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Vietnam Tours > Discovery Trips >  Highlight of the South( 8 day )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHT OF THE SOUTH
8day trip
Trip code: VNHL8


This trip covers the best highlights of South Vietnam: Cuchi Tunnels, endless Mekong waterway, charming Dalat, Golden beach Nhatrang, little township of Phanthiet.

 

This trip covers the best highlights of South Vietnam. We start our trip by a visit to the intricate network of the Cu Chi Tunnels, constructed by the Viet Cong during the American War. Also included are the charming beaches and islands of Nha Trang as well as the colonial hill station of Dalat, where the art deco villas of Bao Dai, Vietnam's last emperor, and the old French governor-general's Residence still remain and we have the chance to explore endless waterways of Mekong Delta.

Day 1 :
Ho Chi Minh city - Cuchi Tunnels
This morning begins with a 1 hour 45 minute drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels lie 75 km northwest of Saigon . At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon all the way to the Cambodian border ... something like 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s, let the Viet Minh and, later, the Viet Cong, control a huge rural area. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was several stories deep and housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth, going to school. They only came out at night to furtively tend their crops.

The ground here is hard clay, which made this whole thing possible. But even so, the planning and construction was incredible. People dug all this with hand tools, filling reed baskets and dumping the dirt into bomb craters. They installed large vents so they could hear approaching helicopters, smaller vents for air and baffled vents to dissipate cooking smoke. There were also hidden trap doors and gruesomely effective bamboo-stake booby traps. Today, the trees and bushes have grown back. And since 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for tourism. There are what some guidebooks call the "real" tunnels at Ben Dinh. They remain unlit and mostly unreconstructed, which means chunky Westerners shouldn't even try.
(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 2 :
Mekong Delta
Our tour starts with a drive through the Mekong Delta to Cai Be floating market, from here we will board our river boats for a cruise along the endless waterways of the mighty Mekong to visit Caibe floating market. One of our stops will be to a small restaurant serving the local delicacies on the river. We will arrive at the lush orchards of Vinh Long where we will be treated local style lunch in lush orchard gardens. In the afternoon we drive to Cantho which is considered to be the heart of the Mekong Delta. We will stay for the night at our hotel.  
(Breakfast, and Lunch included)

Day 3 :
Mekong Delta - Saigon
After having breakfast, we will then drive to Phong Dien floating market for a nice shot to bubbling laden boat of spectacular hustling & bustling market before we proceed further to Soctrang where we visit the Clay and Bat pagoda. We drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
(Breakfast included)

Day 4 :
Saigon - Dalat
This morning we leave Ho Chi Minh City and head for the hills, literally. The scenic 7 hour drive along Highway 20 to Da Lat will be broken up by stops at some of the tea and coffee plantations along the way. We will stop for lunch at the picturesque Dambri falls, about 15km from the highway. Here you may get the chance to have your photo taken next to an elephant! Arriving at Da Lat, sometimes known as the “City of Eternal Spring,” by late to mid afternoon, there will be the chance for a short walk to get the feel of this delightful city. We will begin with a visit to the Lam Ty Ni pagoda to meet Vien Thuc, a monk who is fluent in six languages. We follow this with a trip to the summer palace of Vietnam's last Emperor, Bao Dai. Bao Dai was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of World War II and spent the rest of his life in voluntary exile in France where he was educated as a child. It is believed that he spoke better French than Vietnamese. From here we visit the rather bizarre and very aptly named Crazy House, a brightly painted concrete house which winds itself around trees, mimicking their shapes. It now functions as a guesthouse. This evening we will head out to one of the fine restaurants of Da Lat.
(Breakfast included)

Day 5 :
Dalat-Nhatrang
Our drive today will take us out of Da Lat and back down the Prenn Pass for a stop at the “Chicken village,” so-called because of its statue of a chicken, inhabited by the Koho minority people. From here we will head east and down the Ngoan Muc pass to the coastal lowlands. Our destination for today is Nha Trang, the country’s premier Resort town. This part of the country was once inhabited by an ancient civilization known as the Cham, and our next stop will be at the Po Klong Garai Cham tower. This amazing structure, which has endured the test of time, the elements and indeed war, was built in the 13th century. We will stop for a late lunch at Cam Ranh Bay and arrive in Nha Trang by mid to late afternoon.
(Breakfast included)  

Day 6 :
Nhatrang-Phanthiet
Nhatrang is Vietnam's premier beach resort with a sugar white beach shaded by swaying palms and lapped by the warm South China Sea. It is easy to see why. A busy fishing town with picturesque scenery in its charming harbor, Nhatrang boasts beautiful ancient towers built by the architects of Champa Kingdom. No wonder Vietnam's last emperor, Baodai set his summer villa here overlooking the South China Sea and Nhatrang Bay. To make it complete, Nhatrang has beautiful beaches and stunning site. A boat trip to nearly by fishing villages or a scuba diving trip or just have a mineral mud-both at nearby by natural mud spa is absolutely wonderful when stay in Nhatrang. In the afternoon we drive to Phanthiet
(Breakfast included)

Day 7 :
 Phanthiet
The sleepy fishing town of Phathiet is about 200 km up the coast from Ho Chi Minh city. Today we have whole day at leisure to explore sand dunes are just relax on quiet beach.
(Breakfast included)


Day 8 : Phanthiet - Ho Chi Minh city
At leisure at this lovely beach destination. We then transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city in time for your flight home.
(Breakfast included)  


Trip includes
ü English speaking guide
ü All transportation and transfers
ü All accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfast
ü Meals as indication
ü Admission fees and permits where applicable

Trip excludes
ü Airfares & airport taxes
ü Pre/post trip arrangement
ü Visa and visa arrangement
ü Travel insurance
ü Other personal expenses

Trip cost
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Accommodation
Saigon: Rex hotel
Dalat: Novotel Dalat
Nhatrang: Que Huong hotel

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