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.