Meet your friendly guide and set out on a private tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle to Chinatown to visit the district's top attractions, including Quan Am Pagoda and Thien Hau Temple, before descending on Binh Tay Market and numerous teahouses in search of specialty goods.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and spend your afternoon with a sightseeing itinerary that hits major landmarks in the southern capital, once called Saigon. Peruse popular exhibits at the War Remnants Museum and learn about the impact of the Vietnam War on local inhabitants.
Afterward, drive to the Reunification Palace and discover the history of this former presidential residence up until the Fall of Saigon, which ended the war. If time permits, make quick photo stops at Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, both architectural gems built by the French on Paris Square in the late 19th century.
Visit Ben Thanh Market, the city's lively central market, and let your guide help you test your bargaining skills. Marvel at the selection of foods, textiles, cosmetics, and other goods, neatly organized in sections. Your evening is free for you to spend at your leisure.
After pickup from your hotel in the morning, embark on a 2-hour drive to My Tho, a prosperous town in the Mekong Delta that's known for its immense orchards and rice fields. Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, a not-to-be-missed sanctuary teeming with flowers, shrubs, and lotus pools. Cross a river bridge, walk through an intricately designed gate, and stroll around the complex, where towering Buddha statues watch over the grounds. Admire the decorative motifs of the structures made with mosaic tiles and carved and gilded wood, and perhaps meet some of the monks who maintain the peaceful temple.
Next is a boat ride on the mighty Mekong River, with lunch served on the way to an island where you visit a fruit orchard and learn about regional produce. Your day trip ends with return to Ho Chi Minh City and drop-off at your hotel.
Meet your guide at your hotel in the morning for a trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing complex of underground tunnels used by guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War.
After the comfortable drive, your subterranean exploration begins with a short film documenting the role of the tunnels as a strategic military base by the Viet Cong. The vast underground network that once connected villages and housed living quarters, hospitals, conference rooms, and kitchens is now preserved as a memorial park.
Descend with your guide into a narrow passageway to explore a section of the labyrinth open to tourists, and get a picture of what life was like below ground during wartime.
After you walk back to your private car from the forest, return to the city for lunch at a local restaurant, followed by free time for your own activities before transfer to your hotel or the airport.