Mekong Delta, floating markets & beaches

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Ho Chi Minh City

To: Ho Chi Minh City

From

£500

Exc. International flights (per person based on 2 adults, 2 children) 
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Overview

Discover the vast maze of waterways and villages that make up Vietnam’s Mekong Delta from your base in the city of Cao Tho. Enjoy the pleasure of being immersed in local life as you cruise through the floating markets and cycle through villages. After your Mekong Delta tour, head to the paradise of Phu Quoc Island for pure white sands and beautifully untouched tropical forest. Combining the Mekong Delta and Phu Quoc promises a unique insight into southern Vietnam’s way of life.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

Highlights

  • Visit a floating market in the Mekong Delta
  • Explore a Khmer Buddhist Pagoda
  • Cycle through Can Tho
  • Enjoy 3 nights on the beautiful island of Phu Quoc

Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night Ho Chi Minh City
  • 2 nights Mekong Delta
  • 3 nights Phu Quoc

 

Day 1:Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City

After arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, your guide and private car will whisk you off to your hotel so you can check in for your one night stay.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore Ho Chi Minh, or simply relax at your hotel.


Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City to Cao Tho     

After breakfast at your hotel, it’s time to leave bustling Ho Chi Minh City. You will be driven four hours into the Mekong Delta, stopping along the way for a quick café sua da (local coffee), before arriving in Cao Tho.

Cao Tho is situated on the confluence of three rivers in the heart of the Mekong delta and is the largest city on the delta. It was once part of the Khmer Kingdom and today many ethnic Khmers still live here.

In the afternoon you will get to visit the Muniwangsyaram Pagoda; a typical Khmer Buddhist pagoda with friendly resident monks and a well laid-out local museum full of Mekong’s history, as well as a 100 year old Vietnamese/French style house in Binh Thuy. This house was chosen as one of the sites for the French film “The Lover”, which is based on the Marguerite Duras novel.

The rest of the evening is for you to enjoy.


Day 3: Cao Tho & Cai Rang   

An early start this morning give you the opportunity to visit the colourful floating market of Cai Rang, which is in full swing by 7am. You’ll take a small boat and explore the waterways where vessels congregate with a piece of fruit attached to the bow of their boat, signifying what is for sale. During the early morning hours, larger boats drop anchor and create lanes that the smaller boats weave in and out of. The waterways become a maze of boats packed with pineapples, mango, papaya, and other types of produce. Enjoy breakfast onboard your boat as you cruise through the floating market.

After the market it is time to return to Can Tho by boat, travelling through the back canals and waterways where you’ll get a wonderful view of everyday life for locals who live along the delta’s watery arteries. Keep your eyes peeled for the ‘monkey bridges’; narrow, flimsy looking bamboo bridges that span the canals.

After spending the morning on water, it’s time to return to land to enjoy lunch in Cao Tho. Following on, you’ll get to cycle through the quiet lanes and dirt paths of Cao Tho. Cycling is the ideal way to discover the local countryside as the roads are flat and the sites are fantastic; small farms harvesting or planting rice, hidden temples, and friendly locals who will come out and greet you.

After a busy day it is time to return to your hotel to freshen up before finding a great place for dinner.


Day 4:Can Tho to Phu Quoc

You’ll have a later start today and after a lazy breakfast you’ll be heading off to the airport to catch your flight to Phu Quoc. Once you have landed, the hotels shuttle bus will welcome you and take you to the resort where you will check in for your three night stay.

Phu Quoc Island is one of Asia’s least developed beach destinations; with clear waters, undiscovered beaches, and charming character, it makes for an ideal holiday escape.

Your afternoon is left free for you fill as you please.


Day 5 & 6: Phu Quoc      

We’ve included some free days for you to relax and enjoy your tropical paradise. A few activities on offer in the area are snorkelling or taking a hike into the tropical forests. Or, simply enjoy the hotel facilities and the local beaches while reading a good book.


Day 7: Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh City

Today is your final day, and after breakfast the resort shuttle will transfer you to the airport where you will board your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, before continuing on with your trip.


 

Info

The climate in Vietnam varies dramatically depending on the region you are visiting and is incredibly diverse with weather ranging from snow and frost in the northern hills to tropical conditions in the south. There are two monsoons in Vietnam; the winter monsoon arrives between October and March and brings cold and wet winters to the north and dry and warm conditions in the south. From April to October the summer monsoon brings humid weather to the whole country apart from those regions sheltered by mountains. For the best balance we recommend visiting in either April, May or October.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you

What's included: 

  • Accommodation (6 nights)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch on day 3
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Boat trips as mentioned in itinerary
  • Domestic flights

Not included: 

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic flights
  • Laundry, telephone cells and expenditures of a personal nature
  • Tips, travel insurance

Accommodation

6 nights in 3 and 4* standard accommodation. Hotels in this category include:

  • Silverland Yen Hotel

  • IRIS Hotel

  • Eden

 

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