Historic ho chi minh city

TRIP TYPE
Culture
PRICE
From  VNĐ
DURATION
4 DAYS

Trip Overview

Gain a deeper perspective of Vietnam’s past and present on this 4-day historical escape to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in the country.  In addition to exploring Cu Chi Tunnels, you’ll wander busy streets, soaking up ancient belief systems, a different perspective of the Second Indochinese War, and of course, the delicious flavors of southern Vietnamese cuisine.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exploring historic attractions of past and present Vietnam with an expert
  • Sampling traditional Vietnamese cuisine with a modern take
  • Travelling by speed-boat to the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Experiencing local culture through temple and market visits

THIS TOUR IS PERFECT FOR

  • Culture aficionados and history buffs
  • Leisure travel in a relaxed, upscale style
  • Extending for a few days to northern or central Vietnam

Detailed Itinerary

Topas Travel creates tailor-made tours for our guests according to their specific requests. This itinerary has been designed to show you just one of many options.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival  

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City Departure

Xin Chao and welcome to evocative Saigon, known officially as Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, a Topas representative will welcome you before heading to the heart of the city to your cozy accommodation for the next few days.

Enjoy the day at leisure exploring old Saigon’s most popular attractions, mainly Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office before heading to the historic Caravelle Hotel for Happy Hour, sipping cocktails with a view of what you’ve seen from above. Then, sup at the contemporary Quan Bui Original for dinner amidst modern office skyscrapers, Oriental styled pagodas, and food stalls, sensing the dynamic urban feel of the new Ho Chi Minh City.

Included meals: Dinner 
Distance and activities: 45’ drive

Board your speedboat this morning and jet out of Ho Chi Minh City into the jungles and stilted houses of the surrounding region. After a 90’ ride, step into the past with a visit through the Cu Chi tunnels, a vital network of 200km of underground passages, chambers, and living quarters from the Second Indochinese War set outside of the city. This fascinating piece of Vietnam’s history helps visitors to understand the conditions of the war and the incredible odds the Vietnamese were against.

Enjoy a local lunch nearby before returning to the center of Ho Chi Minh City for a sightseeing tour, starting at the Reunification Palace and pausing at the old Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral, two still-working colonial masterpieces.  End the day’s activities browsing exhibits at the War Remnants Museum, paying respect to the sobering recent tragedies and the fighting spirit of the Vietnamese to rebuild their society.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 3h speedboat ride – 5h day tour

This morning explores ancient Vietnamese beliefs combined with delicious traditional cuisine in one go. Start with a warm bowl of Saigon’s best pho and a cup of coffee before wandering wet market stalls in search of com tam, tropical fruits, and other popular snacks. After your belly is full, dive into local history with local insight into “ancestor worship” and a tour of a popular temple dedicated to a Vietnamese military leader, who is now known (188 years after his death) for his fortune-telling.

After lunch, head to Dân Sinh Market, a famous space of narrow walkways selling construction tools, industrial equipment, and Vietnam War memorabilia, although it’s estimated 95% of items are fake. Sift through combat boots, rusty dog tags, rain jackets, mosquito nets, hammocks, canteens, duffel bags, ponchos, combat tents, and binoculars for the coolest souvenirs.

The final stop of the day is at the Southern Women’s Museum, a wonderful “boutique” museum dedicated to the women of Vietnam. There are fascinating stories of the role of women in the struggle for unification and a wonderful range of traditional ao dai’s and weavings.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Distance and activities: 4.5h sightseeing tour – 1h shopping – 1h museum tour

 

The day is at leisure until your transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for onward booked travel.

Included meals: Breakfast

Distance and Activities: 45′ transfer 

Tour Price

From: VNĐ

(equivalent of USD

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 2-way private A/C airport transfer
  • All accommodation indicated as twin-shared room
  • All meals as indicated in the program
  • All tours mentioned in the program
  • Refillable water in vans (Please check with your guide or driver)
  • 1 x English speaking local tour guide on days with activities
  • 2-way x join-in speedboat transfer to Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Government VAT

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Drinks and alcohol
  • Vietnam visa (On request with additional charge)
  • Travel insurance (Compulsory with Topas Travel programs)
  • Upgrades to higher standard rooms or single supplements
  • Personal travel items (Please visit our Vietnam weather page for more information)

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Prices are quoted in Vietnamese Dong and valid until 31st October 2020
  • Exchange rate applied at VND 23,200. to USD 1
  • Prices calculated with Value Added Tax
  • Surcharge may be applicable during peak season and public holidays

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

This program utilizes comfortable accommodation in the form of carefully curated hotels, lodges, and homestays. Hotels and lodges have been selected with the active traveler in mind, offering standard services and located as close to nature and local engagement as possible. Homestays are simple and equipped with western toilets and amenities such as fans and mattresses. If you have a specific property in mind you wish to stay at, please let your travel designer know so they can work it into your program.

All bookings are made with and through Topas Travel. By booking a trip with Topas Travel, you agree
to the terms and conditions set forth here.

Plan Your Adventure…

Get in touch with our travel designers now to begin planning your trip of a lifetime
Loan Nguyen
“Xin chao! I’ve worked more than 10 years at Topas Travel Vietnam. I aim to create lasting memories for visitors to our beautiful country. As part of my job, I’ve had the chance to visit many places around Vietnam in order to gain perspective on what our customers like and need. I’m so happy to be part of a company that allows me to explore my passion for travel and adventure! ”
  Loan Nguyen | Sales Manager

Similar Experiences

4 days From VNĐ

Trip type: Culture

7 days

Trip type: Culture

7 days From VNĐ

Trip type: Culture

7 days From VNĐ

Trip type: Culture