South Vietnam tailor made holiday

Description of South Vietnam tailor made holiday

Explore Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), attend the midday service at the famous Cao Dai Temple, unwind on a two-day Mekong Delta boat cruise, visit the famous floating market of Cai Rang, then relax on the beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc Island.

Discover the highlights of southern Vietnam on this luxury adventure. You'll start in Ho Chi Minh City, where you can learn about modern and colonial history at the city's museums, as well as by walking around and seeing the sights, with clues to the country's rich culture and complex past in the fragrant cuisine, french-inspired street food and mix of architecture. Day trip out to visit the Cao Dai Temple, as well as the tunnels of Cu Chi before enjoying a relaxing two-day cruise through the lush Mekong Delta. Visit its floating markets, local villages and fruit orchards. Journey offshore for two full days on the paradise island of Phu Quoc, relaxing on the beach.

At the end of this itinerary, you can either return to Ho Chi Minh City for an international flight home or you can take a ferry from Phu Quoc to Phnom Penh and discover Cambodia as part of a tailor-made Southeast Asia tour.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City - Upon arrival at Saigon Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your chosen accommodation. Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the evening to brief you about your southern Vietnam tour itinerary.
Day 2:Cao Dai & Cu Chi Tunnels - Head for Tay Ninh, approximately 90 kilometres northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll visit the spiritual centre of Cao Dai religion. Cao Dai was founded in Vietnam in 1926 as a combination of several other religions, including Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, and it attempts to end religious conflicts by representing aspects of many religions. Visit the famous Cao Dai Temple in time for the midday service, which you will get an opportunity to participate. After lunch, you’ll transfer to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extraordinary network of underground tunnels built by the Viet Cong. The tunnels offer visitors a poignant reminder of the hardships brought by wars. If you wish you can crawl through a 100-metre section of the tunnels.
Day 3:Can Tho & Mekong Delta - Transfer to Can Tho, located in the Mekong Delta region, after breakfast. The Mekong Delta is one of the most scenic and beautiful regions of Vietnam – a region of winding waterways, floating markets, mangrove forests, Khmer pagodas and lush green paddy fields – where life is governed by the ebb and flow of Vietnam’s most iconic river. Arrive at the pier in Can Tho around noon and board a traditional wooden boat. Lunch will be served aboard the boat. Enjoy your meal and sit back and relax. Disembark the boat for a gentle stroll on one of the Mekong islands. Pass through local villages and visit a fruit orchard, where you’ll get the chance to chat with the friendly owner. Once you’re back on board the boat, we recommend that you sit on the deck and watch sunset.
Day 4:Mekong Delta Cruise - Board a small sampan to explore the floating market of Cai Be, one of the most interesting markets in the delta. The sampan will also take you to some smaller waterways where you’ll see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves as well as paddy fields and fruit orchards. There’s also an option to enjoy a leisurely cycling on one of the islands. You’ll see farmers tending to their paddy fields and children riding on the backs of water buffaloes.
Day 5:Cai Rang & Fly to Phu Quoc - Visit the famous floating market of Cai Rang, the largest and most popular floating market in the Mekong Delta, in the morning. Return to Can Tho after exploring the market and board a plane (domestic flight included in tour price) to the tropical island of Phu Quoc, located in the Gulf of Thailand.
Day 6-7:Explore Phu Quoc - Phu Quoc is a quiet, laidback island and the perfect place to spend the final days of your Vietnam holiday. The island is home to more than a dozen beautiful beaches and small enough to be explored on by bicycle or a scooter. We recommend that you head to the west coast for pristine white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and spectacular sunsets. You can go diving or snorkelling (from November to May), kayak in the bays and hike through the island's dense, tropical jungles. In the evenings, you may wish to explore the Dinh Cau Night Market (often referred to as the Phu Quoc Night Market) where you’ll find a 500-metre long street lined with over 50 stalls selling seafood, snacks, drinks and souvenirs.
Day 8:Depart Vietnam - Your southern Vietnam adventure comes to an end. Your options are a flight from Phu Quoc back to Ho Chi Minh City to connect with your international flight, or if you wish you can combine this tour with a few days in Cambodia and take the ferry from Chau Doc (Vietnam) to Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Please contact one of our luxury travel specialists to discuss the available options.

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Environment

All our adventures are privately guided holidays and as such we retain a commitment to working with small group sizes. By travelling in small numbers and using expert local guides we can limit the potential for damaging ancient temples and trails.

In partnership with a locally based charity we offset the carbon emissions created by your travels in Vietnam. We use our profits to purchase certified carbon credits, this money is then used to turn your carbon footprint into local natural forest in Southeast Asia. These offsets are paid for out of our company profits so that you can travel with a green conscience and at no extra cost to you.

Many travel companies offer their customers the chance to offset the carbon emissions from their international flights too but we have gone a step further and offer to share this cost with you 50/50. If you select to compensate for your international flight emissions when you book with us then what you put in, we put in too!

To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations. This ‘work’ also leaves a carbon footprint and we compensate for all our staff travel by donating carbon-mitigating funds to our charity partners.

Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.

Community

We employ local guides and support staff who we pay fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travellers for livelihoods.

Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our holidays.

We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.

In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.

Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Vietnam and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travellers.

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