- Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival day
- Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour & Cu Chi Tunnels
- Day 3: Mekong Tour – Ben Tre Coconut town & Can Tho
- Day 4: Cruise Trip to Visit a Floating Market – Fly to Phu Quoc
- Day 5: Phu Quoc Island: Beach Relaxation
- Day 6: Phu Quoc Island – Beach Relaxation
- Day 7: Phu Quoc Island – Fly Back Ho Chi Minh City & Departure
Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival dayDay 1
A warm greeting will wait for you at Tan Son Nhat International airport; your private guide and driver will meet you in the arrivals lounge and transfer you to your hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). While every effort is made to have your room available upon arrival, check-in time is at 02:00 pm; your room may or may not be ready before this time. Your tour guide will provide additional details regarding your stay, and you will be able to ask any questions you may have. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City tour & Cu Chi TunnelsDay 2
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by the Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. This vast network of tunnels played a huge part in the Viet Cong’s victory over the Americans, allowing them to control a large rural area surrounding HCM City.
At the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will watch a brief introductory video, followed by a walk through the reserve. If you are feeling brave, you can crawl inside the Cu Chi Tunnels to experience how difficult life must have been, and discover the 3 underground levels. There will also be a chilling exhibition of the traps and weapons used against the American GIs. After the visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, you’ll return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
After lunch, Let’s start the afternoon tour in the most dynamic city in Vietnam. You’ll start the city tour to explore great architectures in one of our largest cities in Vietnam. The architecture of Ho Chi Minh City is a splendid mix of Vietnam’s historical heritage, from French colonial villas to modern steel and glass monuments.
The top architectural sights for tourists date back to the time when Saigon, the “Pearl of Indochina” was the capital of French Indochina. More has been added to the cultural heritage since then and we see interesting times ahead in terms of modern architecture.
Based on the Hotel de Ville in Paris (Paris City Hall), Saigon’s City Hall was finished in 1908. It proudly sits at the beginning of Nguyen Hue Street, showing off a beautiful building style. Nowadays it harbors the main office of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and is closed to the public.
The Central Post Office is a popular tourist spot and THE place in HCMC to send postcards from. And of course, a famous monument among travelers for its beautiful paintings and architecture, finished 1891 by Gustave Eiffel, a splendid French engineer who also built the Eiffel Tower.
The Reunification Palace is an important historical landmark and a popular tourist attraction because the day the building’s main gate was broken in 1975 marks the end of the American War. The palace was designed by Ngo Viet Thu for South Vietnam’s former President.
The Saigon Opera House is also a famous landmark and popular site for tourists in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built in 1897 by the French architect Eugene Ferret and is open to visitors during events.
The architecture in Ho Chi Minh City evolved from the colonial time, over the period of South Vietnam and the reunification until today. More skyscrapers and other interesting, modern monuments are in the planning and in the making, so you’ll witness the development of an interesting skyline.
Please note: the city tour program is flexible. Our guide would be more than happy to adjust the tour itinerary at your needs. You can skip one site or add another if you so wish.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Mekong Tour – Ben Tre Coconut town & Can ThoDay 3
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Ben Tre town, on the way to the heart of the Mekong Delta, via some rustic country roads (travel time approximately 2 hours). The Mekong Delta, popularly known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, is famous for its vast rice fields, orchard farms, coconut trees, numerous waterways and beautiful landscapes.
When you arrive at Ben Tre town, you will embark on a motorized boat trip along the scenic Ben Tre River, visiting various local industries along the way such as the small local factories where bricks and sleeping mats are made. You will take a leisure walk along the village lanes visiting the local homes to sample dry fruits and enjoy honey tea while enjoying a local Tai Tu music show. You will also visit a coconut mill workshop where the local delicacy of coconut candy is produced, and a range of coconut husk and fiber products are skillfully handcrafted.
You will then take a small sampan boat through palm-fringed back canals, gliding peacefully along the hidden waterways surrounded by an immense variety of tropical plants. The quiet, rural setting is a welcome and restorative retreat to the frenetic buzz of HCMC which seems so far away.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant where you will sample some of the local cuisines.
After lunch, you will return to the boat to head back to the road and continue the drive through the fields and towns of the Mekong to Can Tho city, stopping briefly at the Vinh Trang Pagodas.
After arriving in Can Tho and checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. We suggest you see the town on foot or by predicable or find a quiet place for a cocktail by the river.
Overnight in Can Tho
Cruise Trip to Visit a Floating Market – Fly to Phu QuocDay 4
We will rise early today (suggested at 5:00 AM) and take our motorized boat straight to Cai Rang Floating market. This time is the best time for photos when the market is at its busiest and the dawn is breaking. After the “shooting party” we will enjoy a local breakfast served by one of the vendor boats then cruise further to Phong Dien floating market for another photo hunting trip of the day. Phong Dien market is best known for its excitements and variations of bizarre food and a local specialty.
On returning to the road, you will visit the Binh Thuy old house before driving to Can Tho Airport. In the early afternoon, you’ll take a flight to Phu Quoc.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a private driver. He will take you to your beach resort. After checking in, the rest of the day will be at your leisure, perhaps relaxing at the stunning beach. Phu Quoc Island is an undiscovered paradise in the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand, about 50 km from the Vietnamese mainland. In Phu Quoc, you’ll find beautiful beaches, an untouched natural environment, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals and fantastic scuba diving.
Overnight in Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc Island: Beach RelaxationDay 5
Today will be a free day. You can visit the local market, take a scuba diving class, bicycle around the island or just relax at the hotel beach.
Overnight in Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc Island – Beach RelaxationDay 6
Another free day. You may want to enjoy some more beach time, or perhaps play a game of water polo.
Overnight in Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc Island – Fly Back Ho Chi Minh City & DepartureDay 7
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to a private car for a short flight back to Tan Son Nhat Airport, Ho Chi Minh City and then transfer via your international flight home.
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- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Domestic flight
- Airport Taxes and Fuel charges
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flight to and from Vietnam
- Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
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