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Overview
Explore Saigon on its less travelled paths mixing iconic colonial sites and offbeat districts. Take an overnight trip on the less travelled paths of the Mekong Delta. Wander around farms and markets, meet locals and have plenty of fun. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnamese Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh, formerly (until 1976) Saigon, largest city in Vietnam. It was the capital of the French protectorate of Cochinchina (1862–1954) and of South Vietnam (1954–75). The city lies along the Saigon River (Song Sai Gon) to the north of the Mekong River delta, about 50 miles (80 km) from the South China Sea. The commercial centre of Cho Lon lies immediately west of Ho Chi Minh City.

Program Type

Private touring

Vehicle Type for Touring

Car or Small Van AC

Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Saigon. You are greeted by your guide and driver at Tan Son Nhat International airport for your transfer to the hotel. Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of Vietnam. It is the bustling economic capital and cultural trendsetter of the country, yet holds the timeless traditions of an ancient culture. Overnight in Saigon

Your guide meets you in the hotel lobby at 8.00am and off we go for an original morning to explore the less traveled trails of this fascinating city. Prepare to travel back in time as we first head to District 3, where we visit the oldest café in town which was opened in 1938. Enjoy a refreshment, before we immerse ourselves into some genuine Saigon popular culture. Walk through a massive street-market, gently elbow your way between conical hats and mobile street food sellers to exit at Chung Cu. Here you will find yourself in the heart of Saigon’s working-class, which remains mostly unchanged since the 1960’s. Marvel at the size of these old residential buildings as we walk through and into the Ho Thi Ky quarter. A place known for its spectacular flower market, and its maze of quiet narrow streets. A place also surprisingly famous for its Khmer delicacies since the 1990’s. Here you will be able to enjoy some of these traditional snacks. We continue deeper into District 10, a fantastic destination where every street corner holds a surprise and a chance to amaze you. Our urban adventure takes us to one of the most famous street-food streets in the city, time for lunch!

In the afternoon, we take a digestive walk around the colonial buildings of the District 1. We start at the Independence Palace, continue to the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Central Post office before we get to the beautiful Nguyen Hue street where stands the City Hall. To complete the day, we take you to taste a few brews in one of the most famous craft beer taprooms of the country. We transfer back to your hotel afterwards, end of the day at leisure.

We depart from your hotel at 8am. We drive out of the metropolis to reach after about 2 and a half hours a less travelled region of the delta, about 30 kilometers away from the mouth of the mighty river. We hop on our private boat and start our exploration. We will meet people, learn more about their daily lives and navigate the Mekong. After visiting a local factory and an ancient communal house, we reach a small island for lunch at a local guesthouse.
In the afternoon, we visit a honey-bee farm before hoping on bikes and cycling narrow pathways across the island. We stop at another local farm to unveil the secret of Sâm jelly and sample it. We continue across orchards and transfer onto a small sampan to explore a thick mangrove.

We return to the mainland and take a short drive away to reach in time a beautiful little nature lodge for a sunset over the Mekong. Make yourself comfortable, check-in and refresh before dinner is served in the garden.

Note: the cycling can be replaced by local tuk-tuk

After breakfast on the terrace, we hop on wheels and cycle to the small wet market nearby. We have a look at the colorful stalls while waiting for the ferry to take us to a tiny island located on the other side of the river. Enjoy traveling at slow pace, cycling gently along houses and fields, taking the time to stop for a picture or a chat with locals. Life goes easy and slow in that area, there is a kind of epicurean vibe floating around.

After about 2 and a half hours, we return to the lodge, have a quick shower before check-out. We bid farewell to our hosts and travel to Ben Tre to have a traditional noodle soup for lunch. On our way back to Saigon, we make a last stop in My Tho to visit the fruits wholesale market. The guide will buy some fruits and we will sit at a coffee to have a refreshment and sample the fruits. Arrival in Saigon is expected in the mid-afternoon. End of the day at leisure.

Note: the cycling can be replaced by local tuk-tuk

Today is at leisure until a driver picks you up in the hotel lobby to drive you to the airport for your flight to the next destination. Check-out time is 12.00 the latest.

Inclusions

Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast at the below indicated room types (see hotel category list below) (check-in and check-out around noontime)

- All transfers and transportation with Air-Con vehicles

- Local ENGLISH speaking guides, no guide on 5. day

- Boat trip - as per program

- All entrance fees - as per program

- Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program

- 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus - on days of transfer and sightseeing only

- Government tax and service charge

Exclusions

Airfares (international and domestic)

- Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

- Drinks

- Early check-in or late check-out

- Visa - as per country requirements

- Tips

- Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

- Mineral water beyond that which is supplied

- Personal Insurance

- Optional excursions and activities

- Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.)

- Peak season surcharges if any

- All not mentioned above

Notes

4 star Option 

Ho Chi Minh City

Cochin Zen Hotel

Premier Window

Ben Tre

Ben Tre - Mekong Home

Double/Twin

5 star option 

Ho Chi Minh City

Silverland Yen Hotel

Premier

Ben Tre

Ben Tre - Mekong Home

Double/Twin

The above tour prices are based on our current transportation rates. Increasing petrol rates might affect our transportation and boat fees, in which case we reserve the right to revise our current rates. If any increase should arise we will of course keep you well informed.

Not available during Vietnamese Lunar New Year

- 19/01/2023 - 24/01/2023

& 30/04/2023-01/05/2023

  1. Availability: Please note that if a certain hotel is not available at the time of booking, then we will gladly make alternative suggestions in the same category. We will advise you accordingly with the surcharge if any. As a result, we would highly appreciate it if you could advise us to block rooms soonest possible to guarantee the rooms and rates in period of high and peak season
  2. All the above points of interest are open for visit based on current updates. In case of closure for construction or any other reason, we will replace with a similar point of interest.
  3. Above itinerary is based on the current flight schedule. In case of flight changes, the itinerary will be changed accordingly.
  4. No early check in or late checkout is included except those indicated in the program. Generally, the check in time is 14.00pm and check out time is 12.00pm.
  5. Visas into Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are required except for countries who have signed the visa exemption contracts. Please contact us for visa information details

Trip Highlights

Ho Chi Minh City - Halong Bay - Ben Tre

Departure Period
02 May, 2022 to 30 Sep, 2023

4 Star
AUD 989 P P twin share
AUD 1,305 P P single
AVAILABLE

5 Star
AUD 1,057 P P twin share
AUD 1,441 P P single
AVAILABLE

01 Oct, 2022 to 31 Dec, 2022

4 Star
AUD 932 P P twin share
AUD 1,203 P P single
AVAILABLE

5 Star
AUD 1,059 P P twin share
AUD 1,458 P P single
AVAILABLE

01 Jan, 2023 to 18 Jan, 2023

4 Star
AUD 989 P P twin share
AUD 1,305 P P single
AVAILABLE

5 Star
AUD 1,133 P P twin share
AUD 1,593 P P single
AVAILABLE

25 Jan, 2023 to 29 Apr, 2023

4 Star
AUD 989 P P twin share
AUD 1,305 P P single
AVAILABLE

5 Star
AUD 1,057 P P twin share
AUD 1,593 P P single
AVAILABLE

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