Saigon River - Asia Travel & Leisure

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Saigon River

Saigon Rive (Vietnamese: Song Sai Gon), river in Southern Vietnam that rises near Phum Daung, southeastern Cambodia, and flows south and south-southeast for about 140 miles (225 km). In its lower course it embraces Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) on the east and forms an estuary at the head of Ganh Rai Bay, an outlying part of the Mekong delta.

The Saigon is joined 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Ho Chi Minh City by the Dong Nai River, an important stream of the central highlands, and just above Ho Chi Minh City it is joined by the Ben Cat River. At Cho Lon, the former Chinese southern sector of Ho Chi Minh City, it is joined by two ship channels, the Kinh Tau Hu and the Kinh Te. Ten miles (16 km) below Ho Chi Minh City is the oil harbor of Nha Be. Although it lies 45 miles (72 km) from the mouth of the river, the port of Ho Chi Minh City is the most important in Southeast Asia and is navigable to ships with drafts of up to 30 feet (9 m).

Thu Thiêm Tunnel, an underwater tunnel passing above Saigon River, was open to traffic on November 20, 2011. It has been the longest cross-river tunnel in Southeast Asia since its completion.

Address: Bach Dang Wharf, Ton Duc Thang Street, Dist. 1

Location: 1 km fromCentral Post Office, 15 minutes by walk.

Entrance fee: No.

Public area, open daily.


Today tourists have chance to experience the vibrant city lights of Ho Chi Minh City when they join two-hour dinner cruise on the Saigon River. There are so many cruises for your options since it stars from 19:00 until 21:00. Reservation is required.