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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam-port

Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam's largest and most famous city. During the 14th century this city was known as Prey Nokor and was nothing more than a trading post. By the 18th century, the Lords of Hue, under the Nguyens, had established control of the trade in Prey Nokor and renamed the city Saigon. After the Vietnam War, the new communist regime changed the official name of the city of Saigon to Ho Chi Minh and began to rebuild its economic and social structure.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Cu Chi Tunnels & Fruit Gardens
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Cu Chi Tunnels & Fruit Gardens
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Highlights of Saigon
    Seated Tour
  • Mekong River Delta
    Seated TourMeal
  • Mekong River Delta
    Seated TourMeal
  • Mekong River Delta
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Panoramic Saigon
    Seated Tour
  • Panoramic Saigon
    Seated Tour
  • The Art of Garnish - Vegetable Decoration
    Seated Tour

Cu Chi Tunnels

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 5 hours

Tour Code: HCM-190

Learn about the Vietnamese fighters who lived in, and fought from, a network of underground tunnels during this visit to Cu Chi.

Depart the pier for the 44-mile drive from the city center to the surrounding countryside. Along the way, you will see the villages of former revolutionary fighters, and French rubber plantations where bombing remnants still remain three decades later. After passing through tranquil rice paddies, a brief photo stop will be made at a small village, where your guide will explain the process of rice paper production. Hundreds of sheets dot the countryside, drying on woven racks in the relentless sun.

Upon arrival at Cu Chi, you will watch a short video tracing the origins, construction and design of the thick-roofed underground tunnels. These tunnels were capable of withstanding the weight of tanks and impact of 50-pound bombs. A military guide will explain the underground network, and display some of the tools and weapons utilized by the guerrillas. This open and ventilated tunnel complex provides a full view of the underground meeting rooms, smokeless kitchens, a healthcare center and sleeping areas. If you are agile, you will have an opportunity to enter an unlit passage that has not been enlarged for the comfort of visitors. Refreshments, souvenirs and displays of military paraphernalia can be found in the nearby parking area.

On the 44-mile return drive to Saigon, you will visit the recently-erected memorial honoring the 10,000 guerrilla soldiers who died during the fighting at Cu Chi.

Please note: Guests are strongly advised to wear sturdy shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Guests visiting the lower levels of the tunnel complex may get dirty. The area of the tunnels represents a memorial to resistance by the Vietnamese, and is presented by the armed forces of Vietnam. Any disparaging references made to past foes of the government may be deemed offensive. Depending upon traffic conditions, the duration of this tour may be longer.