Day 01: Saigon arrival (D)
Driving hotel from the Airport. Dinner on Saigon river.
Day 02: Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B, L, D)
Spend a day to explore the famous city of Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City including the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the newly restored Central Post Office, and the Opera House, the Reunification palace, the War Remnants Museum. Dinner will be at one of the restaurant named Vietnam House along old Rue Catinat, now known as Dong Khoi Street. Old Saigon comes alive at night and you’ll quickly see why it is called the Paris of the East.
Day 03: Cu Chi Tunnel (B, L)
Enjoy a morning drive through typical south-western Vietnamese countryside to Cu Chi district. Upon arrival in Cu Chi, we will start to experience ourselves the underground village of Cu Chi guerrilla fighters, the remain of a real bloody battle field which is simply a network of tunnels built during the long years of wars. The visit will be led by a VC veteran. Later we will take an opportunity to visit and observe the workshop of finely crafted lacquer ware. Free at leisure in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Optional: Cooking class and enjoy lunch
Day 04 & 05: Saigon – Sa Dec – Can Tho - Mekong Delta (B, L, D)
Enjoy a driving to the Cai Be countryside of full fruit garden in the complex of Mekong River system. Upon arrival, the typical wooden boat will pick us and bicycles to cruise deeply inside the country of beautiful green scenery where pure local life showing us its daily tranquil living. We will cross the lower part of Mekong delta where it can offer a basic idea of how it functions and affects to the people who are living in a world of tropical delta region in Vietnam. We make a little of trekking, biking and relaxing on the boat for 3 dimensional sightseeing. Finally, we arrive in Sa Dec where the Vietnamese, Chinese, Khmer living together in a peaceful sideband of Mekong River where the war has gone so far.
The concept formation story L’Amant of Madam Marguerite Duras and the drama movie The Lover was directed by Jean Jacques Annaud that was made in Sa Dec. Production began in 1989, with filming commencing in 1991. The film made its theatrical debut on 22 January 1992, with an English release in the United Kingdom in June and in the United States in October of the same year. The film won the Motion Picture Sound Editor’s 1993 Golden Reel award for "Best Sound Editing — Foreign Feature" and the 1993 César Award for Best Music Written for a Film.
The next morning, we visit the Huynh Thuy Le ancient house (the house of the movie The Lover), Kien An Cung pagoda then take a boat to the canal that leads to Can Tho. We will cycle for 5 Km of crossing the rice paddy and stopover at a farmer family. Have you ever been invited for Lunch with a local farmer family in Mekong delta? Right here, you will self-explorer how accurately a local family in a truly contact.
At 15:00 Pm, the van will pick us up for driving to Can Tho for hotel check in and dinner will be available on the local cruising boat.
Day 06: Can Tho - Sai Gon (B, L)
After breakfast, check out hotel and board the rowing motor boat for a 2 ½ hour to visit Cai Rang floating market with stops at a Bun Tau noodle factory and a rice husking mill. You can even try passing one of the many fragile monkey bridges along the canals. After lunch in Cantho, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 07: Sai Gon - Departure (B)
Relax until our car will pick up at hotel and transfer to airport for your ongoing flight
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