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Saigon River
Vacation Travel Guide

Saigon River showing a city, boating and a bay or harbor
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.

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.

Top Hotels Close to Saigon River

Metro Points Hotel
Metro Points Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27-29 Truong Dinh St., Ben Thanh Ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥2,053 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Temple of Mariamman and Ben Thanh Market. Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Saigon Square are also ...
3.8/5Good! (153 reviews)
"Top floor Breadfast variety with a view and friendly staff"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Metro Points Hotel
Pullman Saigon Centre
Pullman Saigon Centre
5 out of 5
148 Tran Hung Dao St Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥6,123 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, Opera House, and 30-4 Park. Saigon Zoo and Botanic Garden is 2.4 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (758 reviews)
"Nice hotel, stylish rooms but not a lot around the hotel in terms of bars or restaurants."

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Pullman Saigon Centre
Liberty Central Saigon Centre
Liberty Central Saigon Centre
4 out of 5
179 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥4,479 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
Located in District 1, this spa hotel is steps from Benthanh Street Food Market and Ben Thanh Market. Saigon Square and Museum of Ho Chi Minh City are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)
Worst stay, unattentive staff
"Website not completely updated that they no longer have smoking rooms. That is the only reason we have booked this hotel a number of times. We arrived past 12 noon, no guests around, no music, not all lights turned on, only 1 elevator operating. Was told we cannot check in yet because standard check ..."

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Liberty Central Saigon Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Saigon River

GK Central Hotel
GK Central Hotel
3 out of 5
92-94 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥1,871 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
GK Central Hotel
Pullman Saigon Centre
Pullman Saigon Centre
5 out of 5
148 Tran Hung Dao St Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥6,123 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Pullman Saigon Centre
Metro Points Hotel
Metro Points Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27-29 Truong Dinh St., Ben Thanh Ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥2,053 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Metro Points Hotel
Liberty Central Saigon Centre
Liberty Central Saigon Centre
4 out of 5
179 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥4,479 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
Liberty Central Saigon Centre
EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa
EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
38 Bui Thi Xuan Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa
Hotel Nikko Saigon
Hotel Nikko Saigon
5 out of 5
235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥6,600 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Hotel Nikko Saigon
Park View Saigon Hotel
Park View Saigon Hotel
3 out of 5
98R -100 Le Lai street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Park View Saigon Hotel
Silverland Jolie Hotel
Silverland Jolie Hotel
4 out of 5
4D Thi Sach St, Ben Nghe Ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Silverland Jolie Hotel
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
5 out of 5
17 Le Duan Boulevard, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥7,560 per night from Jul 2 to Jul 2
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.