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Highlights of South Vietnam

Highlights of South Vietnam
Trip length:8 days
Trip style:Vietnam Comfort Tours
Trip themes:Local life & Culture, Explore
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. Get picked up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city and a commercial hub of the country that characterized by a vast array of sights and sounds with people rushing about their life from early morning until midnight. The city contains in it a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West and is home to great local cuisine.
The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Accommodation in hotel in Saigon center.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
 
 
 
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. Admire the special gothic style of century-old Notre-Dame Cathedral and the nearby Central Post Office, visit the Independence Palace (former Presidential Palace of the South of Vietnam), ride through Dong Khoi street (former Rue Catinat, made famous by Graham Greene in his best-selling book the Quiet American) and spend some time for a troll through the Ben Thanh Market that filled with lots of interesting local products.
After lunch with a special bowl of “Pho” at Pho for President, this 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. Following is the Fito Museum, Vietnam’s first traditional medicine museum where display a great collection of items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine including ancient books and tools.  
Back to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 3:  Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta
 
 
 
Leave the hustle Ho Chi Minh City for a more than 2 hour drive to Cai Be, a rustic little town line on the bank of mighty Mekong River. On arrival board your wooden river cruiser for a fascinating cruise on Mekong. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through the village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape. The boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner.
Day 4: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang
 
 
 
Crossing the Mekong on the way to Cai Rang Floating Market, the most colorful floating market in the delta. Here, hundreds of boats gather for selling and buying making it a very exciting scene. Seller boats have their sample product hung on a pole to attract customers and make it easier for people to see from afar what is on offer.
Disembark the boat and take transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City for a short flight to Nha Trang, the summer resort in the south centre of Vietnam.
Known for its long and white sandy beach, consistency of good weather, beautiful emerald water and colorful coral reefs, Nha Trang is one of the most famous and popular beach towns in the country. This place is also boasted as the best site for snorkeling and scuba diving
Overnight in Nha Trang
Day 5: Nha Trang
 
 
 
Today you will have a boat trip on Nha Trang bay to visit some of the nearby islands. Start with a visit to an island fishing village where you will walk through a local market, interact with local people and enjoy a round bamboo basket boat rowing. Continue to a marine protected area where you can swim in the clear warm water and enjoy snorkeling to discover the colorful coral reefs. Your afternoon is at leisure on the beach for sun, sea and sand.
Day 6: Nha Trang - Dalat 
 
 
 
Take a scenic drive uphill through spectacular landscapes of verdant mountains, sinuous passes, stunning valleys and evergreen plantations to Da Lat. Along the way pass by hill tribe villages inhabited by the Ede, Koho and Chu Ru groups. You will have some stop for photos and sightseeing en route including the special junk-bottles pagoda.
Located on the Liang Biang Plateau in the South Central Higland of Vietnam with beautiful temperate weather, stunning natural scenery, beautiful architectures of colonial buildings dotted on hillside amongst green trees and blossoms as well as very colorful minority communities those still maintain their traditional life style and culture identities.
Check in hotel and the rest of the day is to relax or stroll around the charming Xuan Huong Lake.
Day 7: Dalat 
 
 
 
Today you will take a city tour around Da Lat. Visit to the Da Lat central market, King summer palace and the old train station of special French architecture. After lunch you will get transferred out of the town to the Lang Biang Mountain the most well-known natural landscape and the roof top of Da Lat for stunning view of the area. Visiting the Lat Village which is perfect venue for guests to pamper in enchanting nature, rich cultural lives and communicate with indigenous peoples. Try with some farming tools, musical instruments and admire Lat women weaving sophisticated works and trying T’nom - a special fermented rice wine of the Lat. Back to Da Lat and free at your leisure for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Dalat
Day 8: Dalat – Ho Chi Minh City - Departure
 
 
 
Today is departure day. Enjoy some free time before your transfer to Dalat’s airport for onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

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