DAY 1: HOCHIMINH ARRIVAL (D)
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, welcome by our guide and transfer to hotel for check in. Ho Chi Minh City formerly named Saigon is the largest city and economic center of Vietnam always bustled with activities of modern life. It is where businesses converge and shoppers indulge themselves into unlimited choices. However the city also carries with it a rich historical legacy in contrast with its dazzling glamor. Afternoon, take a half-day city tour to visit Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles, Saigon Central Post Office, which was designed and constructed in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Then visit Jamia Al Muslim Mosque (Central Mosque). Dinner at the local Halal restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh.
DAY 2: HOCHIMINH – CITY TOUR – CUCHI TUNNELS (B/L/D)
Morning, take a half-day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and later on Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges. Back to Ho Chi Minh City and spend time at leisure. Lunch at a local Halal restaurant.Afternoon, take a half-day city tour to visit the War Remnants Museum, which features an extensive collection of exhibits including weaponry, photos and documentation on Vietnam’s wars with the French and Americans, and the Reunification Palace the South Vietnam President’s residence and symbol of the Southern Administration’s reign until end of April 1975. Dinner at local Halal restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Ho chi minh.
DAY 3: HOCHIMINH – MEKONG DELTA (MYTHO) (B/L/D)
Morning, after breakfast, travel by road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. En-route, stop for shot rest. Afterward, continues to transfer to My Tho. On arrival in My Tho City, capital of Tieng Giang Province, embark on a boat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on the Unicorn Island to enjoy wandering through verdant orchards, tasting fresh fruits and listening to some Southern style traditional music. Move on to the second delta province, Ben Tre, where you will watch local villagers make coconut candy in a rural workshop, walk around briefly and try riding a horse-pulled carriage. More cruising to some bee-keeping households to taste fresh homegrown honey and honey tea. In the evening, proceed to Can Tho, the capital city of the Mekong Delta. Dinner at the local restaurant (pork free). Overnight at hotel in Cantho.
DAY 4: CANTHO – SAIGON (B/L/D)
Morning, start your boat trip on Hau river to Cai Rang Floating market - A biggest floating market beginning from sunrise to late morning but it is busiest from 8 to 10 am. The shops and stalls at the market are local boats of different sizes. The main items sold are farm products and specialties of Cai Rang Town and neighboring areas. Wholesale is the main form of trading in this market. What you need to do here is to sit back on your boat, enjoy the morning coffee served by the local coffee boat and watch the whole world of trading going on from boats to boats. As your boat edges through the market, you will be surely driven back to the yester-centuries by the sound of bargaining, rowing, motoring mixed with the sound made from the coffee boats, meat boats, grocery boats, ice boats… Saying goodbye Cai Rang floating market, your boat will speed up through green and beautiful channels of the Mekong River stretching along rural villages and arrive a fruit orchard where you can enjoy some kind of tropical fruit and understand more the real life of local people. Boat cruise back to town and car take you to visit Binh Thuy ancient house before driving for lunch at the local restaurant (pork free). After lunch, driving back to Hochiminh. Dinner at the local Halal restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Hochiminh.
DAY 5: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B)
Free at leisure until transfer to airport for departure flight!