Southern Vietnam Experience 6 Days

Southern Vietnam Experience
Highlights: Visit Ho Chi Minh City - once also called "the Pearl of the Far East" Explore the engrossing underground network of Cu Chi Tunnels Cruise the waterway of the Mekong Delta, through authentic villages, walking and cycling the village's path

Itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.   

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B, L)

After breakfast, you'll enjoy a guided city tour starting with the War Remnants Museum - a real eye-opener to a part of  Vietnam's proud history, followed by the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam, the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get good shots for our memory of the big, modern city of Vietnam.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue by heading to Chinatown with  walking tour through back streets of China town near Cho Lon to view the local daily life. Stop off for a visit of Thien Hau temple, which was built in the early 19th Century dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of seafarers. We delve deeper into Chinatown visiting the amazing Cholon and Binh Tay Market (or Ben Thanh market) for an insight into where locals shop. Then you'll will be back to hotel at around 17:00. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.    

Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochin-china and later of the independent state of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1975. In 1976, Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after Ho Chi Minh, current Vietnam’s founding father. 

Day 3: Visit Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh (B, L)

After breakfast, you will drive for 2 hours to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you will visit the amazing network of underground tunnels was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. If you really want some excitement, it is possible to fire a real AK 47 or M 16 for a minimum $12 USD for 10 bullets (optional). After the visit to Cu Chi, the tour will proceed to Tay Ninh, once the historical center of the Cao-Dai religion. Founded in 1926, Cao-Dai is a combination of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. At the Holy See Temple, you will have the chance to watch the worshipers in their long white tunics during noon mass. From Tay Ninh, you will return to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.   

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Can Tho  (B, L)

At 8.00 AM, depart for a 2 hour drive to Ben Tre, one of the country's southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Take in the highway as you leave behind the busy city. On arrival, take a boat on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong River to witness lively activities along river such as fishing, water transferring. Stop at brickwork to see how to make bricks in traditional style by printing and baking. You will visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to village. Take a walk to family workshop making sleep mats and enjoying some fruits. Later, take a motor-cart on shady village paths, passing by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from Peasants. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, enjoy rowing-boat along water palm creek, and boat back to pier where you will drive to Can Tho in the centre of the Mekong Delta. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 5: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City  (B, L)

Today an half hour boat cruise will take you to visit the vibrant Cai Rang floating market to experience a special type of market in which all purchasing activities take place on boats and ships. Then continue to small a canal to visit a fruit garden where your guide will show you around before having a plate of delicious fruits. Return to Can Tho and observing the rural life and the lush vegetation along the riverbanks. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City with lunch en-route, arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Note: Cai Rang market is one of the three biggest markets (Cai Be, Phung Hiep, Cai Rang) in the Mekong Delta. You can visit the market at any time of the day but it is most crowded and busy from sunrise to 9:00 am.

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

Your time will be free at leisure until being picked up for your departure flight.

Prices & Hotels

Price is from~US$ 267 per person
All prices are per person, valid till October 31, 2018. 
Prices Include:
- Accommodation with daily breafast in Twin/Double share basis with breakfasts in Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho
- All pick-ups and transfers by private vehicles with experienced driver.
- Experienced English speaking local guide as indicated in the itinerary
- The use of private boat cruises in Ben Tre & Can Tho
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All entrance fee as mentioned in the programme
- VAT taxes and all other taxes
Prices Exclude:

- Entry visa to Vietnam
- International flights and airport taxes
- Travel Insurances
- Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program