Southern Vietnam Explorer begins in the dynamic city of Ho Chi Minh (former Saigon) where you become acquainted with the traditional Vietnamese lifestyle. Learn about the country’s history at the War Remnants Museum, the Cu Chi Tunnels & get off the beaten tourist track for a visit to Cho Lon
The city was known as the pearl of Indochina before the war. It remains a bustling city with many historical attractions today. Take a tour of the fascinating Cu Chi tunnels and a boat trip on the Mekong Delta. End your tour at the palm beaches of Mui Ne.
Vietnam’s color, chaos, and natural beauty bring a new adventure every day. Feel your senses come alive as you sail through the crazy floating markets.
Vietnam’s food, people, sights and its history will keep even the most seasoned traveler coming back for more.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Saigon. Transfer to your hotel|
|Day 2||Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels|
|Day 3||Travel to Can Tho. Explore part of the Mekong River|
|Day 4||Visit the floating markets of Phong Dien. Return to Saigon|
|Day 5||Leave for the magnificent sandy beauties of Mui Ne|
|Day 6||Day free in Mui Ne|
|Day 7||Return to Saigon|
|Day 8||Last Day in Vietnam. Transfer to Saigon Airport|
> Daily departures
> Private English speaking guides and entrance fees included
> Explore the famous sites of Saigon and learn more about the Cu Chin Tunnels
> Visit Tan Phong Island, one of the most famous islands in the Mekong Delta
> Stay on one of Vietnam's most attractive and popular beaches - Mui Ne
> Finish off your holiday with a magical dinner cruise in Saigon
- You will be met by our representative at Saigon Airport
- Transfer to the hotel for check-in.
- Remainder of the day is at leisure
- Overnight at your hotel
Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
- After breakfast, depart on a morning city tour with your guide on hand, offering valuable insight into everyday life in Vietnam.
- Famous landmarks include the colonial-era government quarter, with its vibrant yellow French-style post office.
- Continue off the tourist track and experience the local life of bustling Saigon.
- Learn about Vietnamese and Chinese communities as you travel to Cho Lon, one of the world’s largest and oldest Chinatowns.
- In the afternoon, travel out of town to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Here thousands of Viet Cong soldiers lived during the Vietnam War.
- It's possible to enter a few of the tunnels if you are comfortable with narrow spaces, as well as see exhibitions and videos of the tunnels when they were in use.
- Return to your hotel for overnight
Saigon –Cai Be - Tan Phong Island (B-L-D)
- Today we head out to Cai Be floating market. Explore typical Vietnamese life of the Mekong Delta
- Board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River Viewing beautiful landscapes. Watch the local people’s daily life. Market trading such as selling, buying, exchanging fruits, vegetables and other wares from their boats.
- Here the local inhabitants make their living from fruit trees. A local family will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea whilst performing traditional southern Vietnamese folk music, called Tai Tu
- Continue with a pleasant rowing trip down small canals and dense palm trees before arriving in Tan Phong Island
- Check-in at your Mekong Ecolodge and tantalize our taste buds with a magnificent seafood lunch prepared by the family with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies. It is really the unforgettable day menu, set of typical Mekong delta’s food.
- Afterwards, take a walk around the village visiting the rice paddies and have a chat with the local farmers.
- Late afternoon cooking class and dinner that you’ve cooked
- Overnight at the Mekong Ecolodge
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation at selected hotels in double/twin room
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Guide
- Entrance fees
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT 18 and 30 APR 19
Contact us for any other date of travel required
Best time to travel to Vietnam
A good time to travel to Vietnam is spring (February to April and again in Autumn (August to October)
Overall, Vietnam enjoys a mild tropical or subtropical climate and aside from a few months a year in the high northern region you'll never need to worry about packing cold-weather gear.
But do bring an umbrella, especially if visiting from July to November, Vietnam's stormiest months.
Vietnam Culture and Greetings
When interacting with a Vietnamese, be sensitive to Vietnam’s history. The person you may talk to may have experienced the struggles of the Vietnam War. Thirty years on many Vietnamese still have physical and mental health problems from the war. Approach any topic regarding this with sensitivity and sympathy.
Objects should be passed, given or received with both hands together. Vietnamese people are generally punctual and expect the same standard from others. The Vietnamese are accustomed to shaking hands. Some Vietnamese might use two hands to shake Bowing the head while shaking hands indicates respect
Drinks & Food
Vietnamese food is always served fresh and flavourful. You will find lost of fish dishes, cooked with fresh herbs and vegetables. Local cuisine is healthy and light
Discover your environment
Driving is on the right-hand side of the road. Taxis are plentiful and can be flagged down on the street. Make sure the taxi has a meter set before starting your journey. Hiring a bike (Wearing a helmet is a must) for the day is popular and is still Vietnam’s most popular transportation mode, together with motorbikes. Express long-distance trains will take you comfortably between cities
Tipping is very customary, especially in the most important tourist areas. It is appreciated y the receiver as salaries are on the low side and tipping makes up a sizeable side to monthly earning
Local interesting meals:
Drinking an egg-coffee is a must
Pho: Noodle soup usually with meat
Nem: Spring rolls with pork, noodles, egg and mushroom wrapped in rice paper
Banh bao: Steamed dumplings stuffed with onions, pork and other ingredients
Banh MI: French baguette with pickled daikon and carrot, chilli, coriander, cucumber and various cold meats
Lau: Vietnamese hot pot
Bia hoi: Fresh beer produced daily and served cold in local bars and very refreshing (Low in alcohol)
The south of Vietnam enjoys a culture distinctly different from the rest of the country. Exploration of the Mekong Delta, from your base in Ho Chi Minh City, offers insight into an agrarian culture that is quickly modernizing while remaining true to its history. Afterwards, move on to Mui Ne and spend a few lazy days snorkeling and lounging on the beach.
There’s more to Vietnam than meets the eye, from hidden highland villages to intricate underground tunnels,
Join us on an exploration of Southern Vietnam and uncover a country filled with intrigue, rich culture and an eclectic mix of Eurasian cuisine. Encounter the extraordinary war remnants of Ho Chi Minh City.