You begin the tour in the old capital city of Hue where you will visit the Citadel and many glorious temples and pagodas before heading south to the charming town of Hoi An. Both places offer history in abundance as you explore the modern and ancient culture of this area of Vietnam.
Your trail of discover then takes you into a very different world. You can explore the ancient Hindu ruin of My Son dating to the 4th C AD and part of the Champa dynasty. Travelling West, you will go into the majestic central highlands. Here you will meet people from some of the 54 Ethnic minority groups who live in Vietnam and be introduced to the different cultures that the group follow.
The natural beauty of this area is legendary. You will see the beautiful waterfalls and dramatic vistas. Take a ride on an elephant in the village of Buon Ma Thuot before heading to the romantic French hill town of Da Lat (City of Love).
From Da Lat the tour takes you South of Vietnam, to the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh and the amazing Cu Chi tunnels. This area offers fascinating insights into the more recent history of the Vietnam war with America and the ways in which it impacted the lives of local people. Ho chi Minh city also offers exciting shopping opportunities, the buzz of a large and vibrant city with everything that has to offer. The last leg of this exciting tour travels to the unique area of the Mekong Delta where you will see how people live along and on the magnificent rivers of the area.
'Discover the History & Culture of Central & South Vietnam' is an ideal tour for those who are looking for a mixture of historical sites from different eras, an insight into Ethnic cultures and the means of seeing some of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam.
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Hue City was once the political, economic and cultural capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802–1945). We begin the day with a boat trip down the romantic Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most beautiful and oldest pagodas in Hue. We then go to the Minh Mang Tomb. Minh Mang was emperor of Vietnam from 1820 to 1841.
Leaving Hue, we head south to the more modern setting of Da Nang then into the ancient town of Hoi An. On the way, you have the opportunity to stop en route to take panoramic pictures at the summit of Hai Van Pass overlooking Lang Co Beach.Read More
Day 4 takes us to My Son, formerly the center of the Cham Kingdom. My Son was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. From My Son, we travel along the famous Ho Chi Minh trail through magnificent stretches of mountains to Kon Tum region. En route, we stop at Co Tu village to discover the matriarchal traditions of K’Tu ethnic group before heading out on a hike to the visit the people who live at Konchori and Konkotu. These are two enchanting ethnic minority villages with their typical stilt houses.Read More
After breakfast, we visit the pride of the residents in Tay Nguyen, a wooden church built in 1913 by a French priest. Although the majority of Vietnamese follow a form of Buddhism, about 7% are Christians. After lunch, we go to Buon Ma Thuot, stopping on the way to see the rubber plantations and pepper gardens. Buon Ma Thuot is a mountainous town in the west highlands and is the home of the remaining elephants in Vietnam.
Overnight stay in Buon Ma Thuot
Today, we meet more of the Ethnic minority groups in Don Village including people from the Ede, M’nong, G’rai, Lao and Thai tribes. Don village is also very famous for its elephants. We visit the tomb of the King of elephant catchers and take a walk over the suspension bamboo bridge.Read More
After breakfast, we will take you to Lak Lake. Here you can visit Jun village and enjoy a 1 hour ride on a dug-out canoe where you can see the local people fishing. You will also get the chance to ride an elephant for an hour. After that we will continue to Da Lat which is considered the jewel of the Central Highlands. In Da Lat, you can go sightseeing along the hilly roads of Da Lat and to the tranquil Xuan Huong Lake which is in the center of the city. We will take you by car to visit the special Dalat Market. You will spend the night in Dalat.
Da Lat is also known as the ‘City of Love’. It is located at an altitude of 1,500m and has a cool climate all year round. The French established Da Lat during their occupation of Vietnam as a retreat to escape the heat and humidity of the summers.Read More
Leaving the peaceful environment of Da Lat, we pass through the tea and coffee plantations on the way to the modern bustling city of Ho Chi Minh City. We stop for lunch on the way to Ho Chi Minh City then after you have checked into your hotel. You are free to explore on your own or relax in your hotel room.
Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
The city tour starts with a visit to the imposing Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) before going to the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is the most famous landmark in Ho Chi Minh as the twin bell towers are visible from a great distance.Read More
Today takes us West through the scenic splendor of the Mekong River Delta, home to the richest agricultural lands in Vietnam. A boat trip takes us to an orchard garden island before continuing the journey to the ancient and amazing Cai Be floating market, where people go about their daily business much as they have done for centuries. Cruising down the Delta allows us an insight into the experiences and daily lives of the local people. We continue through Vinh Long by boat and then take a car to Can Tho where you will spend the night.
Hotel in Can Tho
The day starts by continuing our journey along the Mekong River to the beautiful Cai Rang floating market. The floating market is a magnificent site, seeing hundreds of small merchant boats float around offering their commodities to locals and tourists alike. It is then time to return to Ho Chi Minh City, check into the hotel and have dinner at a local restaurant. After that, you have the option to explore Ho Chi Minh City on your own or retire for the night in your hotel room.
Hotel in Ho Chi Minh