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MEKONG EXPERIENCE

DURATION : 06 days
GROUP SIZE : 02 (Minimum) – 14 (maximum)
Trip grading : Easy trip

6 day tour in South Vietnam   Group of 2  people

Group of 3 to 6 people

Group of 7 to 14 people
Tour Fare 999 USD 899 USD 799 USD
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Description

• Motor biking after dark to explore Saigon by night and street food tour brings you a different feeling at night time to taste different kinds of food and Walking to down town Saigon through the bustling  traffic to see the most famous colonial buildings where “The Quiet American’ movie made for years
• Enjoy your time in the tunnel system where was Viet Cong Strong hold during the war time and have a chance to fire the AK 47 or M 16 arm-guns
• Explore Mekong Delta and experience the vibrant scenes and rural villages of Vietnam’s rice basket. Enjoy your home-stay with local farmers and discover the real simple life of Vietnamese Farmers. Cooking demonstration from local
• Delight your trip at floating market along the Mekong Lower River.

Day 1 : Welcome to South of Vietnam. The insider of Saigon’s night (D)
On arrival in Saigon, meet your tour guide and transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing and biking tour at night time to see the night life of Saigon people
Saigon, the Pearl of the Far East city, used to be the Capital of South Vietnam during 1960s. After the war it renamed Ho Chi Minh, however the locals still call the city as Saigon, the city is no longer an official capital, yet it thrives as the nation largest city with over 10 million people. Saigon is a buzzing hub of culture, cuisine as well as its business.
To start off Saigon night tour and enjoy your views behind the driver and we bring you to the most excited Highlights in Saigon such as China town with hundreds of Lanterns for night decoration as you have seen many China towns in all over the world. China town used to be the best town in South East Asia, it properly competed to Maccau and Hongkong during 1960s and 1970s, during your riding we will have a chance to see the Monk monument, this is a place where he incinerated to protest against South Vietnamese Government in 1963. Then we will be going through the biggest whole-sale flower market in Saigon where we have a short walk to see beautiful flowers which are mostly from Central highland. Right there we go back to Saigon down town to go through the tunnels under the water to get to peninsula to look back to the city with the high sky buildings a long Saigon river. This is the great spot to have the great photo opportunity, your last stop will be the best Noodles store where we serve you beef or chicken Noodles with a very cold beer to cheer up our trip tonight.
Safety is our priority, so all clients ride behind our experienced drivers.

Day 2 : Saigon Walking tour and Cuchi tunnels, (B, L).
This morning after your breakfast, we start our trip by walking to down town a long Dong Khoi street known as Rue Cantina back to Colonial time to see very impressive colonial buildings which built by French during early 20th century, the Opera House and the hotel Continental where movie “The Quiet American made”.
We keep walking a couple of blocks of the roads we will see One of the most attractive construction in down town, Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1880s its Neo-Romanesque form and two 40 meter high square towers, tipped with iron spires dominate the city’s skyline, in front of the Cathedral is a statue of the virgin Mary. Right there we will have a quick look the furniture inside the church, then on the left wing of the Cathedral we will explore the City French-style General Post Office, which built by the Eiffel team who built the Eiffel tower in Paris.
After the Post Office, we have a short walk to see the Reunification Hall known as Independent Palace or Presidential Palace where used to be the head quarter of Saigon Government during the civil war. On the morning 30th of April 1975 the first communist tanks in Saigon hit the main iron gate to liberate Saigon city. Thanks to Niel Davis an Australian photographer who took that picture as the tank came through the main gate at 10.30 on that morning, and later this picture becomes very famous on the world news. After visiting the Palace we keep walking through the park of the back yard of the Palace we will go to visit the War remnant Museum known as the ‘Museum of American War Crimes’, the name has been changed so as not to offend the sensibilities of American tourists. Whatever the current name, this has become the most popular museum in Saigon with Westerners. Many of atrocities documented in the museum were well publicized in the West, but it is one thing for US anti war activists to protest against Pentagon policies and quite another for the victims of these military actions to tell their own stories. But no matter what side of the political fence you stand on, the museum is well worth a visit – if for no other reason than to get a sobering reminder that war is anything but glorious.
After visiting the Museum we hop on the bus and we have around an hour drive to the Northwest, outskirt of Saigon to Ben Dinh riverside restaurant where we have lunch. You will be served with Vietnamese typical food “spring rolls, pancakes….” After lunch it takes less then 30 minutes to get to tunnels network of Cuchi. It became legendary during 1960s for its role in facilitating Viet Cong control of a large rural area only 40 – 50 km from Saigon, the tunnel system stretched from South Vietnam to Cambodian border, in the district of Cuchi alone, there were over 250 km of tunnels. The network, parts of which were several level deep, including innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, field hospitals, command center as well as kitchens. As visiting the tunnels we will have a chance to see documentary black and white video that made in 1960s to focus the battle between the US army and local guerrillas. The movie takes around 15 minutes before we will explore inside the tunnel to see what you have heard so far. The trip will be ended with a local food that calls Tapioca, this one used to be the main food that supplied to Viet Cong during hard time in the battle. After the tunnel visiting we drive back to Saigon, in the evening you will be free and leisure.

Day 3 : Saigon – Vinhlong Home-stay (B, L, D).
The land of Mekong Delta is renowned for its richness, almost half of the region’s total land area is under cultivation. The area is known as Vietnam’s ‘bread-basket’, though ‘rice-basket’ would be a more appropriate term. Mekong Delta produces enough rice to feed the entire country with sizable surplus left over. Traveling to South of Vietnam you should make this trip to see the greatest Mother water normally calls Mekong River, one of the famous river of the world, is known to the Vietnamese as Song Cuu Long, River of Nine Dragons. The Mekong originates high in the Tibetan plateau, flowing 4500 km through China between Myanmar and Laos, along the Lao-Thai border and through Cambodia, Vietnam on its way to the East Sea. At Phnom Penh, the Mekong splits into two main branches, the Hau Giang (the Lower River) and Tien Giang (the Upper River), which splits into several branches at Vinh Long and empties into the sea at six points.
After breakfast we drive 100 km Southwest of Saigon to Caibe town that located along bank of the Mekong Upper river. As we get there we board on our boat and cruise along the canal system to see the most beautiful Catholic church built 1896 where there are a couple of thousand members in this village, right there we have a short walk to get to the Coconut candy workshop where we can taste local candy and witness how they process the coconut milk from the Coconut before they create this to be coconut candy, and the rice paper is not so far away from the candy workshop where you can taste a fried rice paper as sweeties or crackers. Then we get back to our boat and we keep cruising along the canal system before we hit the mother river (Mekong River) to get to our home to night. This cruise may take around an hour, as soon as we get there we lunch will be served, during your meal our chef will show you on your table how to make the Vietnamese foods such Pancakes and spring rolls…
After lunch, we check in and have a rest before walking through the farm land where you see the farmers working and fishing right in their own land or we have a bike riding around the village to see the larger view of the farmer’s life in Mekong Land.

Tonight your dinner will be very interesting time, its not only your lovely foods on the table but also your music band, the farmers will be your music band tonight they will show the local art of the music, the performance of the music band will show you the deeper culture and different custom in South of Vietnam.

Day 4 : Vinhlong on the Upper river – Cantho on the Lower River (B, D)
This morning you will be waken up by the fighting roosters around the village. As the locals arrange the breakfast for you, you may enjoy the fresh air early in the morning in the garden… After breakfast we check out then take our boat to Vinh Long town, so we have a visit to Local Market before driving deeper to South to Lower river, Cantho city where we stay tonight.
Cantho is the provincial capital of Hau Giang Province, this is largest and the most modern city in South Vietnam, situated 34 km Southwest of Vinhlong, on the bank of Hau river (Lower river, this is an important commercial center and river port. Bustling with energy. As the hub of the Mekong Delta, Cantho is prosperous and vibrant city and an enjoyable place to stroll around and soak up the atmosphere.
After checking, we have a lovely time to stroll around the town to see the street market where the local transfer their own vegetables, fruits, fish, as well as the local products to trade along the streets for their own business, this market have been running for long years,
Tonight dinner will be a very romantic water front restaurant where your dinner will be served the best selection in South Vietnam.

Day 5 : Cantho – Cai Rang Floating Market (B, D)
This morning we drive to the river dock where we catch our boat and we will have an hour boat ride to Cairang floating market, a main attraction from Cantho city is s series of floating markets. these are indeed floating. It is preferable to see the clusters of small and big open boats, where they transfer their own fruits, vegetable, potatoes…. From different islands, so they hang their own products on the top of the bamboo poles for their business advertisement, you may see floating houses, floating bars as well as the floating stores and restaurant where they are serving breakfast for the people in the market. We may make a stop to get to the local’s boat and buy their own fruits to interact how is their business going ? after visiting the market we are going back to the main dock take our car and drive back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we check out and drive back to Saigon (165 km – 3,5 hours).
Tonight we have a beautiful Vietnamese restaurant to bid our farewell .

Day 6 : Saigon departure. (B).
After your breakfast, we have leisure time before transferring to the airport for your onward flight. With your international flight you should be at the terminal 2 hours before you flight departure time, and an hour transfer from your hotel to the airport. Thank you very much for your traveling with us, we wish you a good flight home and see you next trip.

What’s included
• 4 nights hotel accommodation (4 star hotels)
• Traveling Bell Boy and Luggage Handling.
• 01 night home-stay.
• Boat trips in Mekong Delta.
• Airport Meet and Greet by our Guide and air-conditioned vehicles
• Entrance Fees, Taxes, All Gratuities, Except for your Leaders and Drivers.
• Return arrival and departure transfers (conditions apply)
• Meals as indicated (B = daily Breakfast, L = 02 Lunches, D = 04 Dinner)
• Motor bike and motor bike drivers on the first day.
• Cold Water and Coffee on tour

Excluded

• Meals other than those specified

English-speaking Tour Leader
• Visa fees
• Insurance and personal expenses such as laundry, mini-bar, telephone and drinks.

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