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Program Type

Package program

Vehicle Type for Touring

Car or Small Van AC

Detailed Itinerary

Xin chao! Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city. 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 hour 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.Arrive in a charming village, hidden under hundreds of coconut palm trees. Welcome at Mekong Home, charming familial house composed of several bungalows, set in a tropical garden and on the Mekong river bank. Fresh coconut juice will be served, then check in your room. Take rest for a while then depart with a member of the family for an introduction to the local fishing.
Return to the restaurant at the end of the afternoon and participate in a cooking class: “Bánh xèo” – Vietnamese pancake made from rice milk. Dinner are ready to serve with fresh dishes include local vegetable, ingredients and flavors cooked in local style such as: caramelized pork, fish soup, young coconut and shrimp salad, spring roll…
After dinner, relax by lemongrass and ginger foot bath, a local therapeutic method to relieve the pain and fatigue of the legs. Overnight at Mekong Home.

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 hour, 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 samples and we will sit at a coffee to have a refreshment and sample the fruits. Then continue transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departure flight. We wish you a pleasant flight!Enjoy fresh air while breakfast is served.
After that, start cycling trip (from 2 hours to 2.5 hours) to the island of Oc on a concrete track, lined with fruit trees and coconut trees. On the way, pass by the local market where various of local ingredients as vegetable, meat, fruits,.. are sold. Subject to availability, visit a workshop of baskets made of coconut stems and a coconut processing operation. You will have chance to interact with workshop owner on different braiding techniques. Then return to the bicycles and cross a local Mekong River ferry to reach the island. From there, cycling on small paths dotted with small huts hidden in lush vegetation while seeing the daily life of the inhabitants of Mekong Delta, governed by artisanal and agriculture activities. Stop at a fish farm, to know more about two species of catfish: ca tra (Pangasius hypophthalmus) and ca ba sa (Pangasius bocourti), raised in ponds. These catfish are the two main species of fish production in Vietnam. Continue biking and back to Mekong Home. Check our at around 12:00 p.m. End of the tour.

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 (types of vehicles depend on the number of pax):

     o1-2pax: minivan of 7 seats

     o3-6pax: van of 16 seats

     o7-10pax: bus of 25 seats

     o11-15pax: bus of 31 seats

- Local ENGLISH speaking guides

- 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

Hotel Accommodation:

Destination

Hotel

Room Type

Ho Chi Minh City

Silverland Yen Hotel

Deluxe (DBL only)

Departure Period

01 Jan, 2021 to 30 Apr, 2021
AUD 719 P P twin share
AUD 943 P P single

01 May, 2021 to 04 May, 2021
AUD 709 P P twin share
AUD 924 P P single

01 Oct, 2021 to 15 Dec, 2021
AUD 719 P P twin share
AUD 943 P P single

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