Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour - Shore Excursion

All HCMC Ports

Port Pick-up & Drop-off

Customisable Tour

Your exploration of Ho Chi Minh starts here! Our fully customisable, private tour of Ho Chi Minh City aims to uncover the best this incredible city has to offer. From colonial landmarks to local markets and rural houses on stilts, Ho Chi Minh is a bustling city in which you will never grow bored. Choose to follow our expert advice or craft your own adventure in this cultural hub. Shore excursions tend to sell out quickly. Please make sure to book as soon as possible.


Pick-Up & Drop-Off From Nha Rong, Hiep Phuoc, Phu Huu, Phu My Port

Enjoy an Amazing Cyclo Ride Through 10 Local Markets

Visit All HCMC’s Best Bits, Including Notre-Dame Cathedral & General Post Office

Learn to Make Vietnamese Dripping Coffee

View HCMC From the Top (Optional)

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Tour Details

Nha Rong Port

From $80 per person

  • 1 person $210
  • 2 people $120 per person
  • 3 people $110 per person
  • 4 people $100 per person
  • 5-8 people $90 per person
  • 9+ people $80 per person

Hiep Phuoc Port

Price from $100

  • 1 person $230
  • 2 people $140 per person
  • 3 people $130 per person
  • 4 people $120 per person
  • 5-8 people $110 per person
  • 9+ people $100 per person

Phu Huu Port

Price from $100

  • 1 person $230
  • 2 people $140 per person
  • 3 people $130 per person
  • 4 people $120 per person
  • 5-8 people $110 per person
  • 9+ people $100 per person

Phu My Port

Price from $120

  • 1 person $380
  • 2 people $220 per person
  • 3 people $180 per person
  • 4 people $160 per person
  • 5-8 people $140 per person
  • 9+ people $120 per person




All private tours are approximately 8 hours or longer depending on your time constraints. At the end of the private tour, we always make sure that you return on time to board the cruise ship.

Meeting point

Nha Rong, Hiep Phuoc, Phu Huu, or Phu My port

Port Permit Service

  • Opt to purchase port permit service: For a fee of 25 USD/person, our guide and transport can go inside the port, right to your cruise ship for pick-up and drop-off. This requires passport details such as full name, passport number, DOB, expiry date and nationality. We recommend this service for safety and comfort during the hot or rainy days, as well as a reliable transport service.
  • Opt not to purchase port service fee: Please walk out of the port for 15 minutes – 20 minutes where our guide and driver will welcome you with a sign and a smile. This does not include a fee.

Max Group Size

We can accommodate a big group of up to 35 people. However, we recommend a max of 15/group to get the best experience.


  • All Entrance Fees
  • All Taxes
  • Fully Air-Conditioned Vehicle
  • Unlimited Bottles of Water
  • English-Speaking Guide
  • Lunch (please note we can cater for any dietary requirements, just be sure to get in touch beforehand)

Not included

  • Gratuities
  • Booking Fees

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Insect Repellent
  • Light Jacket
  • Flashlight or Torch

What to wear

Please ensure you dress respectfully. Knees and shoulders should be covered at all times.

Visit Local Markets In Style!

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh! Our team will be waiting with name signs, big smiles and a Maika Tour t-shirt at your port to take you to your cool airconditioned transport. Once we reach the city, immerse yourself in local Vietnamese culture with a traditional cyclo ride through the narrow, colourful streets of Ho Chi Minh. As we make our way through this bustling hub, experience the daily life of the locals as they haggle at the countless markets dotted throughout the city. Witness vendors selling colourful materials, fresh fruit, and vegetables, and of course the famed Vietnamese street food! An incredible and exciting way to experience the best of the city in a short time!

motorbikes on road at sunset


Stop At The War Remnants Museum!

Once we’ve had our fill of the sounds, sights, and scents of Ho Chi Minh’s streets, we’ll explore Chinese-influenced Thien Hau Temple. Ho Chi Minh’s temples offer an essential insight into the beliefs and customs of the Vietnamese, and this beautiful temple is no exception! This National Architectural Heritage Site, apart from housing beautiful art pieces and antiquities, gives an important insight into Vietnamese folk religions for locals and tourists alike.

Next up, prepare for the emotional impact of the War Remnants Museum. This breathtaking display is like no other war museum. Offering a rare insight into the civilian impact of the Vietnamese-American war, the multi-layered displays are hard-hitting but a must-see. The Requiem gallery is the gem of this museum, where you can see historic photos taken by famed international war photographers such as Tim Page or Larry Burrows. This poignant display is bound to stay with you long after you leave the museum.

side of army helicopter


Visit One of Ho Chi Minh’s Most Important Landmarks

Our next stop is the Independence Palace. This important landmark in Ho Chi Minh City acts as a fascinating time capsule. The site of the end of the Vietnam War, Independence Palace houses secret rooms, a war bunker, and even the original tanks that were used to seize the palace!

After the Independence Palace, we’ll go for a tasty Vietnamese lunch. An essential stop on this tour is to make, and of course enjoy, famous Vietnamese dripping coffee. This sweet beverage is a daily essential for many locals and a great insight into the surprising coffee culture in Vietnam.

large cathedral in city


Soak up HCMC’s Skyline

Enjoy a walking tour through all of Ho Chi Minh’s most important sites! The Notre-Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office are stunning architectural feats in the centre of the city. The Neo-Romanesque Notre-Dame church, built by the French, is a striking Catholic meeting point in a largely Buddhist society while the classic Central Post Office, built between 1886 and 1891, is a striking remnant of past times. The halls are lined with historic maps of South Vietnam, Saigon, and Cholon. These two beautiful buildings are popular with tourists as they offer striking insight into the cultural and historical influences at play in Vietnam. From the Post Office, our guide will show you the historic CIA Headquarters and tell you the story of the last US helicopter flying out of Saigon in 1975, as well as the last US Operation in Vietnam – Frequent Wind. We’ll stroll leisurely along Dong Khoi street to visit the very beautiful Opera House and City Hall.

Our final, optional stop will allow you to soak up the incredible Ho Chi Minh skyline with signature cocktails or local beer. Level 23 Signature is a classy, cosmopolitan bar offering breathtaking views over the entire city. Sip your drink and take in incredible views before our guide drops you back to port in plenty of time for your departure.

city skyline at sunset next to river


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