Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursions

Ho Chi Minh city

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Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursions from Phu My Port is one of the best of our Vietnam shore excursions. When you book our Phu My Vietnam shore excursions, you will visit the greatest tourist attractions. Including the Unification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, the Jade Emperor Pagoda, Notre Dame Cathedral, etc.

Moreover, with shore excursions from Phu My port, you will also learn more about the culture and traditional customs of Vietnamese people. Also, you can also enjoy the quintessential Vietnamese cuisine in restaurants or markets.

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Shore excursions from Phu My port

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us through email at phamvanhoa28@gmail.com and Whatsapp: +84349825119. We are delighted to serve you!


First and foremost, please let us know your cruise’s name and number, the cruise’s arrival time to dock, and the comeback time to your cruise shore excursions. Plus, kindly let us know your full name and phone number for our convenience contact you.

Ho Chi Minh City Shore excursions-Culture Pham Travel
Ho Chi Minh City Shore excursions-Culture Pham Travel

Important Note: As the driver and the guide are not allowed to go inside the port to pick you up, kindly note that they will wait for you outside at the port gate. Therefore, you need to walk about 10 minutes (around 400m) from the cruise to the meeting point. They will be holding a sign with your full name on it.

Famous Attractions That We Will Visit

At 08:30: First of all, our friendly driver with a basic English-speaking level will pick you up at Phu My port. And then, we start our shore excursions in Ho Chi Minh city. Our professional driver and English guide will transfer you to Ho Chi Minh City center (approximately 1,5 hours) for visiting the following sightseeing.

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Shore excursions – Culture Pham Travel

1. The Independence Palace

Firstly, our driver and excellent tour guide will drive you to visit the Independence Palace, also known as the Presidential Palace. Your journey will begin at the Reunification Palace, once the presidential palace of the Republic of Vietnam. The Vietnam War came to an end on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed head-on into its main gate.

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The Independence Palace

Therefore, it is now a popular tourist destination in Ho Chi Minh City. You will see two of the original tanks that were used to retake the palace are still parked there. The residence and office of the French Governor of Cochin-China were both located at Independence Palace.

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In addition to a command bunker, it also has secret rooms, verdant gardens, and antique furniture. Additionally, it continues to be used to hold significant events in Ho Chi Minh city, such as APEC summits.

2. Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

Moving forward Phu My shore excursion tour, we will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral. As you know, French colonists constructed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon in the late 1880s. Furthermore, it is one of the few remaining strongholds of Catholicism in the mostly Buddhism country of Vietnam.

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They named it Notre Dame after they put the statue “Peaceful Notre Dame” into Paris Square in 1959. In 1962, the Vatican conferred the Cathedral as a basilica and officially named it Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica.

The cathedral is about 60 meters high. Besides, it owns unique neo-Romanesque characteristics, including the all-red brick façade that they imported from Marseille.

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Furthermore, it is situated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City District 1 and has stained glass windows. Plus, it has two bell towers with six bronze bells that still ring today, and a tranquil garden setting.

3. Central Post Office

Next, to continue our shore excursion in Ho Chi Minh, we will go to the central post office. The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City is a wonderfully conserved relic of French colonial times. It is probably the largest post office in Southeast Asia.

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Moreover, it is located next to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Visitors will have a chance to visualize life in Vietnam during the Indochinese Empire era by visiting the two cultural sites together. Alfred Foulhoux designed the building, which has arched windows and wooden shutters. It is like its prosperous time in the late 19th century.

4. Jade Emperor Pagoda ( Ngoc Hoang pagoda)

To keep going on your private shore excursion, we move on to visit the jade emperor pagoda! The Emperor Jade pagoda also called the Tortoise pagoda, is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s five most prominent pagodas.

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Additionally, a group of Cantonese built this pagoda at the start of the twentieth century. They came from Guangzhou province in Southwest China. Thus, it is a typical example of the Mahayanist branch of Buddhism that is extensively practiced in Vietnam.

5. War Remnants Museum

Ho Chi Minh City’s War Remnants Museum initially opened to the public in 1975. It was formerly known as the ‘Museum of American War Crimes”, and it serves as a poignant reminder of the long and cruel Vietnam War. There are graphic pictures and American military weaponry on exhibit in this museum.

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What’s more, there’s a helicopter equipped with rocket launchers, a tank, a fighter jet, and a single-seat assault plane. Besides, you can also see a conventional bomb weighing 6,800 kg. Between 1945 and 1975, American armies utilized these weapons to invade Vietnam.

6. Chinatown In The Big Market

The Big Market in Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest Chinatown, with its origins dating back to 1778. In addition, it is also a location of immense historical and cultural significance.

During the Vietnam War, the Big Market (Cho Lon) used to be a bustling black market where American soldiers sold issued supplies that the American Army provided.

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Ho Chi Minh City Shore excursions-Culture Pham Travel

Today, the region is a renowned tourist destination, attracting a lot of domestic and international visitors. What’s more, it is an amazing area to admire classical Chinese architecture in its timeless beauty as well. Alternatively, the Big Market has many Chinese eateries, so it is an ideal spot to visit at night.

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Shore excursions from Phu My port – Culture Pham Travel

7. Ben Thanh Market

Anything else in this private shore excursion? On this shore excursion, we will go to Ben Thanh Market. Ben Thanh Market in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City is a fantastic destination to buy local handicraft items, branded products, Vietnamese art, and other souvenirs.

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Inside the market, you will see food stalls where you can eat hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink. What’s else, it is amazing when you enjoy the delicious dishes of the locals and observe their daily life.

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At night, eateries and restaurants along the market’s perimeter open. It creates a bustling street scene filled with the aromas of wok-fried noodles, grilled fish, and meats. Ben Thanh, one of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, has a wonderful ambiance that is completely authentically Vietnamese.

Ultimately, 16:00 pm – 17:00 pm, our professional will drive you back to your cruise ship shore excursions. Ho Chi Minh City shore excursions end here! Culture Pham Travel wishes you a memorable trip with our leading service!

What Should You Bring?

  • A passport or ID card
  • A fully charged camera
  • Sun cream
  • Caps/hats
  • Sunglasses


  • Air-conditioned private car for pick-up and drop-off at Phu My port.
  • Meals with Vietnamese food and Asian food.
  • All entrance fees.
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Bottles of water, wet tissues, soft drinks, and beers.


  • Food and drinks unless specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Port fee (25 USD/person)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping…)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Children’ policies

  • Children under 5 years old: Free
  • Children under 11 years old: 75%
  • Children from 11 years old: 100%


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