Will your cruise be docking at Phu My Port in Vietnam for a day or two? Exciting, you are near the best place to experience Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City! With diverse cuisine, rich history, and mesmerizing landmarks, this city is a no-brainer for day tours from Phu My Port.
A Brief Introduction of Phu My Port
Phu My (pronounced Foo Me) port is on the western shore of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, a major coastal city of over 1 million people in southern Vietnam. The river by Phu My Port is called Thi Vai River, which flows to the giant South China Sea (locally known as the East Sea).
Phu My Port is 65 km (40 miles) from Ho Chi Minh City, the busiest, most developed city that often tops Vietnam’s list of favorite destinations. Although 65 km is not a great distance, transporting from Phu My Port is inconvenient and thus may require pre-planning.
How to Get to Ho Chi Minh City from Phu My Port
Taking public buses is not an option since no bus route goes straight from Phu My Port to Ho Chi Minh City, and hopping on and off 3 or 4 buses is a real hassle even for locals, let alone foreign visitors.
Taking a taxi from Phu My Port would cost around US$ 60 (one-way), so a return to the ship would cost at least US$120. In addition, you will need to negotiate the taxi waiting time and toll fees. Note that most taxis in the city are Toyota Vios and Toyota Innova. If you have more than 4 people in your group and need a bigger vehicle for transport, your best bet is to contact a tour agency or operator. Note that most tour agencies are located in Ho Chi Minh City.
Getting around the local areas alone can entail nuisances and destroy your fun in the country, so we think booking a tour with a trusted local agency is advisable. Private tours are a good option – the excursions might be cheaper and of better quality than your cruise offers, touring in a bus with 40 people. Research and do reviews before you book.
Read more on these Ho Chi Minh shore excursion tips.
Ho Chi Minh City Tours – Ideal Day Tours from Phu My Port
Isn’t food the best thing about Vietnam? Let a varied mouthwatering menu on a food tour in Ho Chi Minh redeem your long voyage. Or if you’re just so keen to ride your way through the city on a motorbike, there are choices for you as well. Read on to see what sounds good to you!
Food Tours – ‘Delectable’ Day Tours From Phu My Port
It seems like the best cooks in the country are all here in Ho Chi Minh City. They come from different regions and bring the best of their hometown cuisine to this populous city. That is why residents of this city can enjoy any dish on their culinary wishlist with incredible convenience. Besides the signature banh mi sandwiches, must-try foods of Ho Chi Minh City are banh xeo (Vietnamese pancakes), banh cuon (steamed rice rolls), com tam suon nuong (cooked broken rice and grilled pork ribs), and the famous street food Banh Trang Tron (mixed rice paper with savory toppings).
Touring the Best Landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City
A city of 24 districts with different colors, and the downtown districts 1, 3, and 5 are those you shouldn’t pass up. Visit Nguyen Hue Walking Street in District 1, the newly rising go-to spot for young people in the city, and admire the Western look intertwined with the eastern beauty of the buildings on both sides. Then go to the city center to drop by French-tinted architectural feats like Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, and the time-honored Ben Thanh Market. Just nearby these two landmarks stands the witness of history Reunification Palace. A break of culture is available in District 5 with Chinatown, Chinese cuisine restaurants, and exotic local markets or
Cu Chi Tunnels Tour – Historical Day Tours From Phu My Port
Cu Chi Tunnels is a massive witness to the Vietnam War – a monumental and unforgettable stage in this country’s history. Located 65 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City’s center (or 3.5 hours from Phu My port), this historical site is one of the most visited landmarks for locals, especially pupils and students, because of its educational messages. It is a worthwhile spot for those who want a break from the cityscape. Come here to explore the incredibility of hundred-long underground tunnels to imagine the power of Vietnamese spirits in the past wars and get a glimpse of the rural area.
Learn more about what you can discover in a Cu Chi Tunnels tour!
If you are only in port for 1 day and wish to see the tunnels, doing a city tour will be a very tight squeeze in the schedule.
Vung Tau City Tours – 1 Day Trip from Phu My Port
Vung Tau City is a much-loved local beach city 45 km (30 miles) from Phu My Port. This destination is another choice for you on arriving in Phu My Port (if you don’t fancy Ho Chi Minh City). Going to Vung Tau will mean taking the opposite route to Ho Chi Minh City.
How to Get to Vung Tau City from Phu My Port
Although there is no public bus in the vicinity of Phu My Port, you still have the following three choices:
-Taxi: will cost you around US$ 40, which is quite a lot for a one-way trip, but it would be ideal if you travel with your family or friends and split the cost. We recommend trusted brands like Mai Linh (green taxis) and Vinasun (white taxis) to avoid unexpected scams. You will need to walk outside of the port to hail a taxi.
-Ship shuttle transport: Check with your cruise to see if they provide shuttle transport to Vung Tau City. The cost depends on your ship.
-Private car transport: Private cars and vans at the port are usually pre-booked by tour agencies, so this is the choice only when you want to travel in your group and have booked a tour with a local agency. This option is for those who do not wish to choose the ship’s tour options.
Note: if you want to book a private tour to Vung Tau from Phu My, you should contact a local tour operator based in Vung Tau.
A Brief Introduction of the Best Landmarks in Vung Tau City
-Back Beach (Bai Sau): Enjoy the year-round cool breezes of Vung Tau City at this favorite beach. As you may guess, there is also Front Beach (Bai Truoc), but the sand there is not as ideal and probably more suitable for walking on the seaside road. Bai Sau is a favorite for swimming, kite flying, and other fun beach activities. Food and other services are also more available at Back Beach than Front Beach.
-Robert Taylor’s Museum of Worldwide Arms: A picture inside the museum speaks for itself. One of the most worthwhile museums in Vietnam, this museum houses over 1,000 guns of different types and around 500 real-life-size human statues in solemn garments and soldier suits, creating mystique and intimidatingly exciting vibes.
-Shakyamuni Buddha Temple: Beholding the majestic Buddhist statue Thich Ca Phat Dai standing salient among the beautiful nature of Big Mountain (Nui Lon) is undoubtedly a must when visiting Vung Tau City.
-Christ the King Monument: Buddhism and Christianity showcases its best in this lovely coastal city. Christ the King Monument or the Statue of Christ is a much-loved attraction among local visitors, regardless of their religion. From the top of the statue, you can admire a bird’s eye view of Vung Tau City, a combination of pristine beaches and verdant mountains.
What to Eat in Vung Tau City
The characteristic foods of Vung Tau are stingray hotpot, mini cupcakes topped with salted yolks (bong lan trung muoi), and Vietnamese mini pancakes (banh khot).
Discover more attractions of Vung Tau City and see details on their entrance fee, opening hours, and eating options through our Vung Tau Travel Guide.
Summary of Day Tours from Phu My Port
Arriving in Phu My Port, you can explore Vietnam – the beach city of Vung Tau, the iconic modern city of Ho Chi Minh, or the rustic and historic Cu Chi Tunnels.