Vietnam Shore Excursions is proud to share our exclusive Vietnam Cruise Shore Excursions for cruise ship passengers at all ports of call in Vietnam. We guarantee a local perspective that will give you and your family a once in a lifetime experience. Please explore some of our exciting handcrafted sample itineraries for ideas and inspiration for your Vietnam Cruise Shore Excursions or contact our travel expert today to tailor unique and exclusive shore excursions for you.
Popular Destinations for Your Vietnam Cruise Shore Excursions
Vietnam is known as not only the safest destination to travel to Southeast Asia, but also one of the most beautiful countries of the world. Its culture and natural beauties often make Vietnam quite an overwhelming place for first-timer visitors. To make your first shore excursions to Vietnam easier and help you get the most of your travel experience, Vietnam Cruise Shore Excursions has created an ultimate list of destinations in Vietnam and most useful travel tips to get most out of your first Vietnam experience.
Known as a pearl of the sea, Halong Bay is a must-see destination when you are traveling to Vietnam. The bay is well-known for plenty of scattered grottoes and caves such as Heaven Cave, Incense Burner Islet, Amazing Cave and more where you can have a chance kayaking through all of them to experience all of these beauties. The sight inside the cave is breathtaking with beautiful stalactites falling down from the top. Get a glimpse of the fishery life by stopping at Ba Hang Floating Fishing village where fishermen and their families still live in floating houses. Taste the fresh flavor of seafood cooked with traditional cuisine.
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Shore excursions from Halong Bay to Hanoi will be an unforgettable memory in your life. This charming capital hides several ancient mysteries in every corner which you will explore little by little. The Old Quarter lined up by various quaint streets selling every strange thing from handicrafts to daily products. Have a sit to enjoy a morning cup of coffee in a sidewalk coffee shop, and witness the heavy traffic of this bustling city. Then visit the Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison Museum, and Hoan Kiem Lake. Learn about 54 ethnic minorities of Vietnam with different conventionalities and features in the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
Link to book: Hanoi Shore Excursions
The ancient Hue shore excursions include a huge complex of beautiful pagodas and historical sites. One of the most popular spots is the Imperial Citadel which was built in the 19th century. Visit the Royal Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc with the amazing oriental architecture. Experience the local life in the bustling Dong Ba market homed to myriad goods and local delights. Have a walk and taste Hue cuisine such as clam rice, shrimp cakes with fish sauce, pancakes, noodles made from rice which are widely known with the name “pho”, and have a dessert with fresh tropical fruits served by street vendors. Pick up some idyllic handicrafts and souvenirs, your friends and family will love it.
Link to book: Hue Shore Excursions
Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. It’s a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills, located to the west of the city. Here the Hải Vân Pass has views of Da Nang Bay and the Marble Mountains, 5 limestone outcrops that are home to pagodas and caves containing Buddhist shrines.
Nowhere in Vietnam is changing as fast as Danang. For decades it had a reputation as a provincial backwater, but big changes are ongoing. Stroll along the Han riverfront and you’ll find gleaming new modernist hotels, and apartments and restaurants are emerging. Spectacular new bridges now span the Han River, and in the north of the city, the landmark new D-City is rising from the flatlands. Add this destination for your vietnam cruise shore excursions.
Link to book: Da Nang Shore Excursions
Hop on a Hoi An shore excursions to explore this spectacular city. Enjoy Hoi An interesting cooking class to learn about the fundamentals of Vietnamese cuisine and how to choose fresh fishes, herbs and spices. Have hands-on experience in making a delicious rice noodle, and then taste fresh fruits as dessert. Stroll through several popular historical spots such as Japanese Covered Bridge, Pottery Museum, Tan Ky Ancient House, and Cantonese Congregation, silk street, and a variety of temples and pagodas.
Link to book: Da Nang Hoi An Shore Excursions
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh is the most popular destination in Vietnam Cruise Shore Excursions. This bustling city has various attractive places. The Notre Dame Cathedral is a masterpiece of the special neo-Romanesque style architecture of Saigon which still maintains the splendor structure made from bricks, tiles, steel, cement, and metal accessories from France. Then head to the Old Post Office of Saigon – the combination of Renaissance, Gothic and French architecture style affected by the time being colonial of this country. Enjoy free time go shopping in Ben Thanh Market where you can witness the daily life of Saigoners. Phu My shore excursions will continue with a visit to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which served as an important part of the glory of the old Viet army against the attack of the French colonial. Admire numerous bomb craters made by 500 pounds of bombs falling down from B52 bombers to understand deeply about the bloody war in Vietnam several years ago.
Link to book: Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursions
Vung Tau city or Ba Ria-Vung Tau is a famous port city in Vietnam. It has long sandy beaches which stretch along the coastline. This city is also the best place on mainland where you can admire sunrise and sunset on the sea beautifully and has many unique relics such as Vung Tau Lighthouse, Jesus Statue, Niet Ban Tinh Xa Pagoda, Thich Ca Phat Dai Pagoda, Long Son Large House, etc. All the attractions of the city thank to the harmonious combination between natural landscape, urban architecture and cultural works. Do not miss this city for your Vung Tau Day Tour.
Link to book: Vung Tau Tour from Phu My Port
Mekong Delta Tour from Phu My Port
Mekong Delta – the endearing name Vietnamese people often call the land – has always been the most unique destination of Vietnam for cruise passengers from Phu My & Sai Gon Port. With most of the land covered and divided by wetlands and rivers, Mekong Delta has developed a unique way of life and culture adapting to the geography characteristics. There’re a lot of things to do in Mekong Delta Vietnam with the immense beauties and cultural charms. Do not miss this destination for your vietnam shore excursions.
Link to book: Mekong Delta Tour from Phu My Port
A Nha Trang day tour is recommended for any Vietnam cruise shore excursions. Walking in the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute, you will feel like stepping in the bottom of the sea with a rich ecosystem created by over 20,000 sea species such as reef sharks, clown fishes, lionfishes, coral, turtles, anemones and more. Living the ocean behind with a visit to Po Nagar Cham Towers which are the significant religious relics of Ancient Champa Kingdom. Then enjoy mineral mud bathing in the Thap Ba Hot Mineral Spring Center which is said to give a strong stimulation to the skin’s nervous center beneath the brain cortex, remove the dead skin cells, and make your skin younger, healthier and smoother.
Link to book: Nha Trang Shore Excursions
Best Time to Visit Vietnam
Vietnam has the featured tropical climate with the south and southwest monsoon covering the country during summer from May to September, while the northeast monsoon dominates the wintertime lasting from October to April. In summer, the southern monsoon causes heavy rainfall and high temperature in the entire mainland of Vietnam. If you join Vietnam shore excursions during this time, the rain and heat can cause difficulties to visit attractions and outdoor activities. When the summer passes by, the northeast monsoon dominates the Gulf of Tonkin with moisture and cool temperature which is the best time to visit Vietnam. However, moisture can lead to drizzle rain on dirt roads.
Vietnam General Information
Population: 94 million Capital City: Hanoi Largest city: Ho Chi Minh City People: Vietnamese Language: Vietnamese Currency: Vietnam Dong (VND) Time Zone: UTC +7 Hours International Dialing Code: +84 Religions: Folk religions, Buddhism, Catholicism, Caodaism, Protestantism, Hoahaoism, etc.
Passport and Visa to Vietnam
To enter Vietnam, first of all, you have to own a passport with the valid for six months from the date you arrive in Vietnam. Having a passport’s photocopy and scanning then putting into your email account are highly recommended in case you lost the original passport. There are 24 countries with normal passports that do not require visas to enter Vietnam from 14 to 30 days, especially Chilean people who have 90 days visas free in Vietnam. Chinese, Cuban, and North Korean citizens with passports for public affairs do not require a visa for Vietnam. There are 80 countries that can apply for e-visas lasting 30 days with the cost of US$25. Other countries have to obtain visas before arriving in Vietnam. Passengers from cruise ships hopping on Vietnam Cruise Shore Excursions do not require visas to spend a day trip in Vietnam.
Postal, Phones & Internet Service in Vietnam
Postal and courier service in Vietnam is widely available, fast, and trustworthy. The advice is to transfer postcards by the post office or ask your hotel’s staff to help instead of putting them into letterboxes. Vietnam is rapidly becoming a modern country with telephone connections both domestic and abroad are widely available. In case you want to keep in touch with the rest of the world, you have to pay an expensive price. Spending money on a Vietnamese SIM card is cheaper to call abroad. Before putting the SIM in your phone, make sure that you have already unlocked it. Internet access is widely available in most hotels over the country both in big cities and rural areas, while WiFi can easily be found in most cafes, restaurants, bars, and shopping malls in urban areas such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Transportation in Vietnam
The first impression about transportation of newcomers to Vietnam is extremely bad. Crossing through the road can be an impossible mission. With those who have pigeon hearts, they would love to spend their whole vacation in the hotel instead of walking out there and facing streams of bicycles, motorbikes, and cars going back and forth. However, after a bit of time to adapt, you can realize it is not too difficult to find a gap and join in the traffic jam. The advice is to follow the locals and the traffic lights, if it is turning red, make yourself ready. The unwritten rule of crossing is predicted when the most suitable time is, and with a bit of bravery, just walk through the road to the other side, people will flow around you like water flow through a rock.In case you want to discover attractions far from your place, you can book a taxi which can be easily found in most big cities. However, you should ask for the price before hopping on, and remember to watch the cash machine to make sure that they do not cheat. Many touristy cities such as Hanoi, Hoian, Da Nang, Nha Trang, etc. have the cyclo service for those who want to relax by slowly exploring every corner of the streets with a short scenic ride.
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