Southern Vietnam Discovery
Travel Style: Package Tours
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Best Price: 0 VND
Day 01: Arrival - Ho Chi Minh / Ho Chi Minh city
Day 02: Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong Delta
Day 03: Cu Chi tunnel / Ho Chi Minh - Departure
REUNIFICATION PALACE (Formerly the Presidential Palace)
Originally built for the French Governor-General of Indochina in 1868 the Norodom Palace as it was then known was abandoned in 1880 when government services moved to Hanoi. When the Government of South Vietnam was established in 1954, the palace became the luxurious residence of President Diem. In 1963, the palace was abandoned after a renegade pilot in the South Vietnamese army bombed and strafed the building. The current structure was opened in 1966. One of the most striking images of the War was the sight of North Vietnamese tank 843 crashing through the palace gates marking a symbolic end to the conflict in Indochina. On a tour of the palace one can visit underground tunnels and bunkers filled with radio equipment and maps left virtually untouched since 1975.
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL
Built between 1877 and 1883, Notre Dame Cathedral, with her two 40 meter towers topped with iron spires is one of Ho Chi Minh City's major landmarks. It is built in a neo-Romanesque form. The cathedral's red bricks and colored glass windows were imported from France. The cathedral was consecrated in 1962. Full services in both Vietnamese and English are held every Sunday morning.
SAIGON POST OFFICE
Located next to Notre Dame is Saigon's French-styled post office. Built between 1886 and 1891, the ochre-colored building has a glass canopy, ceiling fans, and enormous wall maps of "Saigon et Ses Environs". At the far end of the arched building is a large portrait of Ho Chi Minh.
BEN THANH MARKET
Ben Thanh is the largest market in Ho Chi Minh City. Shopkeepers sell a wide variety of local and imported products ranging from garments and textiles to handicrafts, flowers, and vegetables. The market was finished in 1914. The French-style building has a distinctive clock tower at its entrance.
WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM
This is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the ‘Requiem’ exhibit is particularly touching; dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks and cannons.
CHINATOWN – CHO LON
The largest Chinatown in Vietnam is Cholon, in district 5 and 6 of Ho Chi Minh City. Cholon’s current status was the result of political developments in the 18th and 19th centuries. The central market in Cholon is the Binh Tay market offering a wide range of products from food to clothing to daily necessities. It is also a wholesaler market and a tourist attraction. Another indication of Chinese activities in Cholon is the number of shops specializing in Chinese cultural and ritual items like religious objects and lion dance equipments. Today as modern buildings emerged in Cholon, the historical clan associations, temples and monasteries served as markers of history, reflect the relationship between the Chinese population and the state and continue in their roles as centers of Chinese cultural activities.
THE TUNNELS OF CU CHI
Located a one-hour drive northwest of Ho Chi Minh City are the extraordinary Cu Chi tunnels. During the war Vietnamese guerillas built this labyrinth of narrow tunnels using them to hide during bombing raids and stage surprise attacks. The entire area of Cu Chi was designated a free fire zone and was heavily bombarded: you can still see numerous craters caused by 500 pound B52 bombs. There are over 200 kilometers of tunnels in the area, all of which were dug using only hand tools. Two sections of tunnel are open to the public and ex-Vietnamese fighters lead tours through the underground hospitals, kitchens and sleeping quarters. Visitors to Cu Chi can also fire AK47s and M16 rifles on a specially designed firing range.
The picturesque province of Ben Tre, 88 km from Ho Chi Minh City is comprised of several large islands in the mouth of the mighty Mekong river. Due to its location away from the main highways it receives comparatively few visitors. Ben Tre is also well known by another name is "Homeland of Coconut”, it’s famous with the products make from coconut such as: Coconut candy, coconut wine, and many others handicraft.
Day 01: Ho Chi Minh city (L, D)
In the afternoon, meet upon at arrival. Then transfer for lunch.
Check-in hotel before enjoy a short Ho Chi Minh city tour: Reunification Palace which was the former residence of President of South Vietnam until 1975. Visit the most famous structure Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and The people’s committee hall.
18:00 PM, the tour guide will pick you up at the hotel by car, take you to the theatre then you can enjoyWatter Puppet Show which is a part of Vietnam’s Cultural Heritage. After finish the show, move to the Riverside (by car or Cyclo), get on the Cruise .
You will have an unforgettable 1,5 hour scenic cruise along the Saigon River in a traditional junk while enyoy your dinner.
Transfer back to hotel. Free at leisure.
Day 02: Mekong River (B, L, _)
After breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will pick you up by private car, depart for Mekong delta.
Upon arrival in My Tho, enjoy a boat cruise throught the river, land on some islands between My Tho and Ben Tre, take a short walk in the local people village see their daily life. You will visit : a handicraft workshop where products are made from coconut trees, a local house where you will enjoy honey tea , honeywine then taste tropical home grown fruits while being listened to traditonal music.
Leave the islands, we take the rowing boat and drift along the narrow, tree-lined canals for further exploration of the Mekong Delta. Then visit the local coconut candy workshop where you can see the local people produce coconut candy – one of special local products.
Have lunch at a local restaurant.
Transfer back to Saigon. Dinner on your account. Free at night time.
Day 03: Cu Chi Tunnel – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, _)
After breakfast, check-out hotel. Tour guide pick you up at hotel.
Take the visit to Cu Chi Tunnel. A two-hour bus ride, we will arrive at Ben Dinh tunnels (the original ones) where you can see: The underground tunnels system. The documentary film about the war. Many above-ground and underground attractions (war traps, bunkers, bomb craters…)
Especially, you will have time for shooting at the shooting range.
Have lunch at Restaurant in Cu Chi.
Free time to shopping at Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square untill transfer to the airport for flight.
Price: Please contact to us !
- Accommodation based on the twin/double sharing room with daily breakfast
- Private English speaking guide
- Transfers & transport by private car or van
- All entrance fees
- Private traditional boat: Mekong Delta
- Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Puppet tickets
- Service charge
- Travel Insurance
- Air Tickets
- Visa fee
- Admission fees during free time
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal expenses such a telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
- Tips and gratuities
- Confirmation of room & price are subject to space availability at the time of booking only.
- Special request (diet or vegetarian, ...) should be sent before your departure date.
- Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust itinerary to match with real situation.
Free of charge for children under 4 years sharing bed with parents. Surcharge 50% rate of adult for children (5-11 years) sharing bed with parents. Over 11 years is adult’s rate
Supplement for: Dinner: 12 – 20 usd/pax/meal.