South Vietnam Gateway

Day 1:  Mekong Delta Home stay

This morning you are picked up from Front entrance of the Saigon Opera House - Dong Khoi St, District 1 (intersection of Le Loi St) at 08:00am and then set off for the Mekong Delta, visiting the unexplored Ben Tre town. The fertile Mekong Delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits and flowers as well as boating along the canals. On arrival, we board our private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways to visit some local cottage industries. We hop on motor-cart to an out of the way village where you might have a chance to peek inside local homes for an insight into rural life seldom seen by the outside world and try some regional specialties for lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch we continue our journey by boat on narrow water creek along Mekong River's most beautiful Phoenix Islet to see fish farming. Towards the end of the day, we arrive at the home of a local family whose house is built on stilts over the water. These welcoming people will be your hosts for the evening and can tell you more about life in the Delta.  

Overnight: Home-stay 

Day 2: Mekong – HCM - Departure

Rising early to the sounds on the Delta on day 2, feast on a delicious breakfast before jumping on the bicycle to visit the local market, then back to homestay to help our host prepare lunch or gardening. After lunch, we say goodbye to the host and return to Ho Chi Minh City. Your South Vietnam Highlights adventures end upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel (around 5pm).

Overnight: 2 Star Tourist Class Hotel or 3 Star Tourist Class Hotel or 4 star Tourist Class Hotel 

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Discovery

You will be picked up at Hotel. Our adventure starts with the morning walking tour to the Chinatown area of Ho Chi Minh City. Weaving our way through the maze of narrow side streets filled with traditional medicine stores, local Chinese restaurants and calligraphy kiosks, we have close-up looks at how local people go on with their daily lives. We also stop off at the Thien Hau pagoda. Following our walking tour, we will have lunch at a traditional local Vietnamese restaurant, where our local guide will explain the local specialties. After lunch we visit the War Remnants Museum, take a walking tour to Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post office. 

Overnight: 2 Star Tourist Class Hotel or 3 Star Tourist Class Hotel or 4 star Tourist Class Hotel 

Day 2:  Cu Chi Tunnel 

7.30Am meet the guide at Meeting Point – The Central Post Office for leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City behind we journey into the countryside to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. These tunnels were built by local fighters during the Indochina conflict as a base from which the Viet Cong could operate from close to the Southern Vietnamese capital. Initial construction started in 1948 when the Viet Minh required somewhere to hide from French air attacks and by 1965, the tunnel complex was estimated to consist of 200km's of tunnels including hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens and sleeping quarters. 

Tour ends around 12.00Pm

What's Nearby

Pickup

Meeting point Opera House - Dong Khoi St, District 1 (intersection of Le Loi St)

Drop Off

Your centrally located Ho Chi Minh Hotel

Inclusions

  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as indicated
  • Transport as indicated
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunch and 1 dinner
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night Mekong Home-stay

Exclusions

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips or gratuities for drivers or guide

Tour Attractions

    The Saigon Opera House

    The Saigon Opera House is one of the two top venues in Vietnam to listen to opera and classical music. ...

    Saigon Central Post Office

    One of HCMC's most popular attractions, Saigon Central Post Office is the largest post office in Vietnam. Built between 1886 ...

    Binh Tay Market

    Binh Tay Market is the central market of Cho Lon, the Chinese district in Saigon. A mix of French and ...

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    Cu Chi Tunnels are a vast network of underground tunnels from the 1940s, expanded by guerrilla Viet Cong during the ...

    Notre Dame Cathedral

    The famous central Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1863 and 1880 by French colonists, is one of HCMC's architectural ...

    Thien Hau Pagoda

    Also known as Chua Ba, this beautiful Saigon pagoda was built by the Chinese in the early 19th century. It ...

    Reunification Palace

    The Reunification Palace is one of Saigon's most popular tourist attractions. Saigon's Reunification Palace was designed by Ngo Viet Thu ...

    War Remnants Museum

    HCMC's War Remnants Museum is not for the faint-hearted as it houses provocative displays of weapons and photographs. Established in ...