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This short getaway to Saigon will show you around the colonial heritage and war history sites of this busting metropolis, spiced up by street food tours, exclusive cooking classes, and cultural performances.
Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, your guide will come to meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Saigon half day city tour
Saigon is the country’s commercial center and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. Enjoy a city tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris (it is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel.
Continue your visit with the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, revealing the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Further, drive to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight of the American war through the local’s eyes (please note that some of the photos are very graphic). Then sit down at a street coffee shop for a break to observe the daily life of the locals, and have a little personal chat with your guide over a cup of coffee. Your guide will give you some interesting tips such as how to cross the road without breaking a sweat or to say a few simple words in Vietnamese as well as offer an insight of the local’s daily lives.
A O Show & Dinner
Late this afternoon depart from your hotel to see A O Show - a combination of arts highlighting the peaceful country life and poetic scenery of Vietnam. The show is special in the way it contains episodes of Vietnamese traditional folk games, dances and circus acts performed against the background of traditional and modern music combined with artistic lighting. Bamboo pipes and baskets are used throughout the performance as set decorations and traditional daily activities of villagers and festive celebrations are demonstrated by performers and musicians in farmers’ clothing. After the show, enjoy beautifully decorated dishes of innovative Vietnamese cuisine in a different approach at Dining Room restaurant. Transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Cu Chi by boat & road
After breakfast, transfer to Tan Cang jetty and board a chartered speedboat to the Cu Chi tunnels. This river journey provides a glimpse of the changing faces of Vietnam - from the glittering skyscrapers and busy commercial centers to green paddy fields and pottery villages dotted along the Saigon River. The tunnel complex was initially started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, storage facilities for food and weapon caches as well as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the American war. A visit to the underground villages will provide a better understanding of how the tunnels were constructed, the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during combat. After visiting the tunnels, stop off at a local cricket farm to see how the crickets are raised. Crickets are used raised for sport and also for food. One the way back to Saigon, stop en route for a non-cricket lunch at a local restaurant.
Half day city tour
After lunch, head to China town to visit Thien Hau Temple, built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century to honor the Goddess of the Sea. The temple’s ornate interior courtyard is always full of life as worshippers from the local Chinese community come to offer their prayers. Take time to make a wish, write it on a small card and attach it to one of the incense coils in the local custom. Continue your visit to FITO, the first museum of traditional medicine in Vietnam, offering an insight into how traditional medicine was used in the past. Return to your hotel.
Vespa street food evening tour
With all its hustle & bustle, Saigon is a city on the move. Discover what this thriving and exciting metropolis can offer in terms of street food, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Early this evening, meet your Vespa driver at the hotel lobby. Then be driven to the local Zoom coffee shop for a welcome drink and briefing about the trip. Start the journey with en-route stops including dinner and drinks at Saigon's best authentic street food, and a Vietnamese-style coffee shop. Drive to District 4 to taste various snail dishes which are very popular in Saigon. Then it’s back to District 3 to sample a southern Vietnamese specialty – BanhXeo (rice pancake with pork and prawns). Finally, head to a local Vietnamese style coffee shop and enjoy a local coffee.
Overnight at the hotel.
|Saigon → Cu Chi Tunnels||46 km|
|Cu Chi Tunnels → Saigon||46 km||1h 10min|
Private cooking class at Saigon Culinary Art Centre
After breakfast, our guide will meet you at hotel. A local chef will accompany you to the vibrant central market and guide you while selecting the fresh vegetables, spices and other ingredients. Proceed to Saigon Culinary Art Centre for your private hands-on cooking class. Here you will see familiar images from traditional Vietnamese kitchens such as clay stoves or garde-manger. Receive a detailed explanation of the ingredients and utensils often used in the Vietnamese kitchen. This cooking class offers the flavor of Southern Vietnamese cuisine.
Transfer from your accommodation to the airport for your flight to next destination.
|Prices per person||2 pax|
|1 Aug 2018 - 30 Sep 2018||$780|
|1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018||$802|
|1 Nov 2018 - 2 Jan 2019||$802|
|3 Jan 2019 - 28 Feb 2019||$814|
|1 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019||$831|
|1 Apr 2019 - 30 Sep 2019||$808|