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2-Day All Inclusive, Flexible Package: Cu Chi & Mekong Delta

1. 2-Day All Inclusive, Flexible Package: Cu Chi & Mekong Delta

For most travelers, Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon by locals, is primarily the gateway to the Mekong Delta and the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels. From the heartbreaking War Remnants Museum to luxe shopping strips, gourmet restaurants and delectable street stalls, HCMC is a taste of all that Vietnam has to offer.  Day 1 consists of a Cu Chi Tunnels Tour, a water puppet show and dinner on a cruise. At 8:00 AM on the first day, you will be picked up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to start the Cu Chi Tunnels Tour. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the Cu Chi tunnels, where you'll learn more about the conditions the people lived in, the hardships they faced, and the amazing ingenuity employed to maintain life in the tunnels. Walk past huge bomb craters - evidence of the heavy bombing campaigns in the region during the Indochina conflict, discover hidden entrances right beneath your feet, wander past tiny little chimneys in the ground that dispersed smoke from the underground kitchens, sample some of the simple cuisine that local fighters would have survived on, and have an opportunity to venture into the tunnels and explore the complex. You'll end this historical Ho Chi Minh City tour with a greater understanding of the local impacts of the conflicts of the 20th century. At 2:30 PM, arrive back to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy some free time for lunch. At 6:00 PM, you will be picked up again to transfer to the water puppet theater. Water-puppetry is an ancient puppet tradition and an important part of Vietnamese culture. In water-puppetry, puppets are played on the surface of a pool of water, while a Vietnamese orchestra of professional musicians, accompanied by an array of talented singers, provide background music for the performance. Enjoy watching the puppet show and learning more about Vietnamese rural life and folklore. Many of the programs, especially those involving the tales of day-to-day living, often have a humorous twist. After the show, head to Saigon River to board a boat for a cruise. Take the time to admire the lights of Saigon city from the river. Dinner will then be served on the cruise, which you can enjoy while listening to the selection of relaxing music. At 9:00 PM, you will be taken back to your hotel. On day 2, enjoy a tour of Mekong Delta and explore Ho Chi Minh City's street food by motorbike. Start the day at 8:00 AM where your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel before heading to My Tho city by bus. Enjoy the scenery and green rice paddies during the 1.5-hour bus ride. Along the way, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Mekong Delta. Continue to My Tho, where you will take a boat trip along the Mekong River, during the trip you can see fish cages and floating houses on the river. The boat takes you to a small canal, escaping the hustle and bustle of the town. Disembark at a coconut island in Ben Tre and enjoy a walk around the village. Stop at a local family home to enjoy tropical fruit, taste the honey tea and honey wine and listen to Vietnamese traditional music performed by the villagers. Check out the coconut candy shop and learn how to make candy, and see handicrafts made from the coconuts. Take your time snapping photos and enjoy the natural scenery before heading to the local restaurant. Lunch is set with special Vietnamese food and you can enjoy your lunch outside under the shade of the trees. After lunch, enjoy time to relax, walk around the village, or perhaps go for a short bike ride. Then, travel back to Saigon and arrive around 4:30 PM. In the evening, you will be collected from your hotel to start the local street food tour. Eat your way through Saigon, aka Ho Chi Minh City, the way locals do. Indulge in the dishes that have made Southern Vietnamese cuisine famous such as xa xui (Cantonese barbecued pork), chao muc (squid soup) and bo la lot (barbecued minced beef). Mingle with locals over Saigonese coffee, experience Saigon’s history and multi-culturalism through its food. Explore hidden alleys and go off the beaten track to see Saigon in a way few tourists do.

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Ho Chi Minh City: Water Puppet Show and Dinner Cruise

2. Ho Chi Minh City: Water Puppet Show and Dinner Cruise

Treat yourself to a fantastic night out in Ho Chi Minh City. See a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet performance, and delight in live folk music and native dancing. Visit some of the city's highlights by motorbike, and relish a sumptuous meal as you cruise along the Saigon River. Meet your English-speaking driver at your hotel at 5:15 PM, and take a motorbike tour of some of Ho Chi Minh's main attractions. Head to the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre at 6:30 PM for an entertaining puppet show, accompanied by live, traditional music. Next, transfer with your guide to the cruise port, and begin your journey along the Saigon River at 7:45 PM. Admire the views of Ho Chi Minh City by night from your cruise, and dine on tasty, Vietnamese food. The cruise ends at around 9:15 PM, and your driver will then drop you off back at your hotel. If you would prefer to do the tour by private car, rather than on a motorbike, there is an additional cost of $30.

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Ho Chi Minh City: Water Puppet Show and Dinner

3. Ho Chi Minh City: Water Puppet Show and Dinner

Choose from a shared or private tour and begin your evening with a wonderful dinner at a local restaurant. After you have eaten, you will head to the theatre to enjoy the Water Puppet Show. The puppets are made from wood and carved, polished and decorated with different colours to demonstrate the clear personalities of each character. Water puppetry is a unique Vietnamese art form that is performed in a large pool using the water as a stage. The artisans are situated inside the cabin and control the puppets. The stage is decorated with flags, fans, and parasols. It is considered a traditional and important part of Vietnamese culture. You will also get to enjoy the Vietnamese orchestra, which provides the background music for the show. The orchestra by many talented singers and accompanied by professional musicians performing with traditional musical instruments. The show is a great way to learn more about Vietnamese rural life and folklore. The programs performed, especially those involving tales of day-to-day living, often have humorous plot twists for you to enjoy.

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 353 reviews

The water puppet show was more exciting and enjoyable than I expected! I also enjoyed moving the cyclo. The cruise had a lot of rice, but it was delicious. The night view was also beautiful. The tour was fun, but the guide was very kind to us who couldn't speak English, and it was a good night. Thank you very much.

Fun, interesting, and overall fantastic evening spent watching the Water Puppet Show. The show is 45 mins long and throughly entertaining. Would highly recommend for a family outing or even a solo evening out.

Really great tour puppets were great and the dinner cruise was really good

Nice walk on the water, plenty and good food, and at a reasonable price

Interesting and joyful display of cultural theatre