Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon, is the bustling city located in the South of Vietnam. Known for its role in the Vietnam War as well as the influence the French Colonials had on this charming place has made it a popular destination for travellers and tourists alike.
If you’re looking for things to do and places to visit, do check out this holiday itinerary that would leave you with unforgettable memories once home.
Day 1: Half-day Ho Chi Minh Highlights City Tour, USD25
Need a little help with getting acquainted with the city? This is for you! Learn about the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum, visit the Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, buildings left from French Colonial times.
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Day 2: Street food tour with dinner, USD35
Not sure what to eat or drink? Get a guide to introduce you to the mouthwatering favourites of Vietnam in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City and eat as the locals do! Make sure you’ve worked up an appetite before heading on this tour.
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Day 3: Mekong Delta tour including My Tho and Ben Tre, USD25
Want a bit of an adventure? Take a boat cruise down the Mekong Delta where you will be able to see floating houses and local activities along the river. Think coconut tree canals, islets and authentic villages!
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Day 4: Cu Chi tunnels tour, USD18
The Cu Chi tunnels is a network of underground tunnels used by the Vietnamese in the war as hiding spots during combat, supply routes, hospitals, weapon caches, and living quarters. Embark on this tour as you try to scurry through the maze of tunnels back in the day.
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Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam is always buzzing with activity, from the early hours of the morning till the late hours of the night, but if you step just a little farther from this South East Asian capital, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with Ninh Binh, which has endearingly dubbed ‘Inland Halong Bay.’ Here are some reasons why you should visit this province located just and hour and a half away from Hanoi:
Boat cave tours
If you love landscapes such as the picture above, you will love visiting the boat caves such as Trang An or Tam Coc in Ninh Binh. Sit on a small boat peddled by a boat lady as you move along the river through caves, paddy fields and limestone formations.
The ancient capital, Hoa Lu
Once the great capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century, Hoa Lu is filled with amazing monuments and temples that were part of the ‘city’ back in the day. A perfect place for the history geek who loves to explore.
If you love views from great heights, Hang Mua, or Mua Mountain is just the thing for you! It’s a bit of a climb up the 500 steps or so but don’t forget to look back every now and then to be amazed with the incredible view of the limestone hills and paddy fields. A little tiring but well worth the climb!
Cuc Phuong National Park
Take a walk on the wild side and head to Cuc Phuong, the largest national park in Vietnam which is home to hundreds of flora and fauna, such as the endangered langurs. Visit the endangered primate rehabilitation centre there as well as a 7,000 year old cave!
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One of the more popular national parks in Borneo, Bako is the perfect place for the traveller who wants a little bit of hiking and at the same time, see Bornean wildlife. Here are some reasons why you should check out the Bako National Park:
1. The boat ride
One of the coolest things about going to the National Park is the 20-minute boat ride. Your journey will start at the jetty where you will take a small motor boat through amazing natural scenery. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot a crocodile or two!
2. Amazing wildlife
The wildlife in the Bako National Park is everywhere! Be prepared to come within a few metres of the wild boars, silver leaf monkeys and macaques there. Don’t forget to look up! You may be able to spot a Proboscis Monkey (only found in Borneo) or four!
3. A LOT of hiking trails
There is no excuse not to hike at the Bako National Park as it caters to all levels. From the short 40-minute hikes to overnight hikes, you will be spoiled for choice with its 16 or so hiking trails.
4. Unique vegetation
As it consists of a variety of ecosystems, you can find almost every type of plant life found in Borneo. Look around and maybe you’ll be able to find a pitcher plant or the rafflesia, the largest flower in the world!
5. The sea stacks
Rent a boat for a nominal fee and see the very impressive sea stack rock formations made from the erosion of limestone and sandstone that surround the area by the sea. Not only are the views spectacular, the boat ride is pretty enjoyable.
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