Ho Chi Minh Cruises

Perhaps better known by its former name of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is one of the most popular destinations for overseas visitors to Vietnam, and that includes those people who are heading for the country as part of a cruise around the Far East.

From the dark days when the Fall of Saigon signaled the end of the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh has developed into one of the most popular city destinations anywhere in Asia.

That’s largely because of the opportunity to embrace Vietnamese history and culture at pretty much every turn, with the city streets packed with buildings that hark back to colonial times.

Understandably, there remain plenty of links to the war that raged in Vietnam for nearly 20 years, and it is these sites that remain some of the most popular with visitors to Ho Chi Minh.

Chief amongst those is Reunification Palace, the place where the war drew to a close in 1975 when a North Vietnamese Tank bulldozed through the gates.

It’s a building with links to the war that is one of the most popular attractions in the city, with Reunification Palace having been the place where the conflict ended with the Fall of Saigon.

There are museums that you can visit to discover more about the war and the impact that it had on the Vietnamese people, whilst a trip to the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels offers the unique chance to visit the underground network where members of the Viet Cong hid whilst battling with American troops.

Elsewhere, you could explore the 19th century Notre Dame Cathedral, marvel at the elaborate design of the Jade Emperor Pagoda or simply stroll through the streets to visit famous sites like the City Hall and the old Post Office. There is also a huge Chinatown that is well worth a visit.

Ho Chi Minh has its own Botanical Gardens, which date back to the 1800s and are somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of the streets, whilst the options when it comes to dining and shopping are plentiful.

In the case of the latter, the shops around Dong Khoi Street and the busy Ben Thanh Market are particularly popular.

Should you want to spend some time ashore outside the city then a trip to the Mekong Delta gives you chance to visit floating markets and to see how locals go about their business growing rice, whilst you might have chance to spend time seeing how the Vietnamese live with a special home visit.

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