Travel to Ho Chi Minh City after morning pickup from the port at Phu My or Lotus, relaxing in a comfortable climate-controlled private vehicle for the scenic two-hour drive.
In the morning, you'll experience a classic Vietnamese art form: a water puppet show. Watch a short performance of this type of puppetry, which dates back to the 11th century and features lacquered wood puppets that appear to dance on the surface of a shallow indoor pool.
Get an overview of Vietnam's diverse cultures at the National History Museum. Your guide shows you artifacts that reflect the evolution of Vietnam, from modern-day people back to the Cham and Khmer dynasties, and the Dong Son civilization from the Bronze Age. Enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes for lunch at a local restaurant.
Then step on to your cyclo for an one-hour tour along Dong Khoi Street, the heart of old colonial Saigon formerly known as Rue Catinat. Admire fine examples of French colonial architecture as you pay a quick visit to the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office nearby.
Get great photo ops of other classic colonial landmarks such as the Saigon Opera House and Saigon City Hall. Before your cyclo tour winds down, stop outside the Reunification Palace (aka Independence Palace), site of dramatic events during the 1975 Fall of Saigon that marked the end the Vietnam War.
Your cyclo tour ends at one of the liveliest markets in Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh market. Shop for souvenirs among a bounty of goods available at the market.
Then return in your private vehicle to your cruise terminal.