Southern in Depth

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TOUR SUMMARY

If you are seeking for a sunny holiday with serenity along with culture exploration, then this tour is for you. Spend your holiday on sunny Phan Thiet's Beach with plenty of relaxing time, playing water sports and explore sightseeing in Phan Thiet. The time exploring Ho Chi Minh city and Mekong Delta will give you a close look at local culture, history, cuisines and Vietnamese lifestyles.

 Day 01: Ho Chi Minh City arrival 

 Day 02: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel

 Day 03: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be - Ancient House - Overnight in Homestay

 Day 04: Cai Be – Ho Chi Minh City

 Day 05: Ho Chi Minh - Drive to Mui Ne

 Day 06: Mui Ne 

 Day 07: Mui Ne

 Day 08: Mui Ne - Drive to Ho Chi Minh - Ho Chi Minh Departure

FULL ITINERARY

Day 01: Ho Chi Minh City arrival (Meals: / )
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, our guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in the center of Ho Chi Minh city. Free at your leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.     

Day 02: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Cu Chi Tunnels, also called Iron Land, is a huge system of underground tunnels that stretched over 250 km. The network was like a secret city to supported war: storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, also included specially constructed living areas, command centers and innumerable of nightmare trap doors to defend itself. Visit Cu Chi Tunnel you'll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles above and below the surface.

Around 8.00 Am, our guide and tour bus will pick you up from your hotel and depart to visit Cu Chi - a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used during the war. You'll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles above and below the surface. Return to the city for lunch at a tasty restaurant in the city centre.

In the afternoon, you'll discover the Reunification Palace - a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, served as the presidential palace of South Vietnam until reunification in 1975. The building now functions as a museum, offering tours of the former state rooms, presidential office and library, living quarters of the president's family, and underground war rooms. Then, you'll also visit the War Remnants Museum - one of the most sobering, yet popular, museums in the city. It highlights the suffering of the Vietnamese people at the hands of the French and American forces up to 1975, and while its perspective is less than perfectly balanced, its exhibits nonetheless are well designed and ably document the folly of war. You’ll find a collection of weapons, machinery, aircraft, tanks, artifacts and horrific photographs illustrating the devastating affects of napalm, Agent Orange and other weapons of mass destruction. Trip ends at your hotel around 5.30 - 6.00 pm. Overnight in Hồ Chí Minh City. 

Day 03: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be - Ancient House - Overnight in Homestay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Discovery what it is that makes Mekong Delta so special with our daily Cai Be Floating Market Tour. This tour gives you a fantastic opportunity of seeing how the Mekong Delta people get on with their busy life. For people living in Mekong, their lives are attached to rivers, water. Almost activities could be organized on river as living, working, market gathering… You will be introduced to their beautiful lifestyle when cruising among the local boats, biking around the village and interact with locals here.

Around 07.30 Am in the morning, our guide and minivan tour bus will pick you up from your hotel in Center Ho Chi Minh City and start drive to Vinh Long town. When arrival, board on a local motorboat and star cruising on Mekong River. Our guide will introduce to you the floating market, trading culture and floating houses of local here. Since Mekong Delta land is split by huge cannel systems, you will then take a rowing sampan and explore the area by sampan boat that locals use to transfer around. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and green fruit garden on two sides. We will stop to visit local some workshops including pop-rice, rice-paper, coconut candy producing, honey tea, snake wine… to see how local people here utilize rice, coconut and other agriculture materials and turn them into delicious products.

The boat will then transfer you to a beautiful ancient house that still well preserved after many generations. You will be welcome by family members and the host will prepare the lunch for you. The host will also teach you how to cook “Banh Xeo” dish so you can join in cooking and make your own dish. Enjoy your lunch with authentic Vietnamese southern meals and learn more about Vietnamese family lifestyle and culture from the host. 

After the lunch, we will then take your bike and start cycling around the village. The bicycle ride will take you around the village, introduce to you the genuine beautiful Vietnamese houses and community. It will be a great opportunity to take photos of this beautiful water land. If time permit, we will stop by a drying fruit factory and a local pagoda. The bike ride under peaceful canopy of this water lands will bring you a peaceful experience, shake off the busy lifestyle of city.

Day 04: Cai Be – Ho Chi Minh City (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Enjoy your breakfast at home-stay with beautiful tranquil atmosphere. After breakfast, say good bye to our host and we will hop on the boat and start explore the area. We will be visiting Mr Ba Duc's ancient house, a well preserved house in harmonious combination of two architectural styles: Vietnamese and French. Stop by a rice-husking mill to learn about the procedure for rice production. Stop by a small handcrafted workshop of "Cham La" to see how the local use the coconut leaves and weave them into the roofs of homes.

We continue cruising on beautiful Mekong River with green scenery along the bank and daily life of locals from the cruise. Arrive at another local house, enjoy warm welcome from the host and cheer a rice wine cup with the host. Enjoy an exciting walk around the huge fruit garden of the host and learn more about exotic local tropical fruits. Enjoy lunch served at local house; you will head back to HCMC by Mini Van/Bus.

Day 05: Ho Chi Minh - Drive to Mui Ne (Meals: Breakfast)

After breakfast at hotel, our driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you directly to Mui Ne. The ride is around 4.5 hour and we will reach Mui Ne around noon time. Check in your hotel and free at leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in Mui Ne.

Day 6: Mui Ne (Meals: Breakfast)

Today is your free at your leisure day. Overnight in Mui Ne.

Day 7: Mui Ne (Meals: Breakfast)

The whole day will be free at your leisure so you will have more time for swimming and relaxing on the beach. Overnight in Mui Ne. 

Day 8: Mui Ne - Drive to Ho Chi Minh - Ho Chi Minh Departure (Meals: Breakfast)

After breakfast at hotel, Our car will transfer you back to Ho Chi Minh to Tan Son Nhat airport where you will take flight leaving Vietnam. End of services.

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer with private A/C vehicle
  • Airport Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Water and Tissues in car
  • Boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • Transfer Ho Chi Minh - Mui ne 2ways by private car - no guide escort

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Services not mentioned in itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

Following hotels are your accommodations arranged accordingly for each standard. Our travel experts have inspected hundred hotels but only choose the best for you.
City Economic Group Private Deluxe Primary Luxury
Ho Chi Minh Beautiful Saigon Hotel Paragon Saigon Hotel Lottle Legend
Mui Ne Mui Ne Bay Resort Pandanus Resort Mia Resort

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