Vietnam's Southern Charm
• Ho Chi Minh City • Mekong Delta
Explore Vietnam's southern wonders on this luxurious journey into one of Southeast Asia's most fascinating regions. You'll begin your laidback adventure exploring the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and taking in its many striking contrasts. Fabulously delicious restaurants vie for space with street vendors selling remarkable wares, while the city's local markets are juxtaposed against charming colonial architecture. You'll soon discover that Ho Chi Minh is filled with intriguing sites and a fanciful history to match. Once you've finished your journey through this colourful city's many wonders, you will be escorted through the green and tranquil Vietnamese countryside to the legendary Mekong River to spend the night aboard the charming Mango boat. Taking in traditional villages and the hustle and bustle of the river on the way, the pampering continues when you arrive at the stunning Victoria Hotel in the heart of the Delta, a luxurious way to end a journey filled with a wealth of tastes and experiences.
Day 1: Arrive Saigon Transfer to your hotel by private car. (The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included)
Overnight at: Caravelle Hotel - Deluxe Room
Day 2: Saigon City Tour and evening Vespa Tour (B. D) Saigon is the country's commercial center and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. Enjoy a city tour to admire Saigon's historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris (it is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel. Continue your visit with the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, revealing the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Further, drive to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight of the American war through the local's eyes (Please note that some of the photos are very graphic). Then sit down at The House of Saigon coffee shop for a break and a little personal interaction with your guide over a cup of coffee. Your guide will give you some interesting tips such as how to cross the road without breaking a sweat or to say a few simple words in Vietnamese as well as offer an insight of the local's daily lives.
With all its hustle & bustle, Saigon is a city on the move! Discover what this thriving and exciting metropolis can offer in terms of street food, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Early this evening, meet your Vespa driver at the hotel lobby. Then be driven to the local Zoom coffee shop for a welcome drink and briefing about the trip. Start the journey with en-route stops including dinner and drinks at Saigon's best authentic street food, and a Vietnamese-style coffee shop. Drive to District 4 to taste various snail dishes which are very popular in Saigon. Then it's back to District 3 to sample a southern Vietnamese specialty "“ Banh Xeo (rice pancake with pork and prawns). Finally, head to a local Vietnamese style coffee shop and enjoy a local coffee.
*Note: Clients ride as passenger behind an experienced driver.
Overnight at: Caravelle Hotel - Deluxe Room
Day 3: Saigon > Ben Tre > Mo Cay > Vung Lien > Tra On (B,L,D) At 8.00 am, depart for a 1.5 hour drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Upon arrival at Ham Luong river, get on board private charming Mango Cruise. Your luggage will be brought to your cabin, while you enjoy a refreshing welcome drink on the deck and meet the crew members. Our first stop will be the Mo Cay local wet market where the locals come to buy fresh fish, meat, vegetables, as well as other exotic delicacies including rat and snake. Continue cruising along the canals and stop at a village for a short walk to visit the coconut processing place where they make coconut oils and coconut fiber.
Return to the boat for a cold drink and some time to relax on deck. A lunch with Mekong specialties will be served onboard. We then head down Vung Liem canal to visit traditional brickworks. Hop on your bike for a leisurely ride to visit Cao Dai and Kh'mer temple. Back on board boat for a cruise to Tra On where we will stop for the night. While on board, freshen up, and then head to the deck where you will have a cooking demonstration before enjoying a delicious dinner. The rest of the evening is at your leisure to enjoy the boat facilities.
Overnight on board Mango Cruise
Day 4: Tra On > Cai Rang > Can Tho (B) Get up early in the morning to visit Tra On floating market before heading to Can Tho. Stop at the spectacular Cai Rang floating market, where you will transfer to a smaller boat and mingle amongst the thousands of trading vessels. Feel free to buy yourself fruits or drinks from the local boats. After the market visit, return to your Mango Cruise, and soak in your surroundings, before being dropped off at Ninh Kieu quay in Can Tho, and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the day is free time at leisure.
Overnight at: Victoria Can Tho Resort - Deluxe Room
Day 5: Can Tho > Saigon (B) Have breakfast at the hotel and return to Ho Chi Minh City. Your private car and guide will be at your disposal until your transfer by private car to Ton Son Nhat Airport for your departure flight.
• • Tailor-made journey with English speaking local tour guides • 3 nights accommodatoin • 1 night aboard the Mango boat • • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing • 4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions • Surcharges apply Tet Vietnamese New Year 27 Jan - 1 Feb 2017
• Surcharges also apply for 28 Jan - 1 Feb: 30 Apr - 4 May 2017
• Compulsory Gala Dinner 24, 31 Dec 2016 TET, the Vietnamese New Year. Travelers who are visiting larger cities like Saigon or Hanoi during the holidays may encounter empty streets and deserted parks as Vietnamese people return to their home town to celebrate the New Year with their families. Most businesses are closed during this period.
• Surcharges apply Tet Vietnamese New Year 27 Jan - 1 Feb 2017 • Surcharges also apply for 28 Jan - 1 Feb: 30 Apr - 4 May 2017 • Compulsory Gala Dinner 24, 31 Dec 2016
TET, the Vietnamese New Year. Travelers who are visiting larger cities like Saigon or Hanoi during the holidays may encounter empty streets and deserted parks as Vietnamese people return to their home town to celebrate the New Year with their families. Most businesses are closed during this period.
Not included Vietnam Visa