SAI GON EXPLORERS
DURATION : 05 days
GROUP SIZE : 02 (Minimum) – 14 (maximum)
Trip grading : Easy trip
|5 day tour in South Vietnam||Group of 2 people||
Group of 3 to 6
|Group of 7 to 14 people|
|Tour Fare||899 USD||799 USD||699 USD|
• 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
• 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 the Mekong Delta and experience the vibrant scenes and rural villages of Vietnam’s rice basket
Day 1 : Welcome to South of Vietnam. Saigon after dark biking (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, right there we will have a chance to see the Monk monument, this is a place where he incinerated to protest against South Vietnamese Government 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 huge 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 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 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 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. We also can fire the the AK 47 in the shooting range, 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 – Mytho (Mekong Delta) (B, L).
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.
This morning we drive 70 km Southwest of Saigon. After an hour and thirty minute drive we get to Mytho town that located in the banks of Mekong river, we hit to the dock for our embarkation and spend the day exploring the longest river in the South to learn the local how they make Coconut candy in the Coconut candy workshop. Then take the sampans travel through many palm fringed canals, Enjoy a delicious home made lunch from locally harvested produce, during your lunch we have chance to interact with local people about their daily life. After Lunch we have a boat cruising back to the main dock and return to Saigon in late afternoon.
Day 4 : Saigon – Ba Ria – Longtan – Nui Dat – Phuoc Hai Mountain The Australian former Battle during Vietnam war. (B, L).
This morning after breakfast we drive 95 km to the South-east where the Australian former Battle field is. Long Tan Nui Dat belongs to Vungtau Baria Province, the Battle of Longtan (18th August 1966) took place in a rubber plantation near Longtan Phuoc Tuy Province South Vietnam during the Vietnam war. The action was fought between Viet Cong (VC) and the People Army of Vietnam (PAVN) units and elements of the 1st Australian Task Force (1 AFT).
“Australian signals intelligence (SIGINT) had tracked the VC 275th Regiment and D 445 Battalion moving to the position just North of Longtan. By 16th August, it was positioned near Longtan outside the range of artillery at Nui Dat. On the night of 16th and 17th August, mortars and re-coilless rifles attacked Nuidat from a position 2 km to the east until counter-battery fire caused it to cease. The next morning D company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR), departed Nuidat to locate the firing points and the direction of the enemy withdrawal and weapon pits were found including mortar and RCLs. D company clashed with VC around midday 18 August.
Facing to large force, D company called down artillery. Heavy fighting ensued as VC attempted to encircle and destroy the Australians. After several hours two UH-1B Iroquois from No. 9 Squadron RAAF arrived overhead to resupply them. Supported by strong artillery fire, D company held off a regimental assault before a relief force of M113 armored personal carriers and infantry from Nui Dat reinforced them at night-time. The Australian forces had withdrawn to evacuate their casualties and formed a defensive position overnight. The next day Australian forces swept the area though the VC had withdrawn. The operation ended on 21st August.”
So we have a chance to walk through the rubber plantation where the battle took place years ago. After that battle the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, they built this Cross on 18th August 1969 to mark the site of the Battle Long Tan, which was fought three years earlier during the Vietnam war.
After Long Tan Battle and the Cross in the rubber plantation we drive to Phuoc Hai mountain known as Minh Dam Mountain, this one used to be the VC base during the French and Vietnam war years ago, now this is a great memorial monument to remember the soldiers who died or scarified during the war. After Phuoc Hai Mountain we are heading to Vungtau. Vungtau, known under the French as Cap Saint Jacques (it was so named by Portuguese marines in honor of their patron saint), is a beach resort on the South China Sea, 110 km Southeast of Saigon. Vungtau’s beaches are not the nicest by any stretch of imagination, but they are easily reached from Saigon and have thus been a favorite of Southern people. The seaside areas near Vungtau are dotted with the villas of the pre-1975 elite, now converted to guesthouses and villas for the post-1975 elite.
We have a seafood lunch by the water front restaurant with a very cold beer and enjoy the sea breath. After lunch we have a visit to the white villas where is the resident of the Last Emperor of the Nguyen Monarchy then we drive along beach to get a good taste of Vietnamese coffee or you may have a great chance to have a good dip in the blue ocean before getting back to Saigon by late afternoon.
Day 5 : 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.
• 4 nights hotel accommodation (4 star hotels)
• Airport Meet and Greet with Guide and air-conditioned vehicles
• Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except tour leaders and Drivers
• Traveling Bell Boy and Luggage Handling.
• Return arrival and departure transfers (conditions apply)
• Meals as indicated (B = Daily breakfast, L = 03 Lunches, D = 01 Dinner)
• Motor bike and motor bike drivers on the first day.
• Cold Water and Coffee on tour
- Meals other than those specified
- English-speaking Tour Leader
- Visa fees
- Insurance and personal expenses such as laundry, mini-bar, telephone and drinks.
- International flight tickets.