Highlights of South Vietnam - 11 days
From sizzling Saigon, take a cruise along the Mekong and explore the ingenious Cu Chi tunnels of the Viet Cong. Visit Dalat, famed for its lakes, waterfalls and pine-tree forests before discovering paradise at Mui Ne where coconut palms fringe pristine beaches and sparkling turquoise waters.
Welcome to Saigon, the largest and busiest city in Vietnam. You will be greeted at the airport and transfered to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels - Saigon. In the morning travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground maze which became legendary during the 1960s for its role in the Vietnam War. Located about 75 km northwest of Saigon, 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.
Returning to Saigon you'll explore the Reunification Palace (also known as Independence Palace), one of the most fascinating sights in Saigon and once the symbol of the South Vietnamese government. Nearby is the famous Notre Dame Cathedral (from the outside only as renovations are taking place) and the War Remnants Museum, where you can learn more about the "American" War as it is referred to in Vietnam. The final stop of the day is Ben Thanh market, where you can enjoy a spot of shopping.
Overnight: Saigon | Breakfast
Saigon - Mekong Delta - Can Tho. Travel overland through the beautiful countryside of the Mekong Delta where we take a traditional sampan boat ride to explore the peaceful waterways. During the boat trip, visit a local cottage industries making bricks, producing rice paper and Mr. Sau Khanh’s house - who has been collecting antiques which include ancient and valuable ceramics, pottery pieces like bowls, dishes and vases, to ceiling lights, sculptures and Buddha statues. In the afternoon we travel onto Can Tho for the night.
Overnight: Can Tho | Breakfast, Lunch
Cai Rang Floating Market
Can Tho - Saigon. Morning cruise along the Mekong's small and picturesque tributaries by rowing boat where we will visit the bustling Cai Rang Floating Market. Take in the beautiful scenery and watch the locals going about their daily lives along the Mekong canals.
Our next stop is Binh Thuy Ancient House - a rare and well-preserved example in Can Tho City of a characteristic Mekong Delta house, we a unique combination of French and Vietnamese design features, a lush garden with a wide varitety of plants, which includes orchids and a record cactus. We then drive back to Saigon.
Tonight offers free time or you could opt to book a Hoi An Street Eats tour - ride by vintage Vespa in classic Saigon style on this night street food adventure. Stop by Cafe Zoom to enjoy a cocktail and appetizer before venturing into a favourite local eating spot. Take in Chinatown, District 4 and pass through downtown on the way to a Banh Xeo stand, a specialty Saigon dish. Guests ride pillion behind the driver.
Overnight: Saigon | Breakfast
Saigon - Dalat. Today you'll travel on to Dalat, the capital city of Lam Dong province. At an altitude of 1500m above sea level, Dalat was dubbed the “city of spring”, with its ideal climate for horticulture. It’s famous for its lakes, waterfalls, pine-tree forests, vegetable gardens and flowers.
The drive to Dalat is approximately 7 hours. En route you will stop at the town of Bao Loc and visit Dambri Waterfall. Arriving into Dalat late afternoon, spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Dalat | Breakfast
Dalat city tour
The Crazy House is thus named for its undeniably unique twists and turns, roofs and rooms - it's an architectural jigsaw puzzle. Like in a fairy tale castle, you will stumble upon enormous animal sculptures, and no window is rectangular or round. We continue to Da Lat Railway Station, where we will take a 7km ride on the restored locomotive to Trai Mat. Enjoy the relaxing scenery of Da Lat's unique greenhouses and flower gardens. We next explore Linh Phuoc Pagoda, refurbished in 1996, the present temple features a huge golden Buddha statue and three floors decorated wall-to-ceiling with fanciful murals and it also boasts a great bell tower with one of Vietnam’s largest cast bronze bells.
Lastly today, we'll visit Langbian Mountain for its stunning views and hear about the legend of love surrounding the mountain. Please note: The train only departs when there’re 20 passengers, if numbers arent reached, we’ll drive to Trai Mat.
Overnight: Dalat | Breakfast
Dalat - Nha Trang. Today take a drive to Nha Trang, famed for its white sandy beaches, with up to 7km in length azure blue water and more than 200 islands offshore. Arriving in the early afternoon, hotel check in and spend the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Nha Trang | Breakfast
Nha Trang Island Cruise
Enjoy a day of relaxation as you cruise through the clear blue waters around the islands off the coast of Nha Trang. Visit the Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island then onto Mun Island where you will get the chance to swim and go snorkelling. Then a stop is made for lunch at the fishing village of Lang Chai where you will have the opportunity to explore further before boarding the boat back to Nha Trang harbour.
Overnight: Nha Trang | Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, drive to Phan Thiet and onward to beautiful beach resort of Mui Ne, stopping en route to visit Po Klong Garai Cham Tower in Phan Rang Town and the Cham Villages of My Nghiep (weaving) and Bau Truc (pottery). Upon arrival, check in hotel and enjoy the afternoon and following day at leisure, relaxing on white sand beaches or perhaps exploring the nearby red and white sand dunes.
Overnight: Mui Ne | Breakfast x 2
After breakfast you'll be transferred to Saigon Airport for your onward journey.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.Read More
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