Fly to Saigon today and transfer to your hotel upon arrival in Saigon.
A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity, and motion. Everywhere you look, you can see the convergence of traditional and modern life.
Begin the trip into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s-style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975, signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.
Afterward, drive to the historic center to visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon’s most interesting pagodas. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside).
Finally, end up at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts.
Cu Chi Tunnels: Never discovered by American forces, the Cu Chi Tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapons factories.
Today, walk through the area and learn about the day to day life of the Vietcong, and witness the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists.
After a journey through Ben Luc and Tan An, proceed to Ben Tre to take a boat trip on the Mekong River to the Vam Xep canal where local handicrafts and coconut sweets are produced.
Enjoy freshly-seasonal fruits, a traditional performance, and observe the local life. Take a short ride on a motor cart to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea.
Proceed by sampan through the small canals to observe the daily life of local people along the riverbanks with some stops for a leisurely stroll.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.