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Essentials South Vietnam

Essentials South Vietnam
Trip length:5 days
Trip style:Vietnam Comfort Tours
Trip themes:Local life & Culture
Physical rating:*****
Start / End cities:Ho Chi Minh city / Ho Chi Minh city
Price from:Upon request
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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at the airport you will be greeted by our guide and transfer to hotel for check in.
The remainder of the day is free to relax or wander around for catching up with some first sights of the city’s busy life.
Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is the largest commercial and most dynamic city of Vietnam. This is the place of great mix between old and new, east and west that blend very well in the tropical air to make it a wonderful place of discovery.
Overnight in hotel. 
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing
Take a morning ride on cyclo through busy Saigon streets, catch up interesting moments of local life and visit to city’s some featured sights. Explore the War Remnants Museum where you learn something about serious wars that happened in the country in the last century. Continue to the Reunification palace, former Presidential palace of the Saigon regime where display many interesting objects that related to occupants of the building before it was captured by the communist army in 1975.
Walk across the street to the nearby Notre-Dame Cathedral and then Central Post Office, two of some prominent French gothic architecture in the city. From there you will take a ride along the Dong Khoi street (former Rue Catinat, made famous by Graham Greene in his best-selling book the Quiet American) and passing the historical building such as municipal theatre, hotel Continental, Rex hotel and so on.
Drop to visit a colorful Hindu temple, where you will see most of the payers are not Hindus, to learn more about the local spiritual life.
Your last visit in the morning will be the Ben Thanh market following by lunch in local restaurant.
In the afternoon you will take a tour to Saigon’s China Town. Wander through colorful streets and shops at Binh Tay Market (Cho Lon) and visit to the Thien Hau Pagoda.
Back to your hotel and the remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight in hotel
Day 3:  Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
The Cuu Long region, which translates as 'Nine Dragons', otherwise known as the Mekong Delta is the most fertile land in the country and a great place to discover Vietnam. This is a place of peaceful country villages, undulating rice paddies, amazing waterways hidden amongst vibrant tropical fruit gardens and bustling floating markets that offer abundance of items. All make this region so unforgettable.

After breakfast, leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind as you travel through Vietnam’s picturesque countryside with its rice paddies and rural villages. Upon arrival in the Delta board the private ‘Song Xanh’, modeled after a traditional sampan. The boat’s small size allows you to discover the smaller canals and tributaries of this region. Your visit includes the home of Mr. Huyen Thuy Le, a character from the novel ‘The Lover’ by Marguerite Duras as well as Thien Hau Pagoda. Return to the boat for lunch. Continue to Can Tho stopping en-route at a Cao Dai Temple. Cao Daism is indigenous to South Vietnam and the colorful and unusual murals that cover the temple’s interior will blind you with their brilliance.

Before sunset, the last stop is at a splendid 19th century house where an unforgettable candlelight dinner will be served. After dinner, proceed for one hour to Can Tho where your sampan will be moor for the night.
Overnight aboard.
Day 4: Mekong Delta (Can Tho)
Crossing the Mekong on the way to Cai Rang Floating Market, take in traditional sights such as rice barges, wooden ship building yards and even fruit drying along the Mekong’s banks. The main items sold here are fruit and vegetables and every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale are hung. The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even floating pho vendors.

After your visit of Cai Rang check-out and disembark before the drive to the Victoria Can Tho Resort. Situated on the banks of the Mekong, the resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. Your afternoon is free at leisure, lounge by the pool, as an added option has some spa treatments or simply enjoy the charming surroundings.
Overnight at hotel/ resort in Can Tho.
Day 5: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
Have breakfast at the hotel then return to Ho Chi Minh City. Your private car and guide will be at your disposal until your transfer by private car to Ton Son Nhat Airport for international flights or a domestic extension.

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