Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival (D, GP). Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your journey before a Welcome dinner. In the evening, you’ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City orientation (B, L, G). After breakfast, your guide will arrive to show you around Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll visit the History Museum where there is a special exhibition of the 5th century ‘Oc Eo’ civilisation. The Museum of War Remnants provides a very partial, but riveting, perspective of the ‘American War’: not for the squeamish! The huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity.
You’ll also call in at the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. You’ll finish your day with a visit to a lacquer workshop to see the complex processes and meticulous workmanship involved in this traditional Vietnamese craft product. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City/Vinh Long/Can Tho (B, L, G). After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl, you’ll travel to Vinh Long where a Mekong River cruise will take you to visit the fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and some long established cottage industries. You’ll drive further into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho, Upon arrival you’ll call in at the Munir Ansay – an ancient Khmer style pagoda, renowned for its unique structural decorations. You’ll then drive to your hotel in Can Tho where you’ll spend the night.
Day 4: Can Tho/Rach Gia/Phu Quoc (B, L, G). The day begins with boarding a boat to cruise to Cai Rang floating market on the Mekong Delta – both the journey and the market provide insights into the Mekong rural lifestyle. You’ll then drive to Rach Gia to take the speedboat that leaves Rach Gia at 13.15 for Phu Quoc. Your overnight will be in Phu Quoc.
Days 5-6: Phu Quoc Free (B). Your time will be your own! Phu Quoc is at its best, making diving in Vietnam an all-year-round activity. There, the rainy season lasts from mid-May to mid-November. The centre is new, and developing, so there are opportunities to explore new areas. The coral is pristine, and the scattering of small islands at the bottom of Phu Quoc is home to a rich variety of marine bio-diversity. Although there are very few large pelagic species, dugongs have been sighted from time to time.
Day 7: Phu Quoc/Ho Chi Minh City departure (B, DP). Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to the airport for an afternoon flight back to Ho Chi Minh City to connect with your international departure flight. Tour ends.
- Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above.
- Overnight train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi in air-conditioned sharing four berth cabin.
- Boat cruise as programme. For Ha Long Bay, you’ll join other passengers on a high quality wooden boat with comfortable accommodation, good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
- Road travel in an appropriate private vehicle.
- The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
- Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available, and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
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