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Southern Vietnam 5 Day Trip

 Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong, Cu Chi Tunnels
 Code: VNS51

Overview

See the very best of Southern Vietnam in just 5 days – a big-hit tour of this fascinating region. Visit the “rice bowl of Vietnam”, Mekong Delta by private boat, wander back in time to amaze by the complex maze of Cu Chi Tunnels, and stroll around the narrow streets, along with hidden lanes of Saigon. In addition to a short relax at Vung Tau beach, our Southern Vietnam 5 Day Trip is certainly pleased all the travelers, from youngsters to elders. If you want to extend your trip in Indochina, you may combine this five-day trip with our other package tours to Northern Vietnam or Cambodia.

Southern Vietnam 5 Day Trip Highlights

  •   Explore vibrant and bustling Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and its major historical sites.  
  •   Enjoy a romantic dinner cruise through the city along the spectacular Saigon river.
  •   Visit Vung Tau not only for its historic interest but also for its beautiful, white sand beaches & warm blue sea water. 
  •   Cruise on the charming and less traveled Ben Tre River in Mekong Delta Tour.
  •   Learn about the intricacies of the war fought in the underground tunnel system of Cu Chi.

Southern Vietnam 5 Day Trip Summary

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 Activities: Meet your tour guide at Ho Chi Minh International Airport & be transferred to the city center. Explore Saigon by foot in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner on the river cruise.

Upon your arrival at Ho Chi Minh International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your tour guide and driver & be transferred to the city center for hotel check-in. 

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. 

This afternoon, you will embark on a city tour of HCMC (Saigon) including the War Remnants Museum, where a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photographs and documentation of the Vietnam War is displayed. Also visit the History Museum (closed on Mondays) or the Reunification Palace to view the relics of the city’s tumultuous past. Walk around the city to see the Old Saigon Post Office and the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, two typical examples of French colonial architecture in Saigon. Your driver will drop you back to the hotel to take a shower & rest before your dinner cruise. 

At around 19.00, your tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel for your transfer to Bach Dang ferry where your Saigon River Cruise begins. Enjoy a romantic evening with a delicious dinner while viewing traditional music and other interesting performances. Cruise along the river bank while taking in the beauty of Saigon at night on this peaceful and tranquil river. Disembark the cruise at around 21.30. Transfer back to your hotel to stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 

 Meals:  Lunch, Dinner

Dinner at Saigon river cruise

 Activities: Spend a relaxing day with sun, sand & sea in Vung Tau, a nice getaway from bustling Saigon.

After breakfast, your guide and driver will wait for you at the hotel lobby for the easy drive to Vung Tau, a sweet escape from Saigon thanks to its sandy beaches and transparent blue water all year round. During the 2-hour drive, you have the chance to see immense rubber and cashew nut plantations and scenic rice fields along the way. Arriving in Vung Tau, you will visit Thich Ca Phat Dai Pagoda which showcases a wonderful combination of religious architecture & natural landscape. Explore the Temple of Nirvana (Niet Ban Tinh Xa) & the huge, hollow, 32-meter statue of Jesus on Nui Nho Mountain. Afterwards, you will have plenty of leisure time at the beach for swimming or enjoy some water sports games (Fee is excluded). Drive back to Saigon get & dropped off at your hotel. For dinner and the evening, you are on your own.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Activities: Explore the Mekong Delta on a private boat trip. Visit various local workplaces (coconut candy making workshop, busy brick kilns & hand-made mat-weaving house) to see the daily activities of the people who live and work in the Delta.

After breakfast, our tour guide & driver will be waiting for you at the lobby of your hotel in Saigon for our tour to Mekong Delta. We will take a drive of approximately  2 hours to Ben Tre. Arrive at Hung Vuong Pier, and board the private boat for a trip along the An Hoa River. Stop to visit various local workplaces, including a  workshop where coconut shells are made into active charcoal & materials for batteries, a coconut processing workshop, a brick kiln to see how traditional style bricks are made,  and a rice paper cake workshop. Continue by boat along An Hoa and Ben Tre river before turning on to natural water palm canals. Visit a candy workshop to see, and taste, how this local sweet is made, and then drop by a  mat-weaving house to see the local technique for weaving sleeping mats. Afterwards, you can choose to travel through some nearby quiet villages either by Xe Loi (a cart powered by a motorbike)  or by self-powered bicycle. You will enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, take a sampan boat rowed by a local resident along water palm creek and then motorboat back to Hung Vuong Pier. Transfer back to Saigon. 

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Mekong boat trip

 Activities: Drive out of the city to explore the underground tunnel system of Cu Chi tunnels and learn about the difficulties of life in the tunnels during war time.

Cu Chi tunnels is one of the best destination of Southern Vietnam 5 Day Trip.

After breakfast, we depart from Saigon and set off to the northwest towards Cu Chi Tunnels. Upon reaching the tunnels, you will watch a short documentary film about the history of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Then, spend the next hour discovering this underground city with its storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, constructed living areas, command centers and innumerable trap doors - a unique and remarkable experience.

The exploration of Cu Chi Tunnels not only makes you feel deeply the cruelty of war, the difficulty of locals living underground but also admire the intelligence and bravery of locals overcoming the obstacles to live. 

You can try to fire off an AK47 or MK16 or machine guns at the nearby shooting range (Fee is excluded).    

Transfer to a local restaurant for lunch before driving back to the city center. 

The rest of the day is yours to explore Saigon. Stay overnight in HCM city.


 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Cu Chi tunnels

 Activities: Free time on your own and then transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Today, you are free to enjoy your own time in the city until you transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Our Southern Vietnam 5 Day Trip ends. See you again in the next trip to Vietnam.

Note: For those who have less time you can search for A Glimpse of Southern Vietnam 4 days

 Meals:  Breakfast

Ben Thanh market

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Ho Chi Minh City – City Tour Half Day - River Dinner Cruise (L, D)

 Activities: Meet your tour guide at Ho Chi Minh International Airport & be transferred to the city center. Explore Saigon by foot in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner on the river cruise.

Upon your arrival at Ho Chi Minh International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your tour guide and driver & be transferred to the city center for hotel check-in. 

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. 

This afternoon, you will embark on a city tour of HCMC (Saigon) including the War Remnants Museum, where a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photographs and documentation of the Vietnam War is displayed. Also visit the History Museum (closed on Mondays) or the Reunification Palace to view the relics of the city’s tumultuous past. Walk around the city to see the Old Saigon Post Office and the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, two typical examples of French colonial architecture in Saigon. Your driver will drop you back to the hotel to take a shower & rest before your dinner cruise. 

At around 19.00, your tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel for your transfer to Bach Dang ferry where your Saigon River Cruise begins. Enjoy a romantic evening with a delicious dinner while viewing traditional music and other interesting performances. Cruise along the river bank while taking in the beauty of Saigon at night on this peaceful and tranquil river. Disembark the cruise at around 21.30. Transfer back to your hotel to stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 

 Meals:  Lunch, Dinner

Dinner at Saigon river cruise
Day 2

Ho Chi Minh City - Vung Tau City Tour – HCMC (B, L)

 Activities: Spend a relaxing day with sun, sand & sea in Vung Tau, a nice getaway from bustling Saigon.

After breakfast, your guide and driver will wait for you at the hotel lobby for the easy drive to Vung Tau, a sweet escape from Saigon thanks to its sandy beaches and transparent blue water all year round. During the 2-hour drive, you have the chance to see immense rubber and cashew nut plantations and scenic rice fields along the way. Arriving in Vung Tau, you will visit Thich Ca Phat Dai Pagoda which showcases a wonderful combination of religious architecture & natural landscape. Explore the Temple of Nirvana (Niet Ban Tinh Xa) & the huge, hollow, 32-meter statue of Jesus on Nui Nho Mountain. Afterwards, you will have plenty of leisure time at the beach for swimming or enjoy some water sports games (Fee is excluded). Drive back to Saigon get & dropped off at your hotel. For dinner and the evening, you are on your own.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Tour – HCM (B, L)

 Activities: Explore the Mekong Delta on a private boat trip. Visit various local workplaces (coconut candy making workshop, busy brick kilns & hand-made mat-weaving house) to see the daily activities of the people who live and work in the Delta.

After breakfast, our tour guide & driver will be waiting for you at the lobby of your hotel in Saigon for our tour to Mekong Delta. We will take a drive of approximately  2 hours to Ben Tre. Arrive at Hung Vuong Pier, and board the private boat for a trip along the An Hoa River. Stop to visit various local workplaces, including a  workshop where coconut shells are made into active charcoal & materials for batteries, a coconut processing workshop, a brick kiln to see how traditional style bricks are made,  and a rice paper cake workshop. Continue by boat along An Hoa and Ben Tre river before turning on to natural water palm canals. Visit a candy workshop to see, and taste, how this local sweet is made, and then drop by a  mat-weaving house to see the local technique for weaving sleeping mats. Afterwards, you can choose to travel through some nearby quiet villages either by Xe Loi (a cart powered by a motorbike)  or by self-powered bicycle. You will enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, take a sampan boat rowed by a local resident along water palm creek and then motorboat back to Hung Vuong Pier. Transfer back to Saigon. 

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Mekong boat trip
Day 4

Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day (B, L)

 Activities: Drive out of the city to explore the underground tunnel system of Cu Chi tunnels and learn about the difficulties of life in the tunnels during war time.

Cu Chi tunnels is one of the best destination of Southern Vietnam 5 Day Trip.

After breakfast, we depart from Saigon and set off to the northwest towards Cu Chi Tunnels. Upon reaching the tunnels, you will watch a short documentary film about the history of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Then, spend the next hour discovering this underground city with its storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, constructed living areas, command centers and innumerable trap doors - a unique and remarkable experience.

The exploration of Cu Chi Tunnels not only makes you feel deeply the cruelty of war, the difficulty of locals living underground but also admire the intelligence and bravery of locals overcoming the obstacles to live. 

You can try to fire off an AK47 or MK16 or machine guns at the nearby shooting range (Fee is excluded).    

Transfer to a local restaurant for lunch before driving back to the city center. 

The rest of the day is yours to explore Saigon. Stay overnight in HCM city.


 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Cu Chi tunnels
Day 5

Ho Chi Minh City – Free Day – Depart (B)

 Activities: Free time on your own and then transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Today, you are free to enjoy your own time in the city until you transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Our Southern Vietnam 5 Day Trip ends. See you again in the next trip to Vietnam.

Note: For those who have less time you can search for A Glimpse of Southern Vietnam 4 days

 Meals:  Breakfast

Ben Thanh market

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  •   Vietnam Visa Arrival Letter 
  •   Accommodations (Double/Twin sharing) with daily breakfast 
  •   Meals as mentioned in the itinerary 
  •   Airport pick-up/ drop-off  by AC vehicles
  •   Transport by vehicles with AC 
  •   Mekong Cruise
  •   Saigon River cruise for dinner
  •   English speaking guides on tour
  •   Water ( 02 bottles/pax/tour day)
  •   Entrance fees  as mentioned in the itinerary

Exclusions

  •   Visa stamp fees for Vietnam
  •   Your International flights from & Vietnam 
  •   Meals or drinks not mentioned  in our itinerary 
  •   Early check-in, late check-out surcharge
  •   Travel insurance 
  •   Compulsory dinner in the peak season at the hotel (if any)
  •   Personal expenses 
  •   Tips to guide and driver

Accommodation

Destinations 3 Star Class 4 Star Class 5 Star Class
Ho Chi Minh City Signature Saigon Hotel The Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel Rex Hotel

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