This journey focuses on the bustling South. Our first stop is Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, the fast-paced commercial capital of the country yet is still filled with architectural remnants of the French Indochina period. We then head to Mekong Delta to peaceful Vinh Long province and experience the rustic lifestyle of this region as you explore the labyrinth of waterways, fertile rice fields and Vietnamese countryside lifestyle.
Day 1: Saigon Arrival
Day 2: Saigon City Explore
Day 3: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple
Day 4: Saigon – Cai Be Tan Phong – Can Tho
Day 5: Floating Market – Saigon
Day 6: Saigon Departure
Saigon Arrival (-/-/D)
Upon landing in Ho Chi Minh City. Driver brings you back to your hotel. Dinner at local restaurant
Overnight in Saigon.
Saigon City Tour (L)
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, by 8.00 am, make your day by a tour around Saigon City to most highlighted sites. Let’s come first to Reunification Palace – former residence of Vietnam President in the past and War Remnants Museum, contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists. We will then pay a visit to Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral – the city’s major landmark. Our last stop this morning is Saigon Post Office – the biggest post office in Vietnam, still remains it unique fantastic architecture and Ben Thanh market.. Afternoon follows the journey to China Town – the community of Chinese people in Vietnam. Spend your time enjoy people’s daily life with the visit to Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Pagoda. After the visit, back to town center and enjoy your cold beer at World of Heineken on Bitexco Tower to have a panoramic view over the city. Bring you to hotel after tour. Overnight in Saigon.
Cu Chi Tunnel – Cao Dai Temple (L)
The Great Holy See Temple, built in 1926, is considered one of the most striking structures in all of South-East Asia. It is the headquarters of the unique Cao Dai sect, a religion with a hybrid of Buddhism, Christianity & Confucianism. Above the entrance is the all-seeing holy eye – symbol of the sect. Visitors will attend the midday ceremony’s extravaganza to witness the daily mass held by the Cao Dai followers which is a fantastic experience.
After lunch, proceed to Cu Chi to explore the amazing site where Viet Cong hid during the War. It is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”. Visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed before entering the tunnels. Spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food in war time). Return to Saigon.
Sai Gon – Cai Be – Tan Phong – Can Tho
This morning, by 8 am we depart for Cai Be. The program will start with the visit of Cai Be floating market. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, popcorn… Come to Tan Phong island, have a biking trip on village paths will be so amazing to bike on village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta.. and rowing boat on small canals in 30 minutes to the local houses where we can see how they making rice-net for spring-rolls, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof and specially we can see how to wave the dried water-hyacinth to make many products: baskets, bags, hats, wallets, shoes… Lunch can be served at Ut Trinh home.
After lunch, we can walk around and then we will enjoy some kinds of fruits when listening to the traditional music. The cruise will end at Vinh Long city where our awaited driver will bring you onward to Can Tho. Arrive Can Tho in the afternoon and rest at leisure explore the city. Overnight in Can Tho.
Can Tho – Floating Market – Saigon (L)
Breakfast at your hotel. Early wake up this morning. This morning, we bring you to pier take the boat ride on Mekong River which is the longest and most prosperous in Asia, visit the famous floating market Cai Rang, where you can see the daily life and local people selling their products on boats. Then cruising to small cannels to visit one of the local family and their orchard, taste tropical fruits, green tea. (Note: The floating markets in the Mekong Delta are no tourist markets but wholesale markets where produce of the Mekong Delta like fruits and vegetables are traded. For this reason the number of boats on the market fluctuates depending on harvesting seasons and market demand. Furthermore, modern wholesale markets are becoming more popular in Vietnam. This can result in decreasing numbers of boats being present on the markets.) Take back to pier. By mid-day, we start our journey back to Saigon, lunch on the way. Tour ends at your hotel in Saigon by afternoon.
Saigon Departure (-)
After breakfast, leisure.
We bring you to airport for departure flight. Tour ends at the airport. See you again in Saigon!
Package price: on request
HOTEL LIST STANDARD OR SIMILAR
|Saigon||Sanouva Hotel / Avanti Hotel||Orchid Hotel / Silverland Sakyo||Nikko|
|Can Tho||Mekong Rustic Homestay/ Anh Dao Mekong Hotel||TTC Can Tho Premium Hotel||Vinpearl Can Tho|
- Private or sharing transfer in modern car where mentioned
- Join in group tours which are organized by our partners where mentioned
- Boating fee, bicycle where mentioned
- Accommodation in 01 Double/ Twin Share with daily breakfast
- Local English speaking guide where mentioned
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
- All sightseeing tickets in guided time
- Tissues and water on coach
- Government tax and service charges
- International flights & Departure taxes if any
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
- Transfers and meals not mentioned
- Travel insurance
- Other services not mentioned above.
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