There are numerous ancient landmarks and colonial structures that have survived throughout the bumps and scrapes of history Despite rapid modernization in Vietnam’s urban centers of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, time-honored traditions remain intact amongst the locals.Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries, attracting travelers to its lush mountains, bustling cities and golden sand beaches.
There are numerous ancient landmarks and colonial structures that have survived throughout the bumps and scrapes of history. Long, sandy beaches are home to luxurious resorts and fine-dining venues, making them ideal romantic getaways, while expansive rice terraces on the hills make for excellent hiking excursions. Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries, attracting travelers to its lush mountains, bustling cities and golden sand beaches. Whether you’re planning a historical tour of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, a relaxing beach break or simply want to escape the bustling city life, our Vietnam travel guide caters to just about any holiday preference Despite rapid modernization in Vietnam’s urban centers of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, time-honoured traditions remain intact amongst the locals. Buddhist shrines can be found next to towering skyscrapers, where you can experience vibrant festivals and ceremonies dating back hundreds of years.
Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, this bustling metropolis, contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafes. The guide and the car will transfer you to the hotel for check in. Refreshment. Overnight in HCMC.
Day 2: HOCHIMINH CITY - FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B)
This morning we drive to Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh to observe the midday service. Tay Ninh, is home to the unique Cao Dai sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill to name a few. The religion is a hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. The Cao Dai Temple at Tay Ninh has been described as a Walt Disney fantasia of the East. The temple's exterior is decorated with multi-colored dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with a number of religious symbols.
The trip to Tay Ninh is combined with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km. from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens.
Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam War must have been like. Overnight in HCMC.
After breakfast at hotel, we will take a full day trip to the watery world of the Mekong Delta, just 1 hour and half by road from Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon arrival we will take a boat trip along narrow waterways overhung with dense vegetation visiting the fish wharf, the 4 famous islands of Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix. Visit candy workshop then journey by sampan through the canals and mangrove forests where we watch the fishermen lay their fish traps. Enjoy time on the Unicorn Island visiting the local fruit, tea mixed with bee’s honey, and enjoy a locally produced folk show of traditional Mekong Delta music. Back to HCMC for overnight at hotel.
Morning transfer from Saigon to Phan Thiet, home to the largest sand dunes in the country, one of the most idyllic seaside resorts in Vietnam well-known for its spectacular sand dunes, endless beaches and beautiful streams and cliffs.
On arrival, check in hotel. Enjoy your day on beach. Overnight in Phan Thiet.
Free day on the beach.
Overnight in Phan Thiet.
Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City for flight back to your country.
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