South of Vietnam Overland Tour
South of Vietnam Overland Tour - 5 Days
Style: Vietnam Sightseeing Tours
Hightlights: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Vinh Long - Can Tho - Thot Not - Chau Doc - Tra Su Cajuput Forest
Description: Capture the essence of Vietnam with a comprehensive North to South trip. Visit the natural splendour of the North, continue to the historic charm of the Central ...
Day 1: Arrival - Ho Chi Minh (-/-/-)
You are met our guide on arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, transfer to hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. You are free relaxing at hotel or exploring Ho Chi Minh by your own.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour + Cu Chi Tunnels (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel, a half-day city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City , still called Saigon by many locals, includes the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Sai Gon Post Office, the Chinatown, the former Presidential Palace.
Afternoon: Transfer about 30km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi town. Cu Chi tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The Cu Chi tunnels consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels, the tunnels are between 0.5 to 1m wide, just enough for a person to crawl along. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Sai Gon - Vinh Long - Can Tho (B/L/-)
Our car will pick up at your hotel in morning. Upon arrival at Cai Be, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people being selling, buying, and exchanging goods from their boats. Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped producing process. After lunch taking a cruise along river to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire marvelous natural nature setting of Mekong Delta region. About 3 pm, the boats will arrival at Vinh Long Market, walking around to explore Vinh Long Market. Then transfer to Can Tho City.
Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 4: Can Tho - Thot Not - Chau Doc - Tra Su Cajuput Forest (B/-/-)
Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by rowing boat, we will see the Cai Rang floating market. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily life in Mekong River and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. We now travel by land to Chau Doc; on the way we will pass Thot Not to visit Bang Lang Bird Sanctuary or Crocodile Farm.
On arrival at Chau Doc, going on to Tra Su cajuput forest which is renowned for not only its almost-untouched natural beauty but also its sanctuary of flora and fauna. Taking a boat trip into the forest and harmonizing oneself with nature. The impressive pictures of cajuputs, the fragrance of flowers and the music-like noise of birds, insects and animals will definitely make travelers do not want to leave. From the observation post, the forest can be seen with an area of nearly 900 ha, home of many birds and animals, including some rare ones. Then, drive back to Chau Doc for check in hotel.
O/N in Chau Doc
Day 5: Chau Doc – Phnom Penh/ Ho Chi Minh Departure (B/-/-)
After breakfast, you are transferring to Chau Doc boat pier to take speed boat to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) or drive back to Ho Chi Minh City for flight to next destination. End of services!
Here are some information for whole trip, might you like to book!
- Accommodation in hotels (twin shared room)
- Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
- Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner
- English speaking guides
- Train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (4 soft sleepers, private cabin)
- Entrance fee to indicated sights
- Boat trips in Vietnam
- Cool waters on the car/van/coach
- Visa stamping fee at the airport.
- Travel insurance against any personal injury of illness and damage of the property incurred during the course of this trip.
- International air tickets to/ from Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)
- Departure airport tax.
- Personal expenses such as: drinks, phone calls, laundry, tip...et
Five common questions travellers ask us
1. How long and where to visit for first-timers?
For first-timers, one week can be enough to take in Vietnam at a glance. An ideal order should be going from north to south, with a changing view from ancient times to modernity. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City should make a great 8 days travel plan. If you have extra one or two days, stretch to the northern hillside Sapa or explore the Mekong Delta with the bustling floating markets.
Rushing your time for some so-called must-see attractions is not necessary for such an interesting country like Vietnam. Deciding what you are interested in, culture, nature, lifestyle, beaches or food before making a smartly-timed travel plan is a good way to go.
2. When is the best time to visit Vietnam?
October to next February is the best time as it is the cool and dry season of Vietnam. Temperature is about 20-26c nationwide, just comfortable for sightseeing. Besides, you might also have a chance to be a part of the local life during the festival seasons in December and February.
3. What is the best way to get to Vietnam?
First option is by air. Vietnam has three major international airports: Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Cam Ranh International Airport in Nha Trang and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi and Nha Trang only have international flights with most Asian countries; international flights can fly from Paris and Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City, it is also connected with other Asian big cities.
Bangkok and Hong Kong are the most-friendly transit hubs as they have better airfares and much easier to get around.
4. How do I book the trip?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on ”Book this trip” on the web page. Our booking form wizard will automatically call the trip name, and ask you to fill out some fields for information. Once completed filling the form, you just click Submit to send us your inquiry or Reset to cancel what you have filled up. After receiving your reservation request, we will immediately make all the necessary arrangements in accordance with your request. This will takes about 1-2 business days, and we will send to you our confirmation message by e-mail with all the details of hotels, flights, tours, the booking status and also payment term.
5. Do I Need a Visa for Visiting Vietnam?
Citizens of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy are exempt from visas for a stay of a maximum of 15 days for all purposes. Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and most western countries need a Vietnam visa.
We would suggest you get your Vietnam visa at least one month ahead of your travel. Applying for Visa-on-Arrival (VOA), for more information, check out Vietnam Visas and How to Apply for:
Not quite right or still need some more inspiration? Take a look at the journeys below and discover what other people who liked this tour also looked at!