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Southern Vietnam Discovery 10D9N

SOUTHERN VIETNAM DISCOVERY 10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS 

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Day 1: Saigon Arrival (D)

Day 2: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels (B,L)

Day 3: Saigon – Can Tho (B/L/D)

Day 4: Can Tho – Chau Doc (B/L)

Day 5: Chau Doc – Vinh Long – Saigon (B/L/D)

Day 6: Saigon – Dalat (B/D)

Day 7: Dalat – Buon Ma Thuot (B/L)

Day 8: Buon Ma Thuot – Nha Trang (B)

Day 9: Nha Trang – Saigon (B,D)

Day 10: Saigon Departure (B)

Day 1: Saigon Arrival (D)

Our representative/tour guide will meet and greet you at the airport. Drive to your hotel.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 2: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels (B,L)

In the morning, leave Ho Chi Minh for CU CHI TUNNELS, which never been discovered by American forces, the CU CHI TUNNELS were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam’s base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968.Today, you can walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the VC, see the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate boby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists. Touring the areas and then you will be transferred back to Saigon. In the afternoon ,You will visit all interesting sites and landmarks in Saigon City. First stop is Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral and short visit to French built Post Office nearby, and then we will proceed to see the Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace governed by the US-pro government of Republic of Vietnam. Touring the building and then we will visit the War Remnants Museum, which primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. Free time at leisure or shopping at Ben Thanh Market nearby.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 3: Saigon – Can Tho (B/L/D)

Leave Ho Chi Minh City after breakfast and head south to Can Tho deep in the Mekong Delta. Break the journey at My Tho, 2 hours drive south of Ho Chi Minh City, to visit the ornate Vinh Trang Pagoda and a family-run rice-noodle factory. Arrive in Can Tho and check into hotel. Leave the hotel mid-afternoon for Thot Not 45km to the north of Can Tho. Visit the bamboo basket making hamlet of Long Thanh before continuing to the Thot Not Stork Sanctuary. Watch from a viewing tower above the tree tops as thousands of egrets and herons arrive to roost in the branches. Return to Can Tho in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Can Tho

Day 4: Can Tho – Chau Doc (B/L)

After breakfast check out the hotel and head northwest to Chau Doc, situated on the Cambodian border. Transfer to hotel on arrival. In the afternoon take a boat visit fish farms where fish are bred in wooden cages suspended under floating houses on the river. Continue by boat to visit a village of stilt houses belonging to the Cham minority where colourful traditional textiles are woven on old wooden looms. Return to the dry land in time to drive up Sam Mountain to watch the sun set over the Cambodian border.

Overnight in Chau Doc.

Day 5: Chau Doc – Vinh Long – Saigon (B/L/D)

Leave Chau Doc after breakfast and head back towards Ho Chi Minh City via Vinh Long. Break the journey at Vinh Long to take a boat trip to visit Phan Thanh Giang Confucian Temple and the cottage industries of Cho Cua village. Visit a ceramic tile factory, a tofu and fish sauce factory, a blacksmith’s, a roof thatcher’s and a rice husking factory. Continue to Cai Be Floating Market and back to the car drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 6: Saigon – Dalat (B/D)

Transfer to the airport to take 1 hour flight to Dalat, the city was established as a hill station at the beginning of the century, Dalat is reminiscent of an alpine town with its French chalets and pine forests. An afternoon of sightseeing in Dalat takes in the art deco former summer residence of Emperor Bao Dai, the old Dalat Railway Station, Xuan Huong Lake, the Central Market and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda where a Buddhist monk, Vien Thuc, produces his abstract paintings and writes poetry.

Overnight in Dalat.

Day 7: Dalat – Buon Ma Thuot (B/L)

An early start for the drive northwards to Lak Lake, near Ban Ma Thuot. Arrive around noon and in the afternoon take a 45 minutes elephant ride through M’Lieng Jarai village and along the shore of Lak Lake. Take a pirogue (a canoe made from a hollowed out tree trunk) on the lake before retiring to Jun village for dinner. After dinner join in the traditional dancing and gong playing of the Jarai minority and try the potent local rice wine. Overnight in a basic but clean communal longhouse at the village or hotel in Ban Ma Thuot.

Overnight in Ban Ma Thuot.

Day 8: Buon Ma Thuot – Nha Trang (B)

After breakfast at the village it is a scenic morning’s drive down to the coastal plain and the beach city of Nha Trang. On arrival in Nha Trang transfer to hotel. An afternoon city tour includes the Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda with its enormous white Buddha statue.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 9: Nha Trang – Saigon (B,D)

Leaving for Ho Chi Minh City after breakfast, the road follows the coast southwards past salt ponds and vivid green rice fields. Break the journey at Phan Rang to visit the 13th century Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers perched high on a rocky hill surrounded by prickly pear cacti. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10: Saigon Departure (B)

Free at leisure until transferring to Tan Son Nhat airport to take departure flight onward. HOME SWEET HOME. End of service.