Exploring Hoi An Town And Cu Chi Tunnels
DAY 1: HOIAN CITY TOUR (BREAKFAST)
Today we spend a half day for exploring Hoi An town. From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics.
Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. We enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the Japanese covered Bridge.
Free at leisure in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
- Vietnam Travel – Cross Indochina Tour
- Short Tours – Indochina Tours
- Vietnam Insight – Saigon City – Cu Chi Tunnel
DAY 2: HOI AN –FLIGHT TO SAIGON (BREAKFAST)
Have breakfast in hotel and free until transfer to Danang airport for flight to Saigon. Arrival Saigon, our leader and driver pick up and transfer to your hotel.
Saigon is a fast growing city, which is changing day by day and recognized by high buildings and big roads. The ongoing changes in economy have given the city a really cosmopolitan and dynamic character.
Today, we will visit the highlights of Saigon including the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace and the War Museum. After that, a visit to Haven Emperor Temple will be followed and you can join the religious atmosphere of the local people. Rest of the day we suggest you tour Saigon’s down town with its many gift shops and galleries.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon
DAY 3: CU CHI TUNNELS & CAO DAI TEMPLE (BREAKFAST, LUNCH)
In the morning we will leave Saigon for the Cu Chi tunnels, otherwise known as the “Iron Triangle zone” or “Iron Land”. The network of three level underground tunnels which stretching over 200 km was once the former stronghold of Viet Cong .
We will drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. Before exploring the incredible underground tunnels, we will watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnel system were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by B52 bombers.
Next we drive to Tay Ninh near the Cambodian border to visit Cao Dai Temple and Join Cao Dai worshippers for their daily noontide ceremony where hundreds of worshipers attired in lively red, yellow blue and white, chant religious hymns. Tay Ninh is home to the unique Cao Dai sect whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill to name but a few. This religion is an odd mix of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucianism and Christianity. The vast complex of the temple draws nearly three million worshipers. The main attraction here is the Great Devine Temple- a missive structure that reflects an unusual mix of Asian and European architectural elements. Amid the vibrant pinks, greens, and yellows of the decor are carvings of writhing serpents and dragons and a multitude of Devine Eyes gazing from all directions.
After lunch we go back to Saigon in the late afternoon.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon