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Excursion 'HO CHI MINH CITY HIGHLIGHTS'

Description

You will leave the port of Ho Chi Minh City aboard a coach to visit the the Jade Emperor Pagoda. The pagoda (known in Vietnamese as Phuoc Hai Tu or Chua Ngoc Hoang) was built in 1909 by the Cantonese (Quang Dong) congregation and is a true gem of a Chinese temple. It is one of the most spectacularly colorful pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City, filled with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes. The statues are made of reinforced papier-mâché and represent characters from both the Buddhist and Taoist traditions. Your next visit will be the Museum of National History, situated at the entrance to the Botanical and Zoological Gardens. The museum was built in 1929 and houses many artifacts chronicling Vietnam's 4,000-year history. You will be able to admire its ancient ceramics, traditional costumes, and stone and bronze relics, and you'll assist to a fantastic water puppet show with many interesting acts. After leaving the museum, you will continue with a panoramic city tour affording outside views of the Reunification Palace, the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the colonial-style Central Post Office and City Square. Your bus driver will stop in all these spots to allow you take photographs. 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.

When would you like to leave?
Adult US$ 59.00
Child (3-13 old) US$ 44.25
Length 5 1/2 hours approximately
Level Easy Easy
Type Sightseeing Sightseeing
Cultural Cultural
Good for shopping Good for shopping
Recommended for families Recommended for families
 
What you need to know

Please Note: The order of the itinerary may vary. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. Space is limited, so please reserve early. Don't forget to bring mosquitoes repellent.