TRIP TYPE

Culture

PRICE

From 19,800,000 VNĐ

DURATION

7 Days

Home > Southern Vietnam Cultural Explorer

Trip Overview

Get off the tourist track on this 7-day adventure through South Vietnam, starting with private artist collections and workshops in frenetic Ho Chi Minh City and ending in the cool and calm Central Highlands of romantic Da Lat, where you will sample local coffees, meet ethnic minorities, and abseil down waterfalls in style.

Highlights

  • Exploring the art scene of past and present Vietnam with an expert
  • Creating silver jewelry in Chinatown with local artisans
  • Attending the ground-breaking A O Show at Saigon Opera House
  • Learning about ethnic minority and coffee culture in Vietnam
  • Abseiling down waterfalls and cliffs in Da Lat

This Tour is Perfect for

  • Art lovers, culture aficionados, and adventurers
  • Honeymooners and Couples
  • Leisure travel in a relaxed, upscale style
  • Exploring the diverse landscapes of 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

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Da Lat

Day 5: Da Lat

Day 6: Da Lat

Day 7: Da Lat 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

Ho Chi Minh City Tours

Discover Saigon through the years with Sophie this morning, a long-term resident of Ho Chi Minh City and an expert in Vietnamese art. View private collections of work housed in a traditional Saigon villa, seeing the similarities between Vietnamese students of the 1920s and their contemporaries in Paris.  Then, move on to a private home converted into a gallery to see a collection of Vietnamese Combat Art and Propaganda Art, created during times of war. End the fascinating experience at the impressive HCMC Fine Arts Museum, learning about how artists were used by the government during resistance, revolution, and finally, the reunification of the country.

Lunch at Dining Room, a traditional Vietnamese Restaurant with a contemporary plating and enjoy the flavors of the set menu, which depend on the day.

The afternoon is at leisure for you to discover Ho Chi Minh City on your own until making your way to the Saigon Opera House in the early evening for the award-winning A O Show. A mix of cirque nouveau, acrobatics and modern dance, this performance brings tales of rural and urban life to the stage through usage of bamboo props and unique live music.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 3h sightseeing tour – 1.5h A O Show

Leave the glitz and glamor of district 1 and discover a whole new world in the exotic alleys of Cho Lon, Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown. Peer inside ancient temples, traditional medicine shops, and more on your way to Vietnam Silver House. Learn about the history and development of the silver industry in Vietnam before joining a silver-making workshop guided by artisans and try your hand at both simple and complicated techniques to create your own masterpiece.

Return to district 1 for lunch at Bloom Saigon, a vocational training restaurant working to empower disadvantaged youth in Ho Chi Minh City by providing culinary training. The food is a mix of traditional Vietnamese and Asian fusion, served in a big French Colonial Villa.

The afternoon is at leisure to discover Ho Chi Minh City on your own.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Distance and activities: 1.5h sightseeing tour – 1.5h silver workshop 

Leave the noise and humidity behind after breakfast and catch a flight to the crisp air and mountains of the Central Highlands, in Da Lat, the eternal city of Spring, according to the Vietnamese. Just before entering the city, stop at Pinhatt Viewpoint, the highest mountain in Da Lat, for a panoramic view of  the city below, as well as Tuyen Lam Lake, Langbiang Mountain, and Truc Lam Meditation Hall.

The afternoon is free to explore beautiful Da Lat independently, whether that means sitting at a café with a book and hot cup of coffee in hand, exploring the city center’s French-colonialism architecture, or strolling through flower and fruit gardens.

Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and activities: 2h total – 30′ flight  

Head north of Da Lat to Coffee Plantation K’Ho, a cooperative of K’Ho minority families who sustainably grow Arabica coffee on Lang Biang Mountain. Learn about the traditional methods of coffee processing, grading, roasting, and cupping while sampling the many kinds of coffees produced here on a taste test. After a traditionally prepared lunch, return to the city for an afternoon at leisure.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Distance and Activities: 1h transfer – 3h coffee plantation workshop

Da Lat may be known as a romantic, quiet city, but it also has an established reputation as an adventurer’s paradise, especially in regards to canyoning!

Depart Da Lat and head 10km out of the city, through deep valleys and pine forests to the canyoning preparation area, where you will be equipped with locking carabineers, rigging gear, floating vests, and helmets. Your guide will lead you through 18m of dry-cliff abseiling, water-sliding over eroded rocks, 15m high waterfall jumps, 7m or 11m free-jump cliffs, and finishing at the “washing-machine” cliff if you’re brave enough (abseiling with your back against the waterfall until the downpour pushes you out into a small pond)!

Arrive back to your hotel around 3pm, with the rest of the afternoon and evening free at leisure to relax after such an adrenaline-inducing day.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance and Activities: Full-day Canyoning Tour

Savor your last few moments in beautiful Da Lat until your transfer to Da Lat Airport for onward booked travel.

Included meals: Breakfast

Distance and Activities: 40’ transfer 

Tour Price

From: 19,800,000 VNĐ

(equivalent of 862 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 workshops and 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
  • 1 x coffee plantation tour
  • 1 x guided waterfall canyoning tour
  • Government VAT

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

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)

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.

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Southern Vietnam Cultural Explorer – 7 Days

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