I'm going to be arriving by cruise ship in Phu My on February 25th, and they seem to have two main tours. Given the two descriptions, which would you recommend?
This tour introduces the major highlights of bustling Ho Chi Minh City with its endless stream of bicycles, cyclos and motorbikes.
Visit to the History Museum. Drive past the Notre Dame Cathedral, a neo-classical structure dating back to the 19th century.
The next stop is the former Presidential Palace, now known as Reunification Hall which becomes famous when a North Vietnamese tank crashed through its front gates on April 30th, 1975, signaling the end of the Vietnam War.
Continue on to lunch at one of Saigon’s many fine Vietnamese restaurants where you will be served a feast of local specialties.
A brief stop at lacquer factory is an opportunity to see the lacquering process, from the beginning stage to the finished product. Afterwards, the tour continues to visit Jade Emperor Pagoda, it is spectacularly colorful pagoda filled with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes.
You will drive from Phu My port to Saigon and through the heart of the city, past its main central square for a photo stop at the French built ‘Hotel d’Ville’, the Notre Dame Cathedral. First stop on the tour is the recently renovated ‘City Museum’, a wonderful example of French heritage that has survived the recent surge of development currently enveloping old Saigon.
A short drive further takes us down the wide boulevard of Le Duan to the city zoo and Botanical Gardens. Founded by the French in 1864, it still remains the ‘lungs’ of this incredibly populated city, and offers quiet respite from the streets. Enjoy a short walk through the grounds to visit the Temple of the Hung King before continuing for lunch.
Visit the former Presidential Palace, now Reunification Hall, made famous when a North Vietnamese tank crashed through the front gates on 30th April 1975, signaling the end of the Vietnam War. It has changed little since that time and is now retained as a museum.
A brief stop at lacquer factory is an opportunity to see the lacquering process, from the beginning stage to the finished product before returning to the ship.