20/12/2015 23:46 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

New Canal Boat Tour in Ho Chi Minh City

Nearly ten years ago, the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal was the dirtiest canal in Ho Chi Minh City, but now it has changed for the better with a new green appearance, becoming the most beautiful canal of the city. In September 2015, Saigon Boat Company, Ltd., started offering tourists a  boat tour on the canal to discover Ho Chi Minh City from a new perspective. 
Travelling on boat along canals is very popular in many cities around the world, such as Venice, Paris, London and Vienna. Although this tour has just begun operations in Ho Chi Minh City one year ago, it has attracted a growing number of both domestic and foreign tourists.

Phan Xuan Anh, CEO of Saigon Boat Company Ltd., did his own forms of trailblazing with this tourism form. He stated that for the last few years, there were not any new city tours in Ho Chi Minh City so the tour on the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal is a breakthrough, luring tourists to the city. He drafted the project  which was then submitted to Ho Chi Minh City’s authority for granting licenses and the company invested about 10 billion dong for the first stage of operating the tour.


 

From a seriously polluted canal, the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal has become the most beautiful canal
of the city with a tour attracting a large number of tourists to Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thong Hai


Foreign tourists enjoy the canal boat tour. Photo: Thong Hai



Tourists go sightseeing while enjoying folk music on phoenix boats
painted with white and blue on the canal. Photo: Thong Hai


During the tour, tourists can visit Hai Duc Pagoda on a bank of the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal. Photo: Thong Hai

Tourists go sightseeing on the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal at sunset. Photo: An Hieu


The canal has changed for the better and provided a new tour for visitors in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thong Hai


Foreign tourists take photos of the locals’ daily activities on the two banks of the canal. Photo: An Hieu

Each boat can carry from two to six tourists. Photo: Thong Hai


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tourists will travel  along the 4.5km-long Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal through districts 1 and 3,
Binh Thanh and Phu Nhuan.
 Photo: Thong Hai 
 

To go on the tour, tourists may buy ticket at the price of  220,000 dong at two stations in District 1 and District 3 on Hoang Sa Road. Then, tourists will travel  along the 4.5km-long Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal through districts 1 and 3, Binh Thanh and Phu Nhuan to  admire the beauty and the bustling life of locals while listening to sweet melodies from harmonicas and other traditional Vietnamese music. During the trip, tourists will  also visit the pagodas of Chantaransay and Phap Hoa and historical relics with the guides  speaking in Vietnamese and English.

After listening to the introduction about the history and the drastic change of the canal, Kavin Nguyen, an overseas Vietnamese, said with great astonishment: “What a wonder and how interesting! It seems like a trip to behold the beauty of Venice”

 
Story: Nguyen Oanh - Photos: Thong Hai & An Hieu