Day 1: Arrival - Ho Chi Minh
On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport you are met and transferred to hotel. Ho Chi Minh City still called Saigon by many locals’ people, which is the center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis, contradiction of its northern counterpart is crowded with bikes and motorbike exciting with numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés. O/N in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh
The sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City begins with Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the Southern Vietnam President until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, War Remnant Museum before continuing to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where handy craft, laquer ware and more on sales! This afternoon we drive Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network of approximately 200 km constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation and schools, which were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the Vietnam War. O/N in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Vinh Long - Can Tho
Heading out of town we travel by road to Cai Be in Vinh Long province. Arriving Cai Be we embark on a boat for a leisurely trip around the tributaries of the mighty Mekong River. Our first stop is vibrant floating market of Cai Be where each boat usually sells one particular item pumpkins, pineapples, sugar canes,…. and in order to attract customers they hang that item from the highest part of the boat. Along the way we also visit the many fascinating local cottages industries including rice paper makers, sweet factory, bonsai nurseries. After a huge lunch at an orchard we weave our way through the intricate network of canals, which are the lifeblood of the Mekong delta leading to Vinh Long. At this small town we meet up with our vehicle for a short drive to Can Tho our final destination. O/N in Can Tho.
Day 4: Can Tho - Chau Doc
After breakfast this morning we embark for a boat trip on Ca Rang market a busy morning floating market then drive to Chau Doc. Chau Doc a border town is less affected by the flash and glitz of Ho Chi Minh City’s fashionable young people although it is a major hub of trade along the Mekong. A highlight of our visit to this region is an interesting boat trip on the Hau River to a fishing breeding farm and a small Muslin community at Cham village. Upon disembarking we drive to explore sacred Ba Chua Temple and the nearby sanctuary of Tay An. We complete our day with a walk to the Sam Mountain for a beautiful view of the sunset over the mighty Mekong River. O/N in Chau Doc.
Day 5: Chau Doc - Xeo Quit - Ho Chi Minh
An early morning drive to Cao Lanh. A part of the pleasure of traveling in this region is the simple joy of seeing the rice fields and the smiling faces of the people. Arrive Xeo Quyt we board a boat for an exploration of the tropical forest, which was once a stronghold of the communist troop during the American wartime. This boundless cajuput forests are dissevered by numerous narrow canals surrounded by aquatic grass and plants, tall trees and vines. The cool and humid air mixing with the fragrance of flowers as well as the beautiful song of bird in the quiet environment make for an unforgettable excursion. After the boat trip we return to Ho Chi Minh passing through the charming countryside. O/N in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh Departure
There is a free time to relax or further explore Ho Chi Minh City. The trip ends after your transfer to Tan San Nhat Airport for departure.
Tour price includes :
· Transportation by private car/van with A/C, as per program
· English speaking tour guide
· Private boat trips
· All entrance fees
· Hotel accommodation
· Meals as indicated in the tour program: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.
Tour price excludes :
· International flight to/from Vietnam
· Travel insurance
· Other meals not mentioned in the program.
· Laundry & telephone fee at hotels
· Vietnamese Entry visa