NTCC Promotion: Ho Chi Minh City & Nearby Tay Minh
Ho Chi Minh (HCMC) is a city humming with activity, Vietnam’s vibrant economy and interesting cultural attractions include both traditional museums as well as the commotion of daily life. The urban destination showcases Asian energy overlaying the graceful character of French colonial times. This 4-day tour combines time for both leisurely strolling along wide, tree-lined boulevards with a bit of excitement exploring the local street life of food vendors and congested night markets by local motorbikes and cyclos (Vietnamese pedi cabs). An excursion outside the city to Tay Minh Province completes the tour of sites important to understanding the history and unique culture of HCMC and South Vietnam.
Day 1 | Ho Chi Minh City | Meals: None
Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City, you will meet your driver and guide and are taken to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be free to explore the city on your own.
Day 2 | Ho Chi Minh City | Meals: B D
The morning is an organized sightseeing tour of two elegant examples of French colonial architecture, the old Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral, along with two museums significant to Ho Chi Minh City’s war-ravaged past: the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum.
Afternoon is leisure time until early evening when the tour ventures into the crowded and congested culture of local street food. You will venture around by the seat of a motorbike or cyclo, as the tour guide will immerse you in a veritable smorgasbord of street food, snacks, and exotic fruits as well as the cultural significance of each. This tour ends with one of the most popular and appealing Vietnamese food traditions: street barbecue. As long as you keep eating, we will keep ordering. There is also the option of sampling some of Vietnam’s famous rice wines with intriguing names such as snake, goat and ginseng wine.
Day 3 | Ho Chi Minh City | Meals: B L
Today is a full day excursion to Tay Ninh Province to see two top tourist destinations of South Vietnam: the Cao Dai temple and the famous (or infamous) Cu Chi Tunnels War Memorial.
Located about three hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City, the huge Cao Dai temple is a place of pilgrimage for about two million followers in Vietnam. This huge temple contains brightly painted sacred images of historical figures such as Jesus, Sun Yat Sen and Victor Hugo who are considered prophets. This monotheistic religion was officially founded in Tay Ninh in 1926.
The second half of the day is spent exploring in and around the Cu Chi Tunnel complex, an area that played an important role during Vietnam’s war for independence and is considered one of the top highlights on a visit to South Vietnam. Built in the 1960’s by Vietnamese guerrillas, there are more than 200 km of tunnels connecting an underground world of meeting rooms, sleeping quarters, air raid shelters, kitchens, and field hospitals. You can enter the hidden tunnels entrance and crouch-walk through a small, dimly lit section for a small taste of this wartime experience.
Day 4 | Ho Chi Minh City | Meals: B
Today you have a free day at leisure to do some shopping and explore more of the city sights on your own before you are transferred to the airport for departure.
Price land arrangement (not including airfare) in USD per person based on double/twin sharing, valid from 01 August – 31 October 2014:
Option 1 | Overnight at Elegant Hotel, Deluxe Room
2 Persons USD 212 pp | 3-4 Persons USD 207 pp | 5-6 Persons USD 198 pp
Option 2 | Overnight at Lavender Hotel, Premium Room
2 Persons USD 253 pp | 3-4 Persons USD 247 pp | 5-6 Persons USD 237 pp
Option 3 | Overnight at Liberty Central Hotel, Deluxe Room
2 Persons USD 348 pp | 3-4 Persons USD 343 pp | 5-6 Persons USD 187 pp
– All transfers and transport by bus as per the program
– All accommodation as per program
– All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
– Guide as mentioned in program, day 2 & 3
– All Entrance fees
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