Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon) has appeal whether it be its museums, the Saigon River or Chinatown’s markets, pagodas. The nightlife is also varied, whether you seek a cultured evening or a walk on the wild side. The Mekong Delta, with its waterways and flourishing daily life, is a place not to be missed. Riverbanks are teeming with coconut palms, rice fields, orchards.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (/D)
On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis, contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with motorbikes and cars, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafés. (If time permits) we stroll around the down town to explore the different local ways of life.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/D)
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 end of April 1975. Close to this palace are some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon 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 fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City- Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/)
Heading out of the town, we travel by roads 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 dotted by many islands. The exciting excursion will pass the 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 feasting on a huge lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh, stopping off along the way to see the beautiful Ving Trang Pagoda and the Cho Lon, Saigon’s Chinatown, which is crammed with sacred temples and mysterious, narrow lanes.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B/)
Free time at leisure to relax or further explore Ho Chi Minh City until transfer to Tan San Nhat Airport for departure flight. End of the tour.
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