Ho Chi Minh City
Half Day City Tour
Duration: 3 Hours
Overview: During this morning tour visit Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral built in 1877 as the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient. Crossing the street, visit the old French style Central Post Office designed by the renowned French civil engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel. Finally visit the War Remnants Museum, opened in 1975 shortly after the fall of the South Vietnam government.
Full Day City Tour
Duration: 8 Hours
Overview: Visit Reunification Palace, originally built in 1865 on the grounds of Norodom Palace as a residence for the French Governor General, though the current building dates from 1962. Continue to Notre Dame Cathedral built in 1877 as the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient. On to the old Central Post Office designed by the renowned French architect Gustave Eiffel. Before lunch go shopping in Ben Thanh Market.
In the afternoon visit the War Remnants Museum, opened in 1975 shortly after the fall of the South Vietnam government displaying remnants of the wars against invaders of Vietnam. Continue to Cholon, the lively China Town district for a visit to the Thien Hau Pagoda dedicated to the goddess of mercy, and Binh Tay Market.
Cu Chi Experience
Duration: 6 Hours
Overview: Journey into the countryside bound for the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels were built by local fighters during the Indochina conflict as a base from which the Viet Cong could covertly operate from close to the Southern Vietnamese capital. Initial construction started in 1948 when the Viet Minh required somewhere to hide from French air attacks. By 1965, it was estimated to consist of 200 km of tunnels. It included hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens and sleeping quarters. Booby traps were laid throughout the complex for protection. Visit some local friends en route to the tunnels for an insight into life in the area. Go on a fascinating trip underground with a local guide to learn how the people lived, the hardships they faced and the amazing ingenuity employed to make the tunnels habitable.
Ho Chi Minh Discovery
Duration: 8 Hours
Overview: Visit Chinatown. Stop off at the Thien Hau temple, dedicated to the goddess of seafarers, and Nha Rong wharf, where Ho Chi Minh first departed Vietnam in 1911. Delve deeper into Cholon district visiting Binh Tay Market. Enjoy Vietnam's national dish, a steaming bowl of Pho noodle soup.
After lunch visit the War Remnants Museum, displaying items associated with the Vietnam War. During a walking tour view the Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace and site of the South Vietnamese surrender in 1975, Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office whose architect was Gustave Eiffel and the Opera house.
Duration: 8 Hours
Overview: Set off for My Tho, a port city on the Mekong Delta which provides half of Vietnam's total agricultural output. Upon arrival, board a private boat for a cruise along the river. Visit an island with lush tropical gardens and sample tropical fruit accompanied by a traditional music performance. Continue to another island to see coconut candy being made. Visit local villages in the area.
Continue by Xe Loi (motorized cart) to an apiary and transfer to smaller rowing boats to get deeper into the narrow canals. Diem Phuong Restaurant provides lunch. The guide will advise on the finer points of local cuisine and assist in ordering. After lunch return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Temples and Tunnels
Duration: 10 Hours
Overview: Journey to Tay Ninh district enjoying a simple lunch at a local family house en route. Visit the Cao Dai Cathedral which borrows elements from Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism and Confucianism. Continue to the Cu Chi Tunnels built by the Viet Cong during the Indochina conflict as a base close to the Southern Vietnamese capital. Initial construction started in 1948 when the Viet Minh required hiding from French air attacks and by 1965, the complex was estimated to consist of 200 km of tunnels. It included, hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens and sleeping quarters. Life was difficult for the inhabitants and to protect against outside intruders booby traps were laid throughout the complex.