Classic Southern Vietnam 4 days

  • Price from: $249 USD

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh icon-16  Cu Chi icon-16 Ben Tre 

This tour takes you to visit the secret world of the Cu Chi freedom fighters to gain insight into the remarkable history of mostly hundred war years in Vietnam. Then, coming back to metropolis is to enjoy a lot a lot of beauty- spots and historical relics as well as explore the culture, foods and Saigon people’ life. The most magnificent scenery and cultures of Mekong Delta are waiting to be explored, — from sleepy waterfront towns to plenty of rice fields, from peaceful village to kind and rustic locals. Let’s find out what you get in these places!



Highlights of trip:

  • Lose your way in the ghostly battle map of the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Discover the modern and traditional Saigon lifestyle.
  • Capture the unique Mekong Delta pictures on a boat ride in the large network of minor canals.
  • Experience local people’s life at the incredible rice terrace fields and cycle through the South West’s stunning countryside



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Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Ho Chi Minh City Welcome: Whenever your international flight lands in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), your tour guide will be ready to welcome you at the arrival hall, to transfer you to your hotel with a private car and driver. It will take 15-20 minutes to move from the airport to your place.

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy.

Free-time Idea(s): Some recommendations if you want to enjoy night life in HCM city:

  • Uber cool with a stunning view of downtown Saigon, Chill Sky bar (76A Le Lai Rooftop of AB Tower) is one of the most popular nightspots in the city. This rooftop bar and clubs sits on the 25th floor of the New World Building and attracts a lively crowd who are dressed to impress and keen to party.
  • The street drinking scene along Pham Ngu Lao in District 3 of Ho Chi Minh is legendary. It is the backpacker hub of the city and welcomes a mix of foreigners and local Vietnamese who mix freely and chat the night away, drinking cheap beers on small plastic stools all along the street.

Meals: __/__/__

Hotel: Central location & recommend on Tripadvisor. See in hotel list by class of service.

Overnight in HCMC

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City / Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Welcome: Cu Chi tunnels is the longest Tunnels was recognized by Asian record, were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters.

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Cu Chi Tunnels discovery: After your breakfast in the hotel, you will start moving to the east north of HCM about 60km to explore the tunnels yourselves to understand more about Vietnamese history and our wars.

  • Join in the morning tour to Cu Chi tunnels.

Dynamic Ho Chi Minh City: In the afternoon, you will spend you afternoon discovering the most attractive sites in Ho Chi Minh, which will help you to learn about the history and also culture of this land

  • The Reunification Palace, whose architecture is a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, typical of the 60s, is known as the famous historical witness which passed through the two fierce wars against the French and American colonists.
  • The central Post Office is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh. Being a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and French influences, this building fascinates tourists by its typical colonial French features, from exterior to interior decorations.
  • Notre Dame Cathedral (called Saigon Church), built in the late 1880s by French colonists, is considered the symbol of this dynamic city.

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  • Ben Thanh Local market, situated in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs.

Free-time Idea(s):

  • A O Show is a 60-minute-gig to tell a series of stories describing the life and daily activities of people in the Mekong Delta from the past until now, performed from Tuesday to Friday at the Military Theater from 6-7 p.m. and at the HCMC Opera House with a more irregular schedule.
  • Dark and smoky, Sax n’ Art Jazz Club (28 Le Loi St, District 1) is unique in Ho Chi Minh – somewhere to listen to contemporary jazz with subtle Vietnamese influences thanks to the talented owner who plays several traditional instruments on stage.

Today useful note(s):

  • On this day, you visit some historical and spiritual sites so you are required to dress up formally but comfortable enough for your discovery of the Cu Chi underground tunnel.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight on HCMC

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City / Ben Tre / Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Tre says “Hi”: The distance between Ho Chi Minh City and Ben Tre is about 120km, which takes you 2 hours to transfer by private car.

Ben Tre, the capital of the same-named province, is made up of three main islands wedged between the Tien Giang River to the north and to Co Chien River to the south with the Ham Luong River running straight down the centre. All are effectively offshoots of the Mekong River as it splits out into many fingers before spilling out into the South China Sea.

Ben Tre exploration:

  • Leisurely keep boating to green and quite canal to enjoy undissturbed atmosphere of countryside in Mekong Delta – Great frame to photograph of local daily activities on the land and water: coconut produce’s process, farming, fishing.
  • Back to the boat to Cai Sơn and Nhơn Thạnh creeks then short trekking (10 mins) on the village’s road to visit the Village, where is well- known for its long-standing sedge mat-making craft. These charmingly-colored mats are used for sleeping on.
  • Gain distinctive experienced by taking local transport like motor cart (local named “Xe lôi”) to cross rice fields and vegetable plantation.
  • Drop in a local family to enjoy the meal which brings boldly the South West’s taste.
  • take rowing boat along the creek and boat to Cai Cuoi Creek, back to originally boat station, end of the river tour then drive back to HCM City.

Free- time idea(s): Some awesome locations bellowed will help you find your dinner:

• The Deck Saigon (38 Nguyen U Di St, District 2) is a top dining choice among affluent locals and travelers due to its romantic setting, scenic locale, and excellent pan-Asian cuisine. Set alongside Saigon River, the alfresco dining venue is fitted with glass doors, warm lighting, and elegant furnishings by top local designers, as well as an outdoor wooden deck that’s surrounded by bamboo trees and a small pond.
• Rising in levels like a manor from a medieval fairytale, Quan An Ngon (138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St, District 1) is one of the most popular restaurants in Ho Chi Minh, housed in a renovated Vietnamese mansion with a tree lined garden and staff waiting to greet guests wearing traditional silk outfits (complete with wooden shoes).

Today useful note(s):

  • Bringing trekking shoes and clothes will be very useful for these activities

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/__

Overnight in HCMC

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City Departure

Ho Chi Minh city says goodbye: You have free time on your own to walk down the street and pick up any great images to bring back to your country before being transferred to the airport.

Today useful note(s): please check your luggage carefully and all your personal items of passports, visa etc. before leaving your hotel

Goodbye and hope to see you again!

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What's Included & ExcludedPrice

Included:

  • Experienced English speaking tour guide(s)
  • Door to door pick-up/transfer service with private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Hotel accommodation in twin/ double sharing basis with daily breakfast
  • Entrance fee and Sightseeing tickets
  • Services charges and Government taxes
  • 1 small bottle of water per person on day trip
  • One by one care service 24/7 during the trip.
  • Food as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Visa on Arrival to Vietnam – 1 month single entry visa to Vietnam (no deduct if you arrange yourselves)
  • One bottle of water per person everyday on tour
  • All entrance and visiting fees.

Excluded:

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any International flights and any domestic flights
  • Bank fee
  • Stamping fee visa on arrival to Vietnam (at current 25 USD/ single entry)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuit

List Of Accommodation Recommended

Class Standard Superior Deluxe First Class
HCM Queen Ann hotel Silverland hotel Grand silver land hotel Rex hotel

If at the time of booking, any hotels or rooms in the list above are fully booked, we will endeavor to find accommodation of a similar standard elsewhere. If the only available accommodation is of a higher or lower standard, we will revise the price accordingly and consult you immediately.

* We suggest central location hotels and highly recommended on Tripadvisor in our list.

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PACKAGE RATES (per person):   valid until 30 Sept, 2017

Kid < 5 years old: Free of charge (share services with Adult)
Kid 5-10 years old: 50% Adult
Kid >10 years old: 100% Adult price

* S.R.S: Single Room Supplement

*Victoria Express Train option is upon on request.

* At the time of quotation, Travel Sense Asia reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

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Useful information for travel in South Viet Nam

What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?

We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New York, but very close. Four-star hotels have quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice. We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Vietnamese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor. Usually, hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.

Passport & Visa Requirements

You may be required for visa to Vietnam. Please check the list of countries which need visa to Vietnam in this links: Who need visa to Vietnam? Vietnam Visa is issued by Vietnam Embassy in your country or “Visa on arrival”. Travel Sense Asia will offer free visa to Vietnam for you (except some difficult countries). You will need one clear page (per visa) in a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam.

Currency Exchange

Vietnam – The Vietnamese Dong is the local currency.

As currency exchange rates in Vietnam fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com or www.vietcombank.com In 2015 the USD & VND has been around 22.500VND per USD. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2–4% transaction fee.

Tipping

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service. In additionally, you will sometimes use rolling boat, cyclo riding, porter which you should give a small tip to these local people.

Food

Eating is an important part of your Vietnam experience. Generally, breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. Travel Sense Asia recommend local Vietnam restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities. If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.

While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

Vehicle

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles. Our car and van are always available space for a comfortable trip. Luggage – All clients are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg. It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage may be confiscated.

Electric

A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed, and contains four bunks, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. For route Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi, it also has VIP cabin with 2 soft sleeper beds, please make quest if you prefer a private cabin. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage. Fastest train is about 70kph. The railways is small here and it’s not as comfortable as train in developed countries.

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In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / C / G. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency. Climate – You will find a complete packing list and a helpful climate chart in the ‘Suggested Packing List’, which is included in the pre-departure information link sent within your deposit documentation. Seasonal weather patterns can be quite unpredictable. Up to the minute information on worldwide weather can be found on www.weather.com.


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