Southern Vietnam: Saigon Culture & Con Dao Beach

Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam at its most vibrant, chaotic and brilliant best. Pulsating energy, history, traditions and culture, it’s impossible not to become captivated by its atmosphere, moved by its history and enthralled by the natural beauty of its rustic countryside and beaches.

The below itinerary is a sample only. All Lightfoot itineraries are crafted to suit client’s interests, time and budget requirements. Please get in touch to speak to a country specialist and start planning your bespoke journey now. 

For more sample Vietnam itineraries, please click HERE.

Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City

Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh you’ll be met by your guide and escorted to your hotel.

Stay: Villa Song Saigon

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning you’ll be taken via speedboat to the famous Cu Chi tunnels which were built in 1948 and served as a base from which the Viet Cong – National Liberation Front could operate.

Breakfast will be served on the boat and your guide will explain rural traditions and aspects of riverbank life.

You’ll explore the Cu Chi site, which includes weapons, booby trap exhibitions and the authentic Viet Cong tunnel, complete with underground bunkers, kitchens, meeting rooms, ammunitions and firing range.

A local lunch will be served by the river before you’re returned to Ho Chi Minh City in the early afternoon.

In the evening you’ll venture into Saigon for a cocktail before exploring the city in the best way possible – from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Riding through the busy streets and alleys you’ll experience a true sense of the nightlife, street food and local culture.

The tour will end at a lively bar where you can enjoy drinks and live music.

Stay: Villa Song Saigon

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be – Can Tho

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to Cai Be to board your boat.

The ride will cruise you through narrow canals to discover unspoiled landscapes, luxurious gardens, and to enjoy the countryside atmosphere.

Your first stop will be to visit some local home factories where you’ll watch the rice paste, coconut candies and other local specialties being made. You’ll then stop at the local market for a walk around the old streets of Sa Dec.

Lunch will be served on board while cruising down to Can Tho, passing under several wooden “monkey bridges” and tiny villages before visiting Cao Dai Temple.

The last stop before sunset is a splendid ancient house or “Nha Co” dating back to the early 19th century. Here, a romantic candlelight dinner will be served before you retire for the evening onboard the boat.

Stay: Song Xanh Cruise

Day 4: Can Tho - Con Dao

Your day starts early with breakfast onboard the boat while cruising towards Cai Rang floating market, the largest market in the Mekong Delta Region.

Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to Can Tho Airport for your flight to Con Dao Island.

Stay: Six Senses Con Dao

Days 5-6 Con Dao

You will have the next two days to explore the island and simply kick back and relax at the gorgeous Six Senses Con Dao.

Stay: Six Senses Con Dao

Day 7: Con Dao - Ho Chi Minh City - Home

Today you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Saigon and connecting flight to your next destination.

 

The above itinerary is a sample only. All Lightfoot itineraries are crafted to suit client’s interests, time and budget requirements. Please get in touch to speak to a country specialist and start planning your bespoke journey now. 

For more sample Vietnam itineraries, please click HERE.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City Villa Song Saigon
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Villa Song Saigon
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be – Can Tho Song Xanh Cruise
Day 4: Can Tho - Con Dao Six Senses Con Dao
Days 5-6 Con Dao Six Senses Con Dao
Day 7: Con Dao - Ho Chi Minh City - Home

Inclusions

Included

  • All transfers and transport as per program
  • All accommodation as per program (based on double/twin sharing room)
  • Service of English speaking guides on days as program
  • All meals as mentioned
  • All entrance fees on tour

Not Included

  • Air tickets both domestic and international
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • All drinks
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary

Map

1. Ho Chi Minh City 2. Con Dao Island

From USD2,250 - USD2,550 per person based on 2 guests sharing twin/double rooms. This price is based on low and peak season price fluctuations.

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant