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Vietnam Culture and beach holiday 10 days

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Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, meet the local guide and he/she will tell you his/her stories about Ho Chi Minh city and Vietnam.

Enjoy a performance of traditional Water Puppetry and dinner at local restaurant.

You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Your guide shows you around Ho Chi Minh City. Visit the Reunification Hall – an early colonial masterpiece constructed to accommodate the Governor – general of Indochina. Visit the Fine Arts Museum to see the differences between pre- and post-reunification artworks and learn how politics led to Vietnam’s 90’s art market boom.

After lunch, you’ll also call in at the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. Later, the Museum of War Remnants provides a very partial, but riveting, perspective of the ‘American War’: not for the squeamish!

You’ll then return your hotel for freshen up or wander around the huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

A morning drive will take you to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Holy See in time to watch the mid-day ceremony. After lunch, you’ll visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a Byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

After breakfast, you will drive to Vinh Long and visit the Vinh Long market in the town. This is the best choice for you to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, vegetables...

A cruise will take you downstream on Mekong River seeing many floating cages for farming fish. Then, the first stop to visit the local workshop to see how to make rice paper, coconut candy, pop-rice... Enjoy some sweets with a cup of hot tea.

The rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals to enjoy the peaceful time. Then, we’ll walk to visit the orchard & traditional house of Ut Trinh family. Here, we will enjoy some kinds of fruits and tea, lunch can be served at this local house.

Biking can be made for a leisure! It will be so amazing to do cycling on village paths to see the daily life of the rural people: orchard, school, church, pagoda, traditional houses... On the way back to Vinh Long town, we can make one more stop to visit the brick kilns where you can see how the local people create beautiful potteries from clay.

You will stay at Can Tho for overnight stay.

Start at 6:00 am, we take the boat to Cai Rang Floating Market – the biggest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta. The Cai Rang Floating Market is well known for its variety of fresh fruits and other local products. Hundreds of boats still gather there to buy and sell every morning. Then visit a local house to see how the locals make rice noodle “hu tieu”, on the way back we will visit Cocoa garden to know how the locals make fresh chocolate and try some. Then get back to the boat, we go into a very beautiful canal with lots of water coconut 2 sides of river (depends on the tide, we can go through the canal or just a short distance.

We take bikes and get on the ferry to the other side of the river, riding around the beautiful village, get to know the locals' daily activities. Them we visit a blacksmith on the way, he is the only man working in that place, then 1 more stop at a local house to learn how to make fresh rice noodle -"Banh Hoi Mat Vong" the only one place in Vietnam making it.

Middle afternoon, you will leave Can Tho to take a short flight to Phu Quoc Island. A local driver (or hotel bus) is waiting you to drive you to check in hotel and relaxing time.

Four days free for you, just for relaxing and enjoying the beach, sunshine as well as local seafood.

Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, has a wide variety of beaches, some regarded as the best in Vietnam. Duong Dong, the main town, is interesting with plenty of restaurants. Diving and snorkelling are available as well as hiking, cycling and similar activities.

Phu Quoc provides a good beach holiday with a range of activities if required.

Your time will be your own until your time leaving to Phu Quoc airport for a short flight back to Tan Son Nhat airport, then to connect your international departure flight.

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