Cruises to Ho Chi Minh City

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Timeless Wonders Of Vietnam - Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

Elegantly appointed riverview staterooms and suites with luxurious amenities from Hermes and L’Occitane en Provence , In-suite butler service on all ships in Europe (not available in Russia &…

04 December 2018 | 14 Nights
Uniworld River Cruises : Mekong Navigator

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Hanoi, Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Wat Hanchey, Kampong Chhnang, Phnom Penh, Chau Doc, Sa Dec, Cai Be, My Tho, Ho Chi Minh City ...Read More

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The 2019 Queen Victoria around the World Cruise

ON BOARD SPEND AVAILABLE*, EXCLUSIVE FREE PRE-CRUISE HOTEL STAY*, WORLD CRUISE*, FANTASTIC DESTINATIONS*

10 January 2019 | 107 Nights
Cunard : Queen Victoria

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Southampton, Hamilton, Bermuda, Port Canaveral, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Oranjestad, Aruba, Cartagena, Colombia, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, San Francisco, California,… ...Read More

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Highlights of Asia in 5★ luxury

Mid-sized, elegant ships with a high staff to guest ratio to take care of your every need , Finest cuisine at sea, served in a variety of distinctive open-seating restaurants, all at no additional…

31 March 2019 | 25 Nights
Oceania Cruises : Insignia

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Tokyo, Japan, Hiroshima, Japan, Nagasaki, Japan, Seoul (Inchon), South Korea, Beijing (Tianjin), China, Shanghai, China, Hong Kong, China, Hue/Danang (Chan May), Vietnam, Saigon (Ho Chi Min City),… ...Read More


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Much to learn in Ho Chi Minh


Ho Chi Minh City at Night

Ho Chi Minh City at Night

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City Statue

Ho Chi Minh City Statue

Votive Candles at Emperor Jade Pagoda

Votive Candles at Emperor Jade Pagoda

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See the war through new eyes

It is hard to think of Vietnam without its devastating war springing to mind – and Ho Chi Minh City commemorates this tragic period in a number of ways. One such nod to the conflict is the War Remnants Museum at Vo Van Tan, formerly known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes. Exhibits include the notorious ‘tiger cages’ which were used to contain Viet Cong prisoners, as well as a heart-wrenching collection of wartime photographs. While an afternoon at this museum will almost certainly be very emotional, it is fitting that a trip to Vietnam should include recognition of its twentieth century struggles.  


A veritable time capsule

Vietnam’s rich history can also be explored at Ho Chi Minh’s Reunification Palace, through whose gate a tank belonging to the North Vietnamese Army crashed in 1975. With that, the end of the lengthy and devastating war was signified. Today, a visit to the palace is like stepping back in time, with two of the tanks used in its capture on display in the grounds. Inside, you’ll find a war command room, still with maps on its walls and period telecommunications equipment on its desks, as well as a host of other fascinating artefacts across its five floors.


A rich religious heritage

Of course, there is much more to Ho Chi Minh than its wartime heritage - for example Its proud religious traditions. These can be explored at the atmospheric Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the five most important shrines in the city. This is an active place of worship where locals come to pray, make offerings of flowers and light candles. Amongst its rooms, visitors can pray to the goddess of fertility Kim Hua, while the goddess of mercy Kuan Yin can also be worshipped. The shrine, which was built at the turn of the twentieth century, features beautifully intricate carvings of dragons and birds.

 

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