South Vietnam is undoubtedly an ideal destination for Vietnam tours. Here not only can travelers experience the bustling and vibrant metropolitan life, but they can also ease their soul and immerse themselves in the tranquil atmosphere of the southwestern countryside. Let’s see where to go and what to do in a 5-day-4-night Saigon and Mekong Delta tour.
Day 01: Arrival in Saigon
Saigon – the one and only megacity in Vietnam
To start your South Vietnam trip, travelers are expected to arrive at Ho Chi Minh City (better known as Saigon) first and spend your first day here. Landing off at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you will find ways to get to the city center. If you have booked tours with a Vietnam tour operator, they will have a tour guide pick you up at the airport and transit you to the hotel. In case you are traveling on your own, you can consider taking a public bus or a taxi to get there.
After doing the check-in at the hotel, it’s time to go exploring the city. You might visit the shopping malls, the night markets, or try foods at some food centers to better feel the vibe of the one and only megacity in Vietnam.
Day 02: Cu Chi Tunnel – Saigon City Tour
The second day should be spent on a culture tour in Saigon. First, head your way to Cu Chi Tunnel – a large network of tunnels under the jungle terrain of the Northwest Saigon that used to be the home and the hiding place of Vietnamese citizens and army during the Vietnam War. Surprisingly, all the 250 kilometers of the network were dug by hand in only a short period of time.
Next, coming to the city center in the afternoon to visit the must-see historical relics in a Saigon tour such as the Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Market to learn more about the valuable history and culture of this city and the whole nation.
Day 03: Saigon – Ben Tre – Can Tho
Start your third day with a 2-hour transfer from Saigon to Ben Tre – the land of coconut. Here travelers can get on boats to glide along Ben Tre River to experience the daily life of the locals. You will visit a brickwork village where the bricks are made manually in a conventional method and then get to see more about the process of making coconut products – the specialties of Ben Tre. Take a sip of the fresh coconut milk, sample the sweet coconut candy, and buy home some handicrafts made from coconut.
Ben Tre – the land of coconut
After that, get off the boat to have a walk or a ride to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the countryside and have an ordinary lunch with the locals. The afternoon will be spent for a visit to a traditional village that produces sleeping mats and a graceful glide on rowboat along the palm forest.
The 3rd day is spent in Can Tho City.
Day 04: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Saigon
The highlight of the 4th day is Cai Rang Floating Market – a must-stop for any Mekong Delta Adventure. The floating market is a distinctive feature of the southwest people, which is formed by the gatherings of ten to hundreds of boats carrying different kinds of goods. A Mekong Cruise to the market will allow travelers to explore an authentic trading day of the locals, get to know more about their customs, and enjoy the scrumptious taste of the southwestern dishes.
Cai Rang Floating Market
Then travelers would go to the fruit orchards to try the fresh and tasty fruits, visit the ancient southwestern houses, listen to “Don Ca Tai Tu” – the unique and priceless art form created by the locals, or listen to the life story of the farmers in the villages. Travelers can also get involved in fascinating traditional games like monkey bridge crossing, bag jumping, cyclo paddling, wooden clog racing, crocodile catching, etc.
Come back to Saigon for a night stay at hotels there.
Day 05: Saigon – Departure
Do the check-outs and head your way to the airport. It’s when your Mekong Delta tour comes to an end.
On the whole, the 5-day-4-night itinerary for Saigon & Mekong Delta trip above would enable travelers to not only admire the tranquil and peaceful beauty of the Southwest but also get exposed to the long-lasting culture and history of this land. Undeniably, it is a really worth-considering option for your Vietnam tours.