BEST OF SAIGON 5 DAYS/ 4 NIGHTS

Duration: 5 days 4 nights
Route: Saigon
Features:

Discover the timeless charm of Vietnam, from the dynamic Saigon, the historic Cu Chi Tunnel to the Mekong delta. This trip captures the best of South Vietnam

Price $199
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Day 01- SAIGON ARRIVAL – TRADITIONAL DINNEW CRUISE (-/-/D)

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat international airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Ho Chi Minh city, still called Saigon by many local, is crowded with motorbikes and cars, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafes.

Evening we drive you to Bach Dang port for a welcome dinner on the Saigon River cruise. Vietnamese traditional dishes will be served in the sound of Southern Vietnamese Folk music while the board gliding along the river. Thousands multi-colored light from the street lamps, the transportations, the skyscraper buidings… brighten the dark and reflect to the water surface, make a shimmering and romantic atmosphere for your meal.
After dinner, transfer back to your hotel or explore more of Saigon nightlife.
Overnight in Saigon

Tour note:
Accommodation : 3 Star Hotel
- Lavender Central hotel
- Blue Diamond Signature hotel
- Signature Saigon hotel

Day 02 - SAIGON SIGHTSEEINGS (B/L/-)

Today we will tour to many famous Saigon sightseeing. Start by visiting the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of the war in April 1975. Close to the palace are some beautiful French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office, which was constructed at the end of 19th century by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in harmony with the surrounding area. Next, we visit The War Remnants Museum, which has a wealth of images from the wars, and is dedicated to Vietnamese and foreign journalists and photographers who perished during the French and American conflicts.
We head to the bustling Chinatown and visit Thien Hau pagoda, which is dedicated to the Lady of the Sea. This is the oldest Chinese pagoda in Saigon, built in 1760 by a group of Kuang-chou immigrants. Here you can take the photos, learn the pagoda story and to burn the spiral incense for luck.
Discover the daily life takes place on the noisy streets, which are lined with shops, stalls and vendors with their wares spread out on the footpath and the bustling Ben Thanh Market – the city symbol - a fantastic place for practice bargaining skills. Here you can find almost everything such as local handicrafts, textiles, Ao Dai, souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.
We end the city tour with a visit to Ben Thanh Market, the city symbol, a large marketplace in central of the city. It is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon. Here you can find almost everything such as local handicrafts, textiles, Ao Dai, souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.

Overnight in Saigon

Tour note:
Accommodation : 3 Star Hotel
- Lavender Central hotel
- Blue Diamond Signature hotel
- Signature Saigon hotel

Day 03 – SAIGON – CU CHI TUNNELS – CAO DAI TEMPLE (B/L/-)

Leave the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies with villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes of Southern Vietnam. Today morning you will visit the ornate temple of Cao Dai. Cao Daism is a mixture of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. And Cao Dai Temple is like a Walt Disney fantasia of the East. Its exterior is decorated with multi-colored dragons competing for space with a number of swastikas. Above the main entrance is the all-seeing holy eye, the symbol of the Cao Dai sect. Inside, the statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and the Hindu god, Brahma, stand side by side. You will have a chance to attend the unbelievable mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the extra combination of religions.

After lunch, we drive back to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi tunnels is an impressive network of tunnels with a length of over 250 km. This strategic place was used by 15,000 Viet Cong fighters during the war. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The tunnels are between 0.5 to 1 m wide, just enough space for a person to walk along by bending or dragging. However, parts of the tunnels have been modified to accommodate visitors. The upper soil layer is between 3 to 4 m thick and can support the weight of a 50-ton tank and the damage of light cannons and bombs. The underground network provided sleeping quarters, meeting rooms, hospitals, and other social rooms.

You will have a chance to watch the movie of the war time. Then you spend your time inspecting the tunnel site, visiting the gates, traps, underground hospitals, worships, kitchens and bunkers, and going through a section of the tunnel.
After the visit, we transfer you back to the city.
Overnight in Saigon

Tour note:
Accommodation : 3 Star Hotel
- Lavender Central hotel
- Blue Diamond Signature hotel
- Signature Saigon hotel

Day 04 - SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA - SAIGON (B/L/-)

Enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields.
On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals. Lunch is served at local restaurant on the island
Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. Meet the bus and return to Saigon. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta and you are guaranteed to take home your own private collection of beautiful memories.

Back to Saigon and It’s a great time watching an interesting performance named “Water Puppet Show” an important part of Vietnam’s Cultural Heritage. Watching the Vietnamese Water Puppet Show is also the best way to discover the history and traditional cultural life of Vietnamese people. This program has been presented in various international festivals and carried our cultural exchanges activities with other countries.

Then free to enjoy dinner on your own account. You may like to try some of variety delicious dishes in the “heaven of street food” such as banh my (Saigon bread), hu tieu (a southern rice noodle), banh xeo (beansprout pancakes)…

Overnight in Saigon

Tour note:
Accommodation : 3 Star Hotel
- Lavender Central hotel
- Blue Diamond Signature hotel
- Signature Saigon hotel

Day 05 – SAIGON – DEPARTURE (B / - / - )

Your car and driver will drive you to the airport for departure flight. End of services.

Day 01- SAIGON ARRIVAL – TRADITIONAL DINNEW CRUISE (-/-/D)

Day 02 - SAIGON SIGHTSEEINGS (B/L/-)

Day 03 – SAIGON – CU CHI TUNNELS – CAO DAI TEMPLE (B/L/-)

Day 04 - SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA - SAIGON (B/L/-)

Day 05 – SAIGON – DEPARTURE (B / - / - )

Rate in US$/person:

No of Pax

02 - 03

04 - 06

07 - 10

11 - 15

16 Up

Single Room ++

Rate

404

270

236

210

199

99


Inclusion:
• Private Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle- private car
• 4-night accommodation based on double/twin/ triple sharing
• Private professional English speaking guide as indicated
• Entrance fees
• Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
• Bottled water
• Water puppet show
• 01 dinner on Saigon river cruise
• Private boat trip in Mekong Delta

Exclusions :
• International and domestic flight tickets
• Food and drinks
• Compulsory gala dinner on Xmas and New Year
• Holiday / Peak season surcharge
• Beverages and other meals are not mentioned in the program
• Travel insurance, Visa fees to Vietnam
• Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels
• Personal Expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping…)
• Tipping/Gratuities

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