HISTORICAL HO CHI MINH
You will leave the port and aboard a coach to visit the War Remnants Museum, once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes. It is now the most popular museum in Ho Chi Minh City with Western tourists and illustrates many of the atrocities documented during the Vietnam War. Your next stop will be the Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Independence Palace, where on 30 April 1975 a North Vietnamese tank crashed through the front gate, symbolically liberating the country. It was rebuilt and completed in 1966 on the site of the Norodom Palace that was bombed in 1962.You will then enjoy a panoramic city tour with outside views of the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the colonial-style Central Post Office and Opera House, where your driver will stop to allow you take photographs. Then lunch with Vietnamese cuisine will be served at local restaurant.Your tour will continue with a panoramic drive in Chinatown, west of the business district. It was built from 1788 by the city's Chinese and Vietnamese inhabitants and was previously called Cho Lon (Big Market). Here you will visit the famous Thien Hau Pagoda, dating back to the eighteenth century and dedicated to Lady Thien Hau, the Chinese Goddess of the Sea. The pagoda houses beautiful ceramic figurines and a scale model of a boat, commemorating the arrival of the first Chinese from Canton.Finally you will have some free time for shopping in the downtown malls and Ben Thanh Market before returning to the ship. This is the most crowded and interesting area of Ho Chi Minh City, which caters to both the daily needs of the local people - with products such as fruit, sweets, tobacco, clothing, hats and household goods - and tourists, with souvenirs including handicrafts, wooden items and T-shirts.
What you need to know
Space is limited, so please reserve early. Please Note: The order of the itinerary may vary. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. Don't forget to bring mosquitos repellent. The visits to the Reunification Palace and to the War Museum are not recommended for children or for those of a nervous disposition.