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Saigon Stopover


4 days 3 nights

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Category Vietnam Classic Tours

  • Group Size 1-11
  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Trip Starts From Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Trip Ends At Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
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Overview

Saigon, also called Ho Chi Minh City, is a vibrant metropolis with energy, activity and motion. Convergence of traditional and modern life can be seen in every corner and quarter of Saigon. In this trip, we visit the historic monuments and palaces, some of the most interesting temples and take walking tour of China town, probably the most interesting part of Saigon. 

We also take an excursion to the Cu Chi tunnels that was never discovered by American forces. We will also visit Tay Ninh- the birthplace of the unique Cao Dai religion, a fusion of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam and native Vietnamese spiritual beliefs.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Upon arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day, you are on your own.

Overnight hotel in Saigon.

Day 02~Saigon City and China Town

Saigon is a vibrant metropolis with energy, activity and motion. Convergence of traditional and modern life can be seen anywhere you look at in Saigon.

We begin with a tour of the historic centre, strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.

Afterwards dive into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates. 

Continue to the harrowing War Remnants Museum, which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam- American War. Inside are detailed photographic exhibitions; outside is a collection of tanks, planes and weapons. A powerful experience, this museum is guaranteed to provoke strong emotions.

Then visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon's most interesting pagodas. In the afternoon, head out to Cholon (Chinatown). Explore the highlights of this fascinating area, beginning with a walking tour from Tran Hung Dao Street through Nguyen Trai and Soai Kinh Lam market (cloth wholesale market), visit Cha Tam Church. Continue to Thien Hau Pagoda, built by the Cantonese congregation and dedicated to the heavenly goddess.

We conclude the tour at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Cu Chi Tunnels and Old Saigon Walking Tour

From Saigon, drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels (30 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes). Never discovered by American forces, these tunnels were an important Vietcong guerrilla base during the American War. Stretching over 125 miles, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Today, walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the VC, see the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists.

We return to the city and take the walking tour of Old Saigon. This walking tour takes you through old streets to uncover the hidden secrets of Saigon. We first visit a local bustling and vibrant market that plays a major role in the daily lives of Vietnamese people. From here, we stroll through the colorful back alleys lined with flower shops and breathe in the aromas of the freshly cut flowers and enter the street of the mechanics specialized in repairing vintage Vespa scooters. We stop for a cup of refreshing traditional iced coffee in a hidden café, usually frequented by locals. This is the oldest coffee shop in Saigon, with a colorful history of more than seven decades. 

The walk continues through the street of locally made guitars and then to the street of urban working class people where we will have chance to see their daily life. Nearby is a museum with collection of more than 3,000 artifacts, related to the history of Vietnamese traditional medicine. We conclude our tour here and transfer back to the hotel.

Late afternoon, we retrace our drive to Saigon.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 04~Depart Saigon

After breakfast, your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport in time for flight to your next destination.

 

Meals : Breakfast

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Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • 3 nights' choice of your superior or deluxe hotel accommodation.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle with driver.
  • English speaking local guide.
  • Sightseeing admission tickets.
  • Daily supply of bottled water (1 bottle on a half day tour and 2 bottles on full day tour).

Trip Does Not Include

  • Vietnam visa.
  • Airfares.
  • Lunch and dinner.
  • Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
  • Travel insurance.

Accomodation

Superior

Saigon:Norfolk Hotel

Deluxe

Saigon:Le Meridien

Note: Hotels listed above are our preferred properties and are subject to availability.

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