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  • Culture & Beach Holiday (11D)

    This 11-day programme contains a choice of five very different destinations – the only common features are sunshine, warm sea and sandy beaches. Whether you prefer lazing with your toes in the water under palm trees, trekking through the jungle or something in between – there's a suitable tailor-made itinerary waiting for you.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Ho Chi Minh City (History Museum, Museum of War Remnants, Ben Thanh market, Jade Emperor pagoda)
    • Cai Rang floating market & Mekong Delta cruise
    • Cao Dai Holy See and Cu Chi Tunnels
    • Con Dao island.

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

    Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City – the hustle and bustle metropolis of Vietnam. On your arrival, our guide and driver will pick you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, take a rest for a while. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Recommended Hotels in Saigon:

    - Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel
    - Northern Saigon Hotel


    Day 2

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Being the heart and the soul of Southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City (or used to be known as Saigon) represents an image of fast-moving and dynamic metropolis. Take a city tour and explore a very different side of this busy city through the visit of notable key attractions there.

    Start your tour with Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the War Remnants Museum. Other important tourist sites as Jade Emperor Temple, History Museum, Chinatown and Ben Thanh Market will be your next destinations after lunch. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, War Remnants Museum


    Day 3

    Vinh Long - Can Tho

    Head to the town of Vinh Long, a gateway to the delta. Board a sampan ride to begin touring a region known as Vietnam’s rice bowl. The country is among the world’s top rice exporters, and the Mekong’s climate allows farmers to produce two or even three rice crops per year. The other major export is seafood, especially shrimp and catfish.

    Your boat arrives at a small home-based factory where workers process coconuts by separating their oil, flesh and husks to be used in products like matting and candy. Learn how it all works! After lunch take in the river scenery as you return to Ben Tre where you will be will be transferred to Can Tho, the delta’s economic hub, followed by a visit to Munir Ansay pagoda.

    Can Tho Hotel:

    - Nam Bo Boutique Hotel


    Day 4

    Can Tho - HCMC

    Get up early in the morning to visit the spectacular Cai Rang floating market, where you will transfer to a smaller boat and mingle amongst the thousands of trading vessels. Feel free to buy yourself fruits or drinks from the local boats. After your market visit, return to Ninh Kieu pier in Can Tho where our driver is awaiting for transferring you back to Ho Chi Minh City (3.5 hours), en route stop to visit Vinh Trang pagoda in My Tho. Check-in hotel then rest of your time will be at your leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Cai Rang Floating Market, Vinh Trang Pagoda


    Day 5

    Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Holy See

    Depart from Ho Chi Minh City for a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels. The cramped tunnels were central to a few of the war’s strategic operations, including the famous 1968 Tet Offensive, and they didn’t escape damage. American B52 bombers dropped hundreds of missiles leaving huge tell-tale craters behind. The tunnels also have “mantraps” - large camouflaged holes dug deep into the ground that ensnared enemy soldiers by bamboo spikes. But don’t worry, you won’t step in one! You’ll also discover the remains of an American tank that was destroyed by a landmine which you can climb on for great photos. The Cu Chi experience can be emotionally draining for some visitors, but it offers fascinating windows into the hardship and traumas of war. Drive to Tay Ninh province with an escorted visits to the ‘Cao Dai Holy See’. Return to Ho Chi Minh City.

      Cu Chi Tunnel, Cao Dai Holy See


    Day 6

    HCMC - Con Dao Island

    Flight to Con Dao island. Free time until leaving.

    Recommended Con Dao Island Hotels:

    - Con Dao Resort
    Saigon Con Dao Hotel


    Day 7-10

    Con Dao Island

    Free time and Relax on beach.

    Dam Trau Beach, Con Dao National Park


    Day 11

    HCMC - Departure

    Spend your last moments picking up souvenirs at the local market before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

     

     

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    NOTES:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Vietnam Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Vietnam Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    SAIGON
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    Northern Hotel Saigon

    • An added bonus at the Northern Hotel is the good sized rooms that feature large windows to make the most of those city views. Incidentally, all of the rooms have external windows, which is quite unusual in Saigon.
    • The décor is contemporary and easy-on-the-eye, with modern-style marble bathrooms and all the facilities you require to make your stay comfortable.
    • The Northern Hotel prides itself on its service levels: you’re guaranteed a warm welcome, with nothing too much trouble. Facilities include a pleasant mezzanine-floor restaurant and a small gym.

    CAN THO 
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    Nam Bo Boutique Hotel

    • Accommodation consists of seven unique suites, each with a lounge area, separate bathroom and all the latest amenities. Rooms are finished in a French Colonial style, with high ceilings and Vietnamese furnishings and artwork. The effect is somehow swanky but home-like, making it a good choice for families.
    • We particularly enjoyed the impressive breakfast menu, served on the roof (or in your suite) and the hotel's two well-received restaurants.
    • The Nam Bo restaurant downstairs focuses on classic Vietnamese cuisine, while the roof-top L'Escale serves a high end European menu, complemented by an enticing wine cellar, and beautiful sunset views across the water.

    CON DAO ISLAND
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    Con Dao Resort

    • Located along Nguyen Duc Thuan Street, Con Dao Resort offers 10 bungalows with free Wi-Fi and private parking. It features an outdoor pool, restaurant and rooms with satellite TV.
    • Each air-conditioned room at the Resort Con Dao comes with a minibar and electric kettle. A hairdryer and slippers are provided.
    • Sport facilities at the resort include beach volleyball and tennis.Tour services are also available.
    • A variety of local dishes are served at the resort’s restaurant. There is also an on-site bar.
    • Con Dao Resort is a few steps from the beach and is a 25-minute drive from Con Son Airport.