We took a shore excursion with this company to visit the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City. We met Bao, our tour guide at the port and noted that it is a 1.5 hour drive to/from the port to Ho Chi Minh City. While there, we visited Chinatown, Beautful Lady Temple, War Renaments Museum, and had coffee on the 50th floor of the Bitco Financial Tower. An elegant lunch was served at the Mandarin Restuarant, which our group totally enjoyed. We also visited a Lacquer factory and took a break to sample Vietnam coffee at a store (tourist traps). Please make note that traffic in the city is very busy so it is important to ensure that you have ample time to return to the port. We arrived 15 minutes before the ship was scheduled to leave. Overall, it was a nice tour and more time is needed to appreciate this city.
Our guide put as much time into his facebook page, or whatever social media link he was using as in introducing us to Ho Chi Minh . Didn't have the knowledge of the city to be able to adapt to our preferences and whilst Tet holiday did create some limitations it was clearly a formula not so much a private tour .Having had first class experiences in Taipei and Manila with Viator this was not of the same standard at all
Our guide, Sarah, was a very enthusiastic young lady and our driver was excellent in the chaotic traffic. Meeting her at the port was easy and our return was prompt. We saw all we wanted with ample time when we wanted. She seemed to know how long we needed at each stop and we never felt rushed. Had a great lunch and later some wonderful Vietnamese coffee. She had us posing for pictures and enjoying it, something we seldom do. We are a couple in our late 60's. We did little shopping at our request but walked through all the markets and could stop where we wished. She was quite knowledgeable about everything and answered all our questions. The new year's celebrations were beginning and we learned so much about that. It was a great day! Thanks, Sarah!
We loved our day in Ho Chi Minh. Our guide Mai did a wonderful job of taking us to the sites and explaining all. She is very knowledgeable and kept us on track because we wanted to see a lot and make the most of it. She really worked hard and had a great attitude and always a nice smile. The driver drove safely, and was there to pick us up after each event. All went very well and would use these tour folks again.
Great tour...Kevin met us with sign right on schedule, gave us detailed and interesting facts about Ho Chi Minh city. Visited Reunification palace, War Remnants museum (very moving), Lunch at authentic Vietnamese restaurant, Notre Dame cathedral and Vietnamese coffee (highly recommended). This was a private tour, at same or better price offered by cruise line. Highly recommend!!