DAY 1: ARRIVAL SAIGON
On arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, transfer to hotel for check in, free time on your own later. Overnight Saigon
DAY 2: SAIGON – CU CHI – SAIGON CITY TOUR
Early in the morning, we pick you up at your hotel and depart for cu chi tunnels. By 1965, 250 km of tunnels criss-crossed Cu Chi and surrounding areas -just across the Saigon River was the notorious guerrilla power base known as the IRON TRIANGLE.
The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the American war in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border.
The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens.
Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Return back to Saigon for lunch, next will be visiting the Reunification Palace, war Museum, China Town and Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market. At early this afternoon, tour will be finished at your hotel at 5.00 PM. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 3: SAIGON- MEKONG DELTA 1DAY
Heading out of the town, we travel by roads to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl.
On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up.
The most interesting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the most beautiful Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunities to visit some fascinating local industries, stroll around an orchard and taste many seasonal fruits.
And then we continue our trip to see fascinating local industries in Ben Tre Province. After feasting on a huge lunch we return to Saigon with stop over at the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 4: SAIGON-NHA TRANG/ FLIGHT
Transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for flying to Nha Trang Beach City, free time for swimming on arrival Nha Trang.
Overnight in Nha Trang (B)
DAY 5: NHA TRANG- DALAT
Have breakfast at hotel, next will depart for Dalat mountains, some 5hours away from Nha trang, we will pass through the many tea and coffee plantations to the hill station of Da Lat, sometimes known as the City of Eternal Spring. The drive is long but views are fantastic.
On arrival Dalat city, we can soak up the cool climate as much as we want by spending our time to wander around and catch our first glimpse of 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 of the coastal plains and the Mekong Delta. This charming town is set around a lake and surrounded by forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside. Check in your hotel and have lunch before continue for our sightseeing the town including of the summer residence of Vietnams last Emperor Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II.
We follow this with a trip to the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and the Hang Nga Guesthouse, well known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture.
Overnight in Dalat (B)
DAY 6: DALAT- SAIGON DEPARTURE /FLIGHT
Breakfast in the hotel, if the time permits, we will visit the central market and the old rail station, transfer to local airport for flying to Saigon, there will be a connecting flight at Tan Son Nhat airport for Home.
Tour ends at Dalat airport (B)