Take to the hidden back alleys of Saigon and taste incredible Pho and Banh Xeo… Be exhilarated by the acrobatic performance at the AO (Ahh Ohh) Show. Have your senses challenged as you dine in the dark.
Saigon is just the beginning of your independent journey to Southern Vietnam. As you travel deep into the farmlands of Vietnam you will marvel at the view over the rice fields near the Cambodian border. You have an amazing vantage point, the sensational Nui Sam Lodge on the only hill around near the remote town of Chau Doc. Also be part of the morning floating market near the Mekong Delta town of Can Tho.
Choose between Silver or indulge in Gold standard accommodation (or a mixture of both) during your tailor made independent Destination Journey. Your 8 night Southern Vietnam adventure is waiting for you to discover as you will be immersed into the real Vietnam, experiencing places and sights mainstream tourism mostly bypass. As this is a fully customised journey the sightseeing, inclusions and accommodation can be altered to your preference.
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CATEGORY: GOLD OR SILVER
- Private arrival transfer from Saigon airport to your chosen hotel
- 3 nights choice of hotel in Saigon Gold or Silver
- Gold – Intercontinental Saigon – Deluxe room
- Silver – Liberty Central Riverside – Premier River View room
Liberty Central Riverside
- Morning Backalleys and hidden places tasting tour
Start exploring Saigon by enjoying breakfast with Vietnam traditional food – Pho, in the small alleys of Ho Thi Ky. Then, we start the Saigon city tour with a visit to the colorful flower market (or local market) before entering the FITO traditional museum and its amazing collection of objects and facts about ancient medicinal techniques. Coffee tasting at bird singing coffee in Tao Dan park
Next, the Reunification Palace, the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The nearby Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883, is a major centre of Catholicism in modern Vietnam, and one of the city’s major landmarks. Visit Tan Dinh market that is the oldest market in the city where you will see the real local life of Saigon.
Have lunch at Banh Xeo – 46A Dinh Cong Trang. This is a famous Banh Xeo store located on Dinh Cong Trang street, specializes in serving huge Vietnamese sizzling crepe cake that comes with pork belly, shrimps and bean sprouts.
Transfer back to your hotel then free at leisure for relaxing in the afternoon
- Cu Chi tunnels by speed boat tour
Travel to Cu Chi as a VIP on one of our modern speedboats (SIC tour) arriving hours before the large tour groups. Your English-speaking guide will explain the life along the banks of the Saigon River as your boat gracefully slaloms through the water hyacinths. After the scenic one-hour boat trip our guide will take you through the historic Cu Chi Tunnels. A light breakfast will be served on the way to Cu Chi and a traditional Vietnamese lunch will be served after visiting the tunnels.
- AO (Ahh Ohh) acrobatic show
In the evening, our guide will take you to the theater for A O show. A “new circus” show à la Cirque de Soleil, À Ố Show is a new kind of art performance surpassing all the limits of previous art shows in Vietnam over the years. The audience is offered the opportunity to let their imagination run, set off by the visual creation and lighting of each performance. The chastity of bamboo, the basket boat and its use in the daily life of many Vietnamese are leading visuals for the show. During the 60 minute show, the audience is gently introduced to many different tones of emotion, and some may see flashes of their own reflection through the vivid yet poetical rendering. It is almost as if the audience were privy to a Vietnamese dream of life, survival, love and everything in between.
- Noir – Dinning in the dark sensory experience
For your dinner, embark on a sensory journey into a different world and savour exquisite tastes and textures in complete darkness at Noir – Dining in the Dark. You will be guided and served by blind or visually impaired staff who have been specially trained to share this experience of a new way of sensing the environment around you. Noir’s unique menus are a symphony of flavours which will stimulate your senses with textures and subtle flavours, coming to the forefront as you dine on unique dishes that have not been described beforehand. This one-of-a-kind experience will make you re-evaluate your perception of taste and smell, and open your mind.
- Sightseeing transfer from Saigon to Nui Sam Lodge Chau Doc
- 3 nights Nui Sam lodge Gold or Silver
Nui Sam Lodge
- Morning Tra Su Forest boat trip
Your driver and guide pick up you and start your trip to Tra Su forest. This sanctuary is located about 20 km from Chau Doc and covers an area of approximately 850 hectares. A wide variety of colorful birds and other animals can be found here: storks, bats, snakes, turtles … Particularly interesting to watch are birds that can walk on water: because of their low body weight they do not fall through the densely grown floating habitats. The locals in this area built their houses with bamboo canes and fastened the roofs in trees. During the Vietnam War, the Tra Su forest Cajuput was a base of revolutionaries.
Arrival Tra Su and board a boat to visit Tra Su forest located in Vinh Trung Commune, Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province. (Coming to Tra Su Forest, people will have a chance to enjoy precious moments living in harmony with nature as well as the wholesome atmosphere. Endowed with peace and tranquility, Tra Su Forest will certainly become a unique and attractive destination for tourists who love the beauty of nature.). After you visit on the waterways the boat will brings them back to pier
Chau Doc floating fish farm and house on stilts cruise
Board the slow boat to visit Floating Fish farm (see with client’s own eyes the people’s life on Floating Fish Farm, meets the fish farmers, see the fish being feed). After leaving the fish farm, we proceed to the Cham Village (Muslim Village), opportunities to contemplate Cham People’s Culture as well as visit Cham People’s weave fabric. The boat brings the tourist to back Chau Doc Tourist Pier and your trip finish at Chau Doc Pier, then transfer back hotel.
- Sightseeing transfer from Nui Sam Lodge Chau Doc to your hotel in Can Tho
- 2 nights Can Tho Choice of hotel Gold or Silver
Gold – Azerai Hotel Can Tho – Garden Room
Silver – Victoria Chau Doc – Superior Room
- Cycling tour of Can Tho area
Spend time for cycling in Ba Láng countryside, near Cái Răng floating market. Take a ferry to reach a peaceful village. Ride along the river and take time to observe the typical Mekong delta scenery. Stop in a garden, in a rice field on the way. Cross a bridge and continue riding on the path leading back to the ferry station. Cycling distance: 6 to 14km
- Dawn visit to floating markets
In the early morning: The floating markets are iconic, like the rice fields or the conical hat, they appear into one’s imagination when talking about Vietnam. Let’s not skimp on the icons… Wake up early and make yourself comfortable on a breakfast cruise to Cai Rang floating market. This is by far, the best way to enjoy the outing, with nice food and fresh fruit juices. Then grab your camera, bargain for a watermelon and feel this unique vibe before returning to the pier.
- Transfer from Can Tho to your Saigon Hotel
- 1 night choice of hotel in Saigon Gold or Silver
- Gold – Intercontinental Saigon – Deluxe room
- Silver – Liberty Central Riverside – Premium Riverside room
- Private transfer from your Saigon hotel to the airport
- 15 January – 30 April $1850
- 01 May – 30 September $ 1750
- 01 October – 31 December $ 1882
- 15 January – 28 February and 01 – 30 April $2245
- 01 March – 31 March $ 2364
- 01 May – 30 September $ 2134
- 01 – 30 October and 1 – 24 December $ 2260
- 01 – 30 November $ 2379
All prices per person twin share
All prices in AUD per person, twin share and conditions apply. Subject to availability at the time of booking and currency fluctuations. Amendments to duration and inclusions are permitted.
This individual travel itinerary has been especially hand created and is a sample of the choices on offer at each destination in Southern Vietnam. Durations, locations, hotels and touring can be altered to suit your individual requirements and needs. When you speak with us we will tailor and book your travel arrangements to your exact tastes and budget to ensure your individual experience is perfect for you. We aim in providing you your ultimate holiday to amazingly interesting destinations.
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