Arrive in Ho Chi Minh, meet and greeted by your tour guide then transferred to the hotel in city center. Early check in is up on the room’s availability (Check-in time at the hotel is 14.00). Left of time, you can relax at leisure at your hotel or discover the city by yourself.
This evening, you will enjoy dinner at a restaurant cruise on Saigon River. Enjoy Vietnamese cuisine while admiring the colorful city's lights dotting along riversides.
In the morning, take a trip to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French. And it was continuing built over 25 years later. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a free fire zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors.
After Lunch, you will visit the City. First visiting is Reunification Palace which is formerly known as Independence Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace.
The Palace was designed by architect Ngo Viet Thu and was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates.
Continue to visit City Hall, Ho Chi Minh Monument and Central Post Office which was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. It has a neoclassical architectural style. It was designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in harmony with the surrounding area. Today, the building is a tourist attraction.
Right nearby, you can see Notre Dame Cathedral, a magnificent building located in the heart of the city and was established by French colonists. This cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet).
You trip will end at Ben Thanh market where you can see many kind of local product from fruit, food to clothes…
Transferring from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City at 7.30, you will reach Cai Be at 10.00am. We will pick up you at the first stop-over - Cao Dai Temple in Cai Be which is symbolizing for the local unique religion and then the Cai Be Cathedral.
After that, you will embark on the boat to visit the inland and floating markets of Cai Be to observe the daily life of local people as well as to know how the two markets different from each other.
You will buy fresh tropical fruits right at locals’ own boats and have chance to talk to them for exploring more their own culture value along with their daily life.
Leaving the market, you will continue with a hand-rowing boat tour to discover the exciting Mekong river life. The small boat will travel through the tiny canals and lead you to our mysterious spots on the river.
Back to the main tourist boat and transfer to local hosted family (located on Tan Phong Island). Take a short rest, have a drink and taste the local fresh fruits.
Next, we will cycle around to visit Tan Phong Island. If it is on schoolday, you will also have a chance to make friends with local cute and gentle pupils in a village school. Stop at a local farmer’s house to savor a cup of tea and local specialties of banana candies. You can try plucking the fruits at the host’s garden and talk to him to understand how local farmers take care for their gardens.
Saying goodbye to the hospitable host, we keep on biking to the bang conical hat (nón bàng) workshop if they open. You will cycle back to the family for lunch with local food and break before embarking on boat to leave Tan Phong Island for the pier to heading Can Tho.
Arrival in Can Tho, check in your local home-stay. Spend the night at the rustic home
Day 4: Can Tho - Floating market - Phu Quoc by flight
Meal provided: Breakfast
In the early morning, you will take a boat to Cai Rang floating market – The biggest whole sale tropical fruits on floating market. The shops and stalls at the market are boats of different sizes. Cai Rang Floating Market is open all day but it is busiest from sunrise to about 9am. The main items sold there are farm products and specialties of Cai Rang Town, Chau Thanh District and neighboring areas. Every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale are hung.
Drive back to your home-stay for breakfast. After that, check out your bungalow for transfer to Can Tho airport for a flight to Phu Quoc.
Welcome the pearl island of Vietnam. You will join the hotel’s shuttle for transfer to your hotel. Check in and relax.
This afternoon, you will have free time to relax at leisure, go swimming in the sea or discover the island by yourself.
This day, you will discover the Island both the North and South.
* Sim wine factory: When visit the Sim wine factory, you will have opportunity to see, hear from processing the delicious wines from fruit sim of owners sim wine production factory. After visiting, you can buy a bottle of sim wine to bring back home.
* Pearl Farm: There are many Pearl Shops on the Island, and here you will find some remarkable pearls and interesting information about the history of pearl farming on the island.
* Fish Sauce factory: this is the main industry of this Island.
*Coconut Prison: The coconut tree prison which is also known as “Phu Quoc Prison” is located in An Thoi Village, Phu Quoc. The prison was built by French people and use under French colony and American War.
* Fishing Village (Ham Ninh): You will find a jetty that extends a couple hundred meters out to sea to allow for the shallow waters along the coast here.
*Pepper Farm: You’ll find pepper plantations mostly around the island and most farmers won’t mind you stopping to take photos or viewing these amazing storks of pepper trees or the drying pepper. You can also buy pepper products to bring home as souvenirs, to impress your friends and relatives.
* Phu Quoc Dog Farm (Ridgeback dog): On the Island there is a sanctuary which is great fun for dog lovers to visit on their tour.
*Phu Quoc National Park(forest walking): There is a good walking trail 5km before Ganh Dau, where the going is relatively easy and trail wide enough to take in the surrounding environment.
* Cape Ganh Dau (Cambodia view): Just adventure through the village and you’ll find this little piece of paradise.
Day 7: Phu Quoc - Ho Chi Minh City by flight - Departure
Meals provided: Breakfast
Today is your final day. You are free to chill out and relax. Depending on your departure flight, you will join the hotel’s shuttle bus to Phu Quoc airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City then connect to your international flight. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.
· Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room. If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher.
· The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price.
· Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes
5 nights at 3 star hotels with breakfast in a Double/Twin/Triple
1 night home-stay in Can Tho
Visa approval letter if necessary
Breakfast is Buffet/Set-menu/A la Cart at the hotel
Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program
Travel by private A/C car with experienced driver Except the Shuttle for airport transfer in Phu Quoc
English speaking guide with legal license
All Meals, Entrance fees and Tour activities as dedicated in the program
Bottled water & wet towel on van during trip
Tipping for guide and driver
Visa stamping fee (US$25)
Visa approval letter for some special nationalities
Bank fees for both sides (Prefer cash on arrival)
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping)
Peak Season surcharge during Christmas, New Year and Lunar New Year
Other services which are not mentioned clearly in the “Including” item
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2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:
· Boutique & character hotels: from $50-$80 USD per room/ per night
· Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night
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· Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night
· High-end = Best of the best hotels fr om US$ 250++ per room/ per night
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Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.
This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.
Step 1: Provide us your application details • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport) • Your gender • Your date of birth • Your nationality • Your passport number • Your passport expiration dates ( with at least 3 vacats pagess and valid for at least 6 months) • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy) • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy) • Arrival airport
Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.
We will send the visa approval letter via email to you after 7 working days.
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).
Step 3: Get your visa stamp on your arrival Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($25 for single entry visa; $50 for 1 month multiple entry visa ). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.
Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.
For those who is applicable for E-visa, our travel experts will consult case by case.