• River cruise
  • Northern Vietnam
  • Central Vietnam
  • Southern Vietnam
  • Day Trip
  • Beach Destination
  • Ecotourist Destination
  • Vietnam Discovery
  • Cambodia Wonders
  • Laos Highlights

Highlights of the SOUTH

Highlights of the SOUTH

Code: PT-SVN01

Transportation: Car,

8 Days 7 Nights

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     Heading out from the westernized bustling Ho Chi Minh City, you will be driven southwards to the  Mekong Delta, “the rice bowl” with vast brilliant green paddies, immense orchards, floating markets and typical lifestyle of the residents. Then, a trip to Vung Tau, famous for  its beautiful sandy beaches, will give you the opportunity to profit  the fresh air  and  to plunge yourself in the turquoise water of the East Sea. The trip ends with two days in Dalat, the "City of Eternal Spring”, famous for its year-round cool weather and its spectacular views and the surrounding mountains and valleys.

 
Day 01: Ho Chi Minh City  (D)
 
Arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport. Welcome by your English speaking guide & transfer to hotel.
Check in from 12/2 pm
 
Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, is a commercial, financial, cultural  and tourist center  in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis  is crowded with motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafe.
 
(If time permits) we stroll around downtown to explore the different ways of life of locals.
 
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cuchi - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)
 
Full day sightseeing tour.
 
  
 
AM: the Unification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, some French colonial architectures as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old
SaiGon Post Office, the Jade Emperor Pagoda, Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale.
 
PM: Coach trip to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network of approximately 200 kilometers constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence.
 
  
 
Back to Ho Chi Minh city.
Overnight in HCMC.
 
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - MeKong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)
 
AM: 7.30 - Excursion to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's largest rice bowl.
Arrival at Cai Be town , embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, a great way to observe the local lifestyle. The excursion will pass next Cai Be floating market, a typical aspect in the Mekong delta. Continue to An Binh and Binh Hoa Phuoc islets in Vinh Long province – Visits: coconut candy, rice crispy cake, rice paper making family workshop, an ancient house, a nursery garden, traditional brick and pottery factory. Sample various tropical fruits in the orchards and enjoy Don Ca Tai Tu, a kind of folk music which is very popular in the Mekong Delta –
   
 
 
Enjoy a short walk through the small paths.
Lunch at a bonsai garden.
 
PM: Coach trip back to HCM City. Estimated  arrival at 5.pm
 
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Vung Tau (B, L, D)
 
Depart to Vung Tau city, known under the French time as Cap Saint-Jacques, 125 km South-East of Ho Chi Minh. Once this seaside resort was a place where French colonialists and later U.S. servicemen spent leisure time. At present, Vung Tau offers you perfect relaxation on sandy beaches  caressed by the cool breeze from the vast Pacific Ocean. A wide range of entertainment is available including golfing and water sports (water skiing, surfing, sailing …).
 
Arrival after a 2-hour drive.
 
Visits: the White villa, a former royal residence amidst frangipani and  bougainvilleas on a lushy forested hillside overlooking the sea, built in 1909 as a retreat for French Governor Paul Doumer, the giant Jesus statue, 30m high, constructed  in 1974 on the site of a lighthouse built by the French a century before.
 
 
Day 5: Vung Tau - Da Lat (B, L, D)
 
AM: Route to Dalat  through  rubber, tea and coffee plantations  and through scenic views.
Lunch en route.
 
Dalat has a cool climate fittable for wandering around the town. The influence of the French is prevalent since Da Lat was founded as a hill retreat for the colonials to escape the oppressive heat and humidity of the coastal plains and Saigon. This charming town is set around a lake and surrounded by forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside.
Located on Langbian  highlands, part of the greater Central high lands of Vietnam, the city is 1500 m above sea level and is 305 km from Saigon. The name Da Lat originates from the hill tribe people in this region. It literally means Stream of the Lat people.
 
PM: Arrival and check in hotel.Overnight in Da Lat.
 
Day 6: Da Lat  (B,L, D)
 
Full day sightseeing tour.
 
AM: Bao Dai's Summer Villa, built in 1933, a  25-room villa  used as the Emperor’s summer retreat still keeping the 1930s art-deco interior, experiencing a return ride of the cog railway to Trai Mat to visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda, Dalat Flower Garden, with its biggest  selection of flowers, Domaine de Marie convent, a catholic convent constructed between 1940 and 1942.
 
PM: Truc Lam monastery, located amidst beautiful natural city, Dalat market with its wide range of tropical fruit and flowers.
Overnight in Dalat.
 
  
 
Day 7: Dalat - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)
 
Depart Dalat to Ho Chi Minh city.
Short visit to Prenn waterfall, alike a water-curtain pouring from 10 meters high down to a small valley which is surrounded by lots of flowers and pine hills.
 
 
Lunch en route, tasting tea and coffee at a tea & coffee producing workshop.
 
Late arrival in Ho Chi Minh city. Check in hotel. Dinner.
 
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City- Departure (Breakfast)
 
Free  time for last shopping or further explore Ho Chi Minh City. 
 
Transfer to Tan Son Nhat Int’l Airport for departure.
 
End of services.
 
Including:
 
     - A/C vehicle with driver (from 4s to 45s up to your group size)
     - 3* hotel in Double or Twin occupancy with breakfast included
     - Entrance fees, boat cruise
     - English speaking tour guide
     - 2 * 500ml bottles of mineral water + 1 wet tissue/ person/ day
     - 1 Peace Tour cap + 1 Vietnam tourist map/ person
     - Full meals as mentioned (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
 
Excluding:
 
     - Drinks in meal, personal expenses, tips
     - International flights
 
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