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About Phu My

In amidst the swarming streets and markets of Ho Chi Minh City, stand numerous landmarks bound in history and tradition: from museums that tell the stories of war to ornamental pagodas that are filled with characters from Buddhist and Taoist religions, all of which can be seen while enjoying one of our cruises to Phu My.

From Phu My, your cruise shore excursion leads you to the fascinating tunnel network at Cu Chi, used by the Viet Cong during the war. At their height they stretched from the South Vietnamese capital to the Cambodian border.

 

Shore excursions in Phu My

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Countryside and Cu Chi Tunnels

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 9 hours

This tour focuses on the ingenuity and resilience of the Vietnamese fighters, who lived in and fought from the underground Tunnels of Cu Chi.

The busy road to Cu Chi passes by rice paddies, where villagers use the hot roadside as a platform for drying all manner of produce. At the Cu Chi Tunnels, you’ll have an introduction on their history, construction and design, while a guide explains the underground network and some of the tools and weapons used.

The Tunnels were up to 39 feet below ground. Most were only 2 foot wide, and 5 feet high, with thick roofs capable of withstanding the weight of tanks or the impact of bombs. Much of the tunnel complex has been opened and ventilated, so that you can more easily experience the underground rooms, kitchens, hospital and sleeping areas.

A local Vietnamese lunch will be served at a restaurant located on the banks of the Saigon River and includes a soft drink or local beer.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is not suitable for passengers who have heart problems or suffer from claustrophobia. The drive to/from the Tunnels is approximately 2½ hours with a comfort stop en route. You are advised to bring a hat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. There is approximately 2 hours of’ walking involved. There will be an opportunity to shop for souvenirs during the tour. A video is shown at Cu Chi, which contains propaganda content against American involvement in the Vietnamese War. Experiencing the enclosed tunnels is only one element of this tour and there is plenty of to enjoy on the remainder of the excursion.

Highlights of Ho Chi Minh

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 7½ hours

Explore the highlights of bustling Ho Chi Minh City, still commonly referred to as Saigon.

Located on the banks of the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant city full of contrasts. Visit the National History Museum filled with ancient ceramics, traditional costumes and relics crafted in stone and bronze. Afterwards, watch a short performance of the uniquely Vietnamese spectacle – water puppetry.

A short stop for photos will be made at the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, whose twin spires are a distinctive city landmark, and at the Reunification Hall, once the Presidential Palace and where Liberation forces, on 30th April 1975, marked the end of the Vietnam War. Traffic permitting, there will also be an opportunity for a photo at the City Hall and at the Rex Hotel, home of the infamous ‘Five O’clock Follies’.

After a buffet lunch including typical Vietnamese dishes and a performance of traditional music and dance, continue to Cho Lon, the city’s Chinatown. Enjoy an orientation drive through the colourful streets full of stalls, hidden temples, shrines and pagodas.

Visit the Thien Hau Temple, dedicated to the Sea Goddess - Protector of Sailors, before returning to the 3rd district to visit a lacquer factory, where you’ll see talented Vietnamese craftsmen at work.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to/from Ho Chi Minh City is approximately 1½ hours. There is approximately 3 hours of walking on this tour with steps, and pavements can be narrow and uneven with raised kerbs, so please take care. Mineral water will be available on the coach transfer, but we also suggest you take bottled water with you for the day.

Ho Chi Minh City On Your Own

Activity highShopping

Duration: 7 hours

This ‘On Your Own’ tour is a great choice for those passengers who wish to explore independently.

An English-speaking escort will accompany your transfer to Ho Chi Minh City and will assist with your plans, providing information on shopping opportunities and attractions.

Ho Chi Minh is home to some 8 million people and is the economic heart of Vietnam. Drive through scenic countryside, dotted with rice fields on your way to this bustling city. On arrival, you will be immersed into a city full of life, colourful sights and sounds and a steady stream of bicycles and motorbikes!

En route to your drop-off point at Ho Chi Minh City Square, you’ll pass the former US Embassy, Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral and several other points of interest.

Enjoy the day exploring on your own. Try some of the local delicacies, visit one of the markets; walk through the Botanical Gardens; or simply watch the world go by from a pavement café.

Please listen carefully to the escort’s instructions regarding your return departure arrangements from Ho Chi Minh City.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey time to/from Ho Chi Minh City is approximately 1½ hours. Mineral water will be available on the coach transfer. Please be mindful that this excursion is non-guided and exclusive of lunch and any entrance fees. Pavements can be narrow and uneven with raised kerbs, so please take care when walking and crossing roads. As the return coach may be different from that used on the outward journey, please do not leave any belongings on board.

Ho Chi Minh Shopping Experience

Activity highShopping

Duration: 7½ hours

Take in the major sights of Ho Chi Minh City and indulge in some all-important souvenir shopping.

Enjoy an orientation drive of Ho Chi Minh City passing by the City Hall, Rex Hotel and the French Colonial Post Office. Traffic permitting, photo stops will be made along the way.

You’ll continue to Ben Thanh Central Market, where thousands of products such as clothes, shoes, watches, bags, food and vegetables are available for sale. This is a favourite market for the locals. Afterwards, you’ll visit a lacquer factory to see the local craftsmen at work. You may wish to take the opportunity to purchase some of the finished products.

Back in downtown Ho Chi Minh, you’ll stop at Dong Khoi Street, one of the busiest streets, full of fashionable boutiques, cafés and souvenir shops. Try some bargaining with the locals for porcelain figures, cinnamon boxes and other souvenirs (most vendors accept US Dollars in small denominations).

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to/from Ho Chi Minh City is approximately 1½ hours. There is approximately 3 hours of walking on this tour with steps at the various venues. Pavements can be narrow and uneven with raised kerbs. Mineral water will be available on the coach transfer, but we also suggest you take bottled water with you for the day. Please be mindful that this excursion is exclusive of lunch.

Jewels of Indochina Overland - Double

Activity highMeal includedRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 2 nights

An opportunity to discover the incredible sights of Indochina, incorporating Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore.

DAY 1 – HO CHI MINH CITY
Your Indochina Overland adventure begins in Vietnam with a 1½ hour drive to the country’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh. Visit the National History Museum, which includes an unusual water puppetry performance. A brief stop will be made at a lacquer factory for you to see the traditional local craftsmanship. Stop for photos at the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Hall and the City Hall. Afterwards, enjoy a buffet lunch at a leading local hotel, before heading to the airport for the 1 hour flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Check into the Sohka Angkor Resort for 1 night and enjoy dinner by the hotel poolside, accompanied by a traditional Apsara Dance Show.

DAY 2 – ANCIENT CITY OF ANGKOR
After breakfast, your Angkor experience will begin as you drive to the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, a stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry. Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the most breathtaking of all the Angkor monuments. Next, head to the enchanting Banteay Srei Temple, known as the Citadel of Women. This petite temple possesses wonderful, intricate carvings. Lunch will be served at the Tara Hotel, before venturing on to the South Gate at Angkor Thom to explore the forested centre of this once great city. You’ll see the Bayon Temple, the Terrace of the Leper King, and Terrace of the Elephants. A visit will also be made at Ta Prohm Temple, which was used during the filming of ‘Tomb Raider’. After your day of sightseeing, you’ll transfer to the airport for the 30 minute flight to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Pen. Upon arrival, you’ll check into the Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel for 1 night, where you can relax and enjoy dinner.

DAY 3 – SINGAPORE
Take an early breakfast and check-out, before your flight to Singapore. Upon arrival in Singapore, you’ll be met by a local guide and embark on a panoramic drive through the city. A stop will be made at a local hotel, where refreshments will be served. Afterwards, your drive will continue, passing by Little India, and also the Malay Quarter where the magnificent Sultan Mosque is located. You’ll take in areas such as the Civic District, Padang, and Merlion Park, and a short stop will be made in Chinatown, before returning to Arcadia in time for dinner on board.

Essential information

This overland will operate by coach, plane and on foot. Bookings for this tour will close on 20th December 2017. Any bookings made after this date are on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (double = PH1810, single = PH1811). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour departs on 17th March in Phu My and returns on 19th March in Singapore. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates before booking this tour. This excursion is physically demanding, be prepared for early morning starts, lengthy days, and possible airport delays. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. Flight times and further details will be advised on board, hotels are subject to change. Please note that the itinerary includes an overnight stay in Phnom Pen.

The fare includes: transport by coach and economy class air travel, sightseeing, meals and hotel accommodation as stated. Visas for Cambodia are included and cover for all nationalities. Two glasses of house wine, local beer soft drinks, tea and coffee are included with meals. In Singapore, a light lunch is included on the flight over and tea and coffee is served with the refreshments during touring.

The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and any treatment or prescriptions. Those wishing to order alternative beverages during the overland will be charged separately. Visas for Vietnam and Singapore are not included and NON-UK national’s visa requirements may vary dependent on your nationality and the duration of your stay. It is your responsibility to ensure you are in receipt of the correct documentation and we recommend you check on the applicable government website for visa and entry requirements.

What to pack: please bring 2 passport sized photos for visa documentation and ensure that your passport has 2 blank pages. Please remember your passport and any medication. Luggage limit is 1 bag per person, with a maximum weight of 20kg.

Sightseeing: light clothing, comfortable walking shoes and protection against the sun and mosquitoes are recommended. US dollars in small denominations are widely accepted. Strict dress codes must be observed when visiting places of worship and the appropriate attire must be worn, or entry will be refused. Shoulders, arms and legs must be covered (shawls, long shorts and flip flops are not permitted). Please refrain from raising your voice as this is considered ill-mannered, particularly in Cambodia. On day 2, check-out may take place after touring, allowing time to freshen up before lunch and the onward flight to Phnom Pen.

 

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