vietnam1Ho Chi Minh City is the largest Vietnamese city and vibrant "southern capital" of the nation, throbbing with life and commercial activity. West of the city is Cholon, HCMC's Chinatown. It has many exciting things of Vietnamese life to show the curious visitors. Not far south of this 300-year-old city is the wide expanse of the Mekong Delta with its lush vegetation and fruit orchards, an intricate maze of canals teeming with life and activity. Outside of HCMC in the village of Cu Chi is a bewildering maze of underground tunnels used by the Vietcong freedom-fighters in the American War.

 

 

Route: Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta

 

check16Inclusive:

• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Accommodation: 3 nights with daily breakfast at the mentioned hotels
• English or French speaking guide
• Entrance fees to indicated sights
• Meal of one lunch as indicated
• Boat trip in the Mekong Delta

stop16Exclusive:

• Other meals
• Tip, drinks
• Airport departure tax
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance
• International flights
• Visa fee

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival

On arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by the locals, is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis is a contrast to its northern counterpart with its crowded streets full of bicycles and motorbikes, fascinating numerous shopping areas and sidewalk cafes. If time permits we stroll around the downtown area to explore the different local ways of life.
Overnight in hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. The sightseeing tour acquaints us with the city's major sights. We pass the now-demolished wartime American Embassy before exploring the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 1975. Close to this palace are some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. After seeing the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum, we continue our trip on to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. We drive out this afternoon to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese freeom fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war. Overnight in hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (Breakfast/Lunch)

Breakfast at the hotel. Heading out of the town, we travel by road to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region - which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view of the many islands here. The exciting excursion will pass lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunities to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy wonderful traditional music. The next stop of our trip is Ben Tre province to visit some fascinating local industries. After lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping along the way to see the beautiful Ving Trang Pagoda and Cholon, Saigon's Chinatown, which is crammed with sacred temples and old-style narrow lanes. Overnight in hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. There is free time to relax or further explore Ho Chi Minh City on your own before your transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your departure flight.

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