Pick up/ Drop off location: the Port gate of Saigon port
Guests have to walk out or take a port shuttle bus (if available) about 100m -700m (depend on the terminal). If you wish to be picked up inside the port please contact us or note on your booking form. It will cost 22 USD/ pax surcharge for pickup permit.
A short drive takes you to the History Museum. Built-in 1929, this museum houses an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the evolution of the cultures of Vietnam, from bronze aged Dong Son civilization to Cham, Khmer and modern-day Vietnam.
Photo stops are included at the Notre Dame Cathedral, a neo-classical structure dating back to the 19th century. The imposing twin spires have long heralded arrival in Saigon to passenger liners that travel the winding Saigon, then a short walk into the Central Post Office nearby; and take a photo stop at the former Presidential Palace that is now known as the Reunification Hall. This historic building was made famous when a Vietnamese. The Liberation Front’s tank crashed through its front gates on April 30th, 1975, signaling the end of the Vietnam War.
The tour continues into the heart of Cholon, literally "big market" and more commonly known as Chinatown. With its crowded streets and chophouses, the names are certainly appropriate! The streets are full of life and color, with bargaining being conducted at numerous street stalls, and hundreds of hidden temples, shrines and pagodas.
Visit the Thien Hau Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Protector of Sailors, which dates to the late 18th century. The smell of incense hangs heavy in the air, with huge burning spirals suspended from the ceiling. Ceramic figurines and a scale model boat commemorate the arrival of the first Chinese from Canton, and interesting ceramic frieze line the roof of the inner courtyard.
Stop at a lacquer factory for an opportunity to see the lacquering process and shopping. Return to the ship.
Note: Our tour guide will pick you up at the port gate. If you wish to be picked up inside the port please contact us or note on your booking form. It will cost 22 USD/ pax surcharge for pickup permit.
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