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Duration: 4 Days/ 3 Nights
Tour Starts: Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Ends: Ho Chi Minh City

Brief Description:  You will be based in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon. From there you will see many of Southern Vietnams's highlights including: Cu Chi Tunnels, boat trips on the Mekong Delta, visit Ben Tre Province, and lots of Ho Chi Minh City's top attractions.

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Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival (D)
  • Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, our representative will meet and transfer you to the hotel.
  • Free at leisure until welcome dinner cruise on the Saigon River.
  • Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Cu Chi Tunnels. (an underground tunnel network of approximately 200 kilometres contracted by Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence.
  • Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • After lunch, enjoy a tour of the city with visits to the Independence Palace, built in 1869, and is the former palace for the French governor of Indochina; War Museum, which exhibits photographs and weapons of Vietnam Wars, and Notre Dame Cathedral, built by the French in 1883 and totally untouched by war.
  • Shopping at Ben Than Market and a laquer-ware production centre.
  • Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho (B, L)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Head out of town by road to the Mekong Delta. Vietnam's largest rice bowl.
  • On arrival in My Tho, embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view of the many islands.
  • The exciting excursion will pass by lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. You'll have opportunities to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits, enjoy wonderful traditional music and have lunch with local specialties.
  • The next stop on our trip is toBen Tre Province, where you will visit some fascinating local industries.
  • Return to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping off along the way to see the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda.
  • Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free at leisure until transfer for return flight.

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Ho Chi Minh City, better known by its former name of Saigon, is a brazen, industrious and dense metropolis, the largest city in Vietnam and the business capital of the country. Located on the Saigon River on the edge of the Mekong Delta, Saigon became the capital of the Republic of South Vietnam and was the American headquarters during the Vietnam War. Two years later the Communist north took control of the country, the city's name was changed to Ho Chi Minh City, and recession and poverty ensued.

Today Ho Chi Minh City has a cosmopolitan and energetic atmosphere, and having actively welcomed the new capitalist principle, the business-minded spirit of the people is much in evidence. Although relatively modern, it has still managed to hold onto its Asian character, and fine restaurants, smart hotels and chic bars line the sidewalks crammed with noodle stands, markets and shoeshine boys. The buzzing of motorbikes and scooters merges with the cries of street vendors and the urgent business of stall owners, selling barbecued dog, writhing snakes and tropical fruits. The sight of a family of four balanced precariously on a scooter, a squealing pig strapped onto the back of a bicycle, bowed heads topped by pointed lampshade-style hats and orange-clothed monks are just some of the vibrant images the city has to offer.

The Cu Chi tunnels were built over a 25 year period beginning in the 1940’s, and became an underground city. They housed up to 10,000 people who rarely saw daylight for years at a time, choosing to live, get married, have children and then teach these children, all underground. In the evenings, they would leave this subterranean existence, and furtively tend to their crops.

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At the height of their usage during the war, this subsurface network stretched over 250 kilometers, from Saigon, to the border of Cambodia. Initially used to terrorize the French Colonizers, they were already in place when the Americans arrived in the 1960’s. In fact, the Americans unwittingly set up camp on top of these tunnels at Dong Du. The Viet Cong were able to appear and disappear rapidly, causing havoc inside these headquarters. The Americans never knew when or how.
It was a huge fear factor.

Before viewing the tunnels you will be shown a movie and a mock up of the system, explaining how they had been created decades ago. Cut into the clay soil by hand, using reed baskets to dump the earth into the Saigon river, these interlinking corridors are a tribute to the prolonged resistance of the Vietnamese, the undaunted will, persistence, intelligence and resourceful character of the Cu Chi people.

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Ingeniously planned, with many levels, escape routes and booby traps, the Cu Chi people even had the smoke from their underground kitchen vented many meters away so as not to bring attention to their entrances. Even if these “spider holes” were found, they are so small, that it was difficult for a western man to fit inside. Segments of these tunnels infested with cobras or scorpions awaited any enemy that managed to enter, ensuring their demise. As for the Viet Cong themselves, they could always escape via a route opening to the Saigon River, and swim away, or hide in the lush covering there. These tunnels have been bombed, gassed, and flooded, but still remained functional and inhabited.

Before descending into the complex itself, you will be shown trap doors, small camouflaged entrances, fox holes, trenches, a myriad of different styles of booby traps, a captured US Army tank, and huge vegetation reclaimed bomb craters. Today, some openings have been expanded to admit larger foreigners. Some of the tunnels are 100 metres long, descending three levels, to about 10 meters below the surface.

The final stop on the tunnel tour is the firing range. This is a unique and unusual feature in that you are able to fire any number of weapons used during the war. They charge one Dollar per bullet, which allows you to fire, in a controlled and monitored setting, Russian made AK 47’s, American M 16’s, and machine guns, to name a few. The sound is deafening, and ear protection is provided.

My Tho is the capital city and municipality of Tien Giang Province, located in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. It has a population of approximately 160,000. My Tho is famous for its noodle soup Hu Tieu My Tho, (more common in South Vietnam is Hu Tieu Nam Vang - literally Hu Tieu Phnom Penh Style). Hu Tieu My Tho is typically a clear pork broth with rice vermicelli and wheat flour noodles (mi) combined. Sliced pork, meaty pork bones, offal such as intestines, liver, and heart and fresh shrimp, and possibly deep fried wonton. The soup is then garnished by the diner to the individual taste with salad leaves, garlic chives, beans sprouts, lime, fresh chili, soy sauce, and vinegar. The noodles can be served dry with the soup on the side, or as a noodle soup.

Also famous in My Tho is Bo Vien or beef balls. There are very busy stalls near the My Tho market that serve only Bo Vien in beef broth or with Hu Tieu noodle. It is eaten with very hot chilli sauce (tuong ot)

As the regional capital My Tho is the main market dealing in all the produce from the region as well as fish and seafood from My Tho's large ocean going fishing fleet. The very large and exuburant market is one of South Vietnam's biggest sources for dried fish and other dried seafood products such as Kho Muc (dried squid). At night the market is dedicated to the dealing and sorting of Mekong River fish, particularly catfish for Ho Chi Minh City's wholesale markets. Produce, especially fruit and vegetables, is delivered by boat directly to the market.

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  • Hotel accommodation (based on twin sharing at specified hotel with daily breakfast as programmed)
  • Private transportation throughout the tour with local English-speaking guide.
  • Admission fees for all sights mentioned in the intinerary.
  • Private boat cruise along the Mekong Delta (as stated in tour itinerary).
  • Meals at local restaurants (as indicated in itinerary).
  • Two way airport transfer without guide.

  • Vietnam Visa (on request)
  • Other meals and drinks.
  • Personal expenses, All tips concerned.
  • Domestic and International Airticket with taxes.
  • Early check in or late check out of hotel

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