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East West understands that each client have different interests and preference. Listed below are tour and package selections that will help you in planning your itinerary. These items are grouped according to the type of experience you have selected.

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Exploring Saigon City (from Phu My Port)
Upon arrival at Phu My port, you will be met with an English-speaking guide for the transfer to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Visit the Reunification Palace, then known as the Independence Palace, which was the workplace of the President of South Vietnam. This palace was inaugurated on 31 October 1966 by the chairman of the National Leadership Committee. It is one of the most important places to visit in the city as it explains the American War and how it ended with the fall of Saigon when the gates of this Palace were breached by Viet Cong tanks. 

Next, stop by the Orient & the General Post Office. Constructed during the French Colonial period, this impressive structure has a neoclassical architectural style. It was designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in harmony with the surrounding area.

Then, explore the Vietnam War Museum. The museum primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War.

Stopover for lunch at the Lemon Grass Restaurant in town! This restaurant infuses Eastern - Western flavors to deliver a perfect meal in a worthy and enjoyable environment. Lemongrass Restaurant has been voted by the renowned magazine "The Daily Meal" as one of the 101 best restaurants in Asia.

After lunch, you will have an option to either visit the local Ben Thanh market or enjoy famous Vietnamese coffee at Eon Cafe.

Ben Thanh  market is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Here, you’ll find stalls inside the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much.

At 51 -storey high, Eon Café is the highest building in Saigon which offers a great view of Saigon. 

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Ho Chi Minh - at my leisure
Enjoy Ho Chi Minh at your own leisure and pace. You may choose to simply relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel or go explore the city in your own way to see what treasures you discover. 
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Cho Lon area
Cho Lon - also known as China Town area, is the area where the Chinese Vietnamese live, located in District 5 & 6. The area still has many Chinese neighbourhoods spread out in small alleys behind the main streets. It's a fun adventure to walk around these neighbourhoods, see the scenes, the unique Chines & Colonial style houses, church, market (Binh Tay Market – the biggest market in Cho Lon) and Thien Hau temples. 
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Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh market which is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and an important symbol of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, Ao Dai (long dress) and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine
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Ham Long Art Village
The village of artists on the Saigon River. The houses are of traditional Vietnamese construction, and owned by the artists who use them as their studios. Here you will see the artists working in different mediums, like lacquer, oil and gauche. There are also ceramics and pottery works and calligraphy. The village atmosphere is reminiscent of an old Vietnamese traditional lifestyle. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to purchase any of the work that you particularly enjoyed. 
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Thien Hau temple
A temple that is built by the Cantonese congregation in the early 19th century. It is built to honor the goddess of the sea, this is to ensure that lives of the fisherman are blessed when they are out in the sea. 

The temple’s interior courtyard is a must see because of the beautiful ceramic figurines and antiques shrouded in incense-smoke. It is always filled with crowded here with worshippers from the Chinese community in Ho Chi Minh.

At the temple, you also get to write out your wishes on a small note, attach it to the incense coil, and then light the incense up to pray for your wishes to come true. 
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Saigon after dark
Have your first stop at Café zoom, where you get to “watch the world goes by” (as quoted by The Lonely Planet) and also enjoy cocktail with appetizer (inclusive) before adventuring into favorite local eating spot. 

Experience the nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. The tour will start with a ride to a part of Chinatown then heading to District 4 through busy streets and alleys to see the night life of locals, and enjoy street sea- food with cold drinks. These are places that tourists won’t be found.

Leaving district 4 to district 3, pass through downtown district 1 to take in the sights while on the way to Banh Xeo to have a specialty of southern food Saigon with the locals. The tour will continue to a hidden Vietnamese-style coffee shop, where you will have a taste of Vietnamese live music like a local.
 
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Biking to Cu Chi Tunnels
Enjoy an adventure ride around the rural villages of Saigon. Start your scenic ride and appreciate the beauty of nature as you pass through the rice paddy, and riding along the dirt tracks of the riverside. Pass by fruit gardens and rubber plantations along the way. Appreciate the simple living life of the villagers as you pass by villages that make rice papers in the countryside that is far way from Cu Chi tunnels. Enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant in rural village before exploring Cu Chi tunnels.

Then, transfer back to Saigon in the afternoon.

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Departure time from Ho Chi Minh city should be in the early morning as to avoid traffic congestion.
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Long Son Mui Ne
Eat at Long Son Mui Ne along the pristine shores of the Mui Ne Beach
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Ngoc Suog Mui Ne
Eat the freshest seafood dishes are directly caught from the sea of Mui Ne Beach. Enjoy the sea breeze as you dine next to the relaxing waves while eating delicious Vietnamese style seafood. 
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6 Days 5 Nights Exploring Saigon and Mekong Delta
Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) and Mekong Delta as you see the beautiful blend between the French 19th century architecture and the Vietnamese lifestyle. Relax as you cruise down the Mekong Delta as you watch the hustle and bustle of the locals around you. 
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6 Days 5 Nights Ho Chi Min City and Mui Ne
Explore the majestic and rustic city of Ho Chi Mihn City and experience the culture and heritage she has to offer. Visit iconic places like the Cu Chi tunnels and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Spend the second half of your trip relaxing at the clean and beautiful beaches of Mui Ne. Watch the sun rise over the pristine white and yellow sad dunes that are carved by the winds in Saharaesque formation.  
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4 Days 3 Nights Vietnam Highlights - Ho Chi Minh
Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before negotiating chic designer malls beneath sleek 21st-century skyscrapers. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but now the real beauty of the former Saigon’s urban collage is the seamless blending of these two worlds into one exciting mass.
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Pick Me Up - Ho Chi Minh
This service includes a standard car for the airport transfers.
Surcharge applies for arrival / departure transfer between 2300 - 0700 hrs
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4 Days 3 Nights in Saigon
Explore Saigon, with more than 8 million in population, it is the country’s commercial centre. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, the city retains its connections to the past.Tour around Saigon and learn about their rich history of culture and heritage. 
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