Saigon Embarkation Port

HO CHI MINH OR SAIGON EMBARKATION POINTS:

Ho Chi Minh General Information:

 • Founded In 1698
 • Renamed In 1976 from Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City
 • Area: Total - 2,095 km2 (809.23 sq mi),  Elevation - 19 m (63 ft)
 • Population in 2014: Total - 8,190,775, Density - 3,909/km2 (10,120/sq mi)
 • GDP (nominal)    2013 estimate - 36 billion USD, Per capita    4,513 USD,  Growth - Increase 9.5%

Ho Chi Minh Top attractions

• Reunification Palace
• War Remnants Museum
• City Hall
• Museum of Vietnamese History
• Ho-Chi-Minh Museum
• Notre Dame Cathedral
• Thien Hau Pagoda
• Quan Am Pagoda
• Ben Thanh Market

Ho Chi Minh Description:
Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon, situated in the southern part of Vietnam, is still called Saigon by most of the natives. This modern city used to be considered as the Pearl of the Orient by the French. The wide Saigon River, which takes a huge turn from the east of Saigon, links the city with the sea. Saigon is the city with its essential French colonial character has enough to draw your attention. The city's colonial villas, wide avenues and a lively cafe society remind you the days of French dominance.
Saigon is the second largest city in Vietnam and its economic center. Swarms--literally--of bicycles, motorbikes, Pedi-cabs (called ‘cyclos’ in Vietnam) and other vehicles move in vast waves as if in a prearranged ballet of motion, constant animation and seeming chaos. Originally founded by the French in 1863, its now well worn French colonial veneer hints at times past while throbbing to rhythms and beats of the modern era. If only for a day, Saigon is a must see city for any visit to Vietnam.
Originally established as a Khmer trading post, more than 300 years ago, Ho Chi Minh City was destined for greater things. By the 18th century, the city, then named Saigon, had become the provincial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. However, in the second half of the 19th century, control over the city passed to the French, and Saigon became the capital of French Cochinchina. This was a period of much infrastructural and architectural development, during which Saigon earned the epithet, “Paris of the Orient.” Many buildings of this era are in good condition even today. In 1954, the city was proclaimed the capital of South Vietnam. The ensuing war with the US lasted until 1975, when North Vietnam took over Saigon and renamed it Ho Chi Minh City.
Today,  the city is rapidly becoming the hub of manufacturing, entertainment, and cuisine in Vietnam. Upscale restaurants and cafe  offering a range of international delicacies are opening every day, while bars, clubs, and discos are at the center of a thriving nightlife. Attracting many tourists, the area is home to historical buildings and museums, sophisticated shops, and roadside cafes, as well as people of all ages zipping around noisily on motorbikes that often cause gridlock on the streets.
The most prominent area in the city is around Dong Khoi Street in District 1, boasting fashionable shops, museums, and fine dining. It also features examples of French-colonial structures, such as the Municipal Theater, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the General Post Office. To the north are sprawling residential areas and the historic Jade Emperor Pagoda, known for its exquisite architecture and ornate carvings. To the west lies Cho Lon or China Town, home to the ethnic Chinese or Hoa this is the best place to find herbs, traditional Chinese medicines, and the other goods, as well as some of the city's most ancient pagodas.

 

 

RV Mekong Prestige II Reviews

  • 7 Nights on RV Mekong Prestige II

    ...We had a 7 day cruise in March 2014. From Siem Reap to Saigon on RV Mekong Prestige II. The boat was new this year. Very interesting excursions in the morning and afternoon along the Mighty Mekong River. The crew were delightful and went out of their way to ensure that we had a great time.

    The food was good, and varied. - Bear in mind that the food is Asian, which we love - but others were less adaptable. The boat was not full, and there was lots of space both in the sun and in the shade. It is really great to relax after visit the Legend Angkor Wat Temples. I do not normally like the idea of cruises, but this was a great way to seen Cambodia and Vietnam Read More...

    Mrs Helen Sara - Australia

  • Thanks for the wonderful journey

    I would like to reiterate what others have said of the Mekong Prestige II. It's more like a family than passengers and crew, that's how we were made to feel. The crew from Captain down to the laundry lady couldn't do enough for us. Every off shore excursion we were escorted not only by excellent tour guides but members of the crew to make sure we were looked after. We had so much fun on our journey from Vietnam to Cambodia. As for the food, and there was plenty of Vietnamese and Khmer food, I can hardly describe how fantastic that was in variety, and presentation, comparable to any first class restaurant. As a world traveller this was one of our best experiences Read More.

     Ann Arbor - United States

  • Explore Vietnam and Cambodia

    ...Mekong Prestige was fantastic. A relaxing way to see parts of Vietnam and Cambodia. The crew couldn't do enough for you to make sure you were comfortable. Our cabin had plenty of storage, including for cases. The food was varied and plentiful.... Breakfast was a buffet, but other meals were served by the delightful waiters. Coffee etc was available on the sun deck all day... Everyday there was a different cocktail before dinner. In Phnom Penh the local orphanage provide the evenings entertainment with singing and dancing, they were as good as the professional show we saw later in Siem Reap as they so obviously enjoyed showing us their skills. The crew, Vietnamese and Cambodian, presented a show on the last night. The Vietnamese and Cambodian guides were superb Read More...

    Kristiansand - Norway

  • A Big Thank for RV Mekong Prestige II

    ...completed an 8 day river cruise on board RV Mekong Prestige II from Ho Chi Min City (Vietnam) to Siem Reap (Cambodia), organised by Mekong Prestige II Online. It is easy to pay online, get confirmation, cabin number and embarkation contacts.
    The boat was excellent - well maintained, clean with modest but adequate size cabins and large very well fitted en-suites. The crew members from Vietnam and Cambodia provided outstanding customer service which is sadly lacking in Australia. We learned a lot of history, cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia. The food was excellent - a range of Asian and western cuisine. This was a comfortable way to be exposed to this very interesting part of the world and we highly recommend RV Mekong Prestige II for my family Read More...

    Rod Lee - Australia

TIEN GIANG OFFICE

Address: 25 Truong Công Định str, Cai Be Dis, Tien Giang, Vietnam

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