InSITE 2017: Informing Science + IT Education Conferences: Vietnam

Jul 31 - Aug 5 2017, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam 
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Mekong Delta July 31 

You will be picked up at 7.30am from the lobby of your conference hotel (MerPerle Crystal Palace or Vien Dong South Saigon Hotel. Your one-day cruise excursion starts from Ho Chi Minh with a drive to Cai Be - Phu An where you will board at around 10.00 am. The tour will pass to see the Cai Be floating market. You will follow this by visiting some local home factories such as rice paste making, rice popcorn, coco candies, and longans drying processing.

The trip continues along the Mekong canals to Dong Hoa Hiep Island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. During this cruise, you will discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. Stops on the way can be arranged upon request for special visits or photo taking. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people.

After having lunch about 14.00 – 14.30pm, you will be transferred back to Saigon. On the way, you will visit a Buddhist Pagoda, to understand more about the influence of this religion on the local activity. Arriving Saigon at around 17.00pm (depends on traffic).

The full day tour includes return transfer time as well. Tour departs from conference hotels at 07.30AM to arrive Mekong Delta at around 10.00AM. Trip duration in Mekong Delta is around 4-5 hours, including lunch time. The lunch time will finish around 14.00-14.30PM.

 

Cu Chi Tunnels and more (August 1).

You will be picked up at 7.30am from the lobby of your conference hotel (MerPerle Crystal Palace or Vien Dong South Saigon Hotel. Escape the congestion of Ho Chi Minh City and head out into the countryside, a far cry from the frenetic urban sprawl of downtown Saigon. After a short drive through the countryside, you’ll stop at a cricket farm, where crickets are raised eventually to become tasty snacks. Considered a delicacy by many, local lore also says that hungry soldiers ate them to beef up their nutrient-poor diets. During your stop at the farm you’ll be able to witness crickets at various stages of their lifecycle, as well as have the opportunity to sample the little buggers wrapped up in tasty spring rolls. Don’t forget to snap photos to bring back to your friends back home!

Then continue to Cu Chi Tunnels, the infamous underground city for Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. The narrow tunnels were central to the war’s strategic operations and are complete with underground hospitals, schools, and canteens. Keep an eye out for the man traps, bomb craters and other remnants of war, including an American tank that was destroyed by a landmine.

After a long day out, relax and enjoy lunch at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. The car/bus will drop off delegates after the tour at their choice of either District 1 (for shopping) or at your choice of the two conference hotels in District 7.

Cu Chi Tunnel

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