Mrs. Melissa Links - South Africa

  • Group: of 2 persons
  • Impression: THE BEST OF THE SOUTH
  • Date: from 6/3/2018 to 12/3/2018
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Hi Tu. We're home safe now. Thank you for an amazing vacation. Thank you for the effort you put into our trip.

Our guide and driver were amazing.
Day 01 . Tue 06 March 2018 : Saigon arrival (EK779 @19:35) (-) |  Guide and driver 
Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City formerly known as Saigon or "Pearl of the Far East", you will be welcomed by our guide and brought to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the largest city of Vietnam with its wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings at your leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 . Wed 07 March 2018 : Saigon city tour (B, L) |  Guide and driver 
 You will be picked up at 8:00am from your hotel in Saigon, to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. The Saigon city tour then continues along Dong Khoi Street, where the Opera House and the Peoples’ Committee building, built in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene, are situated. The 800 seat Opera House served as the home of the Lower House Assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. You will then visit The Reunification Palace, formerly known as Presidential Palace, which was the residence of the president of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975. 
In the afternoon, you will visit the War Remnants Museum formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes. This is a poignant display of the futility of war. Next on the sightseeing list is Thien Hau Pagoda located in Cho Lon, the city’s Chinatown. This pagoda is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. The most impressive features of the structure are the intricate friezes and the carved tableaus towards the front of the pagoda. The impressive incense coils inside the pagoda also make for some great photos. Another site that cannot be missed is Binh Tay Market or ‘Cho Lon’, which can be roughly translated to ‘big market’. Although the whole district lives up to its name a visit to this market really says it all. Selling everything from fake Ray Bans to dried squid, you are bound to enjoy a walk through the maze of stalls in this bustling market. your tour of Saigon will end with a visit to a lacquer ware workshop. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 03 . Thu 08 March 2018 : Saigon- Cu Chi- Tay Ninh- Saigon (B, L) |  Guide and driver 
You will be picked up at the hotel at 08 am to drive to Tay Ninh, 100km from Ho Chi Minh, to visit the ornate temple of Cao Dai and attend a fantastic mid-day service. Caodaism followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of this curious combination of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Lunch at a local restaurant.
You then drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, situated 70km from Saigon. The Cu Chi Tunnel system was created around 1948 to assist the Viet Minh in their combat against French occupiers. Construction and enlargement continued during American bombings and they were turned into an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapon factories and field hospitals. The Cu Chi Tunnels could house up to 10,000 people who lived underground for years, getting married and raising children. During the Vietnam- American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated as a fire free zone yet was heavily bombarded. Since 1988, two sections of the tunnels are open for visitors to crawl through and better understand the war. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Day 04 . Fri 09 March 2018 : Saigon - Ben Tre - Can Tho (B, L) |  Guide and driver 
Departure from the hotel at 8am to Ben Tre province in the Mekong Delta. Arrive at Hung Vuong Pier (Ben Tre town) 90km far from SaiGon, embark and cruise along the Ben Tre River, then visit an artisanal brick factory and its imposing ovens. Next, stop for a sweet break to discover how coconut flesh is used and processed. (tea time in a coconut cadies manufacture).
A short bike ride or tuktuk (motorcycle, allowing transporting 6 passengers) will allow you to explore the countryside, and make a stop at a family braiding mats.
Lunch in a local restaurant offering typical dishes.
Then, boarded a rowing boat to join the canal through a maze of arroyos and return to the landing stage. Transfer & overnight at hotel in Can Tho.
- Transfer time and distance by car: 4h/200km
- Road conditions: good
- Boat duration: 1 hour
- Cycling /tuktuk time: 30' - Cycling /tuktuk time: 30'.
- Visit time: 1 hour
Day 05 . Sat 10 March 2018 : Can Tho- Saigon (B, L) |  Guide and driver 
In the early morning, have an excursion to the floating market of Cai Rang, the largest one in the region, where boats full of fruit and vegetables gather every day. Then, take a walk in an orchard of Mr. Ba Cong, where it will also be possible to enjoy fresh tropical fruits and visit a vermicelli factory.
The day will continue with a visit to Binh Thuy's old house where the film adaptation of Marguerite Duras' novel L' Amant was filmed in 1992.
Return to SaiGon in the late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
- Transfer time and distance by car: 3h30/170km
- Road conditions: good
- Visit time: 2 hours
- Boat duration: 1 hour
Day 06 . Sun 11 March 2018 : Saigon free (B) |  
Free time for your own activities.
Day 07 . Mon 12 March 2018 : Saigon departure (EK393 @ 23:55) (B) |  Driver 
After breakfast, free time for relaxation until being transferred to the airport at 20:30 to take your departure flight from Saigon. The hotel is available until noon (12:00) only.