DAY 1: CU CHI TUNNELS TOUR (L)
Kick start our day with a pleasant drive (60km) through the beautiful country dotted with paddy fields and rubber plantations.You are going to visit a massive underground network located near by the area once called "Iron Triangle" and was the termination of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The tunnels were designed by local guerrillas as a “springboard for attacking Saigon.”
The tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters.
The role of the tunnel systems was so important to the Viet Cong in resisting American operations and protracting the war, and eventually persuading the weary Americans into withdrawal.
After spending 2 hours at the tunnels for a short war documentary film, seeing other relevant displays, and getting through a short stage of the tunnels (optional), we will head off for Saigon (65km or 1.5 hours)
Drop-off: 1:00pm – at your hotel in Saigon
DAY 2: HCM CITY TOUR including CYCLO riding (L)
- 08:00am- from your hotel in Saigon, we kick start our exciting day with a short cyclo ride (40 minutes) at rush hour to Ho Thi Ky alleys with a short break for photos at the site of, ‘the most powerful photo of all time’ where a Buddhist monk set himself a fire in 1963 to oppose the then regime’s depressing on Buddhism - Upon arrival at Ho Thi Ky alleys, we will enjoy a short walk (30 minutes) in the alleys and visit Saigon’s largest wholesaled flower market which has been here for almost a century - Drive to Cho Lon (known as china town) and stroll through the backstreets market of Tan Thanh where jungles of motor-parts are provided for some 6 million motorbikes in Saigon. Interestingly, hundreds of U.S ammunition boxes found their way to this market after the Vietnam War and are now being reused as toolboxes- We go on to visit Binh Tay Market and the colorful Thien Hau Pagoda in the same area
- Lunch at Pho Hung restaurant – the best ever Vietnamese rice-noodle soup with beef
- Afternoon: we will visit the sobering War Remnants Museum, the former Presidential Palace (also known as Unification Hall) and the historic French-built landmarks i.e. Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, the Opera House, and Hotel de Ville to name but a few
*** Our service ends at your hotel at around 17:00pm
DAY 3: HCMC - BEN TRE - CAN THO (L)
8am - Pick up at your hotel in Saigon then take about two hours drive to Ben Tre. On arrival at Hung Vuong pier - the boat will cruise along the Ham Luong river (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces to give you a picture of how the local economy works, including a brick-kiln where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand; a coconut processing workshop where you can see how's skillfully and quickly of the peeling coconut-shell worker. And you will know about the different uses of each part in a coconut. Then walking around village and have a short stop at a local house where you can see people weaving mat by a hand loom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself ! You will then hop onto a motorized rickshaw for a fun ride through the quiet and beautiful country road to Hai Ho restaurant for a delicious lunch with local specialties as elephant-ear fish, river-shrimp and some kind of iced soft-drink or beers. After lunch, ride a bike to a local family house, Mr Khanh’s family where you can contemplate a antiques pottery collection, enjoy coconut water as well as feel the enthusiasm and hospitality of the people here. Then ride your bike back to the restaurant and finished your bike trip here then get on a rowing boat and move along the natural canals return to big boat and cruise back to Hung Vuong Pier. Take a way to Ham Luong, Co Chien ferry for Can Tho. Check in hotel
DAY 4: CAI RANG & PHONG DIEN FLOATING MARKETS – HCM CITY(B)
5:30am: roll out of your bed, hop on your car and drive to Phong Dien district (15km).
6:00am: hop on an arrow-boat and cruise to the unique and stunning floating markets of Phong Dien and Cai Rang. What you need to do is to sit back on your boat, enjoy the morning coffee served by the local coffee boat and watch the whole world of trading going on from boats to boats. Phong Dien is smaller in scale and is more of a retailed market with many rowing boats. As our boat edges through the market, you will be surely driven back to the yester-centuries by the sound of bargaining, rowing, motoring mixed with the sound made from the coffee boats, meat boats, grocery boats, ice boats…. Saying goodbye to Phong Dien floating market, our boat will speed up through green and beautiful channels of the Mekong River stretching along rural villages and arrive in Cai Rang floating market. Here, we enjoy breakfast as style of local people with a bowl of noodle soup which can ordered from local noodle soup boat. Cai Rang is much bigger and is more of wholesaled market with many more big and motored boats. And this will complete a special picture of around a million floating traders in this region who have been happily living the floating life and earning their living on some 50,000km of waterways in the Mekong Delta. Next stop will be a fruit orchard where you can enjoy some kind of tropical fruit and understand more the real life of local people. Get back to your hotel, have a short rest, check out and head off for the via the highway1 and the first freeway in Vietnam with breaks en route for a short visit to a local Cao Dai Temple at Cai Lay town
Service ends at your hotel in Saigon at around 16:00pm