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Vietnam's Southern Charms - 5 Days


Discover the allure of the region headquartered from your luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh and Can Tho with this Vietnam’s Southern Charms package.

Travel through Vietnam’s picturesque terrain while making your way to the Mekong Delta.

Upon arrival in the Delta board the elegant 'Bassac' boat for a luxury overnight cruise of the Mekong River with visits to the colorful floating markets in this Vietnam tour.


Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City Arrival


An Exo Travel guide will greet you and transfer by private car through the city to the Park Hyatt Hotel.

Saigon, the economic hub of Vietnam, blends Chinese, colonial and modern influences. The huge number of people, shops and stalls give Saigon, now named Ho Chi Minh City, a bustling atmosphere.

If you arrive early (please inform us if you’d like an early check in), we recommended indulging in some spa treatments (optional extra).

Overnight at the Park Hyatt, Ho Chi Minh City

Distance & journey times:

Saigon’s airport – City (12Km): 30 minutes


Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)


The half-day Vespa motorbike tour takes a unique look at familiar and not-so-familiar landmarks in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City, to reveal the city’s culture, architecture, religious practices and fascinating history.

This morning, head to Tao Dan Park to catch the bird lovers club (morning only, 0600 – 0900). Enjoy a local coffee while your tour guide explains about the history and practice of keeping birds in Saigon.

The next stop is the monument of Thich Quang Duc, a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death on June 11, 1963 to protest against the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem administration.

Then take a quick stop at the colorful Ho Thi Ky flower market before riding to the Funeral Home to get to know about Vietnamese funeral ceremonies & customs.

Roll through Chinatown to Nhi Phu temple built in the end of 17th century by Chinese immigrants from Fukkien Province. Although the exact construction date is unknown, an inscription on the pagoda's ancient bell dates the pagoda to pre-1765. Nhi Phu Temple is built in a “Khẩu” (gate) architectural style with an open yard in the center. Its roof is covered with tubular tiles lined with bas-relief mosaics made from broken ceramics, depicting the eight immortals of Taoism including apricot trees, orchids, bamboo and of course dragons and phoenix.

Continue with a short walk through the alley full of tailor’s supplies. Then back to Nhi Phu temple to return to district one by bike. On the way stop at a Chinese Medicine shops for an explanation about “Thuốc Bắc - medicine from herbs” or”Thuốc tàu – medicine from China.”

Leaving Chinatown, we drive through the tunnel to District Two where we see downtown Saigon from a different perspective and we have a chance to see a developing Ho Chi Minh City.

Visiting a local market before heading back to district 1 for a twin set of neighboring landmarks: the Post Office, noting the architecture and in particular the map of Saigon that shows where this modern city has come from, followed by Cathedral of Notre Dame (“Our Lady”).

Moving then to the remarkable Reunification Palace and the previous CIA Office before a drive down Dong Khoi Street (it means “people’s revolution”) allows us to correct a modern myth. We reveal the place where, in 1975, during the dying days of the former regime, the iconic photograph was taken of a helicopter lifting people out of Saigon.

A stop at the historic Opera House (now the Municipal Theatre) lets us talk about the history the square represents from the time it was the main road into the Bat Quay, to the French invasion, to the filming of Phil Noyce’s “The Quiet American”.

The final stop is an outside view of HCM City People’s Committee (formerly Hôtel de Ville) which is one of the most photographed buildings in Vietnam - notable for its gardens, ornate facade and elegant interior lit with crystal chandeliers. End the tour at your hotel.

For lunch dine with the locals at a restaurant which is a combination of Asian charm and a homely touch in an elegant setting. Loved by the Saigonese this cozy restaurant offers different kinds of traditional Hue dishes such as fresh spring rolls, Hue beef noodle and special dishes from the central part of Vietnam.

This afternoon step off the beaten track and take a stroll to the oldest quarter of the city (car at your disposal should you need it). Explore Saigon’s well-kept secret - Antiques Street (Le Cong Kieu), where genuine antiques are mixed in with genuine fakes: Aladdin oil lamps, carved wooden chests, Marelli copper fans, opium pipes, abacuses, etc. You can also find military cast-offs from the Vietnam War, and if you look hard enough, relics from the French Indochina era. Follow a typical street to reach the Beaux-Arts Museum, a superb neo-colonial building home to various modern arts. Explore the art galleries surrounding the museum, where local artists gladly display their talent.

A visit in Ho Chi Minh City would not be complete without a taste of its best ice cream - Fanny’s, a quaint little French atmospheric parlor offering everything from durian ice cream to lychee sorbet.

Overnight at the Park Hyatt, Ho Chi Minh City


Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B,L,D)


The Cuu Long region, which translates as 'Nine Dragons', otherwise known as the Mekong Delta is a great place to discover Vietnam. Amazing waterways hidden amongst vibrant tropical fruit gardens, bustling floating markets that offer a cornucopia of items and acres of emerald rice fields are what make this region so unforgettable.

After breakfast, depart for the Mekong Delta. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind as you travel through Vietnam’s picturesque countryside with its rice paddies and rural villages. Upon arrival in the Delta board the private ‘Song Xanh’, modeled after a traditional sampan. The boat’s small size allows you to discover the smaller canals and tributaries of this region. Your visit includes the home of Mr. Huyen Thuy Le, a character from the novel ‘The Lover’ by Marguerite Duras as well as Thien Hau Pagoda. Return to the boat for lunch. Continue to Can Tho stopping en-route at a Cao Dai Temple. Cao Daism is indigenous to South Vietnam and the colorful and unusual murals that cover the temple’s interior will blind you with their brilliance.

Before sunset, the last stop is at a splendid 19th century house where an unforgettable candlelight dinner will be served. After dinner, proceed for one hour to Can Tho where your sampan will be moor for the night.

Overnight aboard the Song Xanh Boat

Distance & journey times:

HCMC – Cai Be (120km): 2,5hours


Day 4 - Mekong Delta (B)


Vietnam's Southern Charms - 5 Days / 4 Nights - itinerary

Crossing the Mekong on the way to Cai Rang Floating Market, take in traditional sights such as rice barges, wooden ship building yards and even fruit drying along the Mekong’s banks. The main items sold here are fruit and vegetables and every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale are hung. The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even floating pho vendors.

After your visit of Cai Rang check-out and disembark before the drive to the Victoria Can Tho Resort. Situated on the banks of the Mekong, the resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. Your afternoon is free at leisure, lounge by the pool, as an added option has some spa treatments or simply enjoy the charming surroundings.

Overnight at the Victoria Can Tho Resort, Can Tho.


Day 5 - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B)


Vietnam's Southern Charms - 5 Days / 4 Nights - itinerary

Have breakfast at the hotel then return to Ho Chi Minh City. Your private car and guide will be at your disposal until your transfer by private car to Ton Son Nhat Airport for international flights or a domestic extension.


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