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The top ingredients of an ideal tropical destination are dreamy beaches, silky warm seas, lush scenery, and endless sunshine. Each destination offers its own unique charms, some dazzle with their natural beauty and others add cultural attractions to the mix with exotic customs, architecture, and delicious cuisine. Few tropical vacations will offer you eco-adventures and wildlife-rich wilderness and some sleepy islands seem to take you back in time. Divers flock to blooming coral reefs, and surfers seek the perfect wave. It’s just a matter of finding the perfect fit.
Vietnam is an exhilarating country to travel. Vibrant street life, exquisite food and epic landscapes are just the start of what you’ll find here. A nation on the move, Vietnam balances cool urban culture with deeply rooted traditional values. In the cities, ancient pagodas sit just around the corner from sleek rooftop restaurants. In the countryside, life still follows the rhythms of the rice harvest, and there’s always time for a coffee on the sidewalk. Vietnam has treasures waiting for you.
3 nights’ stay in Ho Chi Minh city
1 night in Can Tho
Boat ticket 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 a 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. Transfer to hotel for check in.
Overnight in Saigon
Breakfast at hotel. 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
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 at hotel, check out and transfer to Saigon.
Opt for on early morning 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 (197 kms)
Overnight in Saigon
After breakfast, transfer from hotel to airport for your return journey.
All other services not mentioned under Inclusions
*Prices mentioned is starting from, per person based on 2 persons travelling together and sharing twin/double room, subject to seasonal surcharges and availability.
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For convenience of passengers and / or feasibility of operations, ITL World or their service providers may sometimes amend the itinerary.
International hotel check in time is between 2pm and 3pm and check out time is between 11am and 12pm. (Exceptions apply). Early check in and or late check-out is subject to availability of rooms and may be chargeable.
It is the responsibility of the passengers to ensure they hold valid passport, visa, travel and medical insurance, vaccination etc., as applicable for each destination.
City/tourist tax as applicable, must be paid directly at the hotel.
To assist with visa application process, ITL World would provide copies of air tickets, travel insurance and other ground service vouchers for bookings made and fully paid for. Approval and issuance of visa is at the discretion of respective Embassies or Consulates and ITL World cannot in anyway influence this process. Certain nationals however receive visa on arrival in select countries, subject to prior online approvals