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Duration: 5 days Transportation: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Route: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Languages: English Tiếng Việt (View map)

from US$ 156
(per person)

This 5 day 4 night trip is designed for individual traveler or group of tourists who are keen to explore all aspects of Ho Chi Minh - the buzzing southern city, formerly known as Saigon, the Mekong Delta, Cu Chi Tunnel and Cao Dai Temple. So pack your camera and get ready for a trip sure to delight all your senses.

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival 

Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport) you will be picked up and transferred by private car through the city to your hotel for check-in (hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in). The buzzing southern city, formerly known as Saigon, is a tantalizing mix of old and new. 
Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Full day Sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

08:00 am you will be picked up from your hotel lobby by our guide and driver for a full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Head to Cholon, the city's Chinatown district, discover the markets and shops of the area, and also the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda - dedicated to the goddess of the Sea.

Next visit the FITO Museum, Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum, displaying an amazing collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine, implements used to prepare indigenous herbs, objects commonly found in traditional pharmacies as well as ancient books and documents on traditional Vietnamese medicine.

Head back into the centre of the city to visit Ben Thanh Market where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered. Simply stroll through the market seeing and enjoying the variety of goods for sale.

This afternoon visit the War Remnants or History Museum (choose which one you would most like to see) and the former Presidential Palace, from there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post OfficeDong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental HotelOpera House and City Hall. At the end of the afternoon head back to your hotel.
Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch in a local restaurant.

Day 3: Full day to Mekong Delta/River Boat Trip (B, L) 

This morning, depart at 08h00 from the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City to the area referred locally as "the rice bowl of Vietnam". 
On arrival in Tien Giang Province head towards My Tho where you will board your local boat for a cruise among the aptly named Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix Islands. En-route, visit a small factory producing handicrafts made of coconut. Stop at Turtle Island where you will visit a tropical orchard to taste some exotic fruit. 
After the boat trip, take a ride on a horse driven cart along country roads to the famed garden for a honey tasting session. Continue on a smaller rowing boat for a more adventurous cruise on the Xep Canal which is set amongst a forest of palm trees. 
Embark once more by boat to Turtle Island where a selection of Mekong delicacies will be served for lunch.

In the afternoon return to My Tho City (My Phong Commune) for a visit to Vinh Trang Pagoda before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City where you will arrive late this afternoon.
Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch in a local restaurant.


Day 4: Full day to Cao Dai Temples and Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)

Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08h00 in the morning for the drive to Tay Ninh. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam.

At Tay Ninh visit the Cao Dai Great Temple, with architecture that could have come straight from a Walt Disney fantasy and where all the major faiths of the world blend together in a unique religious cocktail.

After lunch in a local restaurant visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47's on display. In the late afternoon journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. 
Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch in a local restaurant. 

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B) 

Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before transferring to the airport for your onward flight. Good bye & see you in the next time!

What's Included:

 - Full transportation by private air conditioned vehicle as tour program indicated.
- All entrance fees as mentioned in the program.

- Boat trips as stated in above sights.
- All excursion trips and activities as tour program indicated.
- Local English-speaking guides.
- Meals as stated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch).
- Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition and private bathroom.
- Mineral water and chilled tissue served on trip.
- Visa on arrival to Vietnam (1 month single entry).

What's Not Included:

- Visa stamping fee on arrival (US$ 25 per person).

- All air tickets not mentioned in the program and above quotation.
- Optional tours.
- Surcharges for other language guides.
- Personal travel insurance.
- Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc…
- Meals and services other than mentioned in the program.
- Drinks with meals.
- Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program.


Good to Know:
- Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Christmas period (Dec 24-26), New Year period (Dec 31-Jan 02). 

- For additional hotel night cost to the packages, please contact us for the rates.
- If one person prefers to stay in one room, the single room supplement must be paid as follows:

Hotel category Price per person
Economy (2 star hotel) US$ 65
Standard (3 star hotel) US$ 115
Deluxe (4 star hotel) US$ 200
Luxury (5 star hotel) US$ 305

- This private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group. 

- This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan. You can also disregard full package tours and choose whatever travel items you need or a mix of private and group tours to minimize the cost. We can quote the tours you really want. Usually travel insurance is not covered in our quotations.
- Keep your luggage and money by yourself.
- Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
- Take original passports, good and comfortable trekking shoes, insect repellent, torches, sun scream, towels, rain gear and extra warm clothes. All customers must obey the order of your guide for your safety.

Notice from TUN Travel:

- Child definition: from age of 3 to 9 Years (usually enjoying 10%-20% discount. Contact us for the actual discount for your case). 9 Years old and above will be charged as Adult Price.
- All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact us for new quotations. 
- Itinerary Change to the confirmed itinerary may happen because of traffic, weather, or any other conditions not under our control such as war, strike, fire, acts of government, riot, etc. We will do our best to make sure that all the travel will be similar. Tun Travel can substitute the itinerary upon your agreement.
- Transportation and Restaurants: The cars, vans or coaches for the land transportation should be in good shape with air conditioner. All restaurants should be tidy and clean.

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