Why choose a cruise to Phu My?
The best option for large cruise liners with passengers wishing to see the sights of Ho Chi Minh City, Phu My is located conveniently and doesn’t distract from the incredible experiences waiting to be had in Ho Chi Minh City.
A guide to Phu My’s hotspots
It’s best to get to Ho Chi Minh City as quickly as possible, given that it’s around an hour-and-a-half from the relatively empty Phu My, and a pre-organised cruise excursion is the most painless way to do so. Once you’re there, the multifaceted culture and spectacular food of Ho Chi Minh City will make an extra journey worth it, especially if you start your day in a local spa. Great value for money and dotted throughout the city, it’s so easy to enjoy some pampering before a day of sightseeing.
Ben Thanh is the biggest market in the city and attracts bargain-hunters and locals alike. Traditional Vietnamese fare is everywhere here, with beautiful souvenirs such as lucky cats being very popular, but you absolutely have to barter or you’ll pay too much.
For a bit of unusual fun, hiring a moped is hard to beat. An effective way to see more of the city in a day without breaking the bank, they are fun for adventurous riders that can adapt to the relatively lawless roads quickly.
A visit to Ho Chi Minh City would be a waste if the local coffee isn’t sampled (it’s served strong, with sweet condensed milk), alongside some traditional food, served the way locals like it. Head to Com Nieu Sai Gon for food that will make your taste buds sing, at an unbelievably good price.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Phu My
The best time to visit Phu My
Usually hovering around the 27°C mark, Phu My is never cold and there is little variation in the heat from month to month and there’s not even a huge chance of rain, either. The climate is humid year-round, which will add to the perceived heat.
Mid-May is the warmest time to visit, but if dry weather is more of a priority, January through to March are the less-wet months. Because of these weather trends, January and May appear to be the most tourist-heavy months to visit, so be aware that certain sights might have queues.
Did you know?
- Formerly, Ho Chi Minh City was called Saigon, but the name was officially changed in the 1970s, after the Vietnam War. Locals still call it Saigon
- Saigon used to be under French rule, from 1862, which has resulted in a distinctly French influence still being felt today, especially in terms of cuisine
- Ho Chi Minh City has at least 25 motorcycles to every car