EXPLORE SAIGON & MEKONG DELTA 6D5N
01 Jan 2014 – 30 September 2014
NUMBER OF PAX
Vietnam is now firmly on the world stage, but it was only since the early 1990’s that travellers started arriving. Today visitors from all over the world have the opportunity to discover the beauty of Vietnam. Brilliant green rice fields, bustling city streets, grand colonial buildings, colourful markets, temples and pagodas, deserted sandy beaches, glorious mountain scenery, colourful ethnic minorities, delicious cuisine, luxurious hotels and resorts, THIS IS VIETNAM TODAY. The country is divided into three distinct regions, the south, the centre and the north. The northern capital Hanoi, is the seat of government and home of the revered Ho Chi Minh. This is the artistic and cultural heart of the country, with Hoan Kiem lake at the centre. In the Old Quarter, at the Temple of Literature, in the colonial buildings and the museums the past comes to life. Saigon is the commercial powerhouse of the country, with international hotels, shiney malls, old markets, museums, China Town and café life. The city is truly multi-cultural. There are Seven World Heritage sites in Vietnam declared by UNESCO in 2011. The spectacular natural wonder of Ha Long Bay (1994), the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park (2003), the central sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Hanoi (2010), Citadel of the Ho Dynasty (2011), Complex of Hué Monuments (1993), Hoi An Ancient Town (1999), My Son Sanctuary (1999). Vietnam offers the ultimate in adventure and luxury travel
Day 1: HO CHI MINH CITY ARRIVAL
Welcome to Vietnam! Asia Destinations’ guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel by private car. Hotel check in and free time to relax or discover the city in the evening on your own. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City Day 2: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR
Depart your hotel and begin your full day sightseeing tour of Sai Gon at the bustling China town. Visit Thien Hau Temple and Binh Tay Market, followed by a visit to Giac Lam Pagoda. In the afternoon, visit the War Remnants Museum and the former Presidential Palace. Finish the day with a stroll around the city’s colonial architecture, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House, City Hall and Ben Thanh Market. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3: CU CHI – TAY NINH TEMPLE
Pick up at hotel and begin your full day sightseeing tour with a morning drive through the typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Tay Ninh Province in the Northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. Visit Cao Dai Great Temple, the Cathedral of the Cao Dai religion and the main attraction in Tay Ninh.
After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network of tunnels constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the struggle for independence. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 4: HO CHI MINH CITY – VINH LONG WITH MEKONG QUEEN CRUISE
You will get picked up and transfered to Cai Be by car. Arrive and board the Mekong Queen to visit Cai Be floating market. Visit a local factory and learn how to pop rice. See how rice paper and coconut candies are made. You can also taste these products, served with hot green tea. Visit an old Mandarin house, built hundred years ago. A Vietnamese lunch will be served by the owner. An optional one hour cycling tour to local family home to visit his famous Bonsai garden. Overnight in homestay in Mekong.
Day 5: VINH LONG – HO CHI MINH CITY
After breakfast, start walking on a small trail along the river to see the daily life of the locals, and visit the village market which is held early in the morning for the busy farmers to buy things for the day. Excursion to a handicraft village to visit a ceramic tile factory, a tofu and fish sauce factory, a blacksmith’s, a roof Thatcher’s and a rice husking factory which are all run by the local families. The excursion will end at the Vinh Long pier around 12:00 noon. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 6: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE Free day at leisure until you get picked up to the airport for your departure.
“where journeys begin”
TOUR COST : NET PRICE IN USD Valid 01 Jan 14 – 30 Apr 14 Categories/ Group size
All rates are net, quoted per person in U.S.$ in half twin room. Please add the single supplement if you book a single room (Except on 1 Pax). Valid 01 May 14 – 30 Sep 14 Categories/ Group size
All rates are net, quoted per person in U.S.$ in half twin room. Please add the single supplement if you book a single room (Except on 1 Pax). Surcharge 50 USD per group per day for any booking falling on 30th,, 31st January, 01st ,02nd February 2014 (Lunar New Year in Vietnam) Surcharge during Peak Season and Vietnam Public Holidays is applied upon hotels and cruises policies (if any), please kindly contact our Travel Consultant for your detailed information.
LIST OF HOTEL USAGES: Standard Category
HO CHI MINH CITY
HO CHI MINH CITY
HO CHI MINH CITY
Eden Saigon Hotel
Senior Superior Room
233 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
38 Bui Thi Xuan, District 1
148 Tran Hung Dao, District 1
Tel: 08. 6298 8388
Accomodations based on twin share
English-Speaking Guide applied for day-tour only
Meals as mentioned in the program (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
Boat Trip as mentioned in the program
International flight ticket to & out Vietnam
Domestic flight ticket (separate quotation)
Meals not mentioned
Vietnam Approval Letter and Visa stamp fee at the airport (around 45 USD/person)
Drinks and personal expenses
Tips and gratuities for tour guide and services
Any other items not mentioned
Compulsory Christmas - & New Year Gala Dinner
BOOKING PROCEDURE Booking will be confirmed on receipt of advance deposit only. Asia Destinations (ASD) requires 20% advance deposit to hold the booking. (2) Balance 80% must reach ASD 30 days prior to tour departure date. LIABILITY The prices are subject to amendment should the Transporters/ Hoteliers amend their rates prior to commencement of the tour. REFUND After commencement of Travel, no refund in full or in part will be given for services included in the program, which are not utilized.
HOTEL CHECK IN- CHECK OUT TIME Hotel Check in time is usually 12h00. Hotel Check out time is usually 14h00. Extended check in - check out time may be granted subject to availability and agreement with the participating hotels.
TRAVEL INSURANCE To travel around ASD highly recommended that participants have travel insurance.