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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

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Local Time
2019-09-18 05:57

min: 76 °F (24 °C) / max: 83 °F (29 °C) 79°F
26.2°C
Wind: 236°/ 5.9 m/s  Gust: 10 m/sWind: 236°/ 5.9 m/s  Gust: 10 m/sMod. breeze
5.9 m/s
Min / Max Temperature83 °F / 29 °C
76 °F / 25 °C

Saigon (officially Ho Chi Minh City / abbrev HCMC) is Vietnam's capital and largest city, with population over 8,5 million (metro over 13,5 million). The metro area consists of Ho Chi Minh City metro plus all surrounding towns. The name Saigon is widely used by locals and refers to city's downtown (District 1) which is the homeport for river cruise ships. All cruisetour itineraries between Siem Reap and Saigon pass through Phnom Pehn (Cambodia's capital city) and cross through Tonle Sap Lake.

Ocean-going ships to Saigon dock at Port Phu My (aka Tan Cang Cai Mep). The seaport is located approx 80 ml (130 km) or at around 1,5 hours drive distance from the city, connected via modern highway inaugurated in 2014. Phu My is a large cargo port without tourist attractions in its vicinity. Cruise ships dock at port's containership terminal. Shuttle bus service to Saigon and also to Ba Ria (approx 16 km / 10 ml to southeast) is provided. From Ba Ria, passengers can access Vung Tau (beach resort city). The best way to get to Ho Chi Minh City is via the cruise ship company or private travel arrangements.

Port Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) cruise port

Ho Chi Minh City also has two river ports where cruise ships are usually berthed. Port Saigon is approx 2 km (1,2 ml) from downtown. The other port (Hiep Phuoc) is approx 16 km (10 ml) from downtown. Their GPS coordinates are - Port Saigon (Latitude 10.492100, Longitude 106.451440) and Port Hiep Phuoc (1038N / 10645E). Saigon's river cruise port information was contributed by Mr Truong Hoang - operation manager of A&K Vietnam Travel Co Ltd (subsidiary of "Abercrombie & Kent" - US-based luxury travel agency).

Once known as Prey Nokor, the city was an important Khmer seaport prior to the 17th-century annexation by Vietnam. Named Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City served as the capital of France's 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 (1890-1969).

In 2007, approximately 4,3 million tourists visited Vietnam, of which 70% (3 million) visited Ho Chi Minh City. Most tourist sites are in District 1, and a short distance from each other. The most prominent buildings in downtown are City Hall, Reunification Palace, Municipal Theatre (Opera House), State Bank Office, City Post Office, City People's Court, Notre-Dame Cathedral. City's historic hotels include Hotel Majestic (from Vietnam's French colonial era) and Rex & Caravelle hotels (fka hangouts for US officers in the 1960s-1970s). The most famous museums are Ho Chi Minh City Museum, Revolutionary Museum, Vietnamese History Museum, Museum of South-Eastern Armed Forces, War Remnants Museum, Fine Art Museum, Southern Women Museum, Nha Rong Memorial House, Ben Duoc Relic of Underground Tunnels. Cu Chi tunnels are north-west of the city. Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens were opened in 1865. Also inside the city are located Dam Sen Park, Suoi Tien Amusement Park and Can Gio's Eco Beach Resort.

Saigon cruise terminal

Ocean-going cruise ships to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) dock at Port Phu My. Tourist riverboats dock in downtown Saigon.

Phu My (pronunced "Foo Me") is Saigon's cargo port where cruise liners dock at its container terminal. A bus shuttle is provided to Ba Ria (approx 10 ml / 16 km to southeast), from where cruise tourists can travel to Vung Tau. The best way to get to Ho Chi Minh City from Port Phu My is either via cruise line's organized shore excursions or private tours. Taxis wait outside Port Phu My.

Local tour companies require passport details in advance to arrange seaport passes. Local tour companies picking up cruise tourists at the port also collect the port fees. The alternative is to walk outside Port Phu My and take a taxi.

In Vietnam, tour guides require passport details in advance in order to arrange your 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 USD 25-30 per person for port fees, even though "unofficial" fees may be less.

Saigon tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

Cu Chi Tunnels

Port Saigon 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 Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
1 September, 2019
Sunday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Toum Tiou II
1 September, 2019
Sunday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine
2 September, 2019
Monday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Saigon
2 September, 2019
Monday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Toum Tiou II
2 September, 2019
Monday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaDara
3 September, 2019
Tuesday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Toum Tiou II
3 September, 2019
Tuesday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine II
3 September, 2019
Tuesday
Princess Cruises Cruises cruise lineMajestic Princess07:0018:00
4 September, 2019
Wednesday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine II
4 September, 2019
Wednesday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Mekong
4 September, 2019
Wednesday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Saigon
5 September, 2019
Thursday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine II09:0020:16
6 September, 2019
Friday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine II
7 September, 2019
Saturday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine II
8 September, 2019
Sunday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineRV Jahan
8 September, 2019
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineVoyager Of The Seas08:0020:00
9 September, 2019
Monday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Siem Reap
9 September, 2019
Monday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Saigon
10 September, 2019
Tuesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Spirit
11 September, 2019
Wednesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Spirit
11 September, 2019
Wednesday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Saigon
13 September, 2019
Friday
Emerald Waterways Cruises cruise lineEmerald Harmony
14 September, 2019
Saturday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine
14 September, 2019
Saturday
Emerald Waterways Cruises cruise lineEmerald Harmony
15 September, 2019
Sunday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine
15 September, 2019
Sunday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Toum Tiou II
15 September, 2019
Sunday
Emerald Waterways Cruises cruise lineEmerald Harmony
16 September, 2019
Monday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Toum Tiou II
16 September, 2019
Monday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine12:00
16 September, 2019
Monday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Saigon
16 September, 2019
Monday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Siem Reap
16 September, 2019
Monday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaDara
17 September, 2019
Tuesday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Toum Tiou II
17 September, 2019
Tuesday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine
18 September, 2019
Wednesday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Mekong
18 September, 2019
Wednesday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Saigon
19 September, 2019
Thursday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine II
20 September, 2019
Friday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine II
21 September, 2019
Saturday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine II09:0020:16
22 September, 2019
Sunday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineRV Jahan
22 September, 2019
Sunday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRV Mekong Navigator
22 September, 2019
Sunday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine II
23 September, 2019
Monday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Siem Reap
23 September, 2019
Monday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine II
23 September, 2019
Monday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Saigon
24 September, 2019
Tuesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Spirit
25 September, 2019
Wednesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Spirit
25 September, 2019
Wednesday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Saigon
29 September, 2019
Sunday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Toum Tiou II
30 September, 2019
Monday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Toum Tiou II
30 September, 2019
Monday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Saigon
30 September, 2019
Monday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise lineRV Indochine
30 September, 2019
Monday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaDara
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