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Saigon River: Unmissable Activities and Experiences

Mai Anh
3 min. to read

Nestled along the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City, the Saigon River stands as a timeless icon, weaving its way through the heart of this vibrant metropolis. Beyond its mere presence as a waterway, the Saigon River beckons with a plethora of unforgettable activities and experiences waiting to be discovered. Join Sun Getaways Travel as we embark on a journey along the Saigon River!

Table of contents

1. Saigon River Location

2. Saigon River Activities

3. Tips for Enhancing Your Saigon River Experience

1. Saigon River Location

The upper reaches of the Saigon River lie within Hon Quan district, Binh Phuoc province, and it courses through Tay Ninh, Binh Duong, and Ho Chi Minh City before flowing into the East Sea. Near Den Do Cape in Nha Be District, it converges with the Dong Nai River, forming the Nha Be River, which later divides into two branches known as Long Tau and Soai Rap before emptying into the sea through Can Gio Gate. Stretching for 256 kilometers in total, with 80 kilometers passing through Ho Chi Minh City, the Saigon River runs north of the city, acting as a natural border with Binh Duong Province.

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With depths reaching up to 20 meters and widths ranging from 225 to 370 meters within the Ho Chi Minh City section, it accommodates small ships, boats, and yachts. Historically, during the French colonial era, the river served as a primary conduit for transporting natural resources from Southern Vietnam to larger French vessels in the East Sea, utilizing barges and smaller craft for this purpose.

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2. Saigon River Activities

2.1. River Cruises and Sightseeing

Have you ever thought about embarking on a river cruise or sightseeing tour to admire the breathtaking beauty of the Saigon River firsthand? It’s an opportunity not to be missed! Here are some recommended River Cruise Tours:

  • Saigon WaterBus Tour: Experience the exhilaration of a speedboat excursion along River, priced at approximately 1.5 USD per person. This tour often includes stops at Binh Quoi Village or the Thanh Da Peninsula.

Saigon WaterBus

  • Sunset Cocktail Cruise: Indulge in a leisurely sunset cocktail cruise along the River to unwind and bask in the serene and romantic atmosphere. This cruise is priced at around 15 USD per person.
  • Bike Tour: Explore the city’s hidden treasures, local markets, and historical landmarks up close while enjoying the picturesque beauty of the river, all for just 0.5 USD per hour.

Saigon River Sunset Cocktail Cruise

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2.2. Waterfront Dining 

Numerous riverside restaurants await, each offering a diverse array of cuisines to tantalize your taste buds and enchant your senses:

  • Saigon Skydeck Rooftop Restaurant & Bar
  • The Deck Saigon
  • Bistro Sông Vie
  • Saigon Princess

2.3. Join the riverside destination

Visit Nha Rong Port

  • Address: No.1 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, Ward 12, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ticket Price: 1 USD per person
  • Opening time: 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM from Tuesday to Sunday

Nha Rong Port, situated along the Saigon River, holds historical significance as the starting point of Ho Chi Minh’s journey for national liberation. Delve into the museum located within the port to gain insight into Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary endeavors and their profound impact on Vietnam’s history. This iconic site seamlessly intertwines history, culture, and breathtaking scenery, making it an essential destination to delve deeper into Vietnam’s past while appreciating the beauty of the Saigon River.

Nha Rong Port

Riverfront Parks 

  • Address: No.1 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, Ward 12, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ticket Price: 1 USD per person
  • Opening time: 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM from Tuesday to Sunday

Immerse yourself in a peaceful retreat away from the urban hustle and bustle, where the Saigon River unveils a serene oasis. Riverfront parks beckon with their tranquil ambiance, providing a sanctuary to relax and commune with nature. Meander along winding pathways enveloped by verdant foliage and vibrant blossoms, and feel revitalized by the soothing atmosphere that surrounds you.

Riverfront Parks along the Saigon River

3. Tips for Enhancing Your Saigon River Experience

  • Ensure to monitor the weather forecast to strategize your activities effectively.
  • Opt for December through April, considered the optimal period for your visit.
  • Reserve your river cruises or tours in advance to secure your desired time slots.
  • Experience the enchantment of the Saigon River during various times of the day for distinct and memorable encounters.

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The Saigon River offers visitors a myriad of activities and experiences, from picturesque river cruises to immersive local tours and visits to historic sites like Nha Rong Port. Tranquil riverfront parks provide a serene escape amidst the bustling cityscape. For those seeking the complete Vietnam package tour experience, Sun Getaways Trave is your ideal partner. Contact us for more information, or explore the available packages below.

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