Ho Chi Minh City has made many surveys on waterway tourism to create an appealing tourist attraction. However, the project is still on paper. Meanwhile, travel companies are impatient to create a new service to attract visitors.
|A tourist boat on Saigon River (Photo:Sggp)|
The city has offered visitors short river tours and restaurant boats which are being operated by travel companies.
Tours including Hoa Si (Painter) village (near Phu My Bridge in District 2)-Nha Be crossroad-District 2 and Ben Nghe-Tau Hu canal are ready to go into operation, according to the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.
Medium and long-distant routes to neighboring provinces likely Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Mekong Delta region will be launched in the not-distance future.
The city will also develop river bus services to reduce traffic jams. Experts said that using bus river service would reduce commutes by approximately 40 percent.
Ho Chi Minh City lacks a pier system. The Bach Dang Quay has been a ferry tens of years, but it can not be enlarged to become a tourist pier because of the urban architecture planning. Additionally, not any boats can be anchored in the harbor if they have not got a permission of the governing body. Meanwhile large cruise ships have berths on a port of discharge in District 7.
People are still expecting the city to kick off project of development riverside tourism in the next coming days.
City plans to develop river transport