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HO CHI MINH (SAI GON) CITY DAILY TOURS & SHORT STAYS

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01/ SAI GON CITY TOUR: DAY TRIP
Sai Gon, with more than 8 million inhabitants, is the country’s commercial center. Despite the well documented hustle and bustle, the city retains its connections to the past. Embark on a walking tour to admire Sai Gon’s historic landmarks including a stroll down Rue Catinat of Graham Greene's 'The Quiet American', which reveals several colonial classics; the Opera House, a three-story classical theatre built to entertain the French colonists (outdoor visit); the former Hotel de Ville constructed for the French bureaucrats of Indochina in 1901, now The People's Committee building with no public access; the Notre Dame Cathedral, a stunningly massive red-brick edifice with twin spires, a clear reminder that French once ruled this city (open only 3-4pm every day, otherwise just an outdoor visit); the Central Post Office influenced by Renaissance architecture; and the former Presidential Palace, headquarters of the Sai Gon Government during the American war. If time permits, drive 6km to another district to visit Thien Hau temple, built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century. It was built to honor the goddess of the sea and protect local fishermen. The temple’s interior courtyard is worth seeing with beautiful ceramic figurines and antiques shrouded in incense-smoke. It is always bustling here with worshippers from the local Chinese community. Take the opportunity to write out your wishes on a small red note, stick it on an incense coil and pray for your wishes come true. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included).
 
Note: War Remnant Museum is only suggested for those who are really interested in seeing the American war through the eyes of the locals. Sensitive and graphic photographs, infantry weapons, and even a guillotine are on display.

RATE FOR JOINING TOUR (DAILY DEPARTURE):  US$ 22/ 01 Person

RATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

45

36

27

21

16

     

Inclusion

Exclusion

Transfers and transportation on tours

Entrance fees on tour

English speaking guide

Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus

Travel insurance

Accommodation with meals and drinks

Other personal expenses

Tipping/gratuities

   
02/ CU CHI TUNNELS: HALF DAY
Tour to Cu Chi Tunnels: Enjoy a 2-hour drive northwest of Sai Gon to the Cu Chi tunnels, through urbanized areas and a lush southern Vietnamese countryside. This tunnel complex was dug in 1948 for the guerrillas to hide from French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, food and weapon caches, and as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the American war. Visit the underground villages to better understand the tunnels’ history, life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese people’s resilience during combat. Return to Sai Gon. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included).

RATE FOR JOINING TOUR (DAILY DEPARTURE):  US$ 22/ 01 Person

RATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

40

31

25

20

15

    

Inclusion

Exclusion

Transfers and transportation on tours

Entrance fees on tour

English speaking guide

Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus

Travel insurance

Accommodation with meals and drinks

Other personal expenses

Tipping/gratuities

   
03/ TAY NINH & CU CHI TUNNELS: DAY TRIP
Tay Ninh & Cu Chi Tunnels tour: Start your journey with a 3-hour drive northwest of Sai Gon to the Cao Dai Great Temple. This modern sect, founded in the 1920s, is a fusion of Buddhism, Confucism, Taoism, and Christian beliefs, with a dash of Islam thrown in. The temple holds a very colorful service at midday which outsiders can observe. A simple local lunch is provided at a rural diner (the best available in this undeveloped area), followed by another 1.5 hour drive to the Cu Chi tunnels. This tunnel complex was dug in 1948 for the guerrillas to hide from French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, food and weapon caches, and as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the American war. Visit the underground villages to better understand the tunnels’ history, life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese people’s resilience during combat.  Return to Sai Gon for the evening. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included).
Meals included: Lunch

RATE FOR JOINING TOUR (DAILY DEPARTURE):  US$ 38 / 01 Person

RATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

63

51

40

33

29

   

Inclusion

Exclusion

Private transfers and transportation

Entrance fees

English speaking guide

One lunch at a local restaurant (meal only)

Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus

Travel insurance

Accommodation with other meals and drinks

Other personal expenses

Tipping/gratuities

  
04/ MY THO TOUR: DAY TRIP 
Tour to My Tho start at your hotel at 8h00 AM. After breakfast, set out on an excursion to My Tho, a charming city in the Mekong Delta near Sai Gon. A 2-hour drive brings you through urbanized areas until you reach the river tributaries of the Mekong Delta. Stop over at Vinh Trang pagoda, an ancient southern architectural gem. Built in 1849, the structure is a mixture of Asian and European architecture including elements from the Renaissance period, Romanesque style, French decorative flowers and Japanese enameled tile. On arrival in My Tho, board a private but rustic motorized boat to cruise along upper Mekong and observe the abundant agricultural life. Visit a fish-rearing village before entering Vam Xep canal and its beautiful water palm scenery. Disembark and stroll around Quoi An fruit orchard, visiting fruit drying kilns and a workshop for coconut craftwares. Take a short horse-drawn cart ride along the village road. Upon arrival at Ben Truc - Phong Phu garden, sample delicious fruits from the Mekong delta and enjoy traditional local music. This is also an opportunity to interact with local people who make their livelihoods on the river. End your journey with a guided row boat trip to explore the water palm canals. After the main boat has transferred you to My Tho, enjoy your lunch at Ngoc Gia Trang restaurant - a simple eatery offering tasty Mekong specialties. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included).
Meals included: Lunch

RATE FOR JOINING TOUR (DAILY DEPARTURE):  US$ 41 / 01 Person

RATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

76

60

43

37

31

   

Inclusion

Exclusion

Private transportation

Boat trip in My Tho

One lunch as specified (meal only)

Entrance fees

English speaking guide

Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus

Travel insurance

Accommodation

Other personal expenses

Tipping/gratuities

Others not mentioned in the itinerary

   
05/ CAI BE FLOATING MARKET: DAY TRIP 
Cai be floating market tour: Start the day early (around 0700am) for an excursion to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta; known as the country’s ‘rice-basket’. Embark on a 3.5-hour drive with ever-changing views - from the rapidly developing Sai Gon city to the peaceful delta. On arrival, board the charming Mekong Queen, a wooden motorized boat, to explore life and agriculture on the river. The first stop is the bustling Cai Be floating market, filled with a number of boats bursting with fruits, vegetables, and other products along the river banks. Traders have lived on the river in their boats for generations. After another 20-minute cruise, get off your boat and enjoy a 10-min walk on a narrow lane near the river. A family-run longan (a local fruit) drying processing factory is an optional stop. Have lunch at an ancient Mandarin house where four generations of family members are living together. After a lunch filled with Mekong Delta specialties, you can also take a stroll around the orchard to learn how it contributes to the family’s livelihood. Either walk or take a rowing sampan back to the Mekong Queen. Cruise back to the boat docking station with a stop en route at a brick factory. Return to Sai Gon. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included)
Meals included: Lunch

RATE FOR JOINING TOUR (DAILY DEPARTURE):  US$ 43 / 01 Person

RATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

76

60

43

37

31

   

Inclusion

Exclusion

Private transportation

Boat trip in My Tho

One lunch as specified (meal only)

Entrance fees

English speaking guide

Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus

Travel insurance

Accommodation

Other personal expenses

Tipping/gratuities

Others not mentioned in the itinerary

   
06/ MEKONG DELTA ON WHEELS: DAY TRIP
Mekong delta Leisure biking (Road surface: mix of cement and broken village roads).
Drive 2.5 hrs along the busy National Highway No.1 passing through urban to peaceful rural areas. Upon arrival in My Tho, stop over at Vinh Trang pagoda, an ancient southern architectural gem. Built in 1849, the structure is a mixture of Asian and European architecture including elements from the Renaissance period, Romanesque style, French decorative flowers and Japanese enameled tile. Take another 1.5 hour drive to Cai Lay, the fertile land famous for its various tropical fruits and lush rice paddies. Board a local motorized boat for 30-min cruise on a small branch of the sacred Mekong River. Go ashore and take a leisurely biking trip (no van support) through narrow lanes passing rice paddies and fruit orchards. Unlike other places in the Mekong Delta which are getting urbanized now, villages here still keep their own rustic charm, and locals do not often see tourists. Taste the flavor of agricultural life by enjoying fresh fruits that you pick up right from trees in a local orchard. Relax on a hammock under shady trees, enjoy typical Mekong Delta live-music performance, interact with the host, and get a glimpse of his family’s daily life. Then get on a fun hand-rowing boat trip through tiny canals to visit the 100-year-old house of Mr. Son. Walk through the house to learn how animal husbandry contributes to the family’s livelihood. Then enjoy a home-hosted lunch with local specialties prepared by his wife (the host and guide join for lunch). Say farewell to the friendly Mekong people, and drive back to Sai Gon. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included)
Meals included: Lunch

PRIVATE TOUR ONLY:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

86

70

55

49

43

    

Inclusion

Exclusion

Private transportation

English speaking guide

Private local motorized boat

Lunch as indicated (1 soft drink + 1 water per person)

Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus

Bike & Helmet

Travel insurance

Accommodation

Other personal expenses

Tipping/gratuities

Others not mentioned in the itinerary

   
07/ SAI GON ART EXPERIENCE: DAY TRIP
Sai Gon tour in the morning, visit the ochre-colored Fine Arts Museum (closed on Mondays) to learn about the past, present and future of the arts movement in Vietnam. Stop by the studio/home of a well-known artist, interact with this artist to learn his/her life experiences. Move on to the elegant Duc Minh gallery which displays striking artworks by young artists for an overview of the flourishing Vietnamese arts scene. Be amazed by the embroidered works of wheel chair bound Ms Dieu Trinh at her workshop, where she is passionately preserving this traditional craft (her workshop is a not far from downtown). End your trip sipping tea at a calligraphy studio and have your name beautifully calligraphed on special paper. Try your own hand at calligraphy, not only a means of communication, but also a means of expressing one’s inner word. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included)
 
PRIVATE TOUR ONLY:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

48

38

30

23

21

  

Inclusion

Exclusion

Private transportation

Entrance fees

English speaking guide

Special visit and interaction as indicated

Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus.

Travel insurance

Accommodation

Other personal expenses

Tipping/gratuities

Others not mentioned in the itinerary

  
08/ MEKONG DELTA RIVER LIFE: 02 DAYS / 01 NIGHT
DAY 01: SAI GON - MY THO - CAN THO
Mekong river tour with river life, after breakfast, set out on an excursion to My Tho, a charming city in the Mekong Delta close to Sai Gon. A 2-hour drive brings you through urbanized areas until you reach the river tributaries of the Mekong Delta. Stop over at Vinh Trang pagoda, an ancient southern architectural gem. Built in 1849, the structure is a mixture of Asian and European architecture including elements from the Renaissance period, Romanesque style, French decorative flowers and Japanese enameled tile. On arrival in My Tho, board a private but rustic local motorized boat to cruise along the upper Mekong and observe the abundant agricultural life. Visit a fish-rearing village before entering Vam Xep canal and its beautiful water palm scenery. Disembark and stroll around Quoi An fruit orchard, visiting fruit-drying kilns and a workshop for coconut craftwares. Take a short horse-drawn cart ride along the village road. Upon arrival at Ben Truc - Phong Phu garden, sample delicious fruits from the Mekong delta and enjoy traditional local music. This is also an opportunity to interact with local people who make their livelihoods on the river. End your journey with a rowing boat trip to explore the water palm canals. After the main boat has transferred you to My Tho, enjoy your lunch at Ngoc Gia Trang restaurant - a simple eatery offering tasty Mekong specialties. Another 2-hour drive and a local ferry will bring you to Can Tho (You may encounter large crowds and a long queue at the ferry station, especially on the weekends). Overnight at hotel in Can Tho.
Meals included: Lunch

DAY 02: CAN THO - SAI GON
If you are an early riser (about 05h30), you can catch the bustling atmosphere of the unique floating market of Mekong Delta and then back to you hotel for a leisurely breakfast later on. Otherwise, get on a local boat around 8h00 to explore the colorful Cai Rang floating market, where a number of boats laden with fruit, vegetables and fish jostle for trade. Sellers advertise their wares by crying out across the waters or tie their goods to a tall pole so that buyers can see from a distance. Cruise back to your hotel to freshen up and check-out. Return to Sai Gon with a lunch stop at Mekong Rest Stop restaurant. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

PRIVATE TOUR ONLY:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

Single sup.

Deluxe

206

172

141

123

120

53

Superior 

170

141

110

96

92

27

Standard

159

130

99

85

81

16

Economy

155

126

95

81

77

12

  
Inclusion
Exclusion
Accommodation with breakfast as indicated
Private transportation
Private boat trips (local basic standard)
Lunches as specified (meals only)
Entrance fees on tour
English speaking guide
Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
Vietnam visa
All flights and airport taxes
Drinks & Other personal expenses
Travel insurance
Early check-in and late check-out
Tipping/gratuities
Others not mentioned in the itinerary
  
09/ MEKONG DELTA HOME STAY: 02 DAYS / 01 NIGHT
DAY 01: SAI GON - VINH LONG
Tour to Mekong Delta home stay is the quickest way to understand the local people is to become a local. Today, travel southwest to the Mekong Delta for a home-stay experience. Embark on a 3-hour drive with ever-changing views - from the rapidly developing Sai Gon city to the peaceful delta. On arrival, board the charming Mekong Queen to visit the bustling Cai Be floating market, filled with a number of boats bursting with fruits, vegetables, and other products along the river banks. Traders have lived on the river in their boats for generations (Optional: Visit a house producing rice paper, although they tend to be touristy). A short, 20-minute cruise will take you to the lunch venue, a meal filled with Mekong Delta specialties in a beautiful, ancient house where you can interact with the family members. You can also take a stroll around the orchard after lunch to learn how it contributes to the family’s livelihood. Other interesting visits include a family that weaves bamboo baskets and a brick factory. Then head to the traditional home where you will spend the night.  If the sky is still bright after freshening up, take a stroll to find out more about the neighborhood. Prepare dinner with your host family and guide, learning about their daily lives. After dinner, a local boat will bring you back to the Mekong River for a local custom lowering flower garlands and colored lanterns down into the river while enjoying the tranquil surroundings and peaceful scenery. This local custom is usually conducted to pray for blessings, good weather or a fruitful crop. The Mekong Delta sleeps early, so you will be back in your bunk in no time. The bed may be not luxurious and the mosquito net may be uncomfortable at first, but this is a great way to get in tune with nature and surroundings, amidst the sounds of crickets, lizards, frogs doing their utmost to outdo each other. Home stay in Vinh Long.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 02: VINH LONG - SAI GON
Get up and watch the village come to life in the morning. Enjoy a typical Mekong Delta breakfast before visiting a rural village market with the family to select locally produced food, vegetables and spices for your lunch. Once you are back, join in the gardening activities ranging from watering and pruning to harvesting. Lunch is a delicious home-cooked meal. Say your farewells to the family and return to Sai Gon. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
 
PRIVATE TOUR ONLY:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

Single sup.

USD per person 

162

139

109

92

89

15

  

Inclusion

Exclusion

Home-stay with breakfast as indicated

Private transportation

Private Mekong Queen boat trip

Meals as specified (meals only)

Entrance fees

English speaking guide

Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus

Vietnam visa

All flights and airport taxes

Other meals, Drinks

Travel insurance

Other personal expenses

Tipping/gratuities

Others not mentioned in the itinerary

 
10/ TASTE OF SAI GON TOUR: 04 DAYS / 03 NIGHTS
DAY 01: SAI GON ARRIVAL
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport, meet and transfer to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day relaxing at your leisure. Sai Gon, with more than 8 million inhabitants, is the country’s commercial center. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, the city retains its connections to the past. Overnight in Sai Gon.
Meals included: None

DAY 02: SAI GON TOURS - CU CHI TUNNELS
Enjoy a 2-hour-drive north west of Sai Gon to Cu Chi tunnels, through a typically lush southern Vietnamese countryside. This tunnel complex was dug in 1948 for the guerrillas to hide from French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, food and weapon caches, and as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the American war. Visit the underground villages to better understand the tunnels’ history, life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese people’s resilience during combat. Return to Sai Gon. In the afternoon, embark on a walking tour to admire Sai Gon’s historic landmarks including a stroll down Rue Catinat of Graham Greene's 'The Quiet American', which reveals several colonial classics; the Opera House, a three-story classical theatre built to entertain the French colonists (outdoor visit); the former Hotel de Ville constructed for the French bureaucrats of Indochina in 1901, now The People's Committee building with no public access; the Notre Dame Cathedral, a stunningly massive red-brick edifice with twin spires, a clear reminder that French once ruled this city (open only 3-4pm every day, otherwise just an outdoor visit); the Central Post Office influenced by Renaissance architecture; and the former Presidential Palace, headquarters of the Sai Gon Government during the American war. Overnight at hotel in Sai Gon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 03: SAI GON COOKING CLASS TOUR
Visit the vibrant Ben Thanh market with an experienced local chef in the morning to learn what Vietnamese markets have to offer and select the best ingredients under the chef’s guidance. Then proceed to a private hands-on cooking class. Offering a taste of authentic southern cuisine, this is the chance to use your artistic flair to present your favorite Vietnamese dishes. Sample what you have prepared with the chef for lunch. Take advantage of a free afternoon to wander around the colorful streets or shop at trendy boutiques. Or opt to drive 6km to another district of Sai Gon, in which most habitants are Chinese, to visit Thien Hau temple, built in the early 19th century by Cantonese. It was built to honor the goddess of the sea and to protect local fisherman. The temple’s interior courtyard is worth seeing with beautiful ceramic figurines and antiques shrouded in incense-smoke. It is always bustling here with worshippers from the local Chinese community. Take the opportunity to write your wishes on a small red note, stick them on an incense coil and pray for your wishes come true. Return to your hotel and relax. Overnight in Sai Gon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 04: SAI GON DEPARTURE
Free at leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure flight to your home. End of services.
Meals included: Breakfast

PRIVATE TOUR ONLY:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

Single sup.

Deluxe

382

339

294

270

263

186

Superior 

329

286

242

217

210

130

Standard

266

223

179

154

147

62

Economy

250

207

162

138

131

45

  

Inclusion

Exclusion

Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast

All transfers and transportation on tours

English speaking guide

Entrance fees

Cooking class + lunch (meal only)

Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus

Vietnam visa

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Flights and airport taxes

Other meals and drinks

Early check-in and late check-out

Tipping/gratuities

Others not mentioned in the itinerary

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