- TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
The Charming South Vietnam Tour Destination Covered: Ho Chi Minh City, Cao Dai Temple, Cu Chi Tunnel, Mekong Delta Exploring, Hochi minh, Vung Tau. Duration:7 Days
DAY 1: Arrival in HCMC (Saigon)
You will be greeted by your guide upon arrival at HCMC's Tan Son Nhat International airport. You will then be escorted to your hotel in town for a six-night stay. You’ll then have a relaxing overnight stay in HCMC.
DAY 2: Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Today you will have a private tour of Ho Chi Minh City, the country's commercial center and home to a growing number of upscale restaurants and shops. You'll visit the Reunification Palace, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville. If you desire, you can visit the powerful War Remnants Museum. Later, explore colorful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street, the city's main shopping boulevard, with fashionable boutiques and accessories designed by up-and-coming Vietnamese designers.
In the afternoon, you will Visit Chinatown, the Thien Hau Pagoda.
There are also hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and house wares to be found before you settle in for an overnight stay in HCMC.
DAY 3: Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi Tunnel (B)
This morning you take a drive to Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh to observe the midday service. Then we will drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels and then return to HCMC at approximately 6 p.m
Tay Ninh, near the Cambodian border, is home to the unique Cao Dai sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill to name a few. The religion is a hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. The Cao Dai Temple at Tay Ninh has been described as a Walt Disney fantasia of the East. The temple's exterior is decorated with multi-colored dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with a number of Buddhist symbols. Above the main entrance is the all-seeing holy eye, the symbol of the Cao Dai sect. The interior is just as engaging as statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and the Hindu god, Brahma, stand side by side.
The trip to Tay Ninh is combined with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km. from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam American must have been like.
DAY 4: Mekong Delta Exploring (B/L)
one day cruise excursion starts at 8:00 am from the lobby of your hotel in Saigon with a drive to Ben Tre. While there, you can take a walk along the waterfront, lined with French era shops and houses, and you'll see plenty of coconuts being unloaded from boats for dispatch around the country. Then, jump on a boat for a couple of hours of cruising on the Mekong River. You will enjoy your delicious lunch at a local restaurant or on board. The excursion will end at around 4:00pm where the vehicle will await you for your transfer back to Saigon.
DAY 5: Hochi minh – Vung Tau (B)
At 07:30, you will be picked up from the hotel in HCMC and driven to Vung Tau, traveling by immense rubber and cashew nut plantations, as well as scenic rice fields.
On the way to Vung Tau, you will visit the Large House (Nha Lon) and its temples at Long Son Island. Large House is a place to celebrate festivals, with a school, a market, a Ghe Sam preserving house, and Ong Tran’s graveyard.
Arriving in Vung Tau, the capital of Ba Ria Vung Tau Province, you will visit the White House Palace (a summer residence of the last emperor Bao Dai), offering a wonderful view of the beach and the city. You will visit Niet Ban Tinh Xa, Nirvana Meditation Retreat and Thich Ca Phat Dai, a Buddhist shrine. You will also visit a French-built lighthouse and the giant Jesus Christ image as optional choices.
Afternoon, you will drive back to Saigon where you arrive at around 6 pm.
DAY 6: Hochi Minh Free At Leisure (B)
Free on your own to explore the bustling city. Overnight in Hochiminh
DAY 7: HCMC Departure [Guide/B]
Breakfast at hotel & check out. Transfer to airport for boarding flight home. End of services!
- Saigon: Millenium Boutique Hotel - Premium Deluxe
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
- All private transportation with guide
- Accommodation shared in Double/ Twin room with daily breakfast
- Experienced English speaking guide
- Private boat trip as per tour
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
- All sightseeing tickets
- Tissues and water on coach
- Services charges and government tax
- Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
- No extra charge after services confirmation
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed.
- International flights & departure taxes
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Peak season surcharge if any
- Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
- Vietnam visa
- Cambodia visa fee (currently US$30 per person for visa on arrival)
- Other services not mentioned above.