Sights of the South

Discover Vietnam's southern wonders with explorations of Saigon and Cu Chi Tunnels, the cool climate of Dalat and a fabulous beach break in the sunshine in Phan Thiet.

DAY 1 - Saigon

Arrive in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day sightseeing in Saigon.

Saigon is the largest of Vietnamese cities, and one will see the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life everywhere. There are street markets, pavement cafes and sleek new cafes and pubs. The city churns and bubbles. Yet within this teeming metropolis are 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture. Overnight in Saigon.

DAY 2 - Saigon

Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Tay Ninh. Cu Chi was an important base during the American War, because of its strategic location. The Vietcong built a 200 kilometre long network of tunnels connecting command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Dug out of hard laterite by hand tools without the use of cement, this amazing network was never discovered. Tay Ninh serves as the headquarters of one of Vietnam’s religions, Caodism. The Caodai Great Temple at the sect’s Holy See is one of the most striking structures in all of Asia and was built between 1933 and 1955. The area’s dominant geographic feature is Nui Ba Den (Black Lady Mountain), which towers 850 metres above the surrounding plains. Overnight in Saigon.

DAY 3 - Saigon

Excursion to My Tho with a boat trip to Mekong River Islands. From Saigon, transfer to My Tho, a bustling town in the rich agricultural region of the Mekong Delta and visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, a beautiful temple and a sanctuary for orphans and other needy children. Afterwards board a local boat to explore the islands of the Mekong, stopping at a fruit orchard to enjoy fruit and tea while listening to local music. The trip also includes a brief sampan ride through the tiny waterways that thread the island. Overnight in Saigon.

DAY 4 - Saigon - Dalat

Travel by vehicle from Saigon to Dalat. Excursion to Lat Village.

LAT VILLAGE: the nine hamlets of Lat Village (population 6,000) are at the base of Lang Bian Mountain. The ethnic groups to be found here are the Lat, Chill, Ma and Koho, who make their living growing rice, coffee, black beans and sweet potatoes. Overnight in Dalat.

DAY 5 - Dalat

Sightseeing in Dalat. Dalat is in a temperate region dotted with lakes, waterfalls, evergreen forests and gardens. It is by far Vietnam’s most popular honeymoon spot. Overnight in Dalat.

DAY 6 - Dalat - Phan Thiet

Travel by vehicle from Dalat to Phan Thiet. Journey east along Highway 20 with spectacular views of the coast as the road heads towards Phan Rang. Ninh Tuan Province, where Phan Rang is located, is home to tens of thousands of descendents of the Cham people. Continue on Highway 1 along the coast to Phan Thiet. Overnight in Phan Thiet.

DAY 7 - Phan Thiet (No local guide)

Spend the day at leisure in Phan Thiet. Overnight in Phan Thiet.

DAY 8 - Phan Thiet (No local guide)

Spend the day at leisure in Phan Thiet. Overnight in Phan Thiet.

DAY 9 - Phan Thiet

Travel by vehicle from Phan Thiet to Saigon.

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