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Vietnam City & Beach Getaway - 8 Days - Feb to Apr.19

Vietnam City & Beach Getaway - 8 Days - Feb to Apr.19

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

From: R 20,951.00
Per Person Sharing Inc Tax
  • Prices

    JNB: R 20,951.00 PPS
  • Trip Reference

    #9651
  • Flights

    Flights Included
  • Duration

    8 Days
  • Valid From

    10th of February 2019 (Sunday)
  • Valid To

    30th of April 2019 (Tuesday)
  • Expires

    31st of January 2019 (Thursday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: Yes
    European Union: Yes
    American: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview

If Vietnam is on your bucket-list then this Vietnam City and Beach Getaway tour may be for you, your partner or friend!

Historic and scenically beautiful, Vietnam is also thought provoking and moving.

About the Holiday

Itinerary

Day 1

Day 1: Saigon Arrival (Flight details will be advised later - own tickets)
Upon arrival, welcome and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure
Meals: None
Accommodation:
4 star: Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel/ Deluxe No extra bed
3 star: Le Duy Hotel / Deluxe

Day 2: Saigon - Cu Chi - Saigon
From Saigon, enjoy a 2-hour drive northwest of Saigon to the famous Cu Chi tunnels. The tunnel complex was initially started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, storage facilities for food and weapon caches as well as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the American war. A visit to the underground villages will provide a better understanding of the tunnels' history, the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during combat. Return to Saigon and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Saigon is the country's commercial centre and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. Enjoy a city tour to admire Saigon's historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris (it is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office. Continue your visit with the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, revealing the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Further, drive to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight of the American war through the local's eyes (Please note that some of the photos are very graphic). Then sit down at The House of Saigon coffee shop for a break and a little personal interaction with your guide over a cup of coffee. Your guide will give you some interesting tips such as how to cross the road without breaking a sweat or to say a few simple words in Vietnamese as well as offer an insight of the local's daily lives. Dinner at local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:
4 star: Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel/ Deluxe No extra bed
3 star: Le Duy Hotel / Deluxe

Day 3: Saigon - Ben Tre - Saigon
Depart for a 1.5-hour drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, one of the country's southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Take in the lush surroundings of rice paddies and fruit farms alongside the highway as you leave behind the busy city. Arrive at the waterfront pier and hop on an enjoyable motor boat excursion, take a glimpse at the Delta scenery, houses built on stilts and local fish farms along the way. Upon arrival at Turtle Island, visit a local house and be introduced to the owner, sample freshly picked fruit and coconut milk while relaxing in the natural surroundings of fruit orchards. Chat with your host and stroll through the garden to get an insight into daily farming life. Take some time to enjoy a leisurely walk through the village observing tropical gardens along the way. You will have the chance to see a family run-business where they make coconut candy directly in front of the pier. Continue on your journey by sampan, be paddled by a personalized rower while you take the time to explore the maze of small canals. Bid farewell to your friendly boat rower, take a short stroll under through a shaded area of coconut gardens before reaching a rest-stop to enjoy a cup of honey tea and a traditional folk song performance. Lunch will be served at My Tho, taste some local delicacies before returning to Saigon mid-afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:
4 star: Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel/ Deluxe No extra bed
3 star: Le Duy Hotel / Deluxe

Day 4: Saigon - Phan Thiet
This day you will be picked up by your guide then transfer to Phan Thiet (before 10h00). Upon arrival, welcome and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is your own free time at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:
4 star: Blue Ocean Resort Phan Thiet/ Standard Room
3 star: Bamboo Village Resort / Dove Cottage

Day 5-7: Phan Thiet
Enjoy your leisure time on the sunny beach.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:
4 star: Blue Ocean Resort Phan Thiet/ Standard Room
3 star: Bamboo Village Resort / Dove Cottage

Day 8: Phan Thiet - Saigon - Saigon Departure (Flight details will be advised later - Own tickets)
Meet with your guide at the hotel lobby then transfer back to Saigon and connect your international flight.
Meals: Breakfast.

Arrival Tips:
Vietnam: If you are unable to find the Trails of Indochina transfer staff, please call our operations manager for immediate assistance on +84(0)918 713456 or the local emergency number listed on your voucher.

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Return flights from Johannesburg to Saigon based on availability in the lowest category airfare
  • Approximate taxes and airline levy
  • Return airport to hotel transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation at Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel in Saigon
  • 4 nights accommodation at Blue Ocean Resort in Phan Thiet
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Private transportation on tour.
  • Sightseeing with local english speaking guides (one guide in each city).
  • Entrance fees and boat rides.
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days.

Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Saigon
  • Day 2: Cu Chi
  • Day 3: Ben Tre Local Boat
  • Day 4: Saigon - Phan Thiet
  • Day 5 - 7: Phan Thiet
  • Day 8: Phan Thiet - Saigon
Excludes
  • Medical and Travel insurance
  • Vietnam visa
  • Other meals where not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks/water at included lunches and dinners
  • Hotel early check in/ Late check-out
  • Tips & gratuities
  • All Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned
Package Conditions:

Peak season surcharges and block out dates may apply. 

Prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability. Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies & surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking. Valid for dates as specified. Group rates available on request.

Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and is located near the Mekong Delta. Ho Chi Minh City is still more commonly referred to as Saigon by locals and visitors alike.

Saigon began as a small fishing village known as Prey Nokor. The area that the city now occupies was originally swampland, and was inhabited by Khmer people for centuries before the arrival of the Vietnamese. In 1623, King Chey Chettha II of Cambodia (1618-1628) allowed Vietnamese refugees fleeing the Trinh-Nguyen civil war in Vietnam to settle in the area of Prey Nokor, and to set up a custom house at Prey Nokor. Increasing waves of Vietnamese settlers, which the Cambodian kingdom, weakened because of war with Thailand, could not impede, slowly Vietnamized the area. In time, Prey Nokor became known as Saigon.

The city has a tropical climate, with an average humidity of 75%. A year is divided into 2 distinct seasons: The rainy season which usually begins in May and ends in late November. The dry season lasts from December to April.

The streets, sidewalks, and outdoor markets are owned by the motorbikes, and not yet geared towards pedestrian traffic. You're spoiled for choice in Saigon, which offers the country's largest variety of Vietnamese and international food.

Although overshadowed by modern and Asiatic influences, a little of Ho Chi Minh City's French colonial charm still remains, evident in the graceful architecture, wide boulevards, and a sidewalk cafe society. It is not for the attractions that one visits Ho Chi Minh City however, but for the vibrancy of its street life, and its proximity to the Mekong Delta.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 09 January  2019.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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