SAIGON TO THE DELTA: HO CHI MINH CITY AND THE MEKONG

Discover Southern Vietnam as you immerse yourself in its charms. From Ho Chi Minh City’s unseen areas and local eateries, to everyday life in the lush Mekong Delta

TOUR INTRODUCTION

5 Days, 4 Nights     FROM US$ 1,425 PER PERSON

Immerse yourself in the charms of South Vietnam. From in-depth exploration of Ho Chi Minh City and the secrets of Chinese medicine, to the lush Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan. Witness local life, floating markets; and dine at a 19th century house, staying in a riverside colonial-style resortTransfer by private car to your hotel, the Park Hyatt. Next morning Tour Ho Chi Minh City on a chauffeur-driven Vespa. Start with the bird lovers’ club at Tao Dan Park and learn about the practice and history of bird-keeping in Saigon. Visit the monument of Thic Quang Duc; the monk who set himself alight in protest at the Southern regime. Learn about funeral ceremonies and customs with a trip to a flower market and an informative Funeral Home.

Next, see 17th century Nhi Phu Temple in the city’s Chinatown area. Walk down an alley full of tailor’s supplies before stopping at a Chinese Medicine shop to learn more about Chinese medicine. Visit a lively local market before going to District Two. Le Duan Boulevard and its post office here are filled with interesting stories. Across the street is the magnificent cathedral of Notre Dame.

See Reunification Palace; an eerie place where time stopped on 30th April, 1975. Visit Dong Khoi, or ’People’s Revolution’ Street where the iconic photograph was taken of the helicopter lifting people out during the ’Fall of Saigon’. See the former Opera House in the square which tells tales of the history of the city. Your last stop before lunch is the Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee, formerly the Hotel de Ville; one of the most photographed buildings in Vietnam. Enjoy lunch at a popular restaurant serving traditional Hue dishes. Walk to the unseen oldest quarter of the city where you’ll find a range of antiques real and fake, as well as military items from the war.

Continue to the Beaux-Arts Museum, home to various modern arts. Next, visit Fanny’s; a Saigon institution with the best ice cream in the city. Next day, leave for the Mekong Delta. Board your boat, modeled on a traditional sampan; and explore the small canals and tributaries of the area. Stop at Thien Hau Pagoda, also the house of Mr. Huyen Thuy Le, the main character in Marguerite Duras’ classic novel ’The Lover’.

Take lunch on board as you head to Cao Dai Temple, a surrealistic building with magnificent murals covering its interior. In the evening enjoy a dinner at a beautiful 19th century house. Visit Cai Rang Floating Market, seeing traditional sights along the banks of the Mekong as hundreds of boats cruise along the waterway. After your trip to the market, transfer to a delightful colonial-style resort situated on the banks of the Mekong River, where you are free to relax.

 

Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

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Board a boat modeled on a traditional sampan and explore the waterways of the area.
Visit a bird lovers’ club and learn about the practice and history of bird-keeping in Saigon.
Stop at a Chinese Medicine shop to discover more about Chinese and herbal medicine.
Stay in a delightful colonial-style resort situated on the banks of the Mekong River.



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

    Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, your guide will meet you and transfer you by private car to your hotel, the Park Hyatt. If you wish, in the afternoon you can pamper yourself at one of the city’s spas.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals included on this day: None

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  • Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

    Take a half-day insider’s tour of Ho Chi Minh City on a chauffeur-driven Vespa. Your first stop is the bird lovers’ club at Tao Dan Park. Over morning coffee, your guide will tell you about the practice and history of bird-keeping in Saigon. Next, visit the monument of Thic Quang Duc; the monk who set himself alight in protest at the Southern regime. The photo of this has become one of the most enduring images of the war. Learn about funeral ceremonies and customs with a trip to Ho Thi Ky flower market, followed by a visit to the informative Funeral Home.

    Next we’ll see Nhi Phu Temple in the city’s Chinatown area. The temple was built at the end of the 17th century and contains bas-reliefs depicting the eight immortals of Taoism, including Phoenix and Dragons. Walk down an alley full of tailor’s supplies before stopping at a Chinese Medicine shop to learn more about Chinese and herbal medicine. Head to District Two and visit a lively local market before going to District Two. Le Duan Boulevard and its post office are filled with interesting stories. Across the street is the magnificent ‘Our Lady’, the cathedral of Notre Dame where you can learn about the role of religion in Vietnamese Society.

    Next, go to Reunification Palace; an interesting, eerie place where time stopped on 30th April, 1975. Visit Dong Khoi, or ’People’s Revolution’ Street where the iconic photograph was taken of the helicopter lifting people out during the ’Fall of Saigon’.

    See the former Opera House, now the Municipal Theatre, in the square which tells tales of the history of the city, from before the French invasion to the present day. Last stop before lunch is the Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee, formerly the Hotel de Ville; one of the most photographed buildings in Vietnam.

    Enjoy lunch at a popular restaurant serving traditional Hue dishes in a comfortable, relaxed environment. Try their fresh spring rolls and beef noodle soup.

    In the afternoon, walk to the unseen oldest quarter of the city. At Le Cong Kieu, (Antiques Street) you will find a range of antiques real and fake, as well as military items from the war and even relics of French occupation.

    Continue to the Beaux-Arts Museum, home to various modern arts. Stroll around the nearby galleries where you can see local artists exhibiting their works. Next, visit Fanny’s; a Saigon institution with the best ice cream in the city.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City-Mekong Delta

    After breakfast we leave for the Mekong Delta. Travel through the lush countryside, passing rice paddies and villages along the way. Once in the Delta you’ll board your boat the ‘Song Xahn’, which is modeled on a traditional sampan; and explore the small canals and tributaries of the area. Stop at Thien Hau Pagoda, also the house of Mr. Huyen Thuy Le, the main character in Marguerite Duras’ classic novel ‘The Lover’. Take lunch on board the boat as we head to the Cao Dai Temple, a surrealistic building with magnificent murals covering its interior. In the evening enjoy a dinner at a beautiful 19th century house. Afterwards, head back to your sampan for the night.

    Overnight aboard the Song Xanh Boat

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 4: Mekong Delta

    Visit Cai Rang Floating Market, seeing traditional sights along the banks of the Mekong as hundreds of boats cruise along the waterway displaying their wares on poles; everything from tropical fruits to noodle soup.

    After your trip to the market you’ll transfer to the Victoria Can Tho Resort; a delightful colonial-style resort situated on the banks of the Mekong River. Your afternoon is free to relax by the pool. If you wish, enjoy a spa treatment at the resort’s spa centre.

    Overnight in Can Tho

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City

    Head back to Ho Chi Minh City after breakfast. Your guide and car are at your disposal until your transfer for your onward flight.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
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Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
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Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
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