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 - Cu Chi Tunnels 1/2 day (B, L, G). After breakfast, your guide will take you to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a Byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. You’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch.
In the afternoon, 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. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City/My Tho/Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G). After breakfast, you’ll be picked up at your hotel at about eight o’clock to travel to My Tho. On arrival, you’ll board a boat to cruise on the Mekong River and row through small canals and channels to Thoi Son Island.
You’ll disembark and walk along a small village road to visit fruit gardens, the elementary school, and the local distillery. You’ll find that the daily life of Mekong villagers differ from the rest of the country’s mainstream population in several ways due to their watery homeland.
You’ll have a chance to sample some of area’s tropical fruits and watch a traditional music show. After lunch at a local restaurant on the island, you’ll climb back on the boat to visit a coconut candy workshop. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City where you’ll spend the night.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang (B, DP). In the morning, you'll be driven to Tan Son Nhat Airport to board your flight to Nha Trang.
Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 5 & Day 6: Nha Trang free (B). Two free days in Nha Trang to spend as you wish. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 7: Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B). You'll be taken to Cam Ranh airport to board your flight to Ho Chi Minh City in a good time to connect your international flight home. Trip ends.
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