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Riverway tourism – Ho Chi Minh City’s new resource

Two months after the Ho Chi Minh City authorities announced the riverway tourism development strategy with six routes from Bach Dang Wharf to Binh Dong, Cu Chi, Can Gio, Long An, Binh Quoi and Phu My Hung, assigned to Saigontourist, the Sai Gon Tiep Thi newspaper conducted a survey in late August to outline the panorama of riverway tourism in the city.

A look from the river

At 7 am on a Saturday, French tourist Elisabeth Ngondara Olivry and her husband cautiously crossed the busy road in front of the Majestic hotel to a pontoon to take a river trip on the Saigon River. After checking in, the couple were welcomed by the staff of the Saigon River Express Boat on board. Other passengers included Graham Taylor from Australia and three young Americans.

The boat staff asked them to put on lifejackets and the breakfast was served onboard with bread, bottled water and some native fruits like bananas, bonbon, and rambutan. The boat sped up, leaving the city with high-rise buildings behind.

Elisabeth and her husband sat at the prow to enjoy the early sunlight. She said: “The villages along the river are fresh and peaceful. I used to try a canoe tour in Bangkok, but the river there did not make me feel to be close to nature as the tour on the Saigon River does.

“This tour was recommended by the hotel receptionist. We also know that this city has many rivers and canals so it would have been a mistake if we did not choose this tour to learn more about it.”