TOUR 31: Experience South Vietnam: Small Group Holiday Tour Package
16 Days. From AUD $3,520

 

This best of South Vietnam small group slow travel tour focuses on history, culture, scenery, a beach holiday, food and local experiences.

It is a great value small group tour package.

We start and finish in Ho Chi Minh city and take in the best destinations South Vietnam has to offer.

Four nights seaside, zero long travel days and two domestic flights mean even more time to relax.

 

ACCOMMODATION = (3 star hotels x 15 nights).

 

fish trading at the market in vietnam
view across halong bay in vietnam
women traders at a vietnamese market

From AUD $3,520

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
HO CHI MINH CITY, (SAIGON) - MEKONG DELTA - DANANG - HOI AN - NHA TRANG - NHA TRANG OFFSHORE ISLANDS - MUI NE - CU CHI TUNNELS.

Accommodation
 

  • Three-star hotels, (15 nights).

Transport
Bus, Train, Boat, Taxi, Plane.

Day Trips

  • Ho Chi Minh City tour, (half day).
  • Cu Chi Tunnels, (half day)
  • Mekong Delta, (full day).
  • Nha Trang islands tour, (full day).
  • All airport transfers.

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.  

Meals
19 meals included as per itinerary.
B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Tonight our South Vietnam small group best tour package will stay in; HO CHI MINH CITY - (More often than not still called Saigon by the locals).

On our arrival at  Tan Son Nhat airport, we will be met and transferred to our accommodation.

Our South Vietnam small group budget or standard accommodation tour officially starts when you check into your Ho Chi Minh city accommodation.

A welcoming dinner will be had in the evening.

Any free time in between could be used to visit the nearby Ben Thanh market or the Huynh Thuc Khang street market.

A taxi ride to Cholon will see you in either the Binh Tay or An Dong markets with the latter particularly good for clothing and cheap local eats. D.

Day 2:

 HO CHI MINH CITY - A lazy morning will be followed by a half day city tour which will include the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ngoc Hoang Pagoda, the Post Office and a Handicraft workshop.

A great chance to get the feel of this truly Asian city. B.

Day 3:

HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA - A full days tour with a local operator by bus and boats to the Mekong Delta to get a close-up view of the lifestyles of the locals.

Firstly by bus to the town of My Tho, 70  kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City. Then by boat, you will visit Dragon,  Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands. Sights along the way include a  fishing port and stilt villages.

Lunch will be had riverside in an orchard.

Then it will be by a small local rowing boat through some smaller jungle-shrouded channels to try some local fruits and honey as well as be entertained by some island villagers performing Southern Vietnamese folk music. B. L.

Day 4:

Tonight our South Vietnam small group holiday tour package will stay in; DANANG - After breakfast, our small group tour will transfer to the airport for the short domestic flight to the underrated Danang.

After checking into our hotel the rest of the day is free.

The main tourist attraction in Danang is the Museum of Cham sculpture.

The Danang cathedral and Cao Dai Temple are other places you may like to visit after that.

Danang also has a nice promenade along the river for a relaxing meander to check out the local activity. B.

Day 5:

DANANG - A totally free day to explore this laid back big city. With our riverside accommodation, we are away from the big city rush which makes for an even more relaxing exploration of the area.

Walk down to the Cham Museum of sculpture where the artefacts date back from the 7th to 15th centuries and are the finest collection in the world. The Danang Cathedral is nearby also. B.

Day 6:

Tonight our South Vietnam small group best tour package will stay in; HOI AN - A short transfer after breakfast will see our group tour in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed  Hoi An. 

If ever a Vietnamese town should be called charming or quaint then surely it must be Hoi An.

This extremely likeable and laid back town is the perfect place to stroll around and check out the local shops, markets and other sights amid a feeling of going back a century in time. B.

 

Day 7:

 

 HOI AN - Hoi An is also the place to look out for that quality tailor-made suit you were thinking about at bargain prices or just relax with a coffee by the Thu Bon River. 

Hoi An is a favourite with all travellers.

For sightseeing, there are numerous attractions on an easy half day meander around town. Start at the Phac Hat Pagoda followed by the Truong family chapel, the assembly hall of the Fujian Chinese congregation, the Quan Cong Temple, the Quan Am Pagoda and history museum, the Museum of Sa Huynh Culture, the Hoi An Church, the Japanese covered bridge and finish with a local coffee a glass of beer Hoi ("fresh", draught beer),  Riverside. The above sights are only a few of the many. 

Most places are free to visit while a few charge a small entrance fee or seek a donation. B.

But it will be the overall aura of it all that will have you raving about it like all those before you.

Day 8:

HOI AN -  Another free day to again soak up the atmosphere of Charming Hoi An.

Checking out the local riverside markets on yet another souvenir hunt is also an option today. 

Hoi An also has many great restaurants with a number of its own regional foods.

A banana flower salad at The nearby Bamboo restaurant just one well worth a try. B.

Day 9:

 

Tonight our Vietnam small group adventure holiday tour will stay in; NHA TRANG - After a lazy morning our small group tour will transfer back to Danang for an afternoon train to seaside Nha Trang arriving late in the evening. B.

 

Day 10:

 

NHA TRANG - A free day to relax or explore this large but very pleasant city by the sea.

This is the main seaside holiday destination of choice in Vietnam. Apart from lazing on the nearby scenic beach, there are numerous sightseeing options around town.

Remember to take off your shoes before entering the Po Nagar Cham  Towers which were built before the 12th century for Hindu worshippers and are still in use today by Buddhist followers.

Then it could be on to the Long Son Pagoda or the small Khanh Hoa Museum which houses some of Ho Chi Minh's personal effects among other things.

Again there are too many sights to list here but those who don't want the beach will not become bored.

We will again be surrounded by restaurants to suit all tastes with seafood the obvious first choice for many. B.

 

Day 11:

NHA TRANG - This morning a local boat operator will take our small group tour on a full days tour to some of the many offshore islands.

There will be a chance for a swim and a snorkel as well as seeing some interesting local life on an island or two. B. L.

Day 12:

NHA TRANG - Today is another day seaside to relax on the beach or explore further afield. Restaurants of all sorts close at hand.

Seafood perhaps?

Four nights in Nha Trang gives us a real chance to have a real beach holiday among all the other hectic city local experiences. ENJOY! B.

Day 13:

Tonight our Vietnam best tour package will stay in; HO CHI MINH CITY - Today our small group holiday tour takes the easy option with a very short domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City. B.

Hopefully, by now you will have mastered how to cross the roads so seeing more of the attractions will not hold as much fear of the teeming traffic chaos. Relatively easy in comparison to Hanoi.

There are lots to see and do. The War Remnants Museum is a truly gruesome look at the utter futility and horrors of war or on a lighter note the History, Fine Arts or museum of Ho Chi Minh City will keep you fully occupied.

Any further time could be used to visit the nearby Ben Thanh Market or the Huynh Thuc Khang street market.

A taxi ride to Cholon will see you in either the Binh Tay or An Dong markets with the latter particularly good for clothing and cheap local eats.

 

Day 14:

HO CHI MINH CITY - CU CHI TUNNELS - A local operator will take our small group tour on a half day tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, 30 kilometres away by bus. You will see a documentary film on the legendary tunnel system which is over 220 kilometres long.

For the slim and very brave you may wish to limbo along a short stretch of the tunnel to experience it first hand. 

Above the ground, you will see some of the booby traps and other ingenious contraptions used to survive in this tunnel city. B.

 

Day 15:

  • HO CHI  MINH CITY - A last free day for shopping, sightseeing and trying some more of the great food on offer.

    More rice paper or fried spring rolls, a bowl of Pho,(rice noodle soup), aromatic curries or other local speciality foods not seen back home, often cooked in coconut milk.

    Vegetarians won't be short on choice either as most things come in veggie options also.

    In the evening a farewell dinner will be had. B. D.

Day 16:

Our Vietnam small group vacation tour package is officially over when we check out of your Ho Chi Minh City accommodation. An airport transfer is included as always. B.

We can head home after a slow-moving holiday tour where we saw the major tourists attractions of the south and had some even better local experiences.

Four nights at the beach and zero long travel days mean we were rejuvenated as well.

 

Tour Departure Dates

2019
23 Feb, 09 Mar, 23 Mar, 20 Apr, 11 May, 25 May, 08 Jun, 22 Jun, 13 Jul, 27 Jul, 14 Sep, 28 Sep, 12 Oct, 26 Oct, 09 Nov, 23 Nov

Any other date on application. (Minimum two people).

Price

P/P, T/S,Land only; (Included is one way flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Danang).
AUD $3,520
Single Suppliment: AUD $2,090