South Vietnam Explorer tour

South Vietnam Explorer tour

Tour Experience

Adventure tour of South Vietnam including sightseeing and activies

Available

All year round

Location

Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta and Nam Cat Tien NP

Based in and around Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in the south of Vietnam, this short tour combines the hustle and bustle of city life with the calm and serenity of Vietnam's Mekong Delta and Nam Cat Tien National Park. You'll enjoy a tour of Saigon and the nearby Cu Chi tunnels as well as a boat trip on the Mekong Delta and plenty of time enjoying the wildlife by night and by day in the Nam Cat Tien National Park.

We start this tour of South Vietnam by exploring the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels, which were made famous during the Vietnam War. These tiny, cramped tunnels were home to the Vietnamese resistance, and right under the nose of the American's. There is also plenty of time to explore Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, which is a vibrant and colourful metropolis with great bars and restaurants and a nightlife to match.

Next we take to the water with a boat ride on the Mekong Delta. We visit local cottage industries making rice cakes and candies and pass by small villages, rice paddies and fruit orchards. We also visit some of the famous floating markets that make a trip to the delta such a unique and rewarding experience.

Our final stop is the Nam Cat Tien National Park, which is to the east of Saigon. This wonderful national park is blessed with a varied flora and fauna and we spend plenty of time hiking through the forests learning about the things we see. There is also a boat ride across crocodile lake and perhaps a chance to spot the elusive creatures.

We finish back in Saigon were the tour ends. This tour combines well with visits of northern Vietnam, or you can extend your time with a relaxing beach stay or an overland journey or short flight to Phnomh Penh in Cambodia.

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INCLUDED

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour guide during sightseeing and activities
  • Admission fees, with instruction where necessary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

EXCLUDED

  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visas fees (currently waived for GB nationals. We can arrange a pre-registration VISA letter for other nationalities - you will still need to pay for visa stamp fee upon arrival into the country, at customs check in counter, at a cost of $45 per person together with 2 passport photos. Please contact us for more information about the cost of this letter as prices vary depending on nationality.)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour guides and drivers
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City, transfer to hotel

You are met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the bright lights of Saigon.
OVERNIGHT:
Ho Chi Minh City – 2-star hotel
EXTRAS:
Single room supplement (VETMSV)

DAY 2 Ho Chi Minh City, half day Cu Chi Tunnels

Early morning we depart from the hotel and take a speed boat ride along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi tunnels. After watching a short introductory video on the construction of the tunnels, the next hour is spent exploring the maze of tunnels, accompanied by the guide. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs from B52 bombers.
Next we take a short drive through the countryside to a cricket farm. Many locals consider crickets a real delicacy and folk lore says the hungry soldiers ate them to help their nutrient-poor diets. At the farm you’ll explore the life cycle of these versatile insects and of course you’ll get a chance to sample some wrapped up in a tasty spring roll!
After lunch we head back to Ho Chi Minh city where the rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax or explore the city more.
OVERNIGHT:
Ho Chi Minh City – 2-star hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3 Mekong Delta trip

This morning we drive to Cai Lay a town at the entrance of the Mekong Delta. After a quick safety briefing and gear check, you’ll climb aboard your bike and start a 40km ride along a series of paved and dirt paths. Passing through small villages, rice fields and fruit orchards, you will see daily life unfold, wave to the children as they go to school and watch farmers tending to their animals and crops. Next we take a boat ride to see a traditional floating market and visit home-based factories producing rice popcorn and coconut candies.
OVERNIGHT:
Can Tho – 4-star hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 Mekong Delta trip, return to Ho Chi Minh City

It’s an early start to the day as we jump on board a small boat and cruise to the Can Tho market, the busiest floating market in the Mekong. Watching the daily ritual of people haggling for goods will take you back in time, then grab a morning coffee at the local floating cafe Next it’s back on the bikes to enjoy your last cycling day pedalling along country roads to see a historic communist base. Glide quietly on board a sampan around the base and discover how the communists lived and worked during the war. Afterwards, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City arriving late afternoon.
OVERNIGHT:
Ho Chi Minh City – 2-star hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 Nam Cat Tien National Park

Today we make the four hour drive to and upon arrival, check-in to the guest house and enjoy lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll hike through the park and discover the great diversity of Nam Cat Tien’s botanical wildlife. The walk takes approximately two hours and covers a distance of around 6 km.
After dinner, we board a jeep for wildlife spotting by night. The number of animals we are likely to see can vary depending on season and habits. Normally, we can see more animals in the dry season (December through April).
OVERNIGHT:
Nam Cat Tien National Park – Lodge
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 Nam Cat Tien National Park

Today we wake early to the sounds of the forest and take a short speed-boat ride to Tien Island to learn more about how endangered animals are being kept before being released back to their natural habitat. You’ll have the opportunity to talk with a local expert to learn more about their works protecting the animals.
After lunch we’ll take a short drive into the forest and hike for another hour to Crocodile Lake, where you’ll enjoy a boat ride – and you might even spot some crocodiles! In the evening we’ll return to the lodge to enjoy dinner.
OVERNIGHT:
Nam Cat Tien National Park – Lodge
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 Ho Chi Minh City, transfer to airport for departure

After breakfast you’ll go for a one hour hike before being picked up and transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City. Depending on your flight time you’ll have some free time today before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
OVERNIGHT:
N/A
MEALS:
Breakfast

DURATION

7 days

Price

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