Dong Hoi/ Ho Chi Minh City (B)
This morning, we’ll transfer back to Dong Hoi for our flight to Ho Chi Minh, or Saigon as it is still known to many. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to explore Vietnam’s largest city with a growing population of around 7 million. This is a city on the go 24 hours a day where everybody seems to be busy either buying, selling, studying, working or just enjoying themselves. Even though modern high-rise buildings have begun to dominate the skyline in recent years, there are still many fine examples of French colonial architecture in Ho Chi Minh city such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office and the former Hotel de Ville.
Ho Chi Minh City is a real shopper’s paradise with modern shopping centers and trendy boutiques rubbing shoulders with traditional street markets. The city’s best-known market is Ben Thanh Market here you can buy anything from fresh fruit and flowers to the latest imported electronics and cosmetics.
One of the most interesting places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City is the former Presidential Palace, now renamed the Reunification Hall. This building remains almost exactly as it was on the morning of April 30, 1975 when the Saigon regime surrendered to the victorious liberation forces and the country was reunified for the first time since 1945. For more war-related history, the War Remnants Museum with it thought provoking display of weapons and photographs, is also worth visiting.
This evening, we’ll choose one of the city’s hundreds of restaurants for our final dinner and possibly hit a few bars afterwards to enjoy some nightlife for our final evening together as a group.
— Transfer back to Dong Hoi (1 hour)
— Airport transfer to hotel
— Meals: Breakfast
Overnight at The Alcove Library Hotel or similar