Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Free
Located on the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon as it is still called by all, is Vietnam's major port and largest city, and still survives in wide downtown avenues flanked by pristine colonials. Thousands of expatriates and Vietnamese immigrants couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. They’ve long since fallen for the hidden charms of one of Southeast Asia’s most hectic, and eclectic, cities.
You will have one free day in Ho Chi Minh City to explore the city and its surroundings by yourself. Or you can choose one of our following tour suggestions:
1. Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels
08:00 - Meet our guide and visit the moving and harrowing War Remnants Museum, which presents a partial, but riveting, view of the American War, as it is known in Vietnam. Continue to the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor General and later President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until reunification in April 30, 1975. Next, visit other highlights of the city including the gorgeous Notre Dame Cathedral, the wedding cake-like Old Post Office, the bustling Ben Thanh Market.
In the afternoon, drive 70km out of the bustling Saigon to the Cu Chi Tunnels which was created since 1948 to assist the Viet Minh to combat the French. This is an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapon shops, field hospitals and command centers. During the Vietnam War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a fire free zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of the tunnels have been opened for visitors. Back to your hotel after 4 hour tour. Includes: Private 4-seat car with driver, local English speaking guide, 2 bottles of mineral water and 02 wet wipe per person, entrance fee.
2. Full Day to Mekong Delta (Lunch included)
8:00 - Depart from your hotel and drive 2 hours to Ben Tre province crossing Rach Mieu bridge. On arrival in Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a motorized boat on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong river while sight-seeing lively activities along river as fishing, water transferring. Our first stop is at brick kiln to see how to make bricks traditionally by printing and baking. Continue to visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Return to the boat and go through natural scissors creeks to a village and see some local houses making sleeping mats and enjoying some fruits. Take a motorized cart (tuk tuk) or bicycle on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from peasants. Have lunch at local a riverside restaurant.
After lunch, we will take a rowing-boat along a beautiful water palm creek before meeting up with the motorized boat and transferring you back to the pier. Our car will pick you up there and drive you back to Ho Chi Minh City. Includes: Local English speaking guide, private 4-seat car with driver, entrance fee, private boat in Mekong Delta, tuk tuk ride, 1 lunch at local restaurant, 2 bottled mineral waters and 02 wet wipes per person.