SOUTH VIETNAM, SAIGON
AND MEKONG DELTA
South Vietnam, Saigon and Mekong Delta tour is designed for those who have a few days to spare or wish to extend their trip either in Vietnam or to other countries.
The itinerary is designed to ensure visits to the most important highlights in South Vietnam including Saigon, the former Royal Prey Nokor capital during the Khmer Kingdom, then capital of the French Colony, or Cochinchina, and later renamed Ho Chi Minh City by the homonymous leader.
Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, the network of underground tunnels that played a crucial role in the survival of many people during the Vietnam War.
Visit the Mekong Delta, dubbed the rice bowl of Vietnam, and cruise down the river in a traditional wooden boat among the colourful floating villages on the water.
This suggested itinerary can be customised according to your travel needs as well as combined with other routes.
Length : 4D 3N
From : SAIGON
To : CHAU DOC
Destinations : Saigon, Cai Be, Chau Doc
01. ARRIVE IN SAIGON
Welcome meeting by our staff at Ho Chi Minh City airport and transfer to the hotel.
Included : Tour guide, private transportation and hotel
02. VISIT CU CHI TUNNEL AND SAIGON
Notre Dame Cathedral
After breakfast transfer to Cu Chi, the most devastated district, bombed and poisoned by Napalm during the Vietnam War.
We visit Cu Chi tunnels, the famous underground network of tunnels that has played a crucial role in the survival of many people. The first works date back to the 1940s, when the Vietnamese began digging tunnels to escape compulsory conscription, French attacks and to keep in touch between villages. In the 1960s, the Viet Cong extended the tunnels to over 250km and since then they have become legendary during the Vietnam War.
In the afternoon we visit Saigon, the former Royal Prey Nokor capital at the time of the Khmer Kingdom, later capital of the French Colony, or Cochinchina, as well as of the Independent Republic of South Vietnam until 1976 when it was renamed Ho Chi Minh City by the homonymous leader.
Among the main highlights we visit the Post Office, built in the 19th century with Renaissance and Gothic influences, Notre Dame Cathedral built during the French colony, and the Thien Hau Pagoda, an excellent example of the Chinese architecture dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea.
We end the day with a visit to the War Museum, a permanent exhibition of the atrocities of the Vietnam War.
Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation
03. MEKONG DELTA, CAI BE AND CHAU DOC
Our journey moves on to Vietnam’s southern provinces to the Mekong Delta. For thousands of years, it has played an important role, initially in trade due to its advantageous geographical position on the sea route between India and China, and today above all in the economic field, to the point that it has been named the “rice bowl of Vietnam“.
After breakfast, we visit the famous Cai Be floating market, one of the most picturesque in the Mekong Delta. We cruise through the crowded water bazaar, surrounded by boats of different sizes used by local traders. Exotic fruits, vegetables and flowers in huge quantities contribute to enhance this vibrant colourful scenery.
We visit culinary workshops and local villages that still preserve a long tradition of preparing handicrafts. Don’t miss this opportunity to admire the hard work of the Vietnamese people.
Afterwards we go to the picturesque An Binh Island where we stop for lunch and then continue by rowing boat through the Mekong Delta countryside, threading our way through the tiny canals to savour the magic of the characteristic setting.
We stop at a nursery to taste typical fruits and local wine while listening to traditional music, as well as to meet the owner who will tell us some anecdotes about the local farming culture. We watch the traditional fishing before moving on to Chau Doc.
Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets, boats, lunch and private transportation
04. CHAU DOC - DEPARTURE
Early in the morning we reach Chau Doc pier in time for the fast boat to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Included : Breakfast, speedboat and private transportation
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