre Dame Basilica, Central Post office, Jade Emperor pagoda and Ben Thanh market.
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  • 7 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$217.62
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$217.62
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Discovering Unseen Parts Of Saigon Full Day

Discovering Unseen Parts Of Saigon Full Day

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At 8:00am, The driver and I will pick you up at hotel. The morning city exploration covers uniquely local places in the Saigon city: - Local wet market - Saigon's Eco village located on Saigon riverside, this peaceful tourist village is full of green spaces with flowers and swaying trees. It is famous weekend location for the local people for picnics and fishing. we will introduce to you how they grow the rice, how they catch a fish but in Saigon city (This is unseen part of Saigon). Enjoying a cup of Vietnamese coffee here is a great way to kick-start this amazing city exploration experience. - Ferry across Saigon River to see more local life. - Jade Pagoda (A must in Saigon) - Saigon Opera House, City Hall, Central Post Office, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral - The CIA building in Saigon: Saigon Helicopter Photo - Nguyen Hue walking street - Stop at the restaurant for you enjoy lunch with local style - The Independence Palace or War Museum - Cao Dai Temple: Vietnamese religion
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00
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Shore Excursion Beauty Essence of Saigon City

Shore Excursion Beauty Essence of Saigon City

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 offer. Vietnamese Traditional lunch and attraction entrance fees are included in this tour.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$187.25
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$187.25
Price varies by group size

SAIGON SHORE EXCURSION: Old and New Parts of Saigon

SAIGON SHORE EXCURSION: Old and New Parts of Saigon

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We will take you on a tour of the city that will touch on some of the historical antecedents to modern Saigon as well as delving into some of the more everyday traditional lifestyle of the Saigonese. Our guide will introduce to you how they grow the rice, how they catch a fish but in Saigon city (This is unseen part of Saigon). Enjoy lunch at local restaurant with local specialty. After that we'll head to center and discover history and culture of Saigon with: • Local Wet Market • The Jade Emperor temple • City Hall • Opera House • Central Post Office • Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral • War Museum or Reunification Palace (Presidential Palace). • The CIA building in Saigon: Saigon Helicopter Photo + Our tour itinerary is flexible and changeable to make you have local most experiences. + All private tours are approximately 9-10 hours or longer depending on your time. At the end of the private tour, we will ensure that you return on-time to board the cruise ship
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.00
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$119.00
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Ho Chi Minh City tour : including cyclo ride

Ho Chi Minh City tour : including cyclo ride

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Get the most from your time at Phu My port with this full-day Ho Chi Minh City shore excursion. Forget arranging your own trip or haggling with cabs, and be sure to cover the city's highlights by air-conditioned bus and with a guide for extra insight. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh market, and more; and enjoy a cyclo rickshaw ride—an activity you might miss if exploring alone.
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  • 6 hours
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$90.00
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$90.00

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