ITINERARY BY DAY
Morning Cruise and Saigon City Tour (B)
Depart your hotel at 08.00 to board a comfortable river boat at Tan Cang pier to start morning cruise to discover the beauty and history of Saigon from the waterways. The boat takes you on the Saigon River along the banks of District 1, District 2 and Thanh Da Island, where you will see the different faces of Saigon and how colonial buildings mix with modern skyscrapers in this dynamic metropolis.
Cruise through isolated canals, local neighborhoods, and some of Saigon’s most rapidly developing areas. This morning breakfast cruise will give you a glimpse of the most interesting sights both on and off the river. This experience highlights the many contracts in Vietnam’s largest city, and especially how the gridlock on city’s streets contrasts to the quiet waterways. Everything from traditional wooden boats from the Mekong Delta to families living on fishing boats and larger sea fearing vessels can be seen. Breakfast will be served onboard with fresh pastries, coffee and exotic fruits.
After the cruise, discover the heart of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. Your program includes the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese tanks seized on the morning of April 30 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. From there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall.
Time permitting, after the historical visit, continue to the War Remnants Museum where exhibition halls display imagery of both the French and ‘American’ wars.