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Ho Chi Minh City River Cruises

About Ho Chi Minh City 

Though not its capital, the former Saigon is Vietnam’s largest city and lies close to the port of My Tho on the Mekong River. Its coastal location means it’s a popular place to end your Mekong river cruise, typically with a hotel stay which will give you plenty of time to explore the city. The capital of former South Vietnam was renamed in 1976 after the country’s Communist revolutionary leader, who was leader of the North Vietnamese and who took control of the city in 1975 during the last days of the Vietnam War. The legacy of this notorious conflict can be explored during your visit, but there’s also a wealth of French colonial architecture as well as some more traditional attractions to discover. 

Exploring Ho Chi Minh City 

If immersing yourself in the city’s most notorious historical chapter is important, then don’t miss the Reunification Palace. This former government building has been preserved in time and has been left exactly as it was in 1966. This means it’s somewhat austere and functional in the Communist way of old but nevertheless the absolute best way to get a feel for this infamous period in the city’s history. Somewhat contradictorily, the basement is the highpoint, offering a tantalising look at the final days of the Vietnam War. The War Remnants Museum offers more when it comes to artefacts to see, exhibiting thousands of documents, photographs and films which as are informative as they are moving.

For the ultimate view of it all and for a taste of the city’s contemporary architectural side and commercial growth, don’t miss the Saigon Skydeck. This lofty observation platform can be found on the 49th floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower, the city’s tallest building. 

Ho Chi Minh City tips 

A visit to Ho Chu Minh City offers you the chance to sample both French and Vietnamese cuisine, with French cheese baguettes and Hue beef soup both being popular dishes.

Suggested Read: Port in Focus: Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City Itineraries

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Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong

36 sailing dates July 2019 to April 2020
20 Nights From Bangkok, Thailand, to Vietnam , Hanoi
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £5389pp
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Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

5 sailing dates February 2019 to April 2019
13 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4739pp
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Treasures of the Mekong

21 sailing dates July 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4929pp
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Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

10 sailing dates September 2019 to April 2020
19 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £6599pp
Siem Reap

Hanoi to Siem Reap

21 sailing dates February 2019 to April 2020
23 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £6869pp
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Siem Reap to Hanoi

1 sailing date March 2019
23 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Phnom Penh

Hanoi to Shanghai

6 sailing dates August 2019 to April 2020
32 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
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Yangon to Siem Reap

1 sailing date October 2019
31 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Phnom Penh

Yangon to Siem Reap

2 sailing dates October 2019 to February 2020
31 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £11639pp
Siem Reap

Vietnam & Cambodia

1 sailing date August 2019
14 Nights From London (Dover), United Kingdom to London (Dover)
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Phnom Penh

Treasures of the Mekong

23 sailing dates July 2019 to April 2020
15 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4929pp
Siem Reap

Luxury Mekong & Temple Discovery

21 sailing dates July 2019 to April 2020
13 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK

Includes FREE one-way Business Class flight upgrade

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Magwe

Mystical Irrawaddy & Treasures of the Mekong

1 sailing date February 2020
27 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
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Siem Reap

Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

4 sailing dates July 2019 to March 2020
22 Nights From Fly From UK, to Silk Islands
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £7659pp
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Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

21 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
19 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £6549pp
Phnom Penh

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong 24 Da

15 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
23 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £7049pp
Phnom Penh

Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

1 sailing date December 2019
14 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, to Vietnam , Hanoi
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Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong

1 sailing date January 2019
21 Nights From UK, to UK
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Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong

1 sailing date August 2019
22 Nights From UK, to UK
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £5429pp
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Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam - Southbound

44 sailing dates February 2019 to April 2020
19 Nights From UK, to UK
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £5249pp

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