Ho Chi Minh City Dinner Cruise: Try Something New at Night

A Ho Chi Minh City dinner cruise is a great option if you want to change your nightlife routine.

You know that feeling you get when you want to go out but only for something new? You sit there, thinking about how passe everything is. The bars, clubs and restaurants you like just don’t appeal to you in this moment. Well make a change from a night on the town and spend that time on the water instead. You can enjoy an elegant evening with a Ho Chi Minh City dinner cruise.

You’ll set sail at sunset and admire the way the natural light at dusk provides a backdrop for Saigon’s glittering skyline. It’s a nice alternative point of view. These cruises are great for a luxury night out or to celebrate a special occasion. And the latter includes New Years Eve plus the fireworks that come with it, which is less than two weeks away! 

Bonsai Legacy Cruise

Ho Chi Minh City dinner cruise

The Bonsai cruise offers a night of exploring the tastes and sounds of authentic Vietnam. This superior dinner cruise combines exquisite culinary skills, history and local entertainment to deliver a magnificent night. The food is described as an East-meets-West buffet, and they provide both live music and original dances. Founded in 2003, the Bonsai cruise remains consistent in striving for sustainable tourism by upholding Vietnamese traditions and promoting local arts.

Price: from $47 USD for the dinner cruise, or $72 USD for the dinner cruise and all-inclusive drinks package

Location: 5 Nguyen Tat Thanh, District 4

How to book: via the website or email sales@bonsaicruise.com.vn

Les Rives Authentic River Experience

Ho Chi Minh City dinner cruise
Photo courtesy of Les Rives Authentic River Experience

Enjoy a night aboard the newest Ho Chi Minh City dinner cruise, the Saigon Princess. This vessel launched in 2017 with the aim to provide top-notch entertainment. It delivers. You receive an authentic experience while navigating the meandering Saigon River. Choose from an Asian, vegetarian or western 3-course menu aboard this 2-hour dinner cruise. A Filipino band provides the entertainment. 

Price: contact them for a quote

Location: 5 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, District 4

How to book: via the website or email bookings@lesrivesexperience.com

Indochina Junk Dinner Cruise

Ho Chi Minh City dinner cruise
Photo courtesy of Indochina Junk Dinner Cruise

This traditional dinner cruise includes food, drinks and live music performed by Vietnamese artists. It’s a real treat. There’s even a District 1 pick-up and drop-off service to and from the boat. So come witness the dazzling city lights from both sides of the Indochina Junk as it sails up and down the Saigon River. 

Price: from $34 USD for a 2-hour dinner cruise

Location: Nha Rong Wharf, District 4 (you will be picked up from your hotel)

How to book: via the VietFun Travel website

Elisa Floating Restaurant

Ho Chi Minh City dinner cruise
Photo courtesy of Elisa Floating Restaurant

The Elisa is one of the most prestigious dinner boats in Saigon. It is an attraction in itself. You can see the ship from many points along the Saigon River. It sits in the Saigon Port in District 4 and towers over the Ho Chi Minh Museum, also known as Dragon Wharf. It is the largest floating restaurant in Vietnam, catering for up to 1,000 guests on five floors. They even VIP rooms for private dining. And you have your choice of Vietnamese, Japanese or European cuisine on the Elisa. It’s quite an extravagant and unique night of dining on the water. But keep in mind, this restaurant doesn’t actually move. Just enjoy the food and the view. 

Price: from $25 USD per person for the a la carte menu

Location: 5 Nguyen Tat Thanh St, District 4

How to book: via the website or email contact@elisa.vn

What’s your choice?

It’s difficult to choose one, isn’t it?

Saigon offers a whole range of dinner cruises, all with a variety of food and entertainment packages. In addition, almost all of these dinner cruises allow the rental of the whole vessel for extra special occasions such as birthdays and weddings.

So take a break from the typical bars, clubs and restaurants that the land lovers frequent. Dare to do something different. Whether you’re looking for an extravagant and luxury evening or a simple and romantic tête-à-tête with your partner, you’ll find it on a Ho Chi Minh City dinner cruise.