Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Private City Tour Including Cyclo Ride

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Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Private City Tour Including Cyclo Ride
from AUD $266.51
When your cruise ship docks at Phu My or Lotus port, a local guide takes you on a private shore excursion to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s most populous metropolitan area. Visit the National History Museum, enjoy a photo op in front of the Presidential Palace and enoy the local cuisine at local restaurant. Swap your air-conditioned car for a cyclo as you take a relaxing ride past French-colonial buildings such as the Saigon Opera House. Finish at Ben Thanh market, a lively spot bursting with goods.
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In Brief

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
8 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Bravo Indochina Tours, Ho Chi Minh City 70000 Vietnam

Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Ho Chi Minh City port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Pass By: Phu My, Phu My, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province

Your full-day shore excursion begins with pickup at Phu My or Lotus port and a 2-hour drive into Ho Chi Minh City in the air-conditioned comfort of a private vehicle.

Stop At: Ho Chi Minh City Museum, 65 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000 Vietnam

Start out at the National History Museum, which houses an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the evolution of the cultures of Vietnam, from the Dong Son civilization of the Bronze Age to Cham, Khmer and modern-day peoples.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Emperor Jade Pagoda, 73 Mai Thi Luu, Ho Chi Minh City 700000 Vietnam

Then visit visit the Emperor Jade Pagoda, also known as Tortoise Pagoda, is one of the five most important shrines in Ho Chi Minh City,  where American President Barack Obama chose to visit in 2016

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City

After lunch at a local restaurant, take a 1-hour cyclo ride along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, which is the heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic French-style landmarks such as Saigon City Hall and the Saigon Opera House, and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office nearby.

Make a photo stop at the Presidential Palace, renowned for its symbolic role in the fall of Saigon in 1975, and end your cyclo tour at Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City. You’re free to explore the market, packed with every conceivable commodity, before the return drive by private vehicle back to the cruise terminal.

Duration: 2 hours


  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned private car
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Entry/Admission - Ho Chi Minh City Museum


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Phu My Port
  • Lotus Port

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants. Failure to do so could affect services rendered.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.79 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This was a very pleasant and wonderful tour. The driver was very kind and courteous and the guy was as well. If you want to see Vietnam I highly recommend this tour as it was customized to whatever we wanted to do. Thanks again for a great experience!
• Submitted 31 Oct 2019
Although my visit to Ho Chi Minh city began with dropping my husband at the airport, I had a wonderful day with my guide, Soo Li. She was an absolute gem who thoughtfully worked around my limited mobility. She made sure that I did everything that I wanted and some things like a tea tasting and trip to her local temple, that I didn't know a wanted to. It is a special memory!
• Submitted 10 Dec 2018
Our Tour was excellent. We were meet promptly at the Pier and there was just my wife and myself and a guide plus a driver. We were greeted with a bottle of water for our ride to HO Chi Minh City and were driven there. During the drive our guide was so excellent in telling us about the countryside and things that we were passing and the history of the city we were to visit. Both Guide and Driver were excellent. They went out of their way to customize our trip when we asked them. We were able to see the War Memorial which was a fantastic stop for anyone who wants to know more history of Vietnam . We also went to a factory where they were making pictures out of sea shells and delicate art work. My wife could have spent even longer here. They called it Agent Orange and we thought at first we were going to a place that had been damaged during the war but were surprised at this part of the tour. We also visited the area where most of the communications and meetings took place during the war. We were taken on a Cyclo Ride in which my wife and myself and our guide went in 3 bikes that were peddled by 3 very nice Vietnam gentlemen. We were given time to go shopping in an enclosed market which was itself an experience . I bought a couple of shirts and t shirts and to my amazement when I got home and have worn them they were made of very nice fabric. They then drove us back to the cruise ship dock. I would give a 10 plus to our guide and driver. This was a very positive experience for my wife and myself. I believe our guides name was Hai .
• Submitted 17 Sep 2018
An exciting full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City with a terrific and fun guide. We had a marvelous time and would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 24 Jul 2018
Very very good excellent value
• Submitted 26 Apr 2018
So much to do!! Saw lots of Saigon in a few hours. Trip from port to Saigon long 2 hours but tour guide made it interesting and informative. Lunch at Indochine Restaurant was very excellent. Cyclo ride was fun. Time ran out before we could visit China Town. An interesting and moving excursion! Great tour guide! Great Van Driver! My Apologies I have forgotten their names. The tour was on 24 Jan 2018 from the HAL Volendam cruise ship provided by Bravo Indochina Tours via Viator
• Submitted 05 Feb 2018
well organized, good guide, was flexible to our requirements, excellent lunch
• Submitted 04 Feb 2018
We booked this tour independent of the cruise ship and were delighted with the result. We were met on the quay by our driver and guide who were both friendly and helpful throughout the day,. We were able to adjust our itinerary for the day and were not hampered by the inconsiderate time keeping of other guests you experience on an organised coach tour from the ship. In future we will do independent tours whenever we can and the cost difference was negligible to the ship tour. All in all a great day and a return to ship on time guarantee built in.
• Submitted 14 Dec 2017
Though a little expensive it was well worth it. The guide met us at our ship and gave us great information about Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City. Though it was foggy the day we took it, there are plenty of photo ops during the tour. The tour was 7 hours and met our expectations. The lunch was more french vietnamese...and was delicious. Soda or beer at lunch is not included in your fee you must pay yourself....but US dollars are readily accepted anywhere. The Cyclo ride modern day rickshaw was neat and enjoyable. The guide was flexible and found us a Starbucks we collect mugs from cities we visit and also took us the the local shopping area to get some souvenirs. We have no complaints and would recommend this to others who only have one day to spend in Ho Chi Minh City.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2017
Great tour. Our guide, Joe I think, gave us an excellent overview of Ho Chi Minh City. We especially enjoyed the cyclo ride through the busy streets. Lunch was tasty.
• Submitted 22 Jul 2017
We had an amazing time on our tour in Ho Chi Minh! Everything was perfect and Phan Hoang Tan, our tour guide, was AWESOME! Couldn't have asked for a better guide!
• Submitted 16 Mar 2017
This was one of my favorite tours. We started in the history museum where our guide gave us an excellent overview of Vietnam and its history. We saw a water show, took a cyclo ride through the French district, saw highlights from the Vietnam war era, shopped and experienced Saigon.
• Submitted 25 Jan 2017
We really had a great time thanks to Tien, our tour guide. Tien greeted us with "Good Morning Vietnam!!!" Throughout the tour he exhibited his bubbly personality. The food was very good. The only downside was the puppet show which is part of their culture. Otherwise it was an excellent tour.
• Submitted 21 Jun 2016
Great experience. Everyone should do it. Great tour guide
• Submitted 05 Apr 2016
An experience never to forget. The bravery and expertise of the driver was amazing.
• Submitted 25 Mar 2016
Our tour was fantastic our guide did a fabulous job.Very informative was polite and very funny.We have done lots of Viator tours across Asia and Europe and everyone was great .Thanks
• Submitted 17 Mar 2016
The tour was great! Our guide and driver took excellent care of us and provided informative commentary. This tour was well pacednot too fast and not too slowand showed us a great deal of the city and its people.
• Submitted 09 Mar 2016
Excellent tour good guide only complaint the lunch was awful..
• Submitted 08 Jan 2016
Our guide Tin was awesome! We were indeed lucky to have such a good person and a very patient one at that! Our time in Vietnam was an eye opener. Both guide and driver could not have been more pleasant! We are so happy with Viatour...do not do a trip to Vietnam and not think of using a reputable operator and a knowledgable tour guide as we experienced..thank you Tin for your time and for being a true professional! We had a blast!
• Submitted 24 Nov 2015
The problem started with a walk of almost two miles as the tour guides were not allowed at the port so we had to walk to the security gate. It was hot and we were tired before the trip started. It is a very long drive, about two hours. The rest of the excursion was nice and the guide tried very hard to be friendly and give us as much information as he could
• Submitted 28 Mar 2018
Our tour didn’t get off to the best start as we were told our guide would be there to meet us as the boat docked. We duly disembarked promptly and looked through the 20 or so other guides waiting with their transport but ours was not there. Another guide from Bravo tours (the operator) kindly rang the office and we were assured ours was on his way. Approximately 30mins later our guide arrived on foot saying he could not get in the port (as the others had) and we had a 10 minute walk to the coach. We had a driver and a guide which worked well as we could be dropped off at one place and when we were ready to be picked up the guide telephoned and he came to pick us up to take us to the next place. The cyclo ride was fun but we didn’t go far as described. We were only on them one short journey about 10 minutes or so- not 1hr as detailed in the itinerary. We didn’t see the water puppet show which was on hourly as our guide said there wasn’t enough people for it to be on ... a decision he made 30 minutes before it started which we were confused by. The set menu lunch was at a nice air conditioned restaurant and was good quality Vietnamese food. We covered lots of ground and saw lots but we were unfortunately left disappointed by our guide himself. He was a nice young man who did have lots of knowledge but it was hard work. He spoke quietly, was difficult to understand and was not forthcoming with information - we constantly had to ask him questions. I would definitely recommend the tour to you- I just hope you get a different guide.
• Submitted 10 Mar 2018
Great variety of experiences on this tour. Crazy traffic, but we had a great driver. Wonderful meal at the Vietnamese restaurant. One of the highlights was the Rickshaw ride through town. Visit to the War Remnants museum brought mixed feelings. Being an American, it was sobering to see their propaganda slant to the Viet Nam war.
• Submitted 01 Mar 2018
It's probably the same thing happening in all SE shore excursions. When we're at the port, we're greeted by the guide, but than later figuring out that we're not the only group on this tour, as there're three other small groups joining us on this excursion. We're extremely upset in the beginning as we paid for the price of private tour for two. After arriving the city, we're brought together as a large group visiting the museum and the water puppet show. Then a different arrangement was made, we were detached from the large group and turn back to a real private tour. For the rest of the tour, points of interest were impressive with fair explanation from the guide. What impressed us was the authentic meal that we had for the lunch. Food was excellent and tasty to the genuine flavor of Vietnamese cuisine. Despite of the little troubles in the morning travelling and visit, this excursion is considered a good one that brought us back with fun and good memories.
• Submitted 12 May 2017
Kien was our guide for this trip and he was very good and knowledgeable. I would drop the lacquer factory tour, its just another sales pitch stop to promote buying things that most people did not care for.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2016