Saigon Itinerary

July 27, 2012 (Friday)

11:55 PM – ETD Manila to Ho Chi Minh via Cebu Pacific Flight # 5J-751

July 28, 2012 (Saturday)

01:25 AM – ETA in Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport

02:00 AM – Airport Pick-Up

02:30 AM – Arrive in Vy Khanh Guesthouse

06:30 AM – Wake Up

07:30 AM – Breakfast

08:15 AM – Pick-up by the Tour Guide (whole day tour from 8:15 AM to 6:30 PM)

MAIN ACTIVITY: CU CHI TUNNELS-CAO DAI TEMPLE TOUR

The Cao Dai Holy See is well worth a visit. The journey takes two to three hours. The temple, dominated by the all-seeing eye, is an architectural wonder, a hotchpotch of styles from its contributing religions and ornamented in brilliant colors. The daily service is impressive. The worshippers wear robes of different hues denoting their function and status, and kneel in blocks in the nave to genuflect and pray while acolytes perform complex rituals. Visitors are welcomed to the service, but must remove their shoes at the door. There are separate entries for men and women. Photography is permitted. After the service, visitors can wander around the nave, but are requested not to go beyond the pink candy-stripe pillars.

On return to Ho Chi Minh City, we will stop at the underground village at Ben Dinh in Cu Chi District to see the Cu Chi tunnels. The tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels which were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped achieve ultimate military success.

Also, you can fire weapon at a cost of 35,000 dong per bullet using the AK-47.

July 29, 2012 (Sunday)

06:30 AM – Wake Up

07:30 AM – Breakfast

08:30 AM – Pick-up by the Tour Guide (whole day tour from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM)

MAIN ACTIVITY: CITY TOUR

REUNIFICATION PALACE

WAR REMNANT MUSEUM

THE NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

THE GENERAL POST OFFICE

HANDICRAFT WORKSHOP

CITY HALL

CHINATOWN

BINH TAY MARKET

05:00 PM – Rest inside the Hotel

06:00 PM – Take a taxi to Golden Dragon Water Puppet Show at the following address: 55 Bis Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street, District 1. HCMC

06:30 PM – Watch the Water Puppet Show which takes 50 minutes without interval. As per the practical advice in many Vietnam guidebooks, “not watching a performance of water puppetry means not visiting Vietnam yet.”

07:30 PM –Dinner

8: 30 PM – Buy Souvenirs at Night Market

10:30 PM –Pack things; Shower and get ready for flight back.

11:30 PM – Taxi Ride to Tan Son Nhat International Airport

 July 30, 2012 (Monday)

12:00 AM – Get Boarding Pass; Immigration;

02:05 AM – ETD from Ho Chi Minh to Manila via Cebu Pacific Flight # 5J-7522

05:35 AM – ETA in Manila NAIA 3

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