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Saigon and the Mekong

Discover Vietnam’s largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City. Spend your time wandering through the expansive markets, sip Vietnamese coffee from a sidewalk cafe or hail a cycle rickshaw to visit the museums and sights of the city. You’ll spend three nights in a centrally located hotel in District 1, only a short walk from restaurants and bars, also many of the local sights.

You’ll have a half-day excursion out to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground labyrinth built by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam war. From the bustling city streets you'll head into the heart of the Mekong Delta, where the locals live, work and play on the waterways. You’ll spend a night in Can Tho, before heading to one of the biggest floating markets early in the morning. Here you will experience the utter mayhem of buyers and sellers trading their goods before returning to Hanoi.
Duration: 5 days - 4 nights
offered Monday, Thursday and Saturday from Ho Chi Minh City
Accommodation: 3 nights at a centrally located Ho Chi Minh hotel and 1 night in a simple hotel in Can Tho
Accommodation categories 2-3
Price: from AUD$489 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Includes: - Arrival transfer
- Transport (as described)
- Accommodation with breakfast
- Excursions as described with English speaking guide
- Entrance fee for Cu Chi Tunnels
Transport: air-conditioned minibus and boat
Excludes: all other meals and drinks

Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City

For your Saigon and the Mekong Delta tour you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. You'll stay in comfortable and centrally located accommodation in District 1, complete with air-conditioning. The hotel is located near Tham Street, Saigon's frenetic market area. The area is crammed with dozens of cosy little restaurants, street vendors and small souvenir shops.

If you're looking for something a little more plush and a quieter location for your Saigon and Mekong Delta tour, we can offer you a hotel in the upmarket section of the city on a broad avenue lined with designer shops and rooftop restaurants. These hotels have the added bonus of swimming pools, for a cooling dip after a hot, humid day of sightseeing.

Mekong Delta Tour - Local family on a moped
Mekong Delta Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 2: Cu Chi tunnels (half day tour)

Today you will be collected from your hotel by minibus and travel as part of a small-group tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels. The underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong covers an incredible 250km and enabled the Viet Cong to carry out secret attacks. The tunnels are narrow, deep, and unbelievably dark – incredible when you think they were built to live in and work in.

You'll be given the opportunity to climb into the tunnels and experience their eerie atmosphere first hand, it's a good idea to bring along a small torch. If you don’t want to go into the tunnel, that’s not a problem – there’s plenty to see above ground. Your guide will explain the history and the precise uses of the tunnels. In the adjoining Cu Chi Museum, you can also see a video with vintage American film material. You'll head back to Ho Chi Minh City and arrive around 2pm, giving you plenty of time to explore more of the city before embarking on your Mekong Delta tour experience tomorrow.

Day 3: Mekong Delta tour

The next two days are dedicated to the waterways of the Mekong Delta, the backbone of the south Vietnam economy. This excursion is part of a small-group tour, you'll be collected from your hotel around 7:30am and transferred to Cai Be by minibus. From here, you'll travel by boat visiting chaotic floating markets. Vendors will offer their wares from their boats jammed with produce, hanging the items for sale on a long pole.

Your Mekong Delta tour will flow through canals inhabited by the people of the Mekong Delta. You'll quickly understand why the people of the south are renowned for their friendliness, as they smile and wave from their houses when you pass by. There will be a quick stop for lunch, so we recommend tasting the local specialties throughout the day to keep your tummy full. After lunch you'll make your way to Can Tho, taking around three hours. Once on dry land, you'll walk the short distance to your simple but comfortable hotel for the night.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances, for instance low water levels, this entire portion of the trip will be conducted by minibus.
Mekong Delta Tour - Sampan on the mighty Mekong
Mekong Delta Tour - Floating markets on the Mekong

Day 4: Mekong Delta tour

It’s an early start this morning; you’ll head to the pier and board the local boat that will take you to the largest of the floating markets on the Mekong, Cai Rang. You'll sail amidst all of the boats peddling their wares to get an up close experience. Why not have a go at negotiating for some local product, such as a pineapple for 50 cents.

After the market visit you’ll return to your hotel, where your air-conditioned minibus will be waiting to take you back to Ho Chi Minh city. If there’s time along the way, you may stop at some of the factories where rice ‘puffed’ and transformed into Vietnamese rice cakes. There’s also a small rice noodle factory, you’ll pop in for a quick visit if it’s open. You’ll be dropped back at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - End of module

This module finishes today after breakfast.

If you’d like to stay in Ho Chi Minh city for a bit longer, no problems – just let your travel specialist know. If you’re at the end of your travels and would like a bit of relaxation before heading home, then consider our Sandy Beaches and Natural Springs module on the tropical Phu Quoc Island.

Haven't finished your travels yet? How about including Cambodia? We also offer a range of modules that you can combine with your Vietnam travels, check out what we offer on our Cambodia Online website.

Mekong Delta Tour - Saigon War Museum

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