Phu My (Ho Chi Minh)
EXPLORATION OF HO CHI MINH-w/lunch-
City Tour, Cultural, Shopping, Meal included
You will leave the port to Ho Chi Minh City for visit of 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. Here you'll also enjoy a show with many interesting acts. Your next stop will be the Reunification Palace(outside visit), formerly known as the Independence Palace, where on 30 April 1975 a North Vietnamese tank crashed through the front gate, symbolically liberating the country. It was rebuilt and completed in 1966 on the site of the Norodom Palace that was bombed in 1962. You will then enjoy a panoramic city tour with outside views of the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the colonial-style Central Post Office and City Square, where your driver will stop to allow you take photographs. Next you will continue to a local restaurant, where you will enjoy a lunch of delicious Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, you will visit a lacquer workshop, where you will watch the skilled craftsmen at work before having the chance to take a look at the many items for sale. Then, you will visit Chinatown, west of the business district. It built from 1788 by the city's Chinese and Vietnamese inhabitants and was previously called Cho Lon (Big Market). Here you will visit the famous Thien Hau Pagoda, dating back to the eighteenth century and dedicated to Lady Thien Hau, the Chinese Goddess of the Sea. The pagoda houses beautiful ceramic figurines and a scale model of a boat, commemorating the arrival of the first Chinese from Canton. Finally you will have some free time for shopping at B¿n 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.
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Please Note: Space is limited, so please reserve early. The order of the itinerary may vary. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. Don't forget to bring mosquito repellent.