Southern Vietnam Highlights 5 Days

Southern Vietnam Highlights
Highlights: The tour takes in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City which was once also called "the Pearl of the Far East". Still the largest city and the industrial and trading centre of Vietnam, Tay Ninh Holy See Temple, Cu Chi Tunnels and day trip to cruise the waterway of the Mekong Delta

Day 1: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Tour
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Tay Ninh Holy See Temple - Cu Chi Tunnels 
Day 4: Introduction to the Mekong Delta
Day 5: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City
When you arrive at Tan Son Nhat International airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in the downtown for overnight stay.

Meals: None
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

 

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Tour
Morning embark on a half day 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 be back to hotel at around 17:00.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

 

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Tay Ninh Holy See Temple - Cu Chi Tunnels 
After breakfast, you will drive for 2 hours 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.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will drive 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. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers in the war time. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US during the Vietnam War despite its proximity to Saigon. Visit the fighting tunnel system with your local guide. In the late afternoon, return to Ho Chi Minh City.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 4: Introduction to the Mekong Delta
At 08:00 will pick you up at your hotel in Saigon center for a departure to My Tho. Enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. Arrive in My Tho, we first visit Vinh Trang Pagoda. On arrival in Ben Tre, 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 moto-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 be taken to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at around 17.00

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 5: Depart Ho Chi Minh City 
Transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices & Inclusions

Price is from~US$ 203 per person
Price is per person, valid till December 31, 2017
Prices Include:

- Breakfast and accommodation in Twin/Double share basis with breakfasts in Ho Chi Minh City 
- All pick-ups and transfers by private vehicle with experienced driver.
- Experienced English speaking local guide as indicated in the itinerary
- The use of private boat cruise and sampan ride in
 Ben Tre
- Meals as indicated in the programme
- All entrance fee as mentioned in the programme
- VAT taxes and 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

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