Phu My is the cruise port for Ho Chi Minh City (abbrev HCMC, aka Saigon) - Vietnam's capital. The port is around 1,5 hours away (approx 80 ml / 130 km) from the city, over a modern highway ianugurated in 2014. The city name Saigon is still used by locals and refers to the main district 1.
Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam. Once known as Prey Nokor, it was an important Khmer seaport prior to the 17th century annexation by the Vietnamese. Under the name Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City served as the capital of the French Cochinchina colony and later of the independent South Vietnam republic (1955–1975). On July 2, 1976 Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia Dinh Province and was renamed after revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.
The metropolitan area, consisting of Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area and surrounding towns, is populated by over 10 million people, making Ho Chi Minh Vietnam's most populous metropolitan area. The population of Ho Chi Minh City is expected to grow to 13.9M by 2025. Ho Chi Minh City area is 2,096.5 km2 (809.23 ml2).
The majority of the tourist spots are situated in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City and are a short distance from each other. The most prominent buildings in the city centre are the City Hall, Reunification Palace, Municipal Theatre (Opera House), State Bank Office, City Post Office, City People's Court and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Some of the city's historic hotels include Hotel Majestic, which dates back from the French colonial era, and Rex & Caravelle hotels - former hangouts for war correspondents and American officers in the 1960s-1970s.
In 2007 approximately 4.3M tourists visited Vietnam, of which 70% (3M) visited Ho Chi Minh City. The city boasts various museums like Ho Chi Minh City Museum, the Revolutionary Museum, Museum of Vietnamese History, Museum of south-eastern Armed Forces, War Remnants Museum, Museum of Fine Art, Museum of Southern Women, Nha Rong Memorial House, and Ben Duoc Relic of Underground Tunnels. The Cu Chi tunnels are situated north-west of the city in Cu Chi District. The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens dates back from 1865. The Dam Sen Tourist and Cultural Park, Suoi Tien Amusement and Culture Park, and Can Gio's Eco beach resort are recreational sites inside the city that are quite popular with tourists.
Don't take the fast ferry (hydrofoil) to Saigon because it is old and unreliable. The Vietnam tour guides require passport details in advance in order to arrange port passes. The permit to pick travelers up at the port is compulsory to the company in case tourists want to be legal and safe. Expect to pay $25-30 per person for port fees, even though "unofficial" fees may be less.
Highlights: Reunification Palace, Cu Chi Tunnels, Temples of Bagan
Phu My cruise terminal
Ocean-going cruise ships to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) dock at Phu My port.
Phu My (pronunced "Foo Me") is Saigon's commercial port; Cruise vessels dock at its container terminal piers. A bus shuttle is provided to the small Ba Ria town (approx 10 ml / 16 km to the southeast). There, cruise tourists can take taxi to the beach resort Vung Tau. The best way to get to Ho Chi Minh City from this port is either via the cruise line's organized shore excursions or private tours. Taxis wait outside the port gates.
Local tour companies require passport details in advance to arrange cruise passengers' port passes. Local tour companies picking up cruise ship tourists at the port collect port fees. The alternative is to walk outside of the Phu My port.
Port Phu My cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Phu My cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam.
If you lose the Phu My location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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