Depart from Saigon port, this Ho Chi Minh City tour shows you around the city of energy and dynamic. Witness remnants of the American phase of the Vietnam War since 1975 in War Remnant Museum and be mesmerized by classical French colonial architectures - Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. The full-day tour also guides you to China Town to get a glimpse of the Chinese community living in Saigon and around the Ben Thanh market to appreciate exuberant night market scene, to shop for special souvenirs and to feast on scrumptious specialties in the food stands. Don’t miss an enriching vacation in this exotic and history-filled city just in an 8-hour tour.

Tour Route: War Remnant Museum – Notre Dame Cathedral – Giac Lam Pagoda – China town – Ben Thanh market
Duration: 8 Hours
Start/ End: Saigon Port/ Saigon Port
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Category: Ho Chi Minh City Tours from Cruise Port

Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City tour from Saigon Port

  • Ideal for first-time visitors with limited time in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Round trip transfer from Saigon port and back
  • Admire famous French conical architectures
  • Visit the Bustling Chinatown – a must-see place in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cultural experiences at the oldest pagoda in Saigon
  • Full Itinerary
  • Price & Inclusion
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Ho Chi Minh City Tour from Saigon Port – Morning (L)

7:30 – 8:00 AM: Welcome on arrival by our guide & driver at Saigon Port and we then transfer to Ho Chi Minh City to kick off your city tour.

The very first attraction we pay a visit to is the War Remnant Museum, once known as the “Museum of American War crime”, has been displaying remnants of the American phase of the Vietnam War since 1975 – right after the war. It is also recognized to be one of 61 “museums for peace” by the United Nations. We will have a chance to deeply understand the cruelty of the war and the pains it left. It is a practical lesson about the Vietnamese heroic history where all tourists should come, see and think.

War Remnant Museum ho chi minh shore excursion from saigon port

Continue our Ho Chi Minh City tour to Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral established by French colonists. The cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. Following the French conquest of Cochinchina and Saigon, the Cathedral established a community and religious services for French colonialists. After that, move to the iconic sign of the city – Central Post Office which is a beautiful piece of art.

saigon central post office in ho chi minh city

Feast on a delicious Vietnamese-style lunch at a good restaurant.

Ho Chi Minh City Tour from Saigon Port – Afternoon

Leave for China Town labeled as the biggest commercial center of Chinese in Viet Nam. For hundreds of years, the charming China town has enriched the city’s culture. Journey to Giac Lam Pagoda – believed as one of the oldest pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City. You will have a chance to get to know about the spiritual life and religious practices of Vietnamese.

giac lam pagoda in ho chi minh city

Later we walk around Ben Thanh Market – the large market place in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, ao dai, and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.

ben thanh market in saigon

16:00 – 16:30: Driving back to Saigon port. The Ho Chi Minh City day tour ends. Enjoy your time next on cruise ship.

What’s Included:

  • Private transfer & transportation by car/van/bus up to group size with A/C.
  • Very good & experienced English speaking guide (other languages available).
  • Entrance/sightseeing fees during guided time
  • Permission fee to pick –up at port
  • Meal is Lunch based on local food at a good local restaurant.
  • Cold mineral bottle of water per person: 1 bottle of 500ml.

What’s Excluded:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks & Beverages.
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and Gratuities for guide & driver
  • Others not mentioned above.


If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they can serve you better.