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Southern Explorer

Day 1: City tour Saigon

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy a cool drink whilst your guide introduces you to Vietnam and the exciting journey your about to embark on.
We set out today to discover Saigon City, providing a general overview of this fascinating city with its history and culture.

We commence our exploration with a visit to the historical sights of the Reunification Palace, the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, The War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1877) and the City’s Post Office.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy some free time to explore.

This evening, we would like to invite you to join your guide and tantalize your tastebuds with a traditional BBQ dinner, with the most authentic flavors of Vietnamese food and enjoy a complimentary dinner, courtesy of Indochina Travelland.

Overnight at your hotel
(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple

We set out this morning for our 70km spectacular drive to Cu Chi. The famous Cu Chi Tunnel system was created to assist the Vietnamese Revolutionists against the French in 1948. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers etc and in certain areas, housed up to 10,000 people, who virtually lived underground for years.

After a video introduction and a guided tour through the grounds, you will have the opportunity to take part in the unique experience of guerillas living underground during the war, with a crawl through 20/30/50 meters of the tunnel system.

We then drive 30km toward Tay Ninh, and visit The Great Temple of Caodaism (a famous local religion).

The Temple was built on nine levels that represent nine steps to heaven at which you will see a prayer session at noon with beautiful music prayer with Vietnamese folk instrument in a very spiritual environment.

We return to Ho Chi Minh City afternoon.

Overnight at your hotel
(Breakfast included)

Day 3: Saigon – Can Tho

Today we head to Can Tho, to explore part of the Mekong River.

Upon arrival we board a local boat and cruise along the Mekong River to observe the local fishing port, where hundreds of fishing boats anchor to unload fresh fish.We continue our exploration with a pleasant rowing trip down small canals and dense palm trees, experiencing the local villages between the islands to a small islet.

We disembark on a small island, where we take a short walk through a local village set amongst a peaceful atmosphere and fruit trees, experience how the local people make their living from fruit trees and witness the unusual yet fascinating process of coconut candy in the making.

After filling up with Coconut candy, we stroll through a local village to a family home and tantalize our taste buds with a magnificent seafood lunch prepared by the family, with a unique experience of tasting local delicacies including ‘Elephant Ear fish’ and traditional Vietnamese rice wine. A family on the island will serve us local seasonal fruits and honey tea whilst performing traditional southern music, called Tai Tu music after lunch.

We continue our journey to Vinh Long where we meet our vehicle for an hour drive and a smooth ferry ride across the Mekong, taking us to Can Tho.

Overnight at your hotel
(Breakfast included)

Day 4: Can Tho – Saigon

This morning we make an early rise to be captivated by Vietnam’s most legendary floating markets, ‘Cai Rang’ and ‘Phong Dien’.

We board our boat and commence our journey along the Mekong River, observing ‘true life on the river’, the hustle and bustle of families carrying out their morning chores and the locals heading our way to the markets to pick up their daily supplies.

We weave in and out of the masses of floating boats selling all kinds of fascinating wares and produce and side with them to test our skills in bargaining, ‘the local way’, picking up some amazing fresh fruits to snack on whilst we sit and observe.

We return to the hotel for freshen up before our return to Saigon.

Overnight at your hotel
(Breakfast included)

Day 5: Saigon – Mui Ne

Pack your swimmers and bring your sunglasses as today we set out for one of the most magnificent sandy beauties within Vietnam, Mui Ne.

Our journey takes around 3 hours, with a fascinating contrast of scenery for you to see along the way.

Upon arrival we grab a bite to eat, soaking up the glorious atmosphere, magnificent white beaches and bright blue sky before our orientation tour of this spread out town, passing by the red and white sand dunes Mui Ne is renowned for.

We make a visit to the interesting 9th Century, Po Shanu Cham Towers. This complex consists of ruins of 3 towers and has magnificent sweeping views of Mui Ne’s township.

We check into our hotel late afternoon for some time at leisure.

Overnight at your hotel
(Breakfast included)

Day 6: Free day in Mui Ne

Today is your day!

A day to rest and relax, explore the town and enjoy the picturesque turquoise waters of the South China Sea, with its many restaurant and café’s dotted along the white sandy beach, sheltered by the stunning coconut trees.
Overnight at hotel
(Breakfast included)

Day 7: Mui Ne – Saigon

After a relaxing morning we return to Saigon.

This evening we say ‘Cam On, Tambiet!’ and would like to invite you to join your guide in a farewell celebration dinner cruising the Saigon River on a magical floating restaurant, courtesy of Indochina Travelland.

Overnight at your hotel
(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 8: Departure

Trip ends.
(Breakfast included)