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Full-Day Hue City and Perfume River Bike Tour
"50km cycling (L)Recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993 this city is famous for its magnificent architecture. It’s citadel palaces pagodas and royal tombs frame a poetic background of greenery on the banks of the Perfume River. In the morning we’ll cycle to visit the Hue Citadel and Imperial City. Then we’ll bike upstream aside the legendary Perfume River. Along the way Vietnam Bike Tours’ll stop to visit Thien Mu pagoda then continue to the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside where we’ll find the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen Emperors. We’ll take some time to visit Tu Duc and Khai Dinh tombs. After exploring the splendid gardens and ornate architecture of the tombs we’ll return to Hue to end the trip."
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5-Day Vietnam Central Coast Bike Tour from Hue to Nha Trang
"Day 1: Hue - Hoi An 100km cycling (L D)On the first day we’ll drive by bus 18km out of Hue to the coast. There we’ll begin riding off the beaten track for 40km along a picturesque narrow peninsular road from Thuan An Beach to Vinh Loc. We’ll hop on a local ferry to cross an estuary of the Perfume River before re-mounting our bikes on Highway 1. Here we will cycle the first of the day’s three hill climbs. In the evening we’ll check into the hotel in Hoi An
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4-Day Bike Tour from Hue to Hoi An Ancient Town Including My Son Sanctuary
"Day 1: Hue - Da Nang 60km+ cycling (L)Our guide will retrieve you from your hotel in Hue and organize a transfer out of the city. The day’s bike ride will begin at Thuan An beach and head to Cau Hai lagoon where you will see local fishermen and stilt houses on the water. Lunch will either be held as a picnic on the way or at a local restaurant. After lunch we’ll continue riding to Lang Co beach. On the way you’ll cycle up the Hai Van pass and enjoy a scenic view from the summit. Then we’ll continue cycling along the coast to the hotel for our overnight stay in Da Nang.Day 2: Da Nang - Hoi An 45km+ cyclng (B L)In the morning we’ll visit the Cham museum in the city. Then
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Saigon River Tips (12)

Me Linh Square

This square down by the Saigon River that stand in the middle of the modern part of the city and houses a statute of famous Vietnamese general Tran Hung Dao. The park is lined with trees and a riverfront walk.

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Jim_Eliason
Oct 12, 2016

Sadly unappealing river

The Saigon river is Ho Chi Minh City's main drinking water source, which might be a little bit alarming given the range of industry you can see along it. Walking alongside it, there are a few dubious souls who will offer you an hour's cruise. We opted against, preferring to stroll for a bit. The river is very high relative to the streets, so I wonder if rising waters will be an issue in future. It is also full of lotus plants drifting along at some speed. It's not a pretty river, and we felt it could do with some gentrification - though that might remove some of the charm for some people.

Pluses - we liked the penguin shaped bins which lined the District 1 bank, plus we got to see (at a distance) HMAS Anzac which was visiting. It is also worth viewing the river from a height so you can watch its meandering.

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Gyppo
Jun 12, 2016

Dinner on 'Saigon'

This is one of the few moving boat with onboard restaurant as its attraction.This boat will depart at 8.15pm and will cruise about 1.5 hours before it get back to its jetty

Varieties of Chinese/Vietnamese/Seafood available.Live music and performance also available while you enjoy your dinner.Food served is good with some night view of the river and the city to be seen after u have your dinner.Quite an experience.

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namidub
Apr 04, 2011

Saigon River Express - VIP speedboat tours

Saigon River Express offers VIP speedboat tours to the Cu Chi Tunnels - the Mekong Delta - and jungle canal tours around Saigon. This is the service that was recommended as part of "Three Perfect Days: Saigon" in United Airlines inflight magazine and has been recommended in many other international publications. With a fleet of brand new speedboats and providing five star service - Saigon River express offers the most exciting way to see the best attractions around Ho Chi Minh City. Even a sunset tour around Saigon involves exploring narrow jungle canals with a village made of bamboo and thatch as well as visiting a spectacular floating Temple. This is definitely a must for any visitor to Saigon.

ianfogg
Feb 08, 2011
 
 
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Have a beer by the Saigon River

If you head down DL Ham Nghi street towards the river you will come across the ferry terminal. This is where you can pick up the high speed hydrofoils to Vung Tau. Head north along Ton Duc Thang and there are some nice little bars to sit, enjoy the river view and have a nice cold Vietnamese beer. Gee it's not bad stuff!

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betska
Jul 26, 2008

Bonsai Saigon River Cruise and Dinner!

The captain will welcome you aboard and introduce you to the specialties, both European and Asian, which have made this Ho Chi Minh City dinner cruise a must-do culinary experience while in Vietnam. On board, you would be able to relax on the upper deck and enjoy the panoramic view of the city lights or to admire this lacquered, wooden boat while cruising along the river. Enter the replica of the emperors’ dragon boat “Bonsai I” for a magnificent and memorable dining and entertainment spectacle on the Saigon River. European and Asian Buffet plus grill made by executive chefs and show-cooks at their best. Music is made by an in-house orchestra “Hoa Mai” or Filipino (I sang filipino songs there hehe, so nice to meet compatriots on foreign shores!) band for upper deck — chill out and get surprised. Comes with complimentary head-neck-shoulder massage.

For dinner, you can select from a range of traditional dishes, including rice flower pancakes 'Banh xeo', shrimp paste on sugar can, lotus salad 'Goi ngo sen' or pork pineapple skewers made on the BBG grill. A delicious dessert will end this unforgettable evening on the waterways, before getting back to the dock after saying goodbye to our hospitable hosts. The German Owner will also sing and dance with you while on board. A truly memorable evening.

Price of Dinner Cruise: USD 28+/15.50+ for children
Cruise departs 7:30pm. Please be at the dock by 7:00pm

Bonsai Liaison Office:
Bonsai Floating Conference Co. Ltd.
Add.: 3Fl. - Office Building Khanh Lam
101 Nguyen Van Thu Street, Dakao Ward, District 1, HCMC, Vietnam

*for those who wrote this in your tourist traps, You Are El Cheapo's and Cheapskates! You travel to a country to savor it's cuisine and culture, not to rant or rave!

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machomikemd
Aug 30, 2007

Saigon River's Edge (Ton Duc Thang Street)

Ton Duc Thang Street runs along the edge of the Saigon River in the heart of the city. On this side of the river there is a very busy park area and docks for boats to Vung Tau and other destinations. There are also a few touristy floating restaurants which I passed up. The far side of the river is lined with huge billboards.

Ton Duc Thang Street is very busy at times and can be difficult for a newcomer to HCMC to cross. The trick is to just walk out and bob and weave like a boxer. Just don't step out in front of the big trucks as they can't maneuver as much as the motorcycles will. On our first time crossing the street a local moto driver who wanted our business (and later became our personal driver) actually drove beside us to block oncoming traffic...

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Ewingjr98
Mar 18, 2007

Saigon River

Well, this is not so much of a sight that you would be advised to go out of your way to go here.

But since this is where it all started, it is interesting to go and have a look. The District 1 side (West) of the river has been made into parks with variable success, and there is more potential here than anything else. However, as the country prospers, who knows what this area will look like 5 years from now? There is definitely bund (like Shanghai Bund) potential here, if the parks were maintained and revamped and the river itself cleaned up. On the East side, there is Cholon and some neon lights advertising well-known brand names. There are also boats running on the river, but the destinations are unknown to me. No tourist cruises just yet it seems.

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Aug 07, 2006

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Boat trips

Boat trips of the Saigon River can be arranged for a fairly steep fee by local standards. The industrial waters are polluted with rubbish and tourists have been robbed, but the squalor and can be very interesting. Think twice, it´s certainly not beautiful or romantic.

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Eurasian68
Jan 06, 2006

Floating Restaurant on Bach Dang river

In District 1 across the high rise looking at the Bach Dang river, there are many floating restaurants along the river banks. These restaurants arrive and park along the river banks around 6pm and illuminate when the sun goes down. These restaurants serve all the cusine that restaurants on the mainland offer and at reasonable price. The floating restaurants start to part from the river banks around 8pm, for a 2-3 hours tour along the river with it's passengers feasting away on the deck. There are also live entertainment such as a singing band and fire dancing. This is a great experience, everyone should try it. - Picture was taken onboard "Tau Ben Nghe" looking out to the Saigon River.

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Fondest_Memories
Dec 28, 2004

The Saigon River

The lower end of the Saigon (Song Sai Gon) River flows through Ho Chi Minh City. The river, which is the largest in Vietnam, flows south and southeast from Cambodia for about 140 miles. 18 miles Northeast of Ho Chi Minh City it joins the Dong Nai River. The Port of Saigon, established in 1862 is one of the most important in Southeast Asia.

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keeweechic
Jun 24, 2004

Saigon River

The city centre is situated on the banks of the Saigon River, 60km (37 miles) from the South China Sea. Along the river in District 1 you'll find some grand colonial hotels.

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May 03, 2010

Things to Do Near Ho Chi Minh City

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Bitexco Financial Tower

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Diamond Plaza

Not exactly a classic Saigon landmark, but it's a favorite with expats. Inside is a mall that's indistinguishable from an American mall, until you look closely at the products on the shelves. Upstairs...
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Chinatown

Temple in Cholon (Chinatown). Thien Hau, the lady of the sea is known as Matzu in China and is the chief diety of this temple which sits in the Chinatown of Saigon near the benh thanh market area in...
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Cholon Mosque

The Cholon Mosque in Saigon's Chinatown is representative of the city's small Malaysian and Indonesian Muslim communities. Built in 1932, the blue and white house of worship is an island of simplistic...
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Fito Museum of traditional Vietnamese medicine

While I confess I'm in the Minchin school when it comes to 'alternative' medicine, the Fito Museum of traditional Vietnamese medicine is worth a trip away from the centre. Set over four floors of an...
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Cafe Zoom

WHEN YOU WALK AROUND SAIGON YOU REALLY CANT HELP BUT NOTICE THAT THERE IS QUITE A FEW MOTORBIKES IN THIS BUZZING CITY.. THREE MILLION OR THERE ABOUTS !! THE MOTORBIKES ZOOMING AROUND THE CITY IS A...
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