Drifty Vietnam in a Flash

Ho Chin Minh

This fascinating short trip will uncover the urban streetscapes of Ho Chi Minh City, the history-soaked Cu Chi Tunnels and spellbinding waterways of the Mekong Delta.

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Places Covered: Ho Chi Minh, Cu Chi, My Tho (Mekong Delta)

Package Highlight: 4D/3N

Your discovery of southern Vietnam begins with Ho Chi Minh city, which was called Saigon during the French colonial period. You will see that this city still boasts of buildings in French-style architecture. Further this tour clutches you down to the pages of history and extensive underground network of tunnels. These extensive tunnels located in the Cu-Chi district, is where Vietnam's bravest fought both the French and the Americans. Negotiating your way through the passages of the Cu Chi tunnels, don't be astonished if you came across living quarters, kitchen, theatres, hospitals and other amenities built along the network. Leaving behind this ingenious historic era, we traverse to the picturesque Mekong Delta, with its rice and fruit plantations. The idyllic will no doubt refresh your senses and to top it up with a ride on a hand-rowed Sampan will serve as an icing.


Places Covered

  • DAY 01: ARRIVE IN HO CHI MINH CITY
  • DAY 02: HO CHI MINH CITY - CU CHI TUNNELS
  • DAY 03: HO CHI MINH CITY - MY THO (MEKONG DELTA)
  • DAY 04: DEPART FROM HO CHI MINH CITY

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 01: HO CHI MINH CITY ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City, you will be met by our guide and taken to your hotel for checking-in. Once refreshed you are free to explore the city on your own.

Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 02: HO CHI MINH CITY - CU CHI TUNNELS

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to visit the Cu Chi tunnels, a memorial to the Vietnamese guerrillas who lived and died there in wars against the French and Americans, located 75 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City.

In the afternoon, you will go on a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City, starting with the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Post Office, the Reunification Palace, Thien Hau Pagoda, and Cho Lon district. Afterwards, you will stop at Ben Thanh market, where you can walk and explore the local market and possibly pick up some gifts.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 03: HO CHI MINH CITY - MY THO (MEKONG DELTA)

The next morning, you will depart to My Tho located in the Mekong Delta, which is a scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. In My Tho, you will first visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda before taking a boat ride across Mekong river. View the stilt houses, the fruit plantation and fishing villages along the river banks to Tortoise Island. After lunch, you will continue the boat ride to An Khanh, a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, where you will experience a cruise on a hand-rowed sampan. Post this you will undertake a short cycling trip (optional at extra charge and time permitting) and on arrival enjoy the seasonal fruit and honey tea to the sound of Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by locals. Here you will visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, tasting the delicious coconut candy, and observe the pastoral life while roaming through the fruit plantation and village. With this your day at Mekong ends, return to Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of the day available for leisure activities.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 04: HO CHI MINH CITY - DEPARTURE

You will have time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Package Inclusions:
  • Hotel Accommodation with breakfast, based on twin sharing as per itinerary
  • Private English speaking guide
  • Private boat for sightseeing in Mekong Delta
  • Entrance fees & Sightseeing as indicated
  • Meals at local restaurant as mentioned
  • Visa approval letter
  • One bottle of mineral water every day
Package Exclusions:
  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee
  • Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Surcharge for special request on food, and meals
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Tipping for guide and driver
  • Camera and Video Recorder Tickets are NOT INCLUDED in the mentioned cost of Sightseeing & Transfers.
  • Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
  • All other service not stated in the program
  • Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve: TBA *

Cancellation Policy:

  • More than 30 days prior to trip departure: ₹1000 per person
  • 20-30 days before departure: 25% of the full payment
  • 15-20 days before departure: 60% of the full payment
  • Within 15 days before departure: 80% of the full payment
  • No Show: No Refund

Accommodation Details

Deluxe Accommodation
Ho Chi Minh City: Majestic Saigon Hotel, New World Saigon hotel or similar (based on availability)

Premium Accommodation
Ho Chi Minh City: Grand Silverland Hotel, Golden Central Saigon or similar (based on availability)

Standard Accommodation
Ho Chi Minh City: Elios Hotel, Hoang Hai Long Hotel or similar (based on availability)

The above accommodation photos are indicative

Additional Information about the Destinations

Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market, Source Flickr,Inerich

Ho Chi Minh or popularly known as Saigon, is a high-octane city, driving Vietnam forward with its boundless energy. Sprawling rapid modernization and the ghosts of the past through its timeless alleys, Saigon invokes strong feelings. The largest city of Vietnam and once reputed as a former capital, Saigon is a conundrum of the old and modern worlds blending seamlessly into one.

Smells of the coffee and the baking bread, the mad honking traffic and crowded streets will be one of your first encounters in this city. But when you wander through the lanes to its pagodas or teeming bazaars, you will only be left charmed. The Jade Emperors Pagoda, the War Remnant Museum, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace, Fine Arts Museum, Theme Parks and Bonsai Dinner Cruise on Saigon River are some of the must-sees and the must-dos in this city.

We strongly recommend that you take time to experience and explore the city !!

Cu Chi tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnel

While history may not be everyone's favourite subject, we are confident that the Vietnam War of 1960 is something that everyone has heard off. Even prior to this historic war, the Vietnamese were trying to overthrow the French occupation. These campaigns against world powers required the technologically-backward peasants living in the districts outside of Ho Chi Minh City to resort to some novel means of not just fighting, but surviving. Most incredibly, these people dug a massive system of tunnels in the Cu Chi district, using just basic equipment and their own hands, and moved to living underground.

Nearly 16,000 people came to live in these tunnels that run for more than 200 kms, forcing Americans to send soldiers, and even dogs, to try and flush out the guerrillas. Historians have recorded that people even married and raised families in these tunnels while the war raged on the ground above. Ultimately, only about 6,000 people survived to continue life after the Americans moved out. The 'Cu Chi Tunnels' are a testament to nearly three decades of perseverance. Today, Cu Chi and the nearby villages might be flourishing, but they continue to feel the impact of such prolonged warfare.

For the foreign traveller, the Cu Chi tunnels might seem to be just another stop on the tourist trail through Vietnam, but for many locals, this is a marker of a violent chapter in the country's history, and is much revered as a shrine dedicated to the sacrifice of generations of patriotic Vietnamese.

We advise that while visiting the tunnels everyone should try to experience how difficult it is to life in this underground city.

Mekong Delta - My Tho

In Vietnamese Mekong is called Cuu Long, meaning Nine Dragons. This is after the nine branches of the Mekong River that flows into the sea. This delta is a landscape of green fields and sleepy villages, crisscrossed by the brown canals and rivulets fed by the Mekong River. This area yielding more than enough rice to feed the country with sizable surplus is popularly known as the 'rice basket' of Vietnam. But the uniqueness of this side of the country lies in the life along the river. The quaint riverside towns, its floating markets, orchards, are the highlights of the delta.

Proximity to Ho Chi Minh has made My Tho the focal point to explore the Mekong Delta receiving influx of tourists who wish to explore the Mekong region. The city itself has limited spots of interest which includes the Vinh Trang Pagoda and the lakes (beautiful if viewed at night). To its proximity lie less touristy places that are worth exploring such as Ben Tre, Phu Quoc, Tra Vinh and Can Tho. You could either choose to commute by the local sampans along the canals or cycle along the trails in this region.

The Do's & Dont's

Do's:

  • Pack comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Keep an extra set of clothes handy
  • Carry your camera, we are sure that you will have a field trip taking photos in this trip
  • Pack sunscreen lotion and mosquito repellent
  • Always carry an extra plastic bag to store waste, which can be later disposed into bins
  • Make sure you have all your travel documents on you, at all times
  • Try and pick up some phrases in Vietnamese prior to undertaking the trip
  • Familiarize yourself with the itinerary, and gain some understanding of the culture to avoid any faux pas

Dont's:

  • It's impolite to click pictures of tribal people without prior permission. Always ask
  • Don't forget to have a very good time