Saigon and the Mekong Delta
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Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Con Dao Islands
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Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Family, Cities, Birdwatching

Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon to give it its former name, is Vietnam’s most populous city. Spend a few days here checking out the bars, sampling some street food and taking in the fascinating history by visiting the city’s museums before venturing deeper into the agricultural heart of southwestern Vietnam. Here you can experience the unique culture of the Mekong Delta on board a sampan boat, visiting one of the country’s few remaining Khmer communities, the floating markets of Can Tho and the kingdom of coconuts at Ben Tre.

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Snorkel or dive Con Dao Islands
Con Dao Islands

Snorkel or dive Con Dao Islands

This remote archipelago off the southern coast is Vietnam’s premier spot for viewing sea life. Turtles, rays, barracuda and tropical reef fish are possible at 21 dive sites. For those who prefer nature on land, the island’s national park boasts trails and secluded, undeveloped beaches.

Breakfast on a boat in Can Tho
Mekong Delta

Breakfast on a boat in Can Tho

At the largest floating market of the Mekong Delta, float between wooden ships laden with fruits and vegetables as tiny sampans putter around selling everything from iced coffee and fresh coconuts to banh mi sandwiches and bowls of noodle soup.

Experience the war at Cu Chi tunnels
Ho Chi Minh City

Experience the war at Cu Chi tunnels

The remarkable, if not slightly claustrophobic, network of tunnels at Cu Chi serves as a reminder of the brave and innovative resistance made by the Viet Cong. Fancy firing an AK-47? You can do that here too at the site’s accompanying firing ranges.

Go with the flow in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

Go with the flow in Ho Chi Minh City

In a city of nine million people, get a local perspective by hopping on the back of a motorbike. These tours offer a whirlwind sample of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic sites, tasty street food and some of its 24 unique districts.

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