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Things to do in Central Highlands, Vietnam

Our most recommended things to do in Central Highlands, Vietnam

From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

1. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

Discover the verdant beauty of the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh city. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan or bus and board a motorboat for a ride through islands on the Tien River. Enjoy a local lunch in an orchard and ride a rowboat under coconut trees on the Bao Dinh canal. Depart from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and head to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. Pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. Along the way, visit the Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta.  Go by motorized boat on the Tien River to the Qui (Tortoise islet). 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. Join in the daily activities that the locals do and take in the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside.  Visit the bee house, and take a picture of the pythons. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. The boat cruise will lead you through the 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 trees. After your boat ride, take a bike ride around the island before returning to the bus.

Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta: Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh

2. Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta: Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh

This full-day tour takes you from Ho Chi Minh city to two popular attractions, the Cu Chi Tunnels, and the Mekong Delta.  Be picked up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city in the morning and board a comfortable and spacious car. Head to Cu Chi tunnels, where you will explore and learn about the Vietnam War resistance the US Forces. Depart for Mekong Delta in the late morning, stopping at a local restaurant on the way to enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese Cuisine. Make your way to the Mekong Delta after lunch. Hop aboard a rowboat and travel through small canals under the fronds of coconut trees. Transfer to a motorboat to cruise to Coconut island. Disembark at a local family's residence to enjoy tropical fruits, honey tea, and local wine. See how local products are made and listen to a live local music performance performed by the villagers. Stroll along the countryside roads in the afternoon and have the chance to get to know the locals by interacting with them while they live their daily lives. Relax in the peaceful atmosphere, then say goodbye and depart for Ho Chi Minh City. Return to Ho Chi Minh city in the evening and be taken back to your hotel. Tour starts at 730AM, ends 640PM.

Sapa: 3 Days 3 Nights Trek & Hotel with Overnight Train

3. Sapa: 3 Days 3 Nights Trek & Hotel with Overnight Train

Day 0: Transfer from Hanoi to Lao Cai by overnight train - At 9pm you need to be at Hanoi station (120 Lê Duẩn street) where you board the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. The train leaves at 10pm. Enjoy the night on the train and reach your destination in the next beautiful morning. Day 1: Sapa center - Cat Cat village (L,D) - Morning: Meet your tour guide at the train station then to Sapa at 6am. Then, indulge in breakfast at your hotel before taking a walk around Sapa, visiting the market and old cathedral, and meet Black H’mong and Red Zao ethnic minorities selling handicrafts. A walk down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the foot of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and then next 3 km to Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up on the way back to Sapa. - Evening: After dinner, you are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night, enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside a charcoal fire or go shopping. - Overnight in Sapa Hotel ( 3 stars hotel) Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B,L,D) - Morning: Have breakfast in hotel. And then 6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. Continue on 2km of trekking down to Lao Chai village of the H’mong. - Enjoy a cooking class and lunch at a local family, and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people where we stay for the night. It gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes. - Overnight in a local homestay Day 3: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sapa (B,L,D) - After breakfast, continue on trekking to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong. Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes… through bamboo forest to the main road to catch the Car to return to Sapa. - If any roads are too far or too difficult to trek, we can go by electric car or motorbikes. - Afternoon: around 2pm you’ll be back and pack your things. Say good bye and preapre to leave Sapa, get on the limousine back to Hanoi at 2.30pm. - Evening: around 9-10pm drop off at your hotel in Hanoi. End of tour

Ho Chi Minh: A O Show Ticket at Saigon Opera House

4. Ho Chi Minh: A O Show Ticket at Saigon Opera House

Learn about the vibrant culture and history of Vietnam at the iconic A O Show. The performance takes place within the beautiful surroundings of the historic Saigon Opera House, built in a European style. Enjoy humorous and sophisticated stories about rural Vietnamese and urban life. Admire a varied critically-acclaimed performance utilizing simple bamboo props, contemporary cirque acrobatics, and live folk music. Hear traditional Southern Vietnamese work songs played on traditional instruments. Enjoy an exciting spectacle that brings the rural and urban character of Vietnamese culture to life.

From Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels and VIP Speedboat Tour

5. From Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels and VIP Speedboat Tour

Take a trip on the Saigon River Express, offering you a luxurious tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels with five star service aboard one of our modern and luxurious speedboats. Forget tour buses; this tour will depart from Ho Chi Minh City for a scenic 1.5-hour boat trip to Cu Chi. Upon arrival, a private screening of the official Cu Chi Tunnels video will be shown with commentary and additional information from your English-speaking guide. Learn more about this immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. A traditional Vietnamese lunch or dinner of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served after your visit to the tunnels. Vegetarian or Halal meals are also available on request.

From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta & Cai Rang Market 2-Day Trip

6. From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta & Cai Rang Market 2-Day Trip

Get picked up at your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City and head to My Tho by bus. Your onboard tour guide will tell you everything about the culture of the locals while you can sit back, relax and enjoy the landscapes and scenery of green rice fields. Stop at the Vinh Trang pagoda on the way. Continue to My Tho and take a boat trip along the Mekong River. During the cruise, see fish cages and floating houses. The boat will take you to a small canal, where you can escape the busy town. The cruise through the coconut trees-lined canal will take you to a coconut island in Ben Tre.  Disembark and explore the village on foot. Visit local families and learn how to make sweets at a candy shop. You can enjoy fruits, honey tea and wine while listening to traditional music. Discover varieties of fruits, flowers, trees, and native houses. Enjoy a traditional lunch. Next, travel by ferry and bus to Can Tho, the heart of the Mekong Delta. Stay overnight in the hotel. The next day, after breakfast, take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river.  Proceed to visit the Cai Răng floating market, which is the liveliest in the whole region. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. Next, you will roam through the village, see fruit gardens and visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles-making shop.  Then, head back to the riverside for lunch before traveling back to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will arrive in the afternoon with unforgettable memories.

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Street Food Tour with Local Students

7. Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Street Food Tour with Local Students

Sample 5-6 of the best street foods in Ho Chi Minh City, along with 2 drinks and a dessert, on a guided food tour. Visit the places where actual locals go with your guide and gain insights into Vietnamese culture. Sample must-have food and drinks, including banh mi, noodle soup, beer, and more. After pickup from your hotel by motorbike, you will have a chance to see the real Ho Chi Minh City away from the crowds of tourists. Stop at local street food hubs where locals gather and socialize. Explore and immerse yourself in the local culture in the craziness of Saigon's traffic and markets. Eat and sample 8 must-have treats in the city's back alleys. Warm up your taste buds with Bun bo hue beef noodle soup. Then, take a stroll, trying grilled pork with ride noodles on the way. Next, try the traditional Vietnamese banh mi sandwich before enjoying a refreshing sugar cane drink. Next, discover Vietnam's best culinary hidden gem: chuoi nuong grilled banana with coconut milk. Sample this traditional sweet and salty mix of tropical fruits and coconut milk sauce. Then, have a sit-down and relax, sipping a Saigon beer on the terrace of a local restaurant. Then, watch your banh xeo Vietnamese savory crispy pancake being made in front of you. Finally, finish off with the perfect treat, a sweet soup dessert. Be taken back to your hotel, having sampled the must-have delicacies of Ho Chi Minh and experienced Vietnamese culture with your student guide.

Ho Chi Minh City: Local Food and Sights Scooter Night Tour

8. Ho Chi Minh City: Local Food and Sights Scooter Night Tour

Discover the busy nightlife and local foods of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on a guided tour by motorbike. Ride along Nguyen Trai Street, visit the area's largest flower market for grilled oysters, and savor an authentic Vietnamese pancake. Following pickup, start the evening with condensed milk coffee at a special place. After that, stop to enjoy baked banana cake wrapped in glutinous rice served with coconut sauce. Go through the area and explore a typical night of residents while learning how history has shaped this place. Discover how the street food here is diverse since people in the area come from many places with different tastes. The next destination is the biggest flower market of the city, located in district 10. Taste grilled oysters with black pepper sauce and quail eggs. Try rice paper with onion, eggs, baby shrimp, and a special local sauce. Flowers sold at the market are collected from every part of Vietnam so you can easily buy any kind of flowers from around Vietnam and enjoy the sweet smell and the beauty of them. Arriving in district 5, stop for a few minutes to eat Vietnamese pancakes, usually eaten with a wide range of vegetables. Back to the tour, venture to Nguyen Trai Street, a busy street where almost everything is sold, from clothes to souvenirs. After that, on Nguyen Van Cu Bridge, take in a whole view of the city in the glow of night. Enjoy a peaceful moment while looking at Saigon River with fresh, cool air breezing by. Continue to district 4, regarded as the smallest district. Many people from other places in Vietnam move to live here, so the lifestyle and traditions of the residents are extremely varied there. On the way we go there, stop at the local bread vendor to enjoy one of the city's best banh mi (thin and crispy baguette). Before drop-off back at your hotel, drink sugar cane juice and have a dessert like a tropical fruit smoothie or caramel flan.

Ho Chi Minh: Water Puppet Show Ticket

9. Ho Chi Minh: Water Puppet Show Ticket

Enjoy a performance of fascinating Vietnamese art during a traditional 45-minute water puppet show. The stories told with water puppets are closely associated with the spiritual life of Vietnamese people, especially in the countryside. The stage for the show is the surface of a water pool. Puppeteers demonstrate their clever skills by managing puppets with long bamboo rods and a string mechanism under the surface of the water. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides musical accompaniment. The puppets act out the stories told by the songs, which reflect the peaceful life of the Vietnamese countryside.

Mekong Delta: My Tho & Ben Tre Full-Day Trip in Small Group

10. Mekong Delta: My Tho & Ben Tre Full-Day Trip in Small Group

After pick-up from your hotel at 07:30, depart Ho Chi Minh City and journey to Vinh Trang pagoda, one of the largest in the Mekong Delta. Admire its ornate facade and large Buddha statue. Then, cruise along the Tien River to experience life in the Mekong Delta up close. Pass by 4 small islands - Phoenix, Unicorn, Dragon and Tortoise Island - see lush tropical trees and the typical stilt houses of the fishing villages as you make your way through the narrow canals by rowing boat. Stop for lunch in an orchard garden and then learn how to make coconut candy. Sample sweet pieces of the candy and buy some of your favorites to take home. Savor a snack of fresh fruits and honey tea as locals entertain you with Vietnamese traditional folk music. Return to the minibus for the drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will arrive at approximately 17:00.

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Excellent tour! We were in a group of 2 and both drivers were very attentive, spoke good English and drove well. Ride despite crazy and with many motorbikes, we felt very safe. Delicious food on the stops. The only thing is that we expected there to be more different foods. Of the 6 stops, two were just for walking. And I wish I had taken the opportunity to know some other food. But just a suggestion! Thank you and I will recommend this tour to all my friends who come!!

the tour guide (Long - Honda) was amazing, he was funny, considerate & knowledgeable. even the driver was very good person. van was neat & clean. would recommend to everyone. just confirm with Kim travels regarding the pickup point & timings.

This was an amazing experience and great way to see Vietnam from a local perspective. My guide Anna was so nice! I was nervous about scooter but after a few times I got used to it and she made me really comfortable.

We had so much fun and the food and guides Lisa and Quinton were amazing! From the moment we were picked up to the moment we were dropped off we felt like we were with friends not guides!

good experience Daniel was my fmdriver I felt very safe with him