PRIVATE TOUR – TOUR CODE: CPK06
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This trip concentrates on the South Vietnam, with a taste of Mekong Delta and city passes thrown in. Ideal for travellers who are either on a short trip, or want to see Vietnam and Cambodia, this small loop can be completed in as little as 4 days. This exciting trip includes all key attractions of Saigon in & around.
TRAVEL ROUTE: Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) – Cu Chi tunnels – Walking city tour – Mekong delta boating – Departure
With hotel in Saigon
|US$ per Person||220||160||135||130||55|
Without hotel in Saigon
|US$ per Person||172||112||88||80||N/A|
DAY 1 HO CHI MINH CITY ARRIVAL (no meals)
Private airport pick-up from Tan Son Nhat international airport to your hotel with our tour guide. He will be welcoming you at the exit gate of Tan Son Nhat airport with a placard writing your flight number and your names.
Check in the hotel and free leisure at night.
Note: You can walk to visit Ben Thanh night market near from your hotel.
DAY 2 MY THO – BEN TRE (MEKONG DELTA) (B,L)
After breakfast, at 8:30, the tour guide and private driver pick you up from your hotel. You depart for Mekong delta. After 2 hours driving, you arrive at My Tho city. Overview floating fish houses by boat. Motorized boat ride to Con Phung (Phoenix Island) of Ben Tre province. The province is home of coconut, you can buy handicraft made from coconut trees.
Around 12:00 AM: Have lunch on the island with delicious local dishes.
After lunch is the time to explore amazing Mekong canals. Motorized boat cruise along natural creeks and quiet villages in Ben Tre province. Visit orchards, bee-keeping house, enjoy honey tea, seasonal tropical fruit and traditional music.
Rowing-boat ride along small mangrove palm creek (mangrove palm or Nypa-frutican known as “dừa nước” in Vietnam)
See coconut candy production process. Around 3:00 PM: Get on the bus to come back Ho Chi Minh City. On the way back drop by Mekong Rest Stop for short break.
Drive back to the hotel for overnight.
DAY 3 CU CHI TUNNELS – HALF DAY WALKING CITY TOUR (B)
After breakfast, at 8:00, you will depart for Cu Chi tunnels. Around 9:30 am, arrive at Cu Chi tunnels, view short video film and presentation about Cu Chi tunnels, before try a real experience with the world well known tunnels. For those interested there is an opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 gun at the nearby rifle range. Lunch at a local restaurant (Lunch is arranged by yourselves).
In the afternoon, start your walking tour around the District 1 of this city. Start from Reunification Palace the former headquarter of South Vietnam government before 1975, which is now also an interesting museum. Contemplate its structure and know more about the president’s life and Vietnam – America war. Take a short walk to Notre Dame Cathedral Saigon nearby since 1880, attracting not only Catholics but also most tourists for its neo-Romanesque style architecture and a sacred atmosphere, and Central Post Office designed by Gustave Eiffel and built between 1886 and 1891. Turn into Dong Khoi street formerly named as Rue Catinat famous in the prominent novel “The Quiet American” by Graham Greene, and take your memorial photos in front of the People’s Committee Building. Passing by Bitexco Financial Tower, a glitzy modern skyscraper rising behind a colonial façade. Stop at Ben Thanh market, the busiest market of the city, it’s time for your free shopping. End of walking tour at Ben Thanh market and take a taxi back to your hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 4 HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, free leisure in the morning. 3 hours before your flight departure time, our private driver will pick you up from your hotel to Tan Son Nhat airport (no tour guide). See you off at Tan Son Nhat international airport. End of services.
- 3-star hotels in Ho Chi Minh city
- English-speaking tour guides throughout your tour
- 01 lunch on Day 2
- Entrance fee, motorized boating, traditional singing show
- Private transfer throughout itinerary & Mineral water during transfer
- Airport pick-up & see-off in Ho Chi Minh city
- Visa approval letter and Visa stamping fee in Vietnam (45$ / each visa). You get stamp on your passport and pay directly to the Immigration staff at Ha Noi airport or Saigon airport.
- International and domestic air tickets with airport tax
- Meals: lunch or dinner where not stated
- Gratuities, drinks, personal expenses and others.
Centrally located hotels, or other similar hotels
|City||Hotel name||Room type||Notes|
|Saigon/ Ho Chi Minh city||Hoang Ngan hotel,
or Hoang Gia Huy hotel,
or Hoang Phu Gia hotel
|Superior||200m – 700m from Ben Thanh market
marking the city center
FOR GOURMET TRAVELERS
Best local food in Saigon?
BBQ Goat Udder & Goat Meat Hot Pot (in Vietnamese “Vú Dê Nướng & Lẩu Dê”) @ 105 Trương Định (on the corner of Ho Xuân Hương Street & Trương Định Street), District 3, HCMC
Saigon’s Best BBQ Chicken: Quán Bảy Đực, 26/4 Xô Nghệ Tính street, Binh Thạnh District, HCMC, Tel: (08) 38987158 “08” is Saigon dial code
Grilled ground sweet/sour meat sausage (in Vietnamese “nem chua nướng”) and crab loaf (in Vietnamese “chả cua”): O Xuân restaurant, Add 1 @ 18-20 Nguyễn Hữu Cầu, Add 2 @ 22A -22B Nguyễn Hữu Cầu street, District 1. Tel: (08) 38203399 “08” is Saigon dial code
“Pho bo” beef-noodles @ Phở Phú-Vương restaurant, a large, well-managed, well-lighted and clean Saigon restaurant. A must stop for anyone seeking some of Saigon’s best phở @ 339 Lê Văn Sỹ street(corner of 337 lane), Tân Bình District
Favourite Indian? Ganesh (www.ganeshindianrestaurant.com), Mumtaz Halal Indian restaurant @ 226 Bùi Viện street, District 1, Saigon Tel (08) 3837 1767, Tandoor (http://tandoorvietnam.com/hochiminh/)
Favourite cheap eats? Hainanese places on Le Thi Hong Gam street: Tien Com Ga Hai Nam (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g293925-d4209900-Reviews-Com_GA_Hai_Nam-Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html#REVIEWS)
Style-Bars in Saigon ?
Best nightlife bars? Zan Z Bar (www.zanzbar.com), Ala Mezon (www.alamezon.vn) , Long Phi @ 29, Dong Khoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, or Pacharan a four-floor Spanish Tapas & Bodega in the heart of Saigon.
Best cocktails? Cepage (http://www.gourmet-asia.com/saigon/res_cepage.html) they also do the best Japanese-inﬂ uenced, contemporary European cuisine
Best sports bar? Phatty’s (www.phattysbar.com)
Best wine bar? Qing @ 110 Pasteur, District 1, Saigon
Most stylish bar? 2 Lam Son @ Park Hyatt, the most luxurious hotel of Saigon www.saigon.park.hyattrestaurants.com/lamSon/