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Welcome to Saigon, the largest and busiest city in Vietnam. Upon your arrival you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of today is free for you to enjoy your way.
This morning we depart for the Cu Chi Tunnels - an underground village that became legendary during the 1960s for its role in the Vietnam War. The tunnels were part of an underground network that zigzagged from the southern tip of the Ho Chi Minh trail near the Cambodian border to the Saigon River. We then head back to Saigon to visit some of the highlights including the Reunification Palace, one of the most fascinating sights in Saigon. Nearby we visit the famous Notre Dame Cathedrale before continuing on to the War Remnants Museum, where we can learn more about the American War. Our last stop is Ben Thanh market.
We transfer to the airport today for your flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. The remainder of today is at leisure. Located along a sublime stretch of beach on the south-central coast, Nha Trang is blessed with a spectacular backdrop of towering mountains and exquisite offshore islands dotted around its turquoise bay.
A day of leisure and indulgence as we cruise through clear blue waters amongst the islands off Nha Trang. We drive to Cau Da port where we will embark on our boat and cruise to the Tri Nguyen Aquarium. We will then head out to Mun Island where you have the chance for a swim in the crystal clear waters. We stop for lunch at the fishing village of Lang Chai where there is time to explore further before boarding the boat back to Nha Trang harbor. The rest of the day is at your leisure, explore or relax, the choice is yours.
Today we head to the Thap Ba Hot Spring centre. Relax and rejuvinate in the mineral springs and enjoy a mud bath. Later, once you are nice and relaxed we head to the nearby Cham Po Nagar Temples. We return through town watching the daily life of locals along the way.
Today we travel overland to Dalat, the capital city of Lam Dong province. At an altitude of 1500m above sea level, Dalat was dubbed 'the city of a thousand flowers' due to its ideal climate. It’s famous for its lakes, waterfalls, pine-tree forests, vegetable gardens and flowers. It is quite a long drive today, we will make a stop at Bao Loc town and visit Dambri Waterfall en route. Arrive Dalat late this afternoon and check in to your hotel to freshen up. Happy New Years!
This morning our sightseeing in Dalat takes in the Xuan Huong Lake, located right in the center of town. Xuan Huong was created when the French dammed the Cam Ly River in 1919. We continue on to the Central Market where you can marvel at the riot of multi-colored flowers along with various kinds of fresh vegetable and mouthwatering fruits. We visit Prenn waterfall, nestled in a valley and covered with densely lush vegetation and hugged by pine-forested hills. In the afternoon we visit Lam Ty Ni pagoda, one of the unlikeliest and most delightful attractions of a stay in Dalat. The pagoda is home to Vien Thuc, the so-called "mad monk" of Dalat, who is also a poet, gardener, builder and artist.
Today we drive to Phan Thiet where the remainder of today is at leisure. Located 200 kilometres east of Ho Chi Minh City and 15 kilometres south of Mui Ne, Phan Thiet is most famous for its world class fish sauce exported all over the world. It does however have much more going for it, being much less hectic and adventure fuelled than its neighbour Mui Ne, it is a perfect place for a laid back holiday.
A free day today or opt to join in a Vietnamese cooking class. Situated on the banks of the Phan Thiet River the city was divided during the colonial period with the Europeans on the north bank and the Vietnamese, Cham, Southern Chinese, Malays and Indonesians living on the south bank, these influences are still obvious. The beachfront is only a short journey away. Being less of a tourist draw than nearby Mui Ne is a benefit for those looking to spend their time relaxing and being able to experience the culture. For an adventure of the local sort the fish markets situated at the harbour are a must to visit if you can handle the heady stench.
If you are more inclined to wile away the hours on rolling green fairways the world class, 18 hole, 72 par Ocean Dunes Golf Club located on the beachfront and designed by Nick Faldo is a major attraction. Also located nearby is the white reclining Buddha or Tuong Phat Nam. Having become a major pilgrimage sight for Buddhists it can be reached by a stunning two hour trek or a two minute cable-car ride.
We transfer today to Saigon airport today for your flight home.