Saigon Underground and Sunset Cruise
Explore the secret places of Saigon Underground by motorbike and go underground to learn about the resistance during the Indochina and Vietnam wars and unwind on board a modern speedboat after.
Your motorbike driver will pick you up from the hotel and you will set off to explore the secret places of Saigon most of the tourist don’t even know exist. You will visit a secret printing house covered as a guitar shop and used during the Indochina war for publishing propaganda tracts in 1952 – 1957. The materials were then sent to the north of Vietnam to spread the political message there. During the Geneva Conference in 1954, the publications called on the reunification of North and South Vietnam.
After an adventurous ride, you will stop at a secret weapon cache that functioned during the Vietnam War. The owner, officially a curtain manufacturer, was supplying the arms to fight the Southern regime. The weapons were secretly transported from Cu Chi Tunnels and stored in the underground cache before being dispatched to Saigon-based resistance. During the famous Tet Offensive in 1968, weapons from this cellar were used to attack the Independence Palace.
In case one of the underground sites is not available on the day of your tour, you will visit a hospital built by French at the end of the 19th century that in fact was used as a prison from the 1930s until the end of Vietnam War in 1975.
The first General Secretary of the Communist Party of Indochina, comrade Tran Phu was sent there when he got arrested in 1931 “to be cured”. Famous revolutionaries such as comrade Nguyen Van Troi were kept there during the Vietnam War.
At the end of Saigon Underground segment, after refreshing at a local coffee shop, you will be transferred to the pier where you will board a speedboat to experience the romance of Saigon – a city once known as the pearl of the Far East – as you explore its winding canals and waterways on a luxury speedboat tour.
The speedboat will bring you to an old area of Saigon, where you can see a mixture of architectural styles, urban sceneries combined with historical objects. You will pass Nha Rong Wharf (The Dragon house) built in 1863 by French colonialists, where now Ho Chi Minh Museum is located. You will see Saigon Port and observe the life of the inhabitants of Saigon by night.
You will also visit Mieu Noi floating temple, built in 18 century in the middle of Vam Thuat River, which is considered to be one of the most unique architectural works in Vietnam.
1:00 pm: Your motorbike driver will pick you up at your hotel.
1:30 pm: As part of Saigon Underground tour, you will visit a secret printing house covered as a guitar shop and used during the Indochina war for publishing propaganda tracts in 1952 – 1957.
2:30 pm: After an adventurous ride, you will stop at a secret weapon cache that functioned during the Vietnam War.
3:15 pm: You will leave the weapon cache and be driven to a local coffee shop for refreshment before ending the Saigon Underground segment.
4:00 pm: You will be transferred to the pier.
4:15 pm: You will board a speedboat and start your Sunset Cruise and observe the bustling, historic city from the water. You will explore winding canals and tributaries in a setting similar to the Mekong Delta, with traditional riverside landscapes and lush jungle expenses before watching the city’s skyline beautifully lit up at the sunset.
6:15 pm: You will arrive back at Saigon pier. Les Rives’ van will transfer you back to the hotel.
Please note that due to the individual nature of the tours, times are approximate and can vary slightly.
Under 12 years oldVND 2,239,000*
0-3 years oldFree of charge
* Includes mandatory Government Tax and Service Charge
Minimum two guests are required for this tour
Includes: Breakfast, lunch, unlimited refreshments and local fruit, English-speaking guide, entrance fees, pick-up and drop off at centrally located hotels.
Please note we only pick-up and drop off at hotel located in district 1, district 2 and district 3
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Visit the secret places of Saigon connected with Indochina and Vietnam wars
In our Saigon Underground segment, you will have an exciting motorbike ride and explore the places that you would unlikely find by yourself. You will visit a secret printing house used for publishing propaganda tracts during the Indochina war, a secret weapon cache that supplied the arms to resistance forces during the Vietnam war. If one of the places is closed, you will be brought to a secret prison (initially built as a hospital) where from the 1930s to 1975 communist figures were kept.
What to know in advance of Saigon Underground & Sunset Cruise
Bring your camera! There are amazing photo opportunities when observing the beautiful sunset on Saigon River.
Please request vegetarian or Halal food options 24 hours in advance of your tour. Please note for Halal food a $10 surcharge will be incurred.
Soft drinks ( Coke Zero), matcha green tea, water and fruit provided during the boat journey are included in the overall price and not subject additional charge.
Les Rives will provide insect repellent, waterproof ponchos and umbrellas.
Please note that the abundant water hyacinth on the Saigon River can cause the boat to stall, meaning sometimes we’ll have to go at a gentler pace than usual. Occasionally there are slight delays.
We are happy to say that no tour is exactly the same with Les Rives, and as result scheduled times can vary slightly.
All guides speak excellent English and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Why does your price seem higher than some others?
We price all of our tours according to the value we provide. Most tour companies have hidden fees and don’t provide high quality services. When traveling with Les Rives , you won’t be reaching for your wallet as everything will be covered in the tour price ( except for bullet fee in Cu Chi Tunnels). Each tour also helps out the local families we work with, who we also help out with sustainable business practices.
Why do I need to provide passport number ?
Travel insurance is covered in the tour price. However, in order to buy it, we need to have your passport details. In case you’ve already had travel insurance and do not need another one, you can skip this part.
What if I don't have passport number when I book the tour ?
Are these tours safe for any age?
Whether you’re 7 or 70, our tours are great for all ages ! Our speedboats are extremely comfortable and safe. All of our boats have complete international standard safety equipment and rain protector to cover you during the wet season in Ho Chi Minh City. You can take a look at our speedboat here
How many people you can transport per boat ?
The maximum capacity of our speedboat is 20 people per boat. However, as we want to ensure you will have the most comfortable and safe experience, we only transport 14-15 people per boat.
Your tours sound interesting !! How can I make a reservation ?
You can make a reservation and process the payment directly on our website by using credit card ( Visa, MasterCard) or PayPal. Alternatively, you can come to our office at Me Linh Point Tower – 2 Ngo Duc Ke Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City – during the office hour to make a reservation.
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WHY LES RIVES ?
We Only Operate Small Group Tour
Carefully Time Our Tours To Avoid Large Bus Crowds
Only Authentic Tours With Unique Experiences
Friendly, Knowledgeable & English Proficiency Tour Guides With International License
Traveling By Speedboat Is Quicker And Way More Fun Than By Bus
All Boats Have Complete International Standard Safety Equipment