SAIGON - DALAT - NHATRANG - MUINE - SAIGON - CAIBE - SAIGON - CU CHI - SAIGON
10 DAYS | 9 NIGHTS
From sizzling Saigon, take a cruise along the Mekong River to witness a famous colorful market of Cai Be, and explore the ingenious Cu Chi tunnels of the Viet Cong. Visit Dalat, famed for its lakes, waterfalls and pine-tree forests before discovering picturesque beaches and islands in Nha Trang, and paradise at Mui Ne where coconut palms fringe pristine beaches and sparkling turquoise waters.
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you will be met our guide and transferred to hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at leisure
Overnight in Saigon
Today we travel to Dalat, the capital city of Lam Dong province, it’s famous for its lakes, waterfalls, pine-tree forests, vegetable gardens and flowers and at an altitude of 1500m above sea level, Dalat was dubbed the “city of spring”, with its ideal climate for horticulture.
The drive to Dalat is quite long, approximately 7 hours. En route we will stop at the town of Bao Loc and visit Dambri Waterfall. we will arrive in Dalat late afternoon, rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Dalat
A morning Dalat city tour to visit Xuan Huong Lake, located at the center of Da Lat, and was created when the French dammed the Cam Ly River in 1919. Then head up to Domain de Marie Monastery, known as the Cherry Church as it was formerly surrounded by cherry trees and home to 50 Roman Catholic nuns of the Mission of Charity before lunch at a local restaurant.
This afternoon visit Bao Dai’s Summer Palace, used as a retreat by the family of King Bao Dai, the last King of Vietnam, built from 1933 to 1938 and the place displays many portraits and sculptures of the royals. Continue to visit Dalat Railway Station, built in 1938, a quaint art decor style with Vietnamese architectural elements. Then visit to Lam Ty Ni Pagoda, home of Vien Thuc, 'The Crazy Monk' who can chat with people in many languages including French, English, Swedish, Chinese, Thai and of course Vietnamese, and especially his art collection might not be to everybody’s taste but certain exhibits are still very interesting. We end of the day by taking a stroll to the busy Dalat Market, filled with local specialities as strawberry jam, fruits conserves, avocado, artichoke and renowned for fresh vegetable distributing across Vietnam
Overnight in Dalat
Leaving Dalat after breakfast, drive from the highland mountain with a panoramic view of fields of fruits, vegetables, coffee, canopied flower gardens, and lush mountain pass to the coastal city of Nha Trang, the scenery are replaced with that of tobacco, grapes, rice, picturesque beaches and into a dry climate.
This afternoon visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers, one of the significant historical and religious relics of the Champa Kingdom, dedicated to Yan Po Nagar, the goddess of the country, it’s also a fantastic view of Cai River and the village on the riverside. Next we visit the Alexander Yersin Museum, the place displays a large collection of Yersin's equipment and letters as well as giving a description of his contributions to bacteriology and science generally, then enter the ‘XQ’ workshop where displays a collection of hand made embroideries to finish the day
Overnight in Nha Trang
This morning we embark a local boat for a boat trip up to Nha Trang Bay and sightseeing some of the nearby islands where you can swim and snorkel in the clear warm waters. Get back on the boat we keep sailing to fishing village of Lang Chai for lunch, and you are free to wander on the fishing village to give you a better understanding of the villager’s daily lives and more
Your afternoon is at leisure to explore Nha Trang at your own pace and take a stroll to the bustling Dam Market, the biggest and most popular market in Nha Trang for the locals with a lot of consumer goods, local handicrafts and souvenirs are sold here.
Overnight in Nha Trang.
Leaving Nha Trang after breakfast we head in to Mui Ne, renowned for famous picturesque beaches, the resort center of Vietnam and the paradise for all of you
This late afternoon visit to the famous Sand Dunes, a favourite photo spot for couples and pop music moguls in Vietnam and you can catch the sunset from above the Sand-dunes and offer nice views of the sea coast
Overnight in Muine
This morning is free at leisure at resort. After lunch, we head to Saigon
Overnight in Saigon
Today we leave the bustle of the city behind for a day of exploring scenic rice fields, waterways, extensive orchards and colorful markets of the Mekong Delta area.
Upon arrival, we embark a local boat and start the excursion with a visit of Cai Be colorful floating market, the market runs approximately 400 to 500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables, and other products are anchored along the banks of the river, from 5 am to 5 pm every day. The merchandise sold in each boat is hung on a pole in front of the boat to attract customers. You also have change to discover the rural lifestyles and daily activities of the delta inhabitants.
After exploring the colorful market, the short stop will be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn.
Then the rowing boat will take you into the untouched countryside along small canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see daily activities of the local farmers as with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish...
After lunch, you will enjoy a folk music show performed by peasants and seasonal fruits. We end the excursion by taking a bike trip along countryside paths to see the local farms, houses, real life of inhabitants in Mekong Delta. In the late afternoon we return to Saigon.
Overnight in Saigon.
A half day Saigon city tour visit to the Independence Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace, the home to the last 3 President of South Vietnam, one of the most fascinating sights in Ho Chi Minh and was once the symbol of the South Vietnamese government. Then you take a stroll to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Gothic-style Notre Dame Cathedral, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Opera House and City Hall
This afternoon we head to Cuchi district to visit Cuchi Tunnels, located 70km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, built and used by the Viet Cong during Vietnam War. It took 25 years to construct this tunnel and it stands today as a symbol of struggle of the Vietnamese people. This Tunnel consists of more than 200km of underground tunnels, many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels and home to more than 16,000 communist guerillas and sympathizers during the war. The underground network provided sleeping quarters, meeting rooms, hospitals, and other social rooms. Visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels provides a better understanding of the prolonged resistance war and also of the persistent and clever character of the Vietnamese. Back to Saion in late afternoon
Overnight in Saigon
Note: an alternative to the Independence Palace, visit the History Museum (closed Mondays), the good collection of displays and illustrations depicting the cultural evolution of the country from ancient times plus valuable artifacts from Angkor Wat and household implements, clothing, ceramics and weaponry from Vietnam’s past
If time permits, you can do some last-minute shopping at Ben Thanh Market, the city’s central market that is packed with all kinds of local wares and souvenirs famous for wholesaler trading where you can take a long stroll around the market’s expansive grounds and watch the hustle and bustle before you transfer to the airport for your flight home
Transfers and ground transport by private air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation based on twin/double sharing room with daily breakfast
All meals mentioned in the itinerary
English speaking guide throughout the itinerary
All entrance fees, boat trip as indicated in itinerary
2 bottle mineral water per day per person
We saw, learned, heard, tasted a lot and really got to know these 2 countries better. Thanks a lot for organizing our tour.
My husband and I are now home and we'd like to thank you for an extraordinary trip in Vietnam and Cambodia. Thu, you did a terrific job in planning it and all details were perfect and everything happened like clockwork. We loved...
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