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First-Time Gay Saigon Tour

Enjoy three nights in Ho Chi Minh City to put your finger on the pulse of this exciting and historic city, explore the sights, sample the hard-to-find nightlife, and enjoy a day trip to the lush countryside. Purple Dragon'sSaigon program is the perfect combination of cityscape and countryside for first-time visitors. Saigonites know how to enjoy themselves. Ho Chi Minh City is filled with smart restaurants, colorful shops and trendy galleries. You get your choice of gay- and lesbian-friendly hotel, local sightseeing with a private guide, and a day tour to the countryside. We also show you the gay scene at night.

Day One: Welcome to Saigon!

Your Vietnam adventure begins at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat airport, where our guide greets you and escorts you to your hotel. The remaining time on this day and evening are free for you to see and be seen. Cocktails on the rooftop of the Rex? Dinner in a chic (or funky) outdoor restaurant? Saigon is yours to explore.

The perfect introduction to Ho Chi Minh City, plus a Mekong Delta excursion!

Saigon's gay NightlifeDay Two: Saigon's Many Pleasures

After an early breakfast you are out the door to enjoy the humming city with your guide. See a flurry of Saigon sights today: The History Museum, Reunification PalaceNotre Dame Cathedral, and the War Crimes Museum. Lunch in the food court of the cavernous Ben Thanh Market. No white table linen here, but the incredible array of toothsome Vietnamese street food is a gastronomic pleasure that few tourists ordinarily experience. After lunch, wander and shop for bargains. Then, it's off to Cho Lon, Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown, crammed with fascinating temples and mysterious, narrow lanes to explore. You are free tonight to dine with a new friend or step out onto one of Saigon's jam-packed dance floors.

Day Three: Journey to the Mekong Delta

Morning departure with your guide and drive south through rice fields and tropical forest to My Tho, in the lush Mekong River Delta. Visit the Vin Trang Pagodaalong the way. Take a lazy three-hour boat trip on the river, past verdant vegetation and coconut plantations. Visit a honey farm, a former VC stronghold, and a coconut candy factory (yum!). Return to Saigon in the early evening. Your night is free.

Mekong DeltaDay Four: What Comes Next?

Your morning is at liberty. Later, we will deliver you to the airport for your departure flight, but why not extend your stay and visit nearby always-tropical Phan Thiet Beach, the utterly charming French Hill Station town of DalatHanoi and Halong Bay, Sapa, or the ancient wonders of Hue and Hoi An!

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