Arrive in Saigon and check in your hotel. At yout first day in Saigon, you can make a city tour on your own. Initially, stop by a bookstore to buy a map of Ho Chi Minh City. There are hihgly recommended places to visit: the Opera House, the Opera House and the Peoples’ Committee Building, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Ben Thanh Market, Cholon-Chinatown. And more detail about 1-day city tour in HCMC at…
Option 1: To be more comfortable, you can book half a day tour to Cu Chi Tunnel at a trustworthy travel agency providing you full of services such as: tour guide, means of transportation, meals and entrance tickets. At Cu Chi Tunnel, you are highly in experience of walking on your knees in a tiny and dark tunnel which is about 2 km (1.24 miles) long. It was the place where people travel back and forth to survive during the war half a century ago. Then, when coming back the city center, you can take a rest at your hotel. A dinner buffet at Binh Quoi Tourist Resort will end the day well. The buffet starts serving at 5 p.m. They offer a wide range of Vietnamese traditional delicacy satisfying different tastes. Moreover, you can take some memorable photos of Vietnamese countryside landscape in the resort nearby also which has been decorated in a serene and relaxing way for dining.
Option 2: Can Gio – Ecological tour is suitable for those who are nature lovers and want to be a friend with nature in a day. You can have more information at 5 ideas for a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City.
Your trip to Southern Vietnam cannot be perfect without visiting the Mekong Delta. Booking in advance at travel agency is a great idea, especially in peak seasons like summer.
Day 3: After having breakfast in Ho Chi Minh City, leave for My Tho City with 2-hour driving from Ho Chi Minh City. Once arriving at My Tho City, you can take a boat ride to the Tortoise Island – Hon Quy where you can have lunch in the green landscape of various plants around. Then, you also have a chance to see the manufacturing process of coconut candies and buy sweets made from coconut as your souvenir. Visitors are additionally able spend a whole sitting day in the fruit garden, trying on tropical fruits and relax in a peaceful atmosphere. In the evening, just take a boat back to your hotel and rest.
Day 4: Arriving in Can Tho, which is 180 km (112 miles) from Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you can have a chance to take a boat trip around floating markets (Phong Dien or Cai Rang) – a unique cultural activity of Mekong Delta- the watery kingdom. To be more specifically, a floating market is a market on the river where people use boats for selling and buying activities. Fruits are the most popular. If you are a big fan of fruits, you shouldn’t miss any kinds of fruits here because they are all fresh, attractive and tasty. Besides, you can also try on Cau Khi (monkey bridge), a unique kind of bridge in Mekong Delta area. You might get a big surprise when visiting the rice noodle making villages.
It may take you 6 hours to get back to the city center. In the evening, you can spend time enjoying the nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City. There are plenty of options for you to consider: go ice-skating at Youth Cultural House, have dinner at Quan An Ngon restaurant or get a drink at street vendors near the Notre Dame Cathedral. You can have a look at “5 ideas to spend your evening in HCMC” for more detail.
You are in love with shimmering sunshine, wavery seascape and sandy beaches, aren’t you. In this case, Vung Tau may probably be an appropriate option for you. From Ben Thanh market, you can take bus no. 26 to Mien Dong Bus Station where you can get a fare for a riding to Vung Tau. The fare price is around $5-$6/each. Unless you are comfortable in traveling by bus, there are always package tours available for you at a travel agency. One way trip takes about 3 hours.
Arriving in Vung Tau, you can swim, sunbathe or play sports on the sandy ground. You can try thrilling water sport games otherwise. Having fresh seafood right at the beach is moreover a great idea. Souvenirs are also available that in case you want a better price, try to bargain.
After having breakfast, from Ben Thanh market, you can to get to Dam Sen Theme Park, one of the largest amusement parks in Vietnam by taking bus no. 11. Remember to take a taxi for less hassle in case you feel inconvenient with buses. At Dam Sen Park, there is a lot of entertainment which are suitable for people of all ages. Kids may like the mini roller coaster while the adults may prefer thrilling and adventurous games. Unlike other parks in Western culture, there are no kind of package tickets or entrance fee for visitors except the ticket for each ride that you yearn to play. In the evening, you can go shopping at some well-known and exciting malls such as Diamond Plaza, Vincom Center, Parkson, Now Zone or simply pump into Ben Thanh night market.