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Southern and Central Vietnam Tour - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Southern and Central Vietnam Tour - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Hue, Hoian, Con Dao
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The tour offers you a chance to discover completely the Central and Southern Vietnam from the astonishing of cities, the pristine beaches to the tranquil floating markets on the Mekong. This 12-day tour promises not to make you feel disappointed. Give it try!
Highlights:
 
  • Discover Saigon, the historic metropolis with perpetual monuments.
  • Cruise in Can Tho and visit floating market to comprehend about the river life.
  • Explore the charm Hoian port town with the mixture of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese style.
  • Reach Con Dao island, visit the historic Con Dao prison, and relax on the beautiful beach.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Saigon Arrival

Day 2
Saigon City Tour (B)

Day 3
Saigon - Can Tho (B/L)

Day 4
Can Tho – Saigon (B/L)

Day 5
Saigon – Danang - Hoian (B)

Day 6
Hoian City Tour (B/L)

Day 7
Hoian – Hue (B)

Day 8
Hue – Saigon (B)

Day 9
Saigon - Con Dao (B)

Day 10
Con Dao Free (B)

Day 11
Con Dao Free (B)

Day 12
Con Dao - Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)

Day 1: Saigon Arrival
Day 1: Saigon Arrival
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city, our guide will pick you up at Ho Chi Minh Airport and take you to hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. Balance the day as your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Saigon City Tour (B)
Day 2: Saigon City Tour  (B)
Today, let’s visit some historic sites of the city such as the Old Post Office of Saigon, a not-to-be-missed place for visitors. Built in 19th century and designed by the famous architect Gustav Eiffel – also designed the architecture for Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi and Eiffel Tower in Paris, the office with roof and windows at vault reminisces about the images of the first railway stations in Europe. 
 
Continue to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral , the architectural masterpiece of Ho Chi Minh City. The monuments was designed following the inspiration of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris by Bourad, a French architect and completed in 1880 after 3 years constructed. All its components was imported from France. Visitors will feel very peaceful in mind as you can hear the quietest of footsteps along the walkway from the door to the dais.
 
Afterwards, we will come to visit the Reunification Palace, a particular architectural monument which is associated with many significant historical events. The monument is now an attractive touristic destination thanks to its display of dozens historic war vehicles such as transmitters, telephones, tanks and helicopter. The landscape at the Palace seems to reconstitute a wartime in 1975.
 
We will also excurse in the Chinese District of Cho Lon, astonishing Ben Thanh and Binh Tay Market. Particularly, Ben Thanh market is an astonishing place which is considered as a symbol of every other market in Vietnam. Visiting around, shopping and exploring Ben Thanh have been an indispensable experience to all visitors in Ho Chi Minh City and also opportunity to confirm that “Discovering an Asian market is never boring”.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Saigon - Can Tho (B/L)
Day 3: Saigon - Can Tho  (B/L)
After breakfast, we will head to Mekong Delta for Ben Tre exploration (130km from Ho Chi Minh city). Reaching Phong Nam Pier, get on boat and float along the Chet Say River to various regional working areas. There give you time to observe a picture of local economy when visiting the brick kilns; coconut activated charcoal factory where coconuts shell is put into high heat kiln to produce coconut wood coal; a coconut-processing workshop. Certainly, you can try fresh coconut and you will be impressed with the way every single of this versatile nut is turned into daily foods and other products.
 
Subsequently, the boat will give you a deliberate excursion floating through the small canal and witness the local life. Stopping at a peaceful village, let’s pay a walking trip to have an exhaustive look at Delta village life. We will also visit a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a handloom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself.
 
In the evening, we will check in at hotel in Can Tho. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Can Tho – Saigon (B/L)
Day 4: Can Tho – Saigon (B/L)
From Ninh Kieu Quay, you will get onto a local boat to visit the tumultuous and vivid floating markets in Cai Rang.
 
We will run adrift along the river on boat, witness many other floating boats selling from well-known fruits such as mangos, bananas to the most exotic ones like mangos teens, star apples, or the sweetened longans and the very odorous durians. You will be satisfied with their flavours before entering the gaze of the channels and streams around Can Tho. Sitting on boat and have a direct look at locals’ activities, you will partly understand more about their daily life.
 
Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Saigon – Danang - Hoian (B)
Day 5: Saigon – Danang - Hoian (B)
In the morning, we will transfer to the airport for flight to Danang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel in Hoian for check in. Free time to relax at your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Hoian City Tour (B/L)
Day 6: Hoian City Tour  (B/L)
We will come to an anchorage and row boat on the Thu Bon River. Floating on the soft water, you can witness the daily activities of local angler such as net-casting and fishing. You can even try paddling the basket boat to the water coconut village, the historic sanctuary of Vietnamese militants in war period. You will be served with a traditional Vietnamese meal with a variety of cold drinks like fresh coconut juice, coke, or even beer in some beautiful house made by bamboo and coconut leaves. While you relax during your meal, our regional friends will tell you some enjoyable villagers’ stories and help you understand more about Vietnam history.
 
After a short rest, we will savour the beauty of countryside scenery on the way back to Hoian ancient town. Particularlly, you will have chance to enjoy a cup of traditional coffee in the best café of the town. The journey will surely satisfy you and what you experience will be extremely unforgettable
We will start a walking trip with our tour-guide around the attractive Hoian port town. In 16th century, Hoian used to be the national trading center for East-West commercial itinerary. It seems to be the assembly point for diversity of ancient streets and homes. Particularly, the quaint cobblestone streets with more than two-century-old Chinese houses are indispensable subjects to visit and explore. You will see the ancient houses built following the Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures along the narrow lanes. The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge built by Japanese merchants in 16th century, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, and the local fish market are some indispensable places that you should visit in Hoian. Let’s stop off at a tailor-made shop to get yourself a favourite clothes/suits/dresses done in just few hours.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Hoian – Hue (B)
Day 7: Hoian – Hue (B)
Following your breakfast, we will transfer to Hue with many chances on the way for some amazing photos. Reaching Danang city, we will visit Marble Mountain, a cluster of five marble mountains near the sea and also transfer to enjoy the beautiful white sandy beach in Son Tra. You also can visit the tallest tallest standing Buddha statue in Vietnam. Standing on the top of mountain, you can contemplate the nice view of Danang City, Marble Mountain and Ba Na Mountain.
 
Afterwards, we will transfer to Hue via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Here gives you a unique time to contemplate one in many fantastic picturesque sceneries of Vietnam as you look out over the central coastline. Arriving Hue City, transfer to hotel for check in. Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Hue – Saigon (B)
Day 8: Hue – Saigon (B)
After breakfast, we will depart to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Free time at your leisure.
 
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Saigon - Con Dao (B)
Day 9: Saigon - Con Dao (B)
A trip to Vietnam would not be an authentic relaxing journey without spending time on one of its wonderful beaches. We will depart to the airport for flight to the Con Dao islands and check in your  hotel. Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Con Dao Free (B)
Day 10: Con Dao Free (B)
Spend the day freely at your leisure to enjoy the sandy beach. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Con Dao Free (B)
Day 11: Con Dao Free (B)
Free time at your leisure to relax on the beach. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Con Dao - Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)
Day 12:  Con Dao - Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)
Free time at your leisure until we transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City where you will connect to your departure flight. Meals on your own.
 
End of the tour!
 
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Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Internal flight ticket in economy class (Saigon - Danang; Hue - Saigon; Saigon - Con Dao; Con Dao - Saigon)
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

 

Exclusion:

  • International flight to and from Vietnam
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • 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.
  • 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: Saigon Arrival
Day 2: Saigon City Tour (B)
Day 3: Saigon - Can Tho (B/L)
Day 4: Can Tho – Saigon (B/L)
Day 5: Saigon – Danang - Hoian (B)
Day 6: Hoian City Tour (B/L)
Day 7: Hoian – Hue (B)
Day 8: Hue – Saigon (B)
Day 9: Saigon - Con Dao (B)
Day 10: Con Dao Free (B)
Day 11: Con Dao Free (B)
Day 12: Con Dao - 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.
Adult(s)
Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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