Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, was known as the pearl of Indochina before the war. It remains a bustling city with many historical attractions today. The Southern Vietnam Explorer tour includes the main attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a visit to the fascinating Cu Chi tunnels, a boat trip on the Mekong Delta and 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.
Visit the other-worldly villages of Sapa and sail on majestic Halong Bay. Vietnam’s food, people, sights and its history will keep even the most seasoned traveler coming back for more.
Begin in the dynamic city of Ho Chi Minh City where you become acquainted with the Vietnamese lifestyle.
Learn about the country’s history at the War Remnants Museum, the Cu Chi Tunnels & the former battlefield at Long Tan.
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|
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 by resting the left hand on top of the grasp with the other person's hand. 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.
- You will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration. Transfer to the hotel; and check-in.
- Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
- We set out this morning to explore Saigon City; from Central Saigon to Chinatown; providing a general overview of this fascinating city with its history and culture.
- We explore the historical sights of the Reunification Palace; the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War; The War Remnants Museum; Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1877) and the City’s Post Office.
- Our drive to Cu Chi Tunnels is around 70km.
- The famous Cu Chi Tunnel system was created to assist the Vietnamese Revolutionists against the French in 1948. It was an underground city with living areas; kitchens; storage; weapons factories; field hospitals; command centers etc and in certain areas; housed up to 10;000 people; who virtually lived underground for years.
- After a video introduction and a guided tour through the grounds; take part in a unique experience of guerrillas living underground during the war; with a crawl through 20/30/50 meters of the tunnel system.
- Overnight at your hotel in Saigon.
Saigon – Can Tho (B/L)
- Today we head to Can Tho; to explore part of the Mekong River.
- On arrival board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River observing the local fishing port; where hundreds of fishing boats anchor to unload fresh fish.
- We disembark on Unicorn Island; where we experience how the local people make their living from fruit trees.
- A family on the island will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea whilst performing traditional southern music; called Tai Tu music.
- We continue our exploration with a pleasant rowing trip down small canals and dense palm trees; experiencing the local villages between the islands to a small islet.
- We disembark and take a short walk through a local village set amongst a peaceful atmosphere and fruit trees and witness the unusual yet fascinating process of coconut candy in the making.
- After filling up on coconut candy; we stroll through a local village to a family home and tantalize our taste buds with a magnificent seafood lunch prepared by the family; with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies including ‘Elephant Ear fish’ and traditional Vietnamese rice wine.
- We continue our journey to Vinh Long where we meet our vehicle for an hour drive and a smooth ferry ride across the Mekong; taking us to Can Tho.
- Overnight at your hotel in Can Tho
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation in double/twin room at selected hotels
- 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 MAY and 30 SEP 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable