Best of South Vietnam Tour
Day 1: Hit the ground running!
Your experienced tour guide will be waiting to collect you from the airport. We will transport you directly to your hotel in our comfortable air-conditioned van. You’ll instantly get to experience the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, spotting other vehicles and pedestrians amongst waves of scooters. Your guide can offer local knowledge about your surroundings as we travel through the centre. They will also give some local recommendations for places to eat on your first night in our great city.
Day 2: Experience the real Ho Chi Minh
On this guided tour you’ll experience Vietnam’s rich tapestry of history, culture and lifestyles. We’ll venture to ‘every corner’ of Ho Chi Minh City. First, we’ll stroll through the city’s pretty Ho Thi Ky Flower Market then take a cyclo through some bustling local markets, then heading to the Thien Hau Pagoda. After stopping for a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch, our afternoon will be action-packed of amazing city landmarks. Our day will end at the memorial of the iconic self-immolated monk Thich Quang Duc.
Day 3: Cu Chi Ben Dinh Tunnels followed by a Street Food Tour!
This morning we will explore the Cu Chi tunnels to learn how Viet Cong fighters survived in this ingenious underground labyrinth during the Vietnam War. En route we will make a pitstop at a local rubber plantation and after you’ve been in the tunnels you’ll even get the chance to shoot some guns! Later in Ho Chi Minh City, we will take in the evening atmosphere of the city as we stop to taste the best of the local delicacies at four hand-picked traditional eateries. Be prepared to try some delicious and unique food.
Day 4: Tan Phong Island & Overnight stay in Can Tho City
Sit back and relax this morning as our sampan takes you along serene canals of the mighty Mekong River. These hidden waterways are engulfed in lush vegetation and local villages where you can admire the colors and culture alike. While on our travels we will visit the secluded Tan Phong island. Here we can stop-off at a tasty fruit orchard, experience the enchanting music of Vietnam and take a guided bicycle tour of this marvelous island. Later we’ll head to the Vinh Long Pier and market where you can see even more of the specialties Mekong has to offer. Finally we will head to Can Tho to reach your accommodation. We’ll have the chance to relax and explore the beautiful nightlife and tasty cuisine of the night market.
** Scooter accommodation can also be provided**
Day 5: Floating Markets, Temples and more!
We have another great day in store for you today! We’ll head straight out onto the water on our own private boat and head to the biggest floating market in the whole of Asia, Cai Rang! You will get to experience local produce being sold first hand from boat to boat. After the market we will head back to the hotel for some breakfast before checking out and taking a scenic drive to Chau Doc. Here we will check out Ba Chua Xu temple, at the foot of the Sam mountain before taking a Xe Loi trip through some local villages before finishing up in Ba Sa fish square.
Day 6: Cruise into Cambodia!
You certainly won’t be disappointed with our final day! We will begin by boarding a public speedboat run by Victoria Hotels and Resorts from Chau Doc where you will say goodbye to your guide. Then you’ll speed along the Hau River to Vinh Xuong international border for Vietnam/Cambodia. After immigration we’ll continue our fast cruise along the Mekong River and arrive in Phnom Penh. We will head straight to Sisowath Quay for around 1.00pm.
You did a great job looking after all of our family of 7. The kids enjoyed all the tours and especially the Mekong cruise …as did we……because the kids were so happy we got to enjoy some time to ourselves too. I would recommend Maika Tours if your thinking of visiting Vietnam
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