Tropical Summer Sunshine 12 Days

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival (D, GP)

Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. After a short rest, you will have a cyclo ride through some streets of this hustle and bustle city and observe the daily life of the local people.

After that, you will have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry (an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture). After the show, your family will enjoy a dinner in a good local restaurant. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City/Cu Chi Tunnels/Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

A morning drive will take you to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a Byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly.

You will then return to the city centre for lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit the huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity. You’ll also call in at the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City/Vinh Long/Can Tho (B, L, G)

After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl, you’ll travel to Vinh Long where a Mekong River cruise will take you to visit the fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and some long established cottage industries like: coco candy, sweet popcorn… You’ll drive further into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho. Upon arrival you’ll call in at the Munir Ansay – an ancient Khmer style pagoda, renowned for its unique structural decorations. You’ll then drive to your hotel in Can Tho where you’ll spend the night.

Day 4: Can Tho/Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

After breakfast and a boat cruise you’ll arrive at Cai Rang floating market on the Mekong Delta. Both the journey and the market provide insights into the rural Mekong Delta lifestyle. On your return to Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll call in at the beautiful and ancient Vinh Trang pagoda, 3 km from My Tho centre. You’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon with time to freshen up in the hotel.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City/Danang/Hoi An (B, G)

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and driven to the airport for a morning flight to Danang. On arrival, you will be met and driven to your hotel in Hoi An. The rest of the day will be free at leisure. You will spend the night in Hoi An.

Day 6: Hoi An Tour ½ Day (B, G)

Your morning will be free! In the afternoon, your guide will show you the Ancient Town and explain its considerable significance in the history of Vietnam. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An rural life (B, L, G)

After breakfast, you’ll take an easy cycling to the rural scenery of Hoi An to a small village located on the banks of the Tra Que lagoon, three kilometres northeast of the old town. You’ll join local people in their daily work of planting and watering vegetables. Your lunch will be prepared by the family.

You’ll then return to the old town to learn how to make silk lanterns at a local house. You’ll also be able to view the complex process of creating Hoi An-style lanterns. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An/Danang (B, G)

In the morning, your car will arrive to take to Danang then to Furama Beach Resort where you will spend the night.

Day 9 to Day 11: Danang free (B)

The day will be free for strolling in the town, lazing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy. You’ll spend the night at Furama Beach Resort in Danang.

Day 12: Danang/Ho Chi Minh City departure (B, DP)

In the morning, your driver will arrive at your hotel to take you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City in good time to connect your departure flight. Tour ends.