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Old 07-27-2009, 11:56 PM   #1
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Highlights Of The South 10 Days / 9 Nights

Heading out from the chaos of Ho Chi Minh City, we drive to Da Lat which boast the 'City of Spring'. Explore this town with many French colonial building, the Crazy House... The trip ends with two days in Trang turquoise beach, which is an ideal place to sea lover.

BRIEF ITINERARY :
Day 1 : Arrival in Saigon
Day 2 : Saigon City tour – Cu Chi Tunnel – Saigon
Day 3 : Saigon – Mekong Delta
Day 4 : Mekong Delta – Saigon
Day 5 : Saigon – Dalat
Day 6 : Dalat City tour
Day 7 : Dalat – Nhatrang
Day 8 : Nhatrang Tour
Day 9 : Nhatrang – Saigon
Day 10 : Saigon – Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY :

Day 1 : Arrival in Saigon
On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis, contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafe. (If time permits) we stroll around the down town to explore the different local ways of life. Overnight in HCMC.
Include :Private car, Hotel in Saigon, Tour guide, Meal : Dinner

Day 2 : Saigon City tour – Cu Chi Tunnel - Saigon
The sightseeing tour acquaints us with the city's some major sights. We pass the now-demolished wartime American Embassy before we visit the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office. After seeing the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum, we continue our trip on to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. We then drive this afternoon, to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network of approximately 200 kilometers constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Include :Private car, Hotel in Saigon, Tour guide, Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Entrance fee

Day 3 : Saigon – Mekong Delta
After breakfast at your hotel. We set off for a drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Cai Be, well-known for it's floating market. Here we will board our private boat for a cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. We will stop at the home of a Bonsai gardener for a sumptuous Delta lunch, including the popular dish of 'Elephant ear fish', before continuing our exploration of the tributaries and canals of the delta. Towards the end of the day we arrive in Cantho where we stay at lovely Sai Gon Ca tho hotel, right by the Mekong river.
Stay overnight at hotel in Can Tho
Include :Private car, Hotel in Can Tho, Private boat , Tour guide, Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Entrance fee

Day 4: Mekong Delta - Saigon
Rising early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day, we have breakfast and start our trip with a boat cruise on sparking streams along the endless waterway of Mighty Mekong River to Cairang floating markets. There will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade. Sellers advertisers their wares by crying out across the waters. We visit the lush orchards and are treated to a delicious tropical fruits. In the afternoon, driven to Ho Chi Minh city
Include :Private car, Hotel in Saigon, Private boat , Tour guide, Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Entrance fee

Day 5 : Saigon - Dalat
The journey northwards begins as we depart Ho Chi Minh and pass through the many tea and coffee plantations to the hill station of Da Lat, sometimes known as the 'City of Eternal Spring'. The drive is long but views are fantastic.
On arrival we can soak up the cool climate as much as we want by spending our time to wander around and catch our first glimpse of the town. The influence of the French is prevalent since Da Lat was founded as a hill retreat for the colonials to escape the oppressive heat of the coastal plains and the Mekong Delta. This charming town is set around a lake and surrounded by forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside. Overnight in Da Lat.

Include :Private car, Hotel in Dalat , Tour guide, Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Entrance fee

Day 6 : Dalat City tour
we start tour in Dalat for visiting Cham Towers of Poklong Gari, Tuyen Lam Lake, Truc Lam Pagoda, Datanla Waterfall, and Flower.
Stay overnight at hotel in Dalat
Include :Private car, Hotel in Dalat, Tour guide, Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Entrance fee

Day 7 : Dalat - Nhatrang
An impressive way to start our day is a walk around the town. We then embark on a short drive past the charming pine hill to visit the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. We follow this with a trip to the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and the Hang Nga Guesthouse, well known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture. The central market and the old rail station are also visited this morning before we travel by roads through the undulating terrains to the picturesque coastal town of Nha Trang. Along the way we make stopover at the scenic Ngoan Muc Pass and the Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers. These amazing structures represent an interesting culture and a colorful history of the Cham people. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Include :Private car, Hotel in Nhatrang, Private boat , Tour guide, Meal : Breakfast, Entrance fee

Day 8 : Nhatrang tour
The fabulous sunny weather, turquoise water surrounding a string of islands and white sandy beach stretching the whole length of the city make Nha Trang one of Vietnam's premier beach resorts. We board a boat for a day trip around the coastal islands, stopping on the way at a local fishing village to observe the island life. Today we also have lots of time on the blue clear water enjoying swimming and snorkeling or lazing on a beach. A seafood lunch is some enjoyment of the trip. We arrive back in town late afternoon and visit the Long Son Pagoda and the impressive Ponagar Cham Towers, which are overlooking the colourful fishing port. Overnight in NhaTrang.
Include :Private car, Hotel in Nhatrang, Private boat , Tour guide, Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Entrance fee

Day 9 : Nhatrang - Saigon
Today we can get up from dawn to enjoy our last minute swimming on Nha Trang Beach. After breakfast we set off on a long but scenic drive on very goods roads which link Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh. A part of the pleasure of travelling through this region is the simple joy of seeing the charming countryside and the smiling faces of the people. Along the way we can make stop as we please, to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Include :Private car, Hotel in Saigon, Meal : Breakfast

Day 10 : Saigon - Departure
There is a free time for your to relax or further explore Ho Chi Minh City. The trip ends after your transfer to Tan San Nhat Airport for departure.
Include : Private car, Meal : Breakfast

TRIP PRICE INCLUDES:
- Private tour
- English speaking guide (other language upon your request)
- All accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfasts.
- Additional meals as indicated in the itinerary (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
- All A/C private for transfers and transport.
- Entrance fees and permits during guided time.
- Boat trip in Mekong Delta, Nhatrang

TRIP PRICE EXCLUDES:
- Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).
- Personal expenses such as Bar, Telephone and Laundry bills.
- Tips and gratuities
- Other services were not made on written form

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