Excursions Vietnam by Musement

Phu Quoc Highlights Tour

With so many things to see and do on the island of Phu Quoc, this highlights tour is just the ticket. Your jam-packed day begins by visiting a pearl farm, Ham Ninh fishing village and Ho Quoc Pagoda. Then, at Sao Beach you’ll lunch and relax before reaching Duong Dong town to visit the prison on this full day tour.

The morning kicks off with a visit to a pearl farm where you’ll find out everything on the history of pearl farming. Then it’s on to the Sim Wine factory and Ham Ninh fishing village on the east coast to see the comings and goings of local fishermen. Afterwards we’ll continue our journey to Ho Quoc Pagoda – a new Buddhist temple overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.

You’ll arrive at the powder-soft shores of Sao Beach with its swaying palms and turquoise waters. Have lunch at a local restaurant here and enjoy some free time to sit back and soak it all up. On our way back to Duong Dong, we’ll visit Phu Quoc Prison, also known as the Coconut Tree Prison.

Phu Quoc Highlights Tour

Saigon Free & Easy

They say if you haven’t seen Saigon, you haven’t really seen Vietnam. Now named Ho Chi Min City, the nation’s busiest metropolis is a bustling bazaar of French colonial architecture, street food stalls and unbridled energy. Explore the former capital at your own pace with this flight, transfer and hotel package from Phu Quoc.

After pick-up from your hotel in Phu Quoc, you’ll take a transfer to the airport for the short flight to Ho Chi Min. On arrival, you’ll be dropped off at 4-star city-centre accommodation – the perfect base for setting out to explore.

With free time to use as you choose, you can admire top sights like the General Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral, hit the city’s street food markets to snack on delicious dishes, or just sit back and soak up the atmosphere. If you want to head further afield, why not visit the Cu Chi war tunnels – a sprawling network of underground passages built as Viet Cong hiding spots during the Vietnam War.

Saigon Free & Easy

Can Tho Eco Tour

Vietnam is a small slice of paradise. And to keep it that way, this tour focuses on sustainable means of enjoying her stunning scenery, local charm and natural beauty.

We’ll cycle through the surrounds of the Mekong Delta, stop by a sacred Gian Gua tree and visit a tropical fruit farm to taste fresh pickings from a family-run orchard. Then, hop aboard a traditional sampan boat for a float downstream, and we’ll plant a sapling with the Ba Láng village locals. The rest of the afternoon and evening is spent relaxing in your overnight accommodation at Can Tho Eco Lodge – a fully sustainable nature retreat.

After breakfast on day two, we climb into a canoe to join the congested canals of traders in Cai Rang floating market. Laden with goods and produce, vendors float downstream selling to throngs of shoppers on the shore. It’s the perfect place to practice your bargaining skills. Last but not least, we’ll learn how to making delicious rice noodles at Hua Huin village before catching a flight back to resort.

Can Tho Eco Tour

Starfish Beach and Phu Quoc National Park Tour

This full-day tour brings you up and close to Phu Quoc’s paradise-like sights. You’ll travel through the lush forest of Phu Quoc National Park and chill out on the sands of Thom Beach. The highlight will be Starfish Beach, where you can swim among hundreds of red starfish with a forest backdrop to boot.

After you’ve left your hotel, you’ll begin travelling north, passing through the primeval forests of Phu Quoc National Park. Your destination will be Thom Beach, whose picture postcard setting with an arc of white sand backed by forest and fringed by clear water make one breathtaking place to chill out.

You can head out to Hon Mot Island, a tiny island located just off the coast. Then, it’s over to what’s known as Starfish Beach, a wild beach near the national park and Rach Vem floating village. There’s time to swim, interact with local fishermen and admire the hundreds of red starfish just beneath the water.

Starfish Beach and Phu Quoc National Park Tour

Northern Phu Quoc Boat Tour

With the delightful waters of the Gulf of Thailand right on your doorstep, a relaxing cruise around the north of Phu Quoc is just what you’re looking for. Try snorkelling and fishing as we cruise past islets, beaches and palm-fringed coastlines, then top it off with a cocktail at a five-star beach club.

After a transfer to the pier in Duong Dong, you’ll be welcomed on board the boat ready for an afternoon cruise along the northern coastline of Phu Quoc. And as soon as we set sail, you’ll be able to look out for pristine beaches and tiny islets dotted along the shores.

You’ll have the chance to learn the art of fishing from local fishermen, and once the captain drops anchor, jump in and enjoy the fresh warm waters. Snorkel and swim before getting back on board to head to the luxury 360 Rock Bar Island beach club. With top DJs at the decks,you can dance to big beats in a spectacular setting and enjoy a complimentary mocktail before your return.

Northern Phu Quoc Boat Tour

Phu Quoc Bike Tour

Pedalling your way around the island of Phu Quoc, you’ll discover all the breathtaking scenery this island has to offer. Join a guided bike ride to capture its true essence on this half-day tour.

After being picked up from your hotel, you’ll meet your guide at the starting point where you’ll don your helmet and set off on a guided bike tour. As you cycle your way around Phu Quoc, your guide will take you to see captivating views and scenes where coaches can’t reach with lots of photo stops along the way.

Pedalling by the stunning scenery of the island’s national park, you’ll cycle a 16km route through tropical rainforest and natural beauty. Stop by the fishing village of Rach Vem for starfish spotting and a swim in the sea and then continue towards Ganh Dau Cape. With wow-factor views over neighbouring Cambodia, it’s the perfect place to pit stop in time for a spectacular sunset.

Phu Quoc Bike Tour

River Cua Can Kayak Tour

Kayaking along the emerald River Cua Can takes you on a voyage through lush green forests. On this half-day action-packed tour, you’ll explore the north of Phu Quoc island in an alternative way, visit Nguyen Trung Truc temple and rest your legs over lunch on Vung Bau beach.

The best way to discover the delights of the River Cua Can River is to get up close – and that’s just what you’ll do with a kayaking tour. Hop in and paddle your way downstream, watching out for wildlife and gazing out over the water and natural forest of Cua Can that match each other in total harmony.

Sailing back to the pier, we’ll rest at a riverside hut before heading to a bee farm, where you can test your knowledge on honey bees. Then visit Nguyen Trung Truc temple, dedicated to an anti-colonial militia leader, and head to Vung Bau beach for lunch. Follow it up with some relaxation, swimming and sunbathing – absolute perfection.

River Cua Can Kayak Tour

Phu Quoc Highlights & Cable Car Tour

With so many things to see and do on the island of Phu Quoc, this highlights tour is just the ticket. Your jam-packed day calls at Ham Ninh fishing village and Ho Quoc Pagoda. Then, after lunch at Sao Beach, you’ll ride the world’s longest cable car before visiting an infamous prison in An Thoi.

Kick off the morning with a visit to the Sim Wine factory and you’ll find out all there is to know about Vietnamese vino. And after seeing local fishermen come and go in Ham Ninh, we’ll head to Ho Quoc Pagoda – a new Buddhist temple overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.

Arriving on the palm-fringed sands of Sao Beach, you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy some free time to sit back and relax. Then in the afternoon, you’ll journey between An Thoi Town and Hon Thom Island on the world’s longest cable car ride. After your fill of spectacular views, you’ll round off with a guided tour Phu Quoc’s infamous Coconut Tree Prison.

Phu Quoc Highlights & Cable Car Tour

Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa Package

There’s no greater pampering in Phu Quoc than a mud bath and spa treatment on a tropical beach. This half-day excursion includes a 90-minute mud bath and a Vietnamese body massage as well as free use of other spa facilities, which will leave you feeling completely rejuvenated.

You’ll start to unwind the moment you arrive at this tranquil seaside oasis at the edge of Duong Dong town. Things get even more chilled as you settle into your restorative experience, as the centre was explicitly designed to promote harmony between man and nature.

Kick back and drift off as you enjoy a combination of outdoor mud bath soaking on the beach, a sauna session and an expert body and foot massage. On this excursion, you’ll also get to keep yourself hydrated and replenished with complimentary mineral water.

Phu Quoc Mudbath & Spa Package

Island Deep Sea Activities

Forget scuba diving, sea trekking is the new adventure craze. With a futuristic-looking helmet, you’ll step into the waters of a natural bio reserve and walk the ocean floor, free of tubes or tanks. And if you thought Vietnam was beautiful above the water, it’s even more breathtaking below. Get ready for an unforgettable underwater adventure.

We’ll kick start by whisking you via speedboat towards a natural bio reserve. After a quick briefing, you’ll strap on your helmets and get ready to dive. No tubes or heavy oxygen tanks, this futuristic design allows you to breathe normally as you walk the ocean floor with ease. Your hair and face even stay dry.

Transported to an underwater world, you’ll discover exotic marinelife as you explore the colourful coral below the surface. Then, back above water, you’ll head to Hon Dam Island to round off your day, relaxing on the sand.

Island Deep Sea Activities

Full-day tour to Ben Tre with a boat trip on the Mekong

The area may be Vietnam’s ‘rice bowl’ but fruit orchards and coconut groves also thrive there. On your trip, you will stop to chat with the locals, visit a local brick kiln, try out fresh fruits, and see traditional cottage industries. You will have the opportunity to explore the villages and rice paddies by bicycle or motorized rickshaw.

A hand-rowed sampan will then take you down the narrower waterways giving you an appetizing glimpse of daily life on the delta.

Full-day tour to Ben Tre with a boat trip on the Mekong

Full-day city tour in Saigon and Cholon

A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity, and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the convergence of traditional and modern life. Begin with a tour of the historic center, strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare, and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.

Afterward, dive into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975, signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.

Continue to the harrowing War Remnants Museum, which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam- American War. Inside are detailed photographic exhibitions; outside is a collection of tanks, planes, and weapons. A powerful experience, this museum is guaranteed to provoke strong emotions. Then visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon’s most interesting pagodas.

In the afternoon, head out to Cholon (Chinatown). Explore the highlights of this fascinating area, beginning with a walking tour from Tran Hung Dao Street through Nguyen Trai and Soai Kinh Lam market (cloth wholesale market), visit Cha Tam Church. Continue to Thien Hau Pagoda, built by the Cantonese congregation and dedicated to the heavenly goddess. End the tour at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.

Full-day city tour in Saigon and Cholon

Day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels

Never discovered by the American forces, the Cu Chi Tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapons factories.

Today, walk through the area and learn about the day to day life of the Vietcong, bear witness to the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists.

Day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels

Full-day city tour in Hanoi

Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shophouses invite an exciting exploration by walking, while it’s many beautiful public spaces – lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards, and monuments – give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals.

The Museum of Ethnology brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam, with art and artifacts from the 54 different ethnic groups that inhabit the country. Inside the museum are detailed descriptions of minority groups, with examples of their traditional clothing and way of life. Outside are faithful reconstructions of traditional longhouses, cemeteries and other distinctive ethnic buildings.

Start the exploration of the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum which contains the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh (closed Mondays, Fridays, and from 15 June to 18 August). View the outside of the Presidential Palace and then stroll through the park to the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House (closed on Monday afternoon) where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days in 1969. Preserved in the same condition as, during his life, it may be viewed through the windows.

Continue to the miniature 11th century One Pillar Pagoda which was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. The Temple of Literature has a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and this monument is one of the best-preserved examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university. In one courtyard, giant stone tortoises bear stele on their backs, listing the accomplishments of graduating scholars.

Hoan Kiem Lake (Hoan Kiem means Lake of the Returned), is a lake in the historical center of the Hanoi capital. It is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life. Legend has it that King Le Loi handed a magic sword called Heaven’s Will which brought him victory in his revolt against the Chinese Ming dynasty back to the Golden Turtle God in the lake. The Tortoise Tower (Thap Rua) standing on a small island near the center of the lake is linked to the legend. The Ngoc Son Temple was erected in the 18th century. It honors the 13th -century military leader Tran Hung Dao who distinguished himself in the fight against the Yuan – Mongol invaders, Van Xuong, a scholar and Nguyen Van Sieu, a Confucian master and famous writer in charge of repairs made to the temple in 1864.

Jade Island is connected to the shore by the wooden red-painted Huc Bridge (The Huc, which means Morning Sunlight Bridge). The Old Quarter holds over a thousand years of history and remains one of Vietnam’s most lively and unusual places, where one can buy anything from a gravestone to silk pajamas. Explore by walking to the maze of back streets with fascination wonderment at every turn and there are endless things to buy from wool clothes, cosmetics, gold and silver jewelry, silk clothes and herbal medicines.

Full-day city tour in Hanoi

Good Morning Saigon walking tour

Wake up with the locals and soak in the sights and sounds of Saigon in the early morning. Set off not long after the sun has risen and witness the city slowly waking up around you. Spend some time sipping cafe da, a Vietnamese iced coffee at the outdoor “bird cafe” in one of the city’s most attractive parks. This is a great place to mingle with the locals and even join in the early morning chatter. Saigon’s bird lovers flock here on a daily basis to show off their prized birds and to listen to the singing. They sit on the bench-lined walkways shaded by ancient towering trees exchanging expertise and sharing gossip. Stroll through to the adjacent park and witness the locals going about their daily exercise routines. Some practice Tai Chi while others jog and challenge each other to games of badminton. Continue walking to an old dim sum shop, a popular and bustling eatery in the neighborhood. Sit among the locals and sample the same breakfast they enjoy every day – an assortment of tasty dim sum with steamed dumplings, buns, and rolls. After a delicious breakfast, return to your hotel as the locals set off to begin their daily work.

Good Morning Saigon walking tour

A visit to the My Son Sanctuary

Visit the My Son Sanctuary, formerly a religious center of the Champa Kingdom, a sophisticated civilization that held sway over the region from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Today, all that remains are five archaeological sites from different periods, set among green hills and winding streams. After a brief visit to the Visitor’s Centre for an overview of Cham history, walk along the forested paths to explore the ruins.

A visit to the My Son Sanctuary

Half-day city tour in Saigon

A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity, and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the convergence of traditional and modern life.

Begin the trip into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975, signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.

Afterward, drive to the historic center to visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon’s most interesting pagodas. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside).

Finally, end up at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.

Half-day city tour in Saigon

Half-day city tour in Hanoi

Begin the day by passing the Ho Chi Minh President’s Mausoleum (only viewed from the outside). Continue on to the Temple of Literature with its walled courtyards and graceful gateways. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university.

Finally, take a walk through the Old Quarter, a fascinating network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as ‘The 36 Streets’ – each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts and from medicines to tombstones.

Enjoy Vietnamese coffee at a local coffee shop during your stroll. Stop at the Ancient House on Ma May Street, an excellent example of traditional Hanoian style architecture from days gone by.

Half-day city tour in Hanoi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published by Alison Coplen

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