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Patrick and I had a wonderful time in Vietnam - a holiday to remember. We loved the whole experience from the beautiful scenery, the delicious food, the friendly people and all the different modes of transport! By the end of the holiday we'd travelled by plane, boat (stunning trip around Halong Bay), train, car, horse & cart!!! The tour was very well organized. Our guides were always on time to meet us (this was especially good when arriving at stations after long train journeys) and were well informed. A special mention must go to our guide for the central region around Hue & Hoi An, Mr Chun (can't remember the correct spelling). He was exceptional. He had an amazing knowledge of the history, people and area and really impressed us. All the guides were friendly and helpful, however Mr Chun stood out for us.
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Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) or Mekong Delta or
    Cuchi Tunnels
Tour Type: Private Tour/Picking up from cruise ship
Start from: Nha Rong Port/ Lotus Port/ Navi Port in Saigon
Finish in: Nha Rong Port/ Lotus Port/ Navi Port in Saigon
 
 

PROGRAMS:

Program 1: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) City Tour from Saigon Port



AM: You will be picked up by our guide by the ship in the port. The transfer is app. 15 minutes to its centre. Saigon is not only sightseeing, but about street markets, where bargains are struck and deals are done; the pavement cafes, where stereo speakers fill the surrounding streets with a melodious thumping beat; and the sleek new cafes and pubs, where tourists chat over beer, pretzels, coffee and croissants.
Today you will have a sightseeing tour in Saigon which includes visits to:
Former Presidential Palace (the Reunification Palace), which is beautiful in its ugliness, a 1960s monstrosity designed with the help of Soviet architects. Most people will remember the image of a North Vietnamese tank crashing through the gates on 30 April 1975, signifying the fall of Saigon. The tank still graces the front lawn. Rooms open to the public remain exactly as they were in 1975, showing where important meetings were held during the war, as well as some of the private quarters of the president and his family. Most fascinating are a series of underground tunnels housing a telecommunications centre.

Cholon
(China Town) with Thien Hau Pagoda: Cholon is in District 5 and is a maze of narrow streets, bustling with people. Most of Vietnam's ethnic Chinese live here and they are the largest single ethnic minority group in the country. Merchants began to settle in Cholon in the 1770s, although many ethnic Chinese fled the country in 1975.
The Thien Hau Pagoda is one of Cholon's must-sees. It is dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau, protector of the sea. Photographers are spoilt for choice with the ornate decoration inside the pagoda and the statues of Thien Hau. It is popular with worshippers (the air is always heavy with the smell of incense).

Notre Dame Cathedral: The twin towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral have been a familiar landmark in Ho Chi Minh City since the 1880s. In front of the cathedral in a small garden is a delicate statue of the Virgin Mary. The interior of the cathedral is rather plain, unlike most French cathedrals, with no stained glass but it is a cool escape from the heat outside.

Former Post Office
: Across from the Notre Dame Cathedral, the vast Post Office was also built in the late 19th century in European style. The interior has hardly been touched since it was built and is dominated by a huge portrait of Ho Chi Minh. The building always seems busy but most people are just visitors rather than customers.
PM.: Transfer back to port. Arrive at the ship one hour prior to the departure time.
This is the sample program. The visits and programs can be modified to suit your inquiry and plan.

Cost Enquiry: Click here

Trip includes:
- Transportation by private vehicle with A/C
- All entrance fee to sightseeing sites as mentioned
- Private local English speaking tour guides
- All entrance fees and permits where applicable
- Port permit and tour permit from the local authority

Trip excludes:
- Meals
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam visa
- Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses

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Program 2: Cuchi Tunnels Tour from Saigon Port



AM: Pick up at the port by the ship. It will be about a 2 hour drive to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Just 65 km (40 miles) northwest of Saigon, the Cu Chi area lies at the end of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and was the base from which Ho Chi Minh guerillas used to attack Saigon. As a result the whole area became a "free fire zone" and was carpet-bombed in one of many American "scorched-earth" policies. But the residents of Cu Chi took their war underground, literally, developing a network of tunnels that, at its height, stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens, and triage areas - an effective network for waging guerilla warfare on nearby U.S. troops. The U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division was just next door, and there are detailed maps denoting land that was either U.S.-held, Vietminh-held, or in dispute. The sight supports a small museum of photos and artifacts, as well as an extensive outdoor exhibit of guerilla snares and reconstructions of the original tunnels and bunkers. Wear your "play clothes" if you choose to get down in the tunnels; the experience is dusty and claustrophobic.
PM: Transfer back to port and arrive at the ship one hour prior to the departure time.

Cost Enquiry: Click here

Trip includes:
- Transportation by private vehicle with A/C
- All entrance fee to sightseeing sites as mentioned
- Private local English speaking tour guides
- All entrance fees and permits where applicable
- Port permit and tour permit from the local authority

Trip excludes:
- Meals
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam visa
- Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses

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Program 3: Mekong Delta Tour from Saigon Port



AM: Pick up by the ship in the port. It will be about a 2 hour drive to visit the infamous My Tho in Mekong Delta. Upon arrival in My Tho, we embark on a boat navigating around the small canals in the delta region, which passing My Tho fruit market. Joining in with daily activities of local people and enjoy the atmosphere of water world along the canal and along the Tien river. The exciting cruise continue to Unicorn island, here you can taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy the local traditional music, performed by the islanders. Next stops are the coconut candy “mill” and some other local industries in Ben Tre province.
PM.: Transfer back to the ship.

Cost Enquiry: Click here

Trip includes:
- Transportation by private vehicle with A/C
- All entrance fee to sightseeing sites as mentioned
- Private local English speaking tour guides
- All entrance fees and permits where applicable
- Port permit and tour permit from the local authority

Trip excludes:
- Meals
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam visa
- Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses


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Planning your personalized travel on Private Asia Tours is easy and enjoyable. You can always change, modify, or adjust your package details to suit your travel plan, flight schedule and budget before actually making the final purchase. The custom-design service of PA Tours is absolutely free!


 

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