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Best of Saigon and Mekong Delta 6 days

Trip Name: Best of Saigon and Mekong delta 6 days
Type of trip: Private
Trip Duration: 6 Days
Starting: Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
Finishing: Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
Trip Grading: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Destinations: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Can Tho – Cu Chi – Cao Dai

Flexibility:
This sample itinerary can be amended longer or shorter, more or less activities accordingly to meet your expectation.
 
Highlights: Have a couple of nights in Ho Chi Minh City and wish to get a feel for what it is all about. This package includes accommodation, airport transfers, a Cu Chi tunnels, Caodaism Temple tour and Ho Chi Minh city tour of the significant highlights and two days on the complex maze of the Mekong Delta is hardly enough for some people, but this tour will give you a taste of life on the Mekong River and its tributaries.
 
Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive to Ho Chi Minh city
Being personally welcomed and transfer to hotel by Glad Travel Agency Co.,Ltd staff
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city tour
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Saigon‘s highlights with Glad Travel Agency Co.,Ltd tour experts
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong delta – Can Tho
Enjoy a boat trip to explore the vast waterways and Mekong delta.
Day 4: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh city
Enjoy the morning floating market. Return to Ho Chi Minh city  
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnel – Cao Dai Temple
Exploring the tunnel system Cu Chi and a great temple of Caodaism (the local famous religion)
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh departure
Depart Ho Chi Minh city for your onward flight.

Did you know: Glad Travel Agency Co.,Ltd is an authorized ticketing agency? We can organize your additional domestic flight tickets, and any additional accommodation.
 
Day 01: Arrive to Ho Chi Minh city (-/-/-)
Being personal welcomed by Glad Travel Agency Co.,Ltd tour expert and transferred to hotel for check in.
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city
Meals: none
 
Day 02: Ho Chi Minh city tour (B/L/-)
Breakfast is served at the hotel
08:00 Am: Our tour expert and driver will pick you up at the hotel, start your day tour of Saigon highlights. This trip features some of the best known relic historical sites of the Old Saigon, including the Reunification Palace that was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 30, 1975. The war remnant museum, formerly known as the museum of American War Crimes. This is a poignant display the futility of war. You also visit some of the best samples of French colonial architecture. They are the Notre Dame Cathedral church and the Saigon Central Post Office. Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883, and the stones used to create it were exported in its entirety from France.
Next to the cathedral stands the Central Post Office that is the country’s largest post office was built since 1891. It is another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam's largest post office.
We have scheduled a special lunch at a popular local eatery in Saigon for your taste of Saigon cuisines.
After lunch, we continue to China town area to visit the most popular secret temple of Chinese Vietnamese community in Saigon, the Thien Hau Buddhist temple. The rest of the time is leisurely on shopping and visiting to the most bustling wholesale market in Saigon, also known as Cho Lon market, a well justified as Vietnam’s largest market. If time permit, you will also visit a famous lacquer ware workshop and enjoy interaction with the local artist, there are much technique to learn and of course it is a great shopping opportunity. Dinner is on your own arrangement.
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Day 03: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong – Can Tho (B/L/D)
Breakfast is served at the hotel
Meet our tour expert and driver at hotel lobby; depart Saigon to Mekong delta by car. Upon arrival we board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River to observe the local fishing port, where hundreds of fishing boats anchor to unload fresh fish. We continue our exploration with a pleasant rowing trip down small canals and dense palm trees, experiencing the local villages between the islands to a small islet.
We disembark on a small island, where we take a short walk through a local village set amongst a peaceful atmosphere and fruit trees, experience how the local people make their living from fruit trees and witness the unusual yet fascinating process of coconut candy in the making.
Stroll through a local village to a family home and tantalize our taste buds with a magnificent seafood lunch prepared by the family, with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies including ‘Elephant Ear fish’ and traditional Vietnamese rice wine. A family on the island will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea whilst performing traditional southern music, called Tai Tu music after lunch.
We continue our journey to Vinh Long where we meet our vehicle for an hour drive and a smooth ferry ride across the Mekong, taking us to Can Tho.
Accommodation: Victoria hotel/Superior room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 04: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh (B/L/-)
Breakfast is served at the hotel
This morning we make an early rise to be captivated by Vietnam’s most legendary floating markets, 'Cai Rang' & Phong Dien. We board our boat and commence our journey along the Mekong River, observing ‘true life on the river’, the hustle and bustle of families carrying out their morning chores and the locals heading our way to the markets to pick up their daily supplies.
We weave in and out of the masses of floating boats selling all kinds of fascinating wares and produce and side with them to test our skills in bargaining, ‘the local way’, picking up some amazing fresh fruits to snack on whilst we sit and observe. We return to the hotel for freshen up before our return to Saigon. Overnight at your hotel.
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Day 05: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnel – Cao Dai temple (B/L/-)
Breakfast is served at the hotel
We set out this morning for our 70km spectacular drive to Cu Chi. The famous Cu Chi Tunnel system was created to assist the Vietnamese Revolutionists against the French in 1948. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers etc and in certain areas, housed up to 10,000 people, who virtually lived underground for years.
After a video introduction and a guided tour through the grounds, you will have the opportunity to take part in the unique experience of guerillas living underground during the war, with a crawl through 20/30/50 meters of the tunnel system.
We then drive 30km toward Tay Ninh, and visit The Great Temple of Caodaism (a famous local religion).
The Temple was built on nine levels that represent nine steps to heaven at which you will see a prayer session at noon with beautiful music prayer with Vietnamese folk instrument in a very spiritual environment.  We return to Ho Chi Minh City afternoon.
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
 
Day 06: Ho Chi Minh – Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast is served at the hotel
Our tour expert will pick you up at your hotel and transfer back to Saigon airport for boarding your flight back to home.
 
Trip cost depends on your group size, travel period and your specific tour needs. Please send us an enquiry for availability and the most updated price. Our travel consultants will contact you shortly
 
Trip inclusions:
Full transportation by private comfortable car or van per tour program
Meals as indicated in the itinerary. (05 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 01 dinner)
English speaking local guide
Entrance fees
Boat on Mekong Delta & visit Cai Rang floating market
Complimentary water during the trip
Private tour through out of the journey
10 % tax and 5 % service charge.
 
Trip exclusions:
Personal insurance
Expenditure of a personal nature (such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, emergency transfers & etc)
Tips
 
Saigon Post Office, was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century Reunification Palace,  is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City has exotic food, colonial architecture, and memories of war Just outside Tay Ninh and 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City is the Great Temple or Holy See, the center of the intriguing Cao Dai sect. Cu Chi Tunnel, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels Inside Cu Chi Tunnel. During the war, thousands of people in Cu Chi lived in an elaborate network of underground tunnels Cu Chi Tunnel Trap the Mekong Delta is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages, everywhere crisscrossed by the brown canals and rivulets. Mekong river visitors can explore quaint riverside towns, sample fruits bartered in the colourful floating markets or dine on home-cooked delicacies. Mekong river Vietnam Mekong floating market Vietnam
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