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Saigon, jungle & beach holiday

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Highlights of this tour:

Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi tunnels, the Mekong Dealta, Nam Cat Thien National Park, Phan Thiet.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Return flight from the UK to Ho Chi Minh City
  • 10 nights at 3 and 4-star hotels or lodges
  • Local, English-speaking guide to accompany you on the tour
  • 10 x breakfast (days 3–12)
  • 5 x lunch (days 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8)
  • 2 x dinner (days 6 and 7)
  • Transport by car or minibus with air conditioning
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • Opportunity to extend the beach holiday in Phan Thiet
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip

Comprehensive package of excursions included:

  • Notre Dame Cathedral, the old Post Office, Dong Khoi street
  • The Opera House, the Reunification Palace
  • The War Museum, the Thien Hau Pagoda, cyclo tour through Cholon
  • Binh Tay market
  • The Cu Chi Tunnels
  • The Mekong Delta, coconut plantation, xe loi tour, cruise
  • Safari tour in Nam Cat Tien National Park
  • Admission and fees for the sights and attractions mentioned

Our promise to you:

  • The top highlights along this travel route
  • A well-constructed travel itinerary. No time wasted & world class
    logistics
  • Guaranteed price, with no hidden surcharges
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
Single room supplement £535
Discount for children under 12 years
Discounts for large groups

Choose this tour because…

South Vietnam will show off its remarkable contrasts over the course of this 13-day journey, from Ho Chi Minh City to Nam Cat Tien National Park, and from the Mekong Delta to the beaches at Phan Thiet. Ho Chi Minh City is the dynamic metropolis of Vietnam, a bustling, thriving city that never sleeps. From the hectic lifestyle of the big city, you move on to the incredible fertility of the Mekong Delta, where fields and villages are intersected by waterways – making floating markets the most logical and practical option. In the undiscovered Nam Cat Tien National Park you get to experience South Vietnam’s lush and diverse scenery when encountering the vast natural beauties. You may be lucky enough to experience some of the national parks rare animals, such as the Malayan bear and hornbill bird species. Before returning home, you will also have the chance to spend a few days relaxing by the delightful waters and beaches of tropical Phan Thiet.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 1: Flight to Ho Chi Minh City

Departure day, where you will fly to Ho Chi Minh City with connecting flights along the way.

 

 

Day 2: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City

On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be issued with your visa at the airport and can then collect your luggage. You will be met in the arrivals hall by a guide holding an Asiatours sign, who will accompany you to the hotel where you will be spending the next four nights. When you arrive at the hotel, you will have time to rest after your long flight and the remainder of the day is yours to do with as you wish.

 

Overnight stay Sonnet Saigon Hotel 

Day 3: A full day of sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3: A full day of sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City – or Saigon, as it is still sometimes called – is the biggest city in Vietnam. It is a hectic metropolis filled with contrasts, from street stalls selling fruit to glizty bars and Western-style boutiques.

Surprisingly, the city is only around 300 years old, and for half that period it was strongly influenced by the French colonial government that left Vietnam in the mid-1950s. The French influence is clear to see in the architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral and the famous Central Post Office. Other nations have also made their mark on the city: for example, Cholon is Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown, dotted with temples and pagodas.

Your sightseeing tour will take you to Notre Dame, the old Post Office, the Opera House and Dong Khoi, the famous shopping street. Of course, it will also include a visit to the War Museum and Reunification Square, where the Vietnam War – or the ‘American War’, as the Vietnamese people call it – ended on 30 April 1975. In Cholon, you will call in at the Thien Hau pagoda, before taking a cyclo tour through the narrow streets and alleys. The wonderful day in the city winds up at Binh Tay market in Cholon, where you can buy everything from buttons and bows to dried octopus. During the tour, lunch will be served at a local Vietnamese restaurant.

 

Overnight stay Sonnet Saigon Hotel 

Day 4: The Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 4: The Cu Chi Tunnels

A very special experience awaits you today in the form of a half-day excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels. During the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese troops – the Viet Cong – constructed a huge network of tunnels linking underground command centres, staging posts, schools and training facilities. The tunnels also served as hiding places for launching ‘pinprick’ attacks on the American forces.

 

Overnight stay Sonnet Saigon Hotel 

Day 5: Day tour to the Mekong Delta
Day 5: Day tour to the Mekong Delta

You will be collected from your hotel and driven to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta, which is around a 2-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. In Ben Tre, you will board a local boat, which will sail you out to a coconut plantation. Here, there will be a demonstration of how the coconut is used to produce oil, material for mats and sweet ‘cakes’. Back on the boat once more, you will sail through twisting channels below shady trees.

During the dry season, many of these channels dry out, and the water may actually find new paths through the area when the next rains come. On your tour, you will stop at a local village and visit the home of one of the peasant farmers. You will also have the chance to experience a ride in a ‘xe loi’, which can best be described as a moped pulling a trailer containing passenger seats. It is a very common and popular means of transport here. The ride will take you through the paddy fields that make up Vietnam’s lush ‘pantry’. Waiting for you up ahead is Le Jarai, a delightful boat from which to admire the scenery lining one of the numerous Mekong channels. On board Le Jarai, you will be served a delicious lunch featuring specialities from the Mekong Delta.

You will arrive back at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City towards the end of the afternoon.

 

Overnight stay Sonnet Saigon Hotel 

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City – Nam Cat Tien National Park
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City – Nam Cat Tien National Park

Nam Cat Tien National Park is situated approx. 150 km (around four hours by car) north of Ho Chi Minh City. The park covers only 72,000 hectares or so, and features lowland forest, areas of swamp, lakes and a river. However, the area is of crucial importance for the preservation of numerous Asian species of animal. It is the largest area of unbroken jungle that remains in Vietnam, and the flora and fauna here are without compare. The park is still home to elephants and Indonesian tigers, although they are highly endangered. Poachers have unfortunately taken the life of the last Javanese rhinoceros which once lived in the area. Other, less endangered, species that live here include the sambar deer, gaur ox, mouse deer and wild boar, as well as a variety of species of cat, Malay bears and all kinds of birds, including the delightful hornbill and the endemic orange-necked partridge. The vast majority of the park is covered in dense jungle, so you will be extremely lucky if you should spot one of the rare mammals.

After you have arrived at the lodge and checked in, lunch will be served before you head off on safari with one of the skilled rangers who is fully familiar with the flora and fauna of Nam Cat Tien. The walking tour takes around two hours and covers a distance of 6 km or so.

After dinner, it is time to climb into a jeep for a night-time safari to spot the nocturnal animals. The number of animals you may see varies from day to day, and depends on the season as well. Generally speaking, you have the best chance of seeing many animals in the dry period from December to April.

Overnight stay Forest Floor Lodge

Day 7: On safari in Nam Cat Tien National Park
Day 7: On safari in Nam Cat Tien National Park

You awaken to the blend of noises peculiar to the jungle. To start the day, you will be transported by speedboat to Tien Island to hear what is being done for the endangered animals here before they are released back into the wild. Later in the day, you will be driven into the jungle before hiking the last short distance to Crocodile Lake. Here, you will take a sailing tour on the lake, where you may be lucky enough to spot the rare Asian crocodile. You will return to the lodge towards the end of the afternoon.

Overnight stay Forest Floor Lodge

Day 8: Nam Cat Tien – Phan Thiet
Day 8: Nam Cat Tien – Phan Thiet

After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to the magnificent natural setting of Nam Cat Tien. Ahead lies sand, surf and relaxation on the delightful beaches at Phan Thiet, one of the very finest areas of beach in Vietnam. Phan Thiet was originally a little fishing town, and it is famous throughout the country for its fantastic fish sauce, which is a key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. The beaches line the Mui Ne peninsula, a little way to the north-east of the town. The peninsula is well-known for its giant sand dunes. The water is clear and warm, and the sand is soft and golden. You will also find a wide variety of excellent restaurants, cafés and bars in the area.

Overnight stay Blue Ocean Resort 

Days 9-11: Beach holiday in Phan Thiet
Days 9-11: Beach holiday in Phan Thiet

The days are yours to do with as you wish: enjoy the beach, take strolls through the area, or treat yourself to a little indulgence at the resort spa.

Overnight stay Blue Ocean Resort 

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven out to the airport to catch your flight from Ho Chi Minh City back to the UK. There will be connecting flights along the way.

Day 13: Arrival in the UK
Day 13: Arrival in the UK

Arrive back in the UK after a wonderful holiday.

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