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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.

No matter how ritzy your hotel is, don't spend your getaway holed up in your room or relaxing by the pool. There are plenty of amazing experiences to be had!

This place has plenty of things to do. Here are some suggestions to jump start your trip to Saigon River:

For more things to do, take a look at our Saigon River things to do page.


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Hotel Majestic Saigon ¥6,988
Hotel Majestic Saigon

Hotel Majestic Saigon

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

    Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is steps from Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Saigon River. Bitexco Financial Tower and Opera House are also within 10 minutes.

    Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa ¥2,757
    Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa

    Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa

    20-22-24 Thai Van Lung St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in District 1, this hotel is steps from Children Hospital 2 and Saigon River. Vincom Center Shopping Mall and Ho Chi Minh City Hall are also within 10 minutes.

      Liberty Central Saigon Riverside ¥5,033
      Liberty Central Saigon Riverside

      Liberty Central Saigon Riverside

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

        Located in District 1, this spa hotel is steps from Bach Dang Wharf and Saigon River. Bitexco Financial Tower and Opera House are also within 10 minutes.

        M Hotel Saigon ¥6,284
        M Hotel Saigon

        M Hotel Saigon

        35-37-39-41 Ton That Thiep street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in District 1, this hotel is steps from Takashimaya Vietnam, Saigon Square, and Saigon River. Ben Thanh Market and Bitexco Financial Tower are also within 10 minutes.

          The White Hotel 8A Thai Van Lung ¥3,112
          The White Hotel 8A Thai Van Lung

          The White Hotel 8A Thai Van Lung

          8A/1D2 Thai Van Lung St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Saigon River, Vincom Center Shopping Mall, and Opera House. Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Saigon Central Post Office are also within 10 minutes.

            June Home ¥3,467
            June Home

            June Home

            151 Ben Van Don, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in District 4, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vinh Khanh Food Street, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, and Bui Vien Walking Street. Saigon Square and Ben Thanh Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Silverland Jolie Hotel ¥3,197
              Silverland Jolie Hotel

              Silverland Jolie Hotel

              4D Thi Sach St, Ben Nghe Ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in District 1, this hotel is steps from Ton Duc Thang Museum and Saigon River. Opera House and Vincom Center Shopping Mall are also within 10 minutes.

                Lotte Hotel Saigon ¥10,537
                Lotte Hotel Saigon

                Lotte Hotel Saigon

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

                  Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nguyen Hue Walking Street and Opera House. Bitexco Financial Tower and Takashimaya Vietnam are also within 1 mi (2 km).