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Mekong Delta Small Group W/ Vinh Trang Pagoda & Rowing Boat

1. Mekong Delta Small Group W/ Vinh Trang Pagoda & Rowing Boat

Departing at 8:00 AM, from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel, heading to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. During the 1.5 hour drive, pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. Your morning trip continues from here by motorized boat on the Tien River to the Qui (Tortoise Islet). On the way, see the fishing port, boat-building workshops, and the Dragon, Phoenix and Unicorn Islet. Walk into the village, where you can visit a local fruit garden and enjoy the tropical fruit while listening to Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by islanders. Here you also can join daily activities of the local people and take in the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside. Visit the bee house, and take the picture of the pythons. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. The boat cruise will lead you through Bao Dinh canal, entering Ben Tre province — "the land of coconuts." Here you'll see a typical agricultural model called "Garden - Pond – Cage,” before visiting the coconut candy-making shop. Next, enjoy a rowing boat trip on the small canal, fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut’s trees. After your boat ride, take a bike ride around the island before returning to the bus. You will arrive back in Ho Chi Minh City at around 4:30 to 5:00 PM. Select the "Night Cruise" option to continue your adventure with a 30-minute sunset cruise to admire the lights of the city while sipping a free cocktail.

Ho Chi Minh: Private Cyclo Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

2. Ho Chi Minh: Private Cyclo Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a pickup and discover the nightlife of Saigon by cyclo or scooter. Cyclo option: Drive along the city main streets and pass by Ben Thanh Market, General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, People Committee Hall, and Opera House. Scooter option: Include all sightseeing above and some extra authentic local sites: Flower market, Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment , fashion street After your ride of approximately 1 hour stop at Saigon Riverside. Be a welcomed guest at Bach Dang harbor and start your dinner. Cruise along Saigon River, enjoy a great dinner, and relax in the romantic atmosphere with Vietnamese Traditional Dance and a Music Show. Head back towards Bach Dang harbor where the cruise ends around 9:30 PM. Here a taxi picks you up and brings you back to the hotel.

From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

3. From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 8:00 AM by your private car and tour guide, drive for 2-hours out of Saigon to the port. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to see 4 islets which are represented as four mythical animals in Southeast Asia: Dragon, Kirin, Tortoise, and Phoenix. Visit a honey bee farm and taste a delicious honey tea with lemon known for its health properties. If you are feeling adventurous, take the opportunity to stop at a local python farm. Continue to a coconut candy workshop to see how the delicious candies are made by hand. Next, listen to some Don Ca Tai Tu, a genre of traditional folk music. Relax on a rowing boat cruise as you journey through a mangrove palm canal. Continue the trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village to experience the way locals traveled in the 19th-century. Finally, head to the Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho Town. This ancient building is considered to be the biggest and oldest pagoda in southern Vietnam and was influenced by Asian and Western architecture and culture. End the tour at around 5:00 PM where you will be returned to Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh City: Cao Dai Temple & Black Lady Mountain Tour

4. Ho Chi Minh City: Cao Dai Temple & Black Lady Mountain Tour

Choose from a shared or private experience and, following an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City, head towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border and reach Tay Ninh Province. From there, take a cable car ride up to the Black Lady Mountain. Once on top, marvel at the panoramic views of the beautiful region. Black Lady Mountain consists of three major mountains covering an area of 24 kilometers and reaching an altitude of 986 meters. The beautiful temples and caves that are used to house Buddhist monks and nuns remain largely undisturbed. Proceed to Cao Dai Holy Temple which houses administrative offices, residences for officials, adepts and a hospital for traditional Vietnamese herbal medicine that attracts people from all over the south for treatments. The temple is home to the Cao Dai movement known for mixing ideas from different religions including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity. Learn about the importance of Cao Daism figures including historic figures such as Sun Yat-Sen, Victor Hugo, and Nguyen Binh Khiem.

Nha Trang: Day Trip to Ba Ho Waterfall

5. Nha Trang: Day Trip to Ba Ho Waterfall

After pickup from your accommodation, head approximately 25 kilometers north to the Ba Ho Waterfalls. Ba Ho means “Three Pools” in Vietnamese, and the iconic waterfalls consist of 3 clear, refreshing pools with their respective waterfalls. Trek up to the top of the local mountain and take in the views of the surroundings. Feel the exhilaration of jumping into the pools from the surrounding cliffs. Swim in the cooling water and look out for local fish and wildlife. Stop for lunch and enjoy some delicious Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant.

Nha Trang: Stand-up Paddleboard Sunset Tour

6. Nha Trang: Stand-up Paddleboard Sunset Tour

Begin the tour at a small floating house in a calm neighborhood of Nha Trang. There you will receive a short safety induction including the precautions you should take on the river.  Learn the best techniques for guiding the board, then set off and follow the group down the Cai River. Paddle under a wooden bridge that is known as the Nha Trang version of the Burmese U Bein Bridge. Take in incredible views of the sun setting over the river as you float on top of the calm water. Consider enjoying a local refreshment before heading back to departure point.

Private Tour to Long Tan Former Australian Military Base

7. Private Tour to Long Tan Former Australian Military Base

Arrive in Long Tan, deeply etched into ANZAC folklore. Find out how, in the late afternoon of August 18, 1966, D Company, despite being heavily outnumbered, fought off a large Viet Cong assault of regimental strength during a grueling three-hour battle. The first stop on your half-day tour is the former site of Australia's Nui Dat Task Force Base (Nui Dat SAS Hill). The occupation of Nui Dat required the removal of all inhabitants from within a 4-kilometer radius of the base, therefore the people of Long Tan and Long Phuoc villages were forcibly resettled. Little remains of this military camp today except for the columns of the main gate. The former runway is now a street in the local village, and the old helipad is now a soccer field. Afterward, drive past the location of Horseshoe FSB to the Discourtesy Rubber Plantation. Access to Horseshoe FSB is not permitted due to the continued presence of landmines, but don't miss out on learning about this area. Visit the Long Tan Cross Memorial, a focal point for remembrance, before continuing on to the Long Phuoc Tunnels. Like other tunnels systems found in Vietnam, the Long Phuoc Tunnels included meeting areas, first aid stations, and fighting pits. At around 1:00 PM, start the journey back to Ho Chi Minh city.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Full-Day Long Tan Battlefield

8. From Ho Chi Minh City: Full-Day Long Tan Battlefield

On this full-day tour from Ho Chi Minh you will visit the only Australian military base from the Vietnam War. At 8:00 AM you depart for a 2-hour drive to Ba Ria Vung Tau to visit the former 1st Australian Task Force at Nui Dat. The battle at Long Tan is the most famous battle fought by the Australian army during the Vietnam War. Visit the fully functional air base in a prime location for military strategy. See the evidence of a failed operation with many toxic leftovers after more than 3 decades. In a somber moment, you will visit the Australian Memorial established at Long Tan for the 17 Australian infantrymen and 1 APC crewman killed in action during the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966. At 12:00 PM you will enjoy a seafood lunch near the beach before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City.

From Ho Chi Minh: Private Mekong Delta Tour and Bike Trip

9. From Ho Chi Minh: Private Mekong Delta Tour and Bike Trip

After being picked up at 8 AM from your hotel, drive for 2 hours out of Saigon to the port. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to see 4 islets which are represented as four mythical animals in Southeast Asia: Dragon, Kirin, Tortoise, and Phoenix.  Visit a honey bee farm and taste delicious honey tea with lemon known for its health properties and walk through the orchard gardens to taste some seasonal tropical fruits. Stop at a coconut candy workshop to see how the delicious candies are made by hand and listen to some Don Ca Tai Tu, a genre of traditional folk music. Relax on the rowing boat going as you journey through a mangrove palm canal, and continue the trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village to experience the way locals traveled in the 19th century.  Return to the mainland and drive directly to Ben Tre province, known as the coconut kingdom of Vietnam. Pick up the bicycles and ride through the countryside which is unreachable by car. Peddle through a local market, tropical fruit gardens, and mangrove palm scenery for about 7-10 km of cycling. Head to a coconut farm and see how coconuts are harvested. Enjoy a home-grown lunch just as the locals do. The tour will end at around 6 PM where you will be returned to Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh: Ben Duoc Tunnels and Paintball Shooting

10. Ho Chi Minh: Ben Duoc Tunnels and Paintball Shooting

Following pickup from you hotel in District 1, you will head to the Cu Chi Province. You will travel past the Tan Binh District before arriving to Cu Chi, with a rest stop at a lacquer factory included along the way. The factory is a workplace of disabled people who were victims of Agent Orange Toxic used during the war. Whilst there you can see how they work and witness the beauty of the final products created by them. You will also have the opportunity to purchase their products to help them sustain themselves. Following the factory you will reach the Ben Duoc Tunnels. The tunnels' system is so complex that it stunned many military advisors from all over the world. It is a hidden gem which is today mainly used for educational purposes for Vietnamese students and foreigners alike. It has been recognized by the Ministry of Culture as a National Cultural and Historical Relic as of April 29, 1979. In addition to the historic monuments which serve the propaganda and education of the traditional revolution, when visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels you can visit a simulated area of Cu Chi where you can discover the architecture of the houses. This will provide you with an insight into the lives of the army and the people of Cu Chi between 1961-1972.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 52 reviews

The tour started with a 30 minute cyclo ride from our hotel down to the flower/cambodia market. Bevis our guide took us through the markets and introduced great local snacks to try. After the market, we were picked up in a car and brought to the cruise site where we were sat down for a 9 course dinner which ended with a 30min cruise by the river. We initially had a small hiccup about our booking but Trung was very nice to have our slot shifted to another day with an upgrade to our food menu and itinerary in general. Overall an eye-opening experience especially with performances on the boat, and we were very lucky that Trung and Bevis were amazing hosts who prioritised our comfort and ensured that we had an amazing night.

We had the most amazing guide named Bruno, who was super friendly and helpful throughout all of the tour. He spoke very good English and made the whole thing to very smoothly. We felt a little silly being cycled around downtown, but it was an experience as well. The dinner on the cruise was nice and so was the views and the entertainment. Our only downside was how the cyclo guys asked for tips in a rude way (expressing how though it had been cycling us around) and when we tipped them they asked for an even bigger tip .. Bruno on the other hand never asked for a tip and deserved it way more.

Brilliant day trip ! There was lots to see & do throughout the day. We covered everything in the itinerary. The tour guide was really funny and knowledgeable. Spoke really good English. Learnt lots about Vietnamese culture. Excellent value for money compared to other small group day trips that we undertook throughout Vietnam. You won't regret booking this experience!!!

Being a tour guide myself, I thought that viet wasn’t very engaging. No way would I tell my guests to wander around for 30 to 40 mins on 3 occasions on there own. Tell me what I’m looking at! Tell me the history, the culture. Don’t leave us at the first opportunity .

Ni was a very engaging guide and the tour has a lot to offer for the price you pay