Southern Vietnam Highlights Tour is the perfect way for a taste of Southern Vietnam’s best in a short amount of time. Experience the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, relax and soak up the rays on a beach in Vung Tau, See coconut palms, sugar plantations & the locals in their conical hats in the Mekong. Cruise the river delta, visit floating village in Chau Doc & explore the ingenious Cu Chi tunnels of the Viet Cong.
Destination: Ho Chi Minh City – Vung Tau – Mekong delta – Can Tho- Ha Tien – Chau Doc-Cu Chi tunnel – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival (Dinner, Guide)
Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your journey before a Welcome dinner. You will then enjoy a water puppet show, an art form in which puppets are suspended over water, directed by puppet masters who must sit semi-submerged for hours at a time. The tradition of water puppetry is at least 1,000 years old, originating with peasants in the Red River Delta of the north. The puppets, which the French used to call “the souls of the Vietnamese rice fields,” are made of the water-resistant wood of the fig tree and depict villagers, farm animals, dragons, and more. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Half day Ho Chi Minh city tour - drive to Vung Tau beach city (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
After breakfast, you will visit Reunification Palace formerly known as Independence Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City. Your next stop is the War Remnants Museum. You will continue to visit City Hall, Ho Chi Minh Monument and Central Post Office which was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. Right nearby, you can see Notre Dame Cathedral, a magnificent building located in the heart of the city and was established by French colonists. After lunch, your car will to take you to Vung Tau, the coastal city in southern Vietnam. You will spend the night in Vung Tau.
Day 3: Half day Vung Tau city - enjoy the beach (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
This morning, enjoy a visit to the striking spots of Vung Tau. Your first stop is at Theravada Buddhist Temple which is set on a plot of around five hectares, with a Zen Buddhist monastery at the foot of the plot and the Shakyamuni Buddha at the top. Then you will visit to Nirvana Temple which is also known as the Pagoda of the Lying Buddha. You can’t miss a trip to the White Palace, also named as Villa Blanche. Before stopping for a short rest, you will visit statue of Jesus Christ. The enormous 28m figure of Jesus gazing across the East Sea with outstretched arms is located at the southern end of the small mountain.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy the beach and relax in Vung Tau. Stay overnight in Vung Tau.
Day 4: Transfer to My Tho & Can Tho, discover the Mekong Delta (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
After breakfast, you will leave Vung Tau behind and head to Vietnam's rice basket of Mekong Delta. You will pass through idyllic, rural scenes until you arrive at My Tho, a peaceful town on the bank of the Mekong River, where you will have a boat ride on the Mekong river, visit local homes and orchards, a coconut candy workshop, a honeybee farm, take a sampan ride on palm-shaded creeks, try a taste of seasonal fruit and honey tea and enjoy a performance of traditional Southern singing. You will then continue to Can Tho city in the South direction. Today, you will spend the night in Can Tho.
Day 5: Cai Rang floating market, drive to Ha Tien (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
Early morning, you will take a boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market which is one of the three biggest in the Mekong Delta. The shops and stalls at the market are boat of different sizes. Cai Rang floating market is open all day but it is busiest from sunrise to about 9am. The main items sold there are farm products and specialties of Cai Rang Town, Chau Thanh District and neighboring areas. Every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale are hung. During the early morning market hours, larger sized boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of. The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even smuggled goods like cigarettes. Sellers do not have to cry out about their goods because their goods can be seen in a distance and their cries would not be heard in the vastness of the river and the noise of boat engines. Small boats that sell beer, wine and soft drinks go among the other boats to serve market-goers and visitors.
After that, you will continue trip to Ha Tien, a small town in Kien Giang Province. On arrival, check in hotel and free at leisure.
Day 6: Half day in Ha Tien - drive to Chau Doc (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
After breakfast, you will visit Chong Islet and Cave Pagoda (Hang pagoda) which is approximately 30 km from Ha Tien. The pagoda was discovered at the beginning of 18th century by Thai bonzes and the fishermen who came to settle there. Located in a 40-meter long cave, the pagoda’s door is towards the dry land. In the cave, there are large stalactites like the house pillars; once struck, they resound like the bell and they are thus called the "bell stone". In the cave, there is a pagoda with two Buddha statues of more than 300 years old. You will then visit to Phu Tu Islet, a symbol of Ha Tien because of its special shape. This is a mountain surrounded by the blue water and waves all day long like a story of the father and his child together defeating the evils of the sea. In the afternoon, you will drive to Chau Doc town for stay overnight.
Day 7: Chau Doc discovery – drive back Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
Today, you will enjoy a city tour to visit Ba Chua Xu Temple, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb and Tay An ancient pagoda. A highlight of a visit to Chau Doc is a boat trip on one of the small paddle boats that collect near the western end of the park. They'll paddle you around the many floating raft houses and fish farms. In the afternoon, you will take a coach trip to Saigon. On the way, you will stop by Cao Lanh (Dong Thap province) to visit Xeo Quyt. It is a basement among residential place which is preserved formerly containing: underground house, store, secret tunnel…Visiting there, tourists can view the scene of tough life in the defending America period. You will spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi ½ day - Ho Chi Minh City departure (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
After breakfast, you leave Ho Chi Minh City on an afternoon excursion for Cu Chi, situated 70km from Saigon. The Cu Chi Tunnel system was created around 1948 to assist the Viet Minh in their combat against French occupiers. Construction and enlargement continued during American bombings and they were turned into an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapon factories and field hospitals. The Cu Chi Tunnels could house up to 10,000 people who lived underground for years, getting married and raising children. During the Vietnam American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated as a fire free zone yet was heavily bombarded. Since 1988, two sections of the tunnels are open for visitors to crawl through and better understand the war. After lunch, you will be transferred back to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the departure flight.
- Free Vietnam Visa invitation letter.
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
- Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
- Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
- The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
- Boat cruises as specified in the programme. All Ha Long Bay boats will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
- Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants
- All sightseeing tickets.
- VAT and other taxes
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Travel insurance
- Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
- Vietnam visa stamp fee
- Other services not mentioned above.