SAIGON, BUSTLING CITY TOUR
Arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport welcome and transfer to the center of Saigon city .
Lunch at local restaurant . Transferred to hotel for check-in , free time to relax.
In the afternoon you will visit the charming & bustling Saigon city : the country’s commercial centre with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, a city that never sleeps.
Despite its own hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. A walking tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks is a must. Transferred to Dong Khoi street., or Rue Catinat as it was known in the time of the French occupation, to discover some of the beautiful French colonial buildings built in the late 19th and early 20th century. Appreciate the splendidly restored exteriors of the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville which are still two of the finest buildings in Saigon. Wander up to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris. (Visit outside, under renovation now). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustav Eiffel, before he had risen to fame for the Eiffel Tower.
The former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, is a short drive away and reveals the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Drive back you hotel for overnight stay.
Bentre, Kingdom of coconut trees
Breakfasst at hotel .
Depart for the trip to awesome Ben Tre province – the kingdom of the coconut trees in Vietnam. It takes about 2 hours . Arrival , transferred to the local jetty. Embarking for 30-minute boat cruise on the river and stop at the brick kiln for sight-seeing.
Get back to the boat and enjoy coconut juice while moving to the small canal. It will be a very good time for you to take some beautiful pictures before we visit the coconut candy workshop. In this place, the guide will explain for you about coconut tree, how to plan and how to make candy. We also try some tropical fruit here.
Back to the boat for a short distance and we walk to another local house to see the way they make sleeping mats. Then we will take a bicycle or “xe loi” and ride to the restaurant for lunch. We will enjoy a popular fish in the Mekong. That is called Elephant ear fish and more popular food in the Mekong delta. After lunch, we will get on the sampan and paddle back to the boat, you will enjoy the quiet & placid sceneries at the countryside.
Back to the van. Drive to Cantho city. Arival , transferred to hotel for check-in. Overnight at hotel in Cantho ,
Cantho, famous C airang floating market
Early breakfasst at hotel .
Transferred to city pier, get on board to discover famous Cai rang foating arket which usual start from dawn till 09:00 a.m or 10:00 a.m, experiense the trading on water surface of river. Contimuation boat trip through small canal to visit local traditional kiln where the noodles & rice noodles are produced.
Back to the pier , return to hotel for check-out,
Lunch at local restaurant .
P.M : visit the ancient house BINH THUY famous for its European-built and being chosen the scenes in the French film ( director Jean Jacques Annaud ) L’AMANT .
Continuation to Chau Doc city . Arrival , transferred to hotel for check-in. Overnight at hotel.
Chau Doc, ethological & ecological site
Breakfasst at hotel .
Departure to Tra Su cajeput forest . Arrival , embarking , boat trip through small canals to watch wild birds such as mallards , marabu storks , grey-headed swanphen … Getting up 23-meter observation tower to have a panoramic view of the cajeput forest , the statue of Happy Budhha on CAM Mountain by telescopes ( visibility of 25km & magnifiation of 40 powers ) – tourists’ own account for fee of using the telescopes.
Have lunch at local restaurant .
P.M : Taking boat trip to the floating village, where people living in the middle of the river for farming catfish, the floating village in Chau Doc is the biggest one in Vietnam.
Visit a Cham village, a minority living on the side of the river.
Visit Chau Doc market, Return to hotel . Free at leisure. Overnight at hotel .
Breakfasst at hotel .
Check-out. Returm to Saigon ,
Arrival , transferred to the meeting point, End of services.