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City and Beach Getaway - Vietnam - Valentines Special - 7 Nights

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Itinerary
  • Day 1
    • Flight: Cathay Pacific
  • Day 2-8
    • Overnight Excursion: City and Beach Getaway 8D 7N
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City and Beach Getaway 8D 7N

City and Beach Getaway 8D7N
Day 1: Saigon Arrival (Flight details will be advised later - own tickets)
Upon arrival, welcome and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is your own free time at leisure to recover after a long flight.
Meals: None
Accommodation: Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel/Deluxe
Address: 179 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1
Tel: (84-8) 3823 9269. Fax: (84-8) 3823 9270
www.libertycentralhotel.com

Day 2: Saigon - Cu Chi by Road - Saigon City Tour
This morning enjoy a 2-hour drive northwest of Saigon to the famous Cu Chi tunnels. The tunnel complex was initially started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, storage facilities for food and weapon caches as well as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the American war. A visit to the underground villages will provide a better understanding of the tunnels' history, the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during combat. Return to Saigon and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Saigon is the country's commercial centre and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. Enjoy a city tour to admire Saigon's historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris (it is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel. Continue your visit with the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, revealing the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Further, drive to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight of the American war through the local's eyes (Please note that some of the photos are very graphic). Then sit down at The House of Saigon coffee shop for a break and a little personal interaction with your guide over a cup of coffee. Your guide will give you some interesting tips such as how to cross the road without breaking a sweat or to say a few simple words in Vietnamese as well as offer an insight of the local's daily lives. Dinner at local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel/Deluxe

Day 3: Ben Tre Local Boat
Depart for a 1.5-hour drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, one of the country's southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Take in the lush surroundings of rice paddies and fruit farms alongside the highway as you leave behind the busy city. Arrive at the waterfront pier and hop on an enjoyable motor boat excursion, take a glimpse at the Delta scenery, houses built on stilts and local fish farms along the way. Upon arrival at Turtle Island, visit a local house and be introduced to the owner, sample freshly picked fruit and coconut milk while relaxing in the natural surroundings of fruit orchards. Chat with your host and stroll through the garden to get an insight into daily farming life. Take some time to enjoy a leisurely walk through the village observing tropical gardens along the way. You will have the chance to see a family run-business where they make coconut candy directly in front of the pier. Continue on your journey by sampan, be paddled by a personalized rower while you take the time to explore the maze of small canals. Bid farewell to your friendly boat rower, take a short stroll under through a shaded area of coconut gardens before reaching a rest-stop to enjoy a cup of honey tea and a traditional folk song performance. Lunch will be served at My Tho, taste some local delicacies before returning to Saigon mid-afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel/Deluxe

Day 4: Saigon - Phan Thiet
This day you will be picked up by your guide then transfer to Phan Thiet (before 10h00). Upon arrival, welcome and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is your own free time at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Blue Ocean Resort Phan Thiet - Standard Room
Address: 54 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St., Ham Tien, Mui Ne
Tel: (84-62) 3849 849. Fax: (84-62) 3849 850
www.blueoceanresort.com.vn

Day 5-7: Phan Thiet
Enjoy your leisure time on the sunny beach.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Blue Ocean Resort Phan Thiet - Standard Room

Day 8: Phan Thiet - Saigon - Saigon Departure (Flight details will be advised later - Own tickets)
Meet with your guide at the hotel lobby then transfer back to Saigon and connect your international flight.
Meals: Breakfast.

Arrival Tips:
Vietnam: If you are unable to find the Trails of Indochina transfer staff, please call our operations manager for immediate assistance on +84(0)918 713456 or the local emergency number listed on your voucher.
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Peak season surcharges and block out dates may apply. Prices are per person sharing, unless otherwise specified. All prices are indicative and correct at time of loading onto the Thompsons website and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, rate increases, airfare increases and availability. For standard terms and conditions refer to www.thompsons.co.za E&OE.

Prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability. Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies & surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking. Valid for dates as specified. Group rates available on request. Thompsons Standard Terms and Conditions may apply. E & OE.

Exclusions

All Items of a personal nature. Meals not mentioned. Medical and Travel insurance.


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