DAY (01) ~ ARRIVE SAIGON > CITY TOUR > CHECK-IN HOTEL (NO MEALS ARRANGEMENT)
Meet & greet service by local tour guide at Tan Son Nhat international airport then transfer for city tour and visit Notre Dame Cathedral ~ built in 1877 this is Saigon’s architectural treasures, built with materials from France. Within short walking distances arrive Saigon Central Post Office ~ was built in year 1886–1891 by renowned French architect Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame, the vaulted roof and arched windows lend a classic look reminiscent of European Railway stations. Check in hotel and tour programs end.
DAY (02) ~ SAIGON > VUNG TAU BEACH RESORT > SAIGON (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)
VUNG TAU was initially called Cape Saint Jacques by French colonists, is a city in Southern Vietnam, about 125km from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), in the Vietnamese province of Dong Nai. The journey from Saigon takes approximately 02 hours duration; its close location to Saigon and its beauty and fresh air makes it a very popular destination for weekends. VUNG TAU is a long stretch of land that extends 14KM long and 06KM wide, it has four beaches: Front Beach, Back Beach, Strawberry Beach and Pineapple Beach. There are two local mountains, Small Mountain and Big Mountain.
Visit local tour attractions in Vung Tau ~ Bach Dinh Villa Blanche ~ which was built in year 1898 and completed in 1916, during the FRENCH occupation. The villa and its surroundings were built on the edge of the large mountain overlooking the panoramic view of Front Beach. It was planned to be the residence of Paul Doumer, the French Governor of Indochina but he never stayed there, however, the villa was used as weekend getaway by other French Governors as well as by important Vietnamese heads of state. Statue of Jesus ~ located at the Back Beach on a lower slope of Small Mountain on which Bao Dai's Villa sits, this huge hollow 32-metre statue of Jesus stands overlooking the South China Sea. It was built in the early 70's but was completed only in 1993 due to the conflicts. It is the largest sculpture in the South of Vietnam. There is a spiral staircase inside the statue going up to the head. You can enjoy fabulous panoramic views here. Vung Tau Light House ~ Located at Nui Nho (Tao Phung)’s hill top area @ Small Mountain, first built in 1907 at a nearby location it was rebuilt and moved to its current location about five years later. The lighthouse is 18 meters high and projects light as far as 64km away and is equipped with telescopes to follow and direct ships at sea. Niet Ban Tinh Xa ~ located at Nui Nho Mountain @ Small Mountain, this pagoda is known by many names, including the Temple of Nirvana and the Pagoda of the Reclining Buddha. It was built in 1969 and took six years to complete. There is a 21-metre flag tower in the front. The architectural details and workmanship are outstanding, including a marble overlaid 12-metre high Buddha image. Thich Ca Phat Dai Pagoda ~ this famous pagoda was built in 1957, originally as a small temple. Later, in 1961, it was renovated and enlarged. Featuring a six-meter tall Buddha, it is now one of the largest pagodas in town and an important attraction. Upon dinner complete, return to Ho Chi Minh City and tour programs end.
DAY (03) ~ HO CHI MINH CITY > CUCHI TUNNEL TOUR + SAIGON CITY TOUR (BREAKFAST & LUNCH ONLY)
Tour program highlights of for the day ~ CUCHI TUNNELS, approximately 40KM northwest of Ho Chi Minh City; we will explore the vast network of underground tunnels from the 1940s, expanded by guerrilla Viet Cong forces during the American War. The tunnels were hiding places as well as communications and supply routes, hospitals, and living quarters. CUCHI TUNNELS are approximately 250 KM stretches from Ho Chi Minh City until the Cambodian boarders. Local tour guide will bring you to explore some of the tunnels that remain unchanged and see plenty of evidence of the fierce battles that took place here. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant then return to Saigon.
We will continue Saigon city tour and visit the following attractions: War Remnants Museum, established in 1975 ~ this museum is not for the fainthearted as it houses harrowing displays of weapons and photographs from the American War; with display outside the building of various U.S. military hardware like tanks, jets, helicopters and howitzers. Re-Unification Palace, the palace was designed by Ngo Viet Thu for South Vietnam’s former President Ngo Dinh Diem during the American War. The official handover of power took place here on 30 APR 1975 and the palace became a monument to that historic date. Lastly, shopping bargains @ Saigon Square Market & Benthanh Market ~ best tourists’ attractions in HCMC. The market sells everything from ceramics, clothes, watches, lighters, t-shirts, coffee, handbags, shoes, conical hats, custom made suits and dresses to noodle soup and fruit smoothies. Guests may enjoy free time for shopping activities here. Tour guide and transport services will end here. Guests will self arrange dinner and return hotel by short walking distances in Benthan area.
DAY (04) ~ HO CHI MINH CITY > MY THO TOUR (BREAKFAST & LUNCH ONLY)
Depart early morning for MY THO, approximately 60KM away from Ho Chi Minh City. We will drive pass the beautiful landscape of rice field on the journey. Upon arrival at MY THO tourists’ jetty we will take a boat ride to Thoison Island, guests may sample seasonal tropical fruits fresh from the orchards, taste Vietnamese tea mixed with honey extract from local bee hives, entertainment by local villagers on performance of traditional folk songs, also experience sampan boat ride under the shadow of the sea coconut palms then return to the main boat. Continue boat ride to Ben Tre village and visit local home industries to watch the process of producing coconut candies and rice paper for Vietnamese rolls. Enjoy lunch serves at local restaurant then return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Lastly, shopping bargains @ Saigon Square Market & Benthanh Market ~ best tourists’ attractions in HCMC. The market sells everything from ceramics, clothes, watches, lighters, t-shirts, coffee, handbags, shoes, conical hats, custom made suits and dresses to noodle soup and fruit smoothies. Guests may enjoy free time for shopping activities here. Tour guide and transport services will end here. Guests will self arrange dinner and return hotel by short walking distances in Benthan area.
DAY (05) ~ DEPART SAIGON (HO CHI MINH CITY) (BREAKFAST ONLY)
Assemble as per agreed schedule at hotel’s lobby for transfer services to airport and flight home with “AN AMAZING HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE IN VIETNAM”.