Shaped like an elongated ‘S’, Vietnam stretches along the east coast of the Indochinese Peninsula. A local metaphor likens it to a long bamboo pole hung with two baskets of rice, represented by the two fertile regions at either end of the country. The lush Red River Delta and the highlands in the north, known for their magnificent scenery and colourful hill tribes, complement the agricultural plains and floating markets of the Mekong Delta in the south perfectly.read more/less
The impact of Japanese and Chinese trade, French occupation and American intervention has had on obvious influence on Vietnam. These influences are readily apparent in the vivid legacy from different cultures evident in the character of its towns, as well as in the architecture and food. The quaint town of Hoi An, once a major trading port, boasts the perfectly preserved architectural influences of the Asian merchants from the north, while the broad leafy boulevards of the capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are reminiscent of France.
EXPLORE THE MEKONG DELTA
4 nights in Saigon
1 night in Can Tho
Share twin accommodation in selected hotels
Daily breakfast & 2 lunches
Return airport transfers in private car
Seat in Coach sightseeing as per itinerary
Tour to Mekong Delta, Cao Dai and Cu Chi Tunnels
Return airfare and taxes
Items of a personal nature
Any unmentioned services
DAY 1 – CAO DAI
Arrive In Hcmc by your home flight. Private car with guide pick up at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Own leisure to visit the busy city, war museum. Shopping to buy gifts for Overnight in HCMC hotel
Private car from airport to hotel; hotel
DAY 2 – SAIGON
Tour start at 8:00 AM and finish at 12:00. 8:00 am – Pick up at hotel in dist 1 and We start the trip by visitingNotre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum, (optional Ben Thanh Market – only drop off).
Breakfast at hotel, transfer only, hotel, English speaking guide, Entrance fees
DAY 3 – SAIGON
8:00 AM Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the way bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music”, performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho. Overnight in the hotel.
Bus, tour guide, boat trip, Breakfast, Lunch, entrance fee, hotel
DAY 4 – SAIGON
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river ( Bassac River), then proceed to visit CaiRăng floating market (& PhongDien is optional), which are the liveliest in the whole religion. Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only o¬ne stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch. Back to HCM city.Night in HoChiMinh
Bus, tour guide, boat trip, Breakfast, entrance fee, hotel
DAY 5 – SAIGON
8:00 AM : Pick up at your hotel in district 1 for departure to Cao Dai – 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. Drop at hotel. End tour.
Breakfast at hotel, transfer, English speaking guide, entrance fees
DAY 6 – DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport for transfer
(B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)