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Saigon River 

Gain a fresh perspective of the city skyline with a boat ride. Venture along the twisting waterways to small villages and an immense set of wartime tunnels.

See the iconic houses on stilts on the banks of the Saigon River and enjoy views of some of the city’s most famous buildings from a boat cruise. Explore the villages and canals of the Mekong Delta where migratory birds live among the thick mangroves.

The immense Saigon River flows 140 miles (230 kilometers) from southeast Cambodia all the way to the southern tip of Vietnam. Note how the scenery changes dramatically when it reaches the outskirts of Vietnam’s largest city, with skyscrapers replacing the mangroves and wooden huts.

The best way to see the Saigon River around the metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City is on a speedboat tour. These expeditions usually last several hours and include the help of a knowledgeable guide to give you the opportunity to learn about the importance of the river to the city. Get close to one of the busiest container ports in the world and enhance your vacation photos with spectacular sunset shots over the skyscrapers. 

If you have more time, take a day trip upriver to the Mekong Delta. Here you will see traditional villages with wooden houses built on stilts. Fishermen glide across the water on colorful boats and use cormorants to help them fish. Children play in the murky water in front of their homes. On your way you will pass through the lush mangroves of the protected Can Gio Reserve. Saltwater crocodiles once lived here, but are now restricted to a protected area nearby.

Keep traveling upriver to visit the Củ Chi Tunnels north of the Mekong Delta. Approximately 155 miles (250 kilometers) of underground passageways were built during the Vietnam War and were used primarily to supply food and cover for injured Viet Cong soldiers. Learn about life as a guerrilla fighter on the banks of the Saigon River as you explore the areas open to the public.

Organize a boat tour along the Saigon River at Ho Chi Minh City Central Pier or at many hotels in the city. The excursion to Củ Chi Tunnels frequently includes a cycle ride inland.


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Hotel Majestic Saigon $105
Reviewed on May 24, 2019
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Hotel Majestic Saigon

Hotel Majestic Saigon

01 Dong Khoi Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    It is centrally located with a 5 minute walk from the river, a pedestrian mall area, and restaurants. The hotel is beautiful with a grand lobby. Rooms were spacious and very clean. Though the hotel is about 100 years old, it has been updated. The staff was very friendly as are all Vietnamese we have ...

    Rex Hotel $96
    Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
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    Rex Hotel

    Rex Hotel

    141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Ho Chi Minh City
       
      4.3 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Clean, tidy and everything works. Great location, large rooms

      Liberty Central Saigon Riverside $63
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019
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      Liberty Central Saigon Riverside

      Liberty Central Saigon Riverside

      17 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
         
        4.4 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        The friendly and helpful staff. The room was just as described

        Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint $68
        Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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        Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint

        Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint

        59 - 61 Pasteur Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
           
          4.5 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The Skybar and pool were excellent and the Staff in the executive lounge were exceptional.

          Hotel Nikko Saigon $104
          Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019
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          Hotel Nikko Saigon

          Hotel Nikko Saigon

          235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
             
            4.7 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The staff knew my preferences from my previous staff. That was a welcome surprise.

            M Boutique Hotel $51
            Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019
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            M Boutique Hotel

            M Boutique Hotel

            7A Thai Van Lung, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
               
              4.0 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The room is nice and clean. Should have more choice of breakfast. The internet in the room is pretty bad!!

              Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon $113
              Reviewed on Jun 16, 2019
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              Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon

              Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon

              2A-4A Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
                 
                4.5 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                For many years, it was been consistently good in all aspects. Staff, property, food and location. Will visit again in future.

                The Reverie Saigon $206
                Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019
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                The Reverie Saigon

                The Reverie Saigon

                22 - 36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, 57 - 69F Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
                   
                  4.8 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Perfect place to stay in the city. Would definitely recommend.