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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

Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi to Shanghai

6 sailing dates August 2019 to April 2020
32 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
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Phnom Penh

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
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Phnom Penh

Vietnam & Cambodia

1 sailing date August 2019
14 Nights From London (Dover), United Kingdom to London (Dover)
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Ho Chi Minh City

Treasures of the Mekong

21 sailing dates July 2019 to April 2020
15 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Phnom Penh

Luxury Mekong & Temple Discovery

21 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
13 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Mystical Irrawaddy & Treasures of the Mekong

2 sailing dates October 2019 to February 2020
27 Nights From Fly From UK, to Silk Islands
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Phnom Penh

Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

4 sailing dates July 2019 to March 2020
22 Nights From Fly From UK, to Silk Islands
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Phnom Penh

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

19 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
19 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5699pp
Siem Reap

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong 24 Da

14 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
23 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
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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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Phnom Penh

Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong

1 sailing date January 2019
21 Nights From UK, to UK
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Siem Reap

Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong

1 sailing date August 2019
22 Nights From UK, to UK
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Siem Reap

Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam - Southbound

47 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
19 Nights From UK, to UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

1 sailing date December 2018
14 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Arrive UK
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Chau Doc

Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

1 sailing date December 2018
14 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, to Arrive UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

35 sailing dates January 2019 to December 2019
14 Nights From UK, to UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

37 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From UK, to Arrive UK
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4589pp
Siem Reap

Essential Vietnam and Cambodia

1 sailing date February 2020
11 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, to Cambodia , Siem Reap
APT Cruising logo FROM £3389pp
Mandalay

Wonders of the Irrawaddy and the Mekong

3 sailing dates January 2019 to March 2019
26 Nights From Mandalay, Myanmar to , Ho Chi Minh City
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