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Ben Thanh MarketIn Ho Chi Minh City - formerly Saigon - Best Cruises Vietnam lets you immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this many-sided Southeast Asian city. Delve into the past with shore excursions to the Reunification Palace, a tribute to the end of the Vietnam War, and then travel on towards Notre Dame Cathedral, and Thien Hau Temple. At the Ben Thanh Market, a paradise for lovers of Vietnamese cuisine, learn how to prepare local specialties in our private cooking class!

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) or Mekong Delta or Cuchi Tunnels
Tour Type: Private Tour/Picking up from cruise ship
Start from: Nha Rong Port/ Lotus Port/ Navi Port in Saigon
Finish in: Nha Rong Port/ Lotus Port/ Navi Port in Saigon        

Saigon City Tour

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) City Tour


08.30 a.m.: Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) by car on an approximate 45 minute drive to the centre of this bustling city. Today sightseeing includes:
09.15 a.m.: Cholon (China Town) with Thien Hau Pagoda, Cholon is in District 5 and is a maze of narrow streets, bustling with people. Most of Vietnam's ethnic Chinese live here and they are the largest single ethnic minority group in the country. Merchants began to settle in Cholon in the 1770s, although many ethnic Chinese fled the country in 1975.
The Thien Hau Pagoda is one of Cholon's must-sees. It is dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau, protector of the sea. Photographers are spoilt for choice with the ornate decoration inside the pagoda and the statues of Thien Hau. It is popular with worshippers (the air is always heavy with the smell of incense) and there are regular festivals during the lunar calendar.
11.00 a.m.: Former Presidential Palace, The Reunification Palace is beautiful in its ugliness, a 1960s monstrosity designed with the help of Soviet architects. Most people will remember the image of a North Vietnamese tank crashing through the gates on 30 April 1975 signifying the fall of Saigon. The tank still graces the front lawn. Rooms open to the public remain exactly as they were in 1975, showing where important meetings were held during the war, as well as some of the private quarters of the president and his family. Most fascinating are a series of underground tunnels housing a telecommunications centre.
12.00 a.m.: Notre Dame cathedral, The twin towers of Notre Dame Cathedral have been a familiar landmark in Ho Chi Minh City since the 1880s. In front of the cathedral in a small garden is a delicate statue of the Virgin Mary. The interior of the cathedral is rather plain, unlike most French cathedrals, with no stained glass but it is a cool escape from the heat outside.
12.30 a.m.: Former post office, Across from the Notre Dame Cathedral, the vast Post Office was also built in the late 19th century in European style. The interior has hardly been touched since it was built and is dominated by a huge portrait of Ho Chi Minh. The building always seems busy but most people are just visitors rather than customers.
01.00 p.m.: Snack lunch. You can either choose a tasty Vietnamese famous traditional beef or chicken soup in a clean, spacious and nice Pho 24 restaurant or enjoy KFC with fresh seasonal fruit. (www.pho24.com.vn)
02.00 p.m.: Visit Ben Thanh market
03.00 p.m.: Transfer back to port
03.45 p.m.: Arrive at port and cruise departs at 04.30 p.m.

Trip includes:
Transportation by private vehicle with A/C
All entrance fee to sightseeing sites as mentioned
Local English speaking tour guides
All entrance fees and permits where applicable

Trip excludes:
Meals
Travel insurance
Vietnam visa
Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses

Cooking Class

Private Vietnamese Cooking Class

The thought of this tour should have your mouth watering before you even start packing for your vacation. Bring a handkerchief to wipe away your drool as you spend the day dissecting and devouring some of the best eats in all of Asia. Known for its fresh ingredients and healthy cooking methods, this tour will have you craving Vietnamese every time your hunger strikes!

After being picked up right off the pier you will be taken straight to the famous Ben Thanh market for a chef led tour discussing all aspects of the local dishes. One of the most famous landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City, the Ben Thanh Market provides an invigorating shopping experience and represents the grocery hub of Ho Chi Minh city. This introduction to key Vietnamese cooking ingredients will set you up perfectly for your interactive cooking demonstration at the local Culinary Art Center. With dishes from Northern to Southern Vietnam your end of the day feast will have you praising your time well spent in Ho Chi Minh City.

Trip includes:
Round trip transportation from cruise ship pier
English speaking guide
Ben Thanh Market Tour with chef instruction
Interactive cooking demonstration at Culinary Art Center
Freshly prepared lunch

Trip excludes:
Meals
Travel insurance
Vietnam visa
Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses

Cuchi Tunnels Tour

Cuchi Tunnels Tour


08.00 a.m.: Pick up at the jetty. It will be about a 2.25 hour drive to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Just 65 km (40 miles) northwest of Saigon, the Cu Chi area lies at the end of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and was the base from which Ho Chi Minh guerrillas used to attack Saigon. As a result the whole area became a "free fire zone" and was carpet-bombed in one of many American "scorched-earth" policies. But the residents of Cu Chi took their war underground, literally, developing a network of tunnels that, at its height, stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens, and triage areas - an effective network for waging guerrilla warfare on nearby U.S. troops. The U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division was just next door, and there are detailed maps denoting land that was either U.S.-held, Vietminh-held, or in dispute. The sight supports a small museum of photos and artifacts, as well as an extensive outdoor exhibit of guerilla snares and reconstructions of the original tunnels and bunkers. Wear your "play clothes" if you choose to get down in the tunnels; the experience is dusty and claustrophobic.
02.00 p.m.: Transfer back to port
04.30 p.m.: Arrive at port

Trip includes:
Transportation by private vehicle with A/C
All entrance fee to sightseeing sites as mentioned
Local English speaking tour guides
All entrance fees and permits where applicable

Trip excludes:
Meals
Travel insurance
Vietnam visa
Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses

Mekong Delta Tour

Mekong Delta Tour


08.00 a.m.: Pick up at the jetty. It will be about a 2.25 hour drive to visit the infamous My Tho in Mekong Delta. Upon arrival in My Tho, we embark on a boat navigating around the small canals in the delta region, which passing My Tho fruit market. Joining in with daily activities of local people and enjoy the atmosphere of water world along the canal and along the Tien river. The exciting cruise continue to Unicorn island, here you can taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy the local traditional music, performed by the islanders. Having lunch at a typical country garden house. Next stops are the coconut candy “mill” and some other local industries in Ben Tre province.
02.00 p.m.: Transfer back to port
04.30 p.m.: Arrive at port

Trip includes: 
Transportation by private vehicle with A/C
All entrance fee to sightseeing sites as mentioned
Local English speaking tour guides
All entrance fees and permits where applicable
Lunch at local restaurant

Trip exclude:
Other meals
Travel insurance
Vietnam visa
Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses

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