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Southern Vietnam Tour - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Southern Vietnam Tour - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Ho Chi Minh, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Rach Gia, Phu Quoc
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For those who want to explore the real taste of Vietnam from the North to the South, this 10 day 9 night tour is a perfect option. Start from the most vibrant city of the country – Ho Chi Minh City, you will explore the long – lasting historical and cultural values of the region. Continue onto the fertile land of the Mekong Delta, you will be amazed by the idyllic beauty of waterways, small villages and fascinating local floating markets. Before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City, there are also several days for you to refresh at one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam – the charming island of Phu Quoc. Enjoy a nice trip in Vietnam by your own way!

Highlights:

  • Explore the outstanding Cu Chi Tunnels to learn more about the history of Vietnam in wartime.
  • Enjoy a city tour to discover the main historic landmarks of the city
  • Get a true glimpse of local life with a fascinating excursion to the Mekong Delta
  • Visit an ancient house of Can Tho to learn more about the historic value of the region
  • Explore and relax at the stunning beach of picturesque Phuc Quoc Island

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Arrival – Ho Chi Minh

Day 2
Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Day 3
Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre - Home Stay (B,L,D)

Day 4
Cai Be – Can Tho (B)

Day 5
Can Tho – Rach Gia – Speed Boat To Phu Quoc Island (B)

Day 6
Phu Quoc Island – Beach Break (B)

Day 7
Phu Quoc Island – Beach Break (B)

Day 8
Phu Quoc Island – Beach Break (B)

Day 9
Phu Quoc Island – Fly To Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Day 10
Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

Day 1: Arrival – Ho Chi Minh
Day 1: Arrival – Ho Chi Minh

Our local guide will welcome you at Ho Chi Minh City Airport on arrival. Transfer to the city for hotel check in. Room is at your disposal at 1.30pm. You are free to relax at the rest of the day. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
This morning we will leave the city by private vehicle to visit the amazing tunnel network of Cu Chi. This incredible system, covering almost 250km in length was shelter to over 16,000 Vietcong guerrillas during the wars. Initially started in 1948 to provide shelter against the French air and ground sweeps, the network went on to serve as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for Vietnamese fighters throughout the American war. If you are interested (and game) you can even descend into the tunnels to learn more about the harsh conditions faced by Vietcong guerrillas who lived there. Return to the city center for lunch at a local restaurant (your expense).
 
In the afternoon set out on a tour of the former capital of French Indochina. Historic landmarks include the Old Saigon post office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House. Continue your tour by visiting the Reunification Palace which was used as the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war in the 60s. After that visit the ethnic Chinese district of Cholon with Binh Tay market. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre - Home Stay (B,L,D)
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre -  Home Stay (B,L,D)
Today we depart from Ho Chi Minh City to explore Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta (130km - 2.5 - 3 hour driving). Pick up at the Phong Nam Pier. Get on boat and will cruise along the Chet Say 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 coconut activated charcoal factory where coconut shell is put into high heat kiln to produce coconut charcoal; a coconut processing workshop, where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products.
 
Then the boat will cruise through the small canal, discover the local life. The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life, visit  a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself before boarding your xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) or biking into the village where you can see farm, rice field and vegetable plan  before stopping at a local house for a delicious and filling lunch, featuring such local specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp, washed down with some cold drinks or beers. It’s time to board a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals.
 
At around 15.30, we head straight to a local house where we will spend the night there. After settle in your home-stay place, get ready to visit the host’s kitchen and if you are interested in, you can join them to prepare the dinner and learn how to cook some traditional dishes.
 
Dinner and overnight at the local house.
Day 4: Cai Be – Can Tho (B)
Day 4: Cai Be – Can Tho (B)
Wake up, well rested to the sound of the river and simply relax at your home stay with many interesting activities for kids for the whole morning.
 
In the early afternoon, leave your home stay to Can Tho. On arrival, spend time to visit Binh Thuy ancient house - an ideal place to explore the region’s history. The house is filled with features that represent rural areas in the Mekong Delta region during the 20th century and has been captured in many films such as “The silt ways", “The Bạc Liêu mandarin’s son” and “The lover” of French director J. Annaud. After that, transfer to your hotel for check-in. The rest of day is free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 5: Can Tho – Rach Gia – Speed Boat To Phu Quoc Island (B)
Day 5: Can Tho – Rach Gia – Speed Boat To Phu Quoc Island (B)
Leave your hotel in the morning for a transfer to Rach Gia pier for a 2.5 hour speed boat to Phu Quoc Island. You will say goodbye with our local guide from the pier. When arrival Phu Quoc Island, you will be welcomed by hotel representative. Be transferred to hotel and check in your room. Meals at your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 6: Phu Quoc Island – Beach Break (B)
Day 6: Phu Quoc Island – Beach Break (B)

Free at your leisure. Meals at your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Phu Quoc Island – Beach Break (B)
Day 7: Phu Quoc Island – Beach Break (B)
Free at your leisure. Meals at your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Phu Quoc Island – Beach Break (B)
Day 8: Phu Quoc Island – Beach Break (B)
Free at your leisure. Meals at your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Phu Quoc Island – Fly To Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 9: Phu Quoc Island – Fly To Ho Chi Minh City (B)

At good time, leave your hotel to Phu Quoc Airport for your flight back to Ho Chi Minh. On arrival, meet our driver and be transferred back to your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

Free at your leisure until be transferred to the airport (no guide) for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noon. Meals on your own. End of services.

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Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in a shared triple, twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Local French speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees
  • Ferry tickets from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc Island on day 5
  • Flight tickets from Phu Quoc to Can Tho on day 9 by Vietnam Airlines
     
Exclusion:
 
  • International flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa 
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

 

Important notes:

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
  • Guide speaking other languages is subject to availability.
  • This trip includes temples and pagoda, please DO NOT wear shorts or mini-skirts to show your respect.
  • Tour program is subject to change due to weather and operating conditions.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. After this date, price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Vietnam. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). 
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$. 
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.

 

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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Day 1: Arrival – Ho Chi Minh
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre - Home Stay (B,L,D)
Day 4: Cai Be – Can Tho (B)
Day 5: Can Tho – Rach Gia – Speed Boat To Phu Quoc Island (B)
Day 6: Phu Quoc Island – Beach Break (B)
Day 7: Phu Quoc Island – Beach Break (B)
Day 8: Phu Quoc Island – Beach Break (B)
Day 9: Phu Quoc Island – Fly To Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

2. PARTICIPANTS AND DATE OF TRAVEL

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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