SAI GON ARRIVAL & CITY TOUR
Upon arrival at the airport and after clearing the immigrations and customs, meet with your guide and embark on your comfortable car for transferring to the hotel for check-in.
In the afternoon, visit the charming Saigon.
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. A walking tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks is a must. Transfer to Dong Khoi street., or Rue Catinat as it was known in the time of the French occupation, to discover some of the beautiful French colonial buildings built in the late 19th and early 20th century. Appreciate the splendidly restored exteriors of the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville which are still two of the finest buildings in Saigon. Wander up to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris. (Visit outside, under renovation now). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustav Eiffel, before he had risen to fame for the Eiffel Tower.
The former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, is a short drive away and reveals the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Drive back you hotel.
EXCURSION TO MEKONG DELTA (B)
Depart for a 2 hour drive from Saigon to My Tho, 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 embark 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 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. Engage in a casual 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 taking 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.
Enjoy some local delicacies for lunch (on own account) and continue driving to Can Tho.
Check in your hotel and overnight in Can Tho.
FLOATING MARKET OF CAI RANG - SAI GON (B)
Early start cruising on a small motorized boat toward the biggest & most colorful floating market of Cai Rang
The FLOATING MARKET will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish, some boats loaded with “French Baguette”, rice noodle soups, coffee, soft drinks… all jostling for trade. At the floating market sellers advertise their wares by crying out across the waters. If the water level not too high, we will have a visit to the lush orchards, where we enjoy delicious tropical fruits and an opportunity to interact with local people.
Back to your hotel for relaxation, fresh-up, then check out and ready for a drive (3-hour) back to Saigon.
Overnight in Saigon.
SAI GON/ DEPARTURE (B)
Day is at leisure till transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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