Wander through Vietnam’s past, it beats with a palpable energy that never fails to captivate you.
Afield to the historical sites in Ho Chi Minh City and war museums for a graphic depiction of the historical impacts from the point of view of ‘the other side’. With a boat ride to Mekong River immerse yourself in the local culture of Vietnam
Saigon Ho Chi Min City
Saigon was called as the Pearl in the East because of the art deco French style buildings in the early of 20th Century.
A province of Vietnam. It is one of the country’s southern provinces, situated in one of the most beautiful provinces in the Mekong Delta.
Can Tho is a city in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region. Set on the southern bank of the Hau River, it’s known for its canal network and nearby floating markets. The busy Ninh Kieu waterfront is a hub for boat trips on surrounding waterways. Illuminated at night, Can Tho’s waterfront is home to floating restaurants, bars and hotels.
Return economy class airfare
2 nights stay in Ho Chi Minh City
1 night stay in Can Tho
Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
Return airport transfers
Arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, walking out the restricted area, you will meet your guide who will be carrying an ICS Travel Group sign which will note your name. Your guide will present you with a welcome packet including all necessary documentation and vouchers and all contact information of your guide and local offices.
Sightseeing in Saigon (4 hours)
A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the convergence of traditional and modern life. Begin the trip into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.
Afterwards, drive to the historic centre to visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon’s most interesting pagodas. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside). Finally, end up at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
Overnight in Saigon
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Ben Duoc Monument (Full day) (7 hours)
Journey northwest of Ho Chi Minh City to the Cu Chi District and start the sightseeing excursion. Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast network of tunnels more than 200km, amazingly built by the Viet Cong to form an invisible underground village serving as a fighting base next to Saigon. Visit the Ben Duoc Temple, 70km from Ho Chi Minh City and see its imposing architecture and spacious tranquil gardens. This temple is a monument of homage dedicated to more than 44,000 soldiers who fell in the battles around Cu Chi.
Overnight in Saigon
SAIGON – BEN TRE – CAN THO
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer vehicle from Saigon (city) to Ben Tre (107 kms)
Pedal and Paddle in Ben Tre
Immerse yourself fully in the local culture of the Mekong Delta with a day out to rustic Ben Tre.
A journey of about two and a half hours will bring you to a peaceful area of lush orchards, green rice paddies and coconut fields. The fresh sweet coconut juice is said to be the best in the country. The industrious local residents have found many other uses for the humble coconut, including turning them into household items and cosmetics.
Hop on a bike for a ride along the shady paths to visit the home of local antique collector, Uncle Six. This friendly older man will welcome you into his home from where he also sells his ceramics. If you’re feeling fit, Uncle Six will even show you how to climb the coconut trees using just your bare hands.
Continue your two-wheeled exploration along rural pathways that wind their way alongside dense vegetation and small tributaries of the Mekong. Board a rowing boat and cruise along the small canals under the shade of the coconut trees. Then change your mode of transport to a motorised boat. After a delicious lunch of local specialties cooked by the host, visit some local workshops to see how rice paper and sticky coconut sweets are made.
By vehicle from Ben Tre to Can Tho (170 kms)
Restaurant : Home-hosted lunch in Ben Tre(Lunch),
Overnight in Can Tho
CAN THO – SAIGON
Breakfast. Excursion by boat to Cai Rang Floating Market (Visit before 8.00am, tour with the early morning start) (3 hours) 07.00: From Ninh Kieu wharf, a boat carrying you along the River Can Tho. During the tour you will have the chance to see the nature of the Mekong delta. At Floating market, you’ll feel the excitement through sounds, water brandishing paddle, the laughter of the buyers and sellers to make up the bustling scene of Cai Rang floating market. Many local products are sold here and in particular a large variety of fruits, some of which you might have never seen before. You’ll learn that boats identify what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole. Returning Ninh Kieu Wharf and drive back to the hotel.
Transfer by vehicle from Can Tho to Saigon airport (197 kms)
Optional tours, excursions and activities.
All other services not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’
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