Cultural Excursion

Custom Mekong Delta Experience - Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Six days in the Mekong Delta

For those with limited time, who really want to see more than most get to see of the Mekong Delta this is the perfect itinerary. Rich with culture, lush flat floodplains, complex web of waterways and friendly locals it is a truly fantastic place to explore. Highlights include a Mekong River cruise, visits to floating markets and fishing villages, a traditional family home stay, and cycling through the rural villages of Vinh Long.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City Arrival

Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. In the evening, you’ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture.

Overnight: Majestic Hotel

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ben Tre - Vinh Long

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up at your hotel and travel to My Tho. On arrival, you’ll board a boat to cruise on the Mekong River, then to Xep canal, where you’ll disembark and walk along a small village road to visit a dried Longan factory, fruit gardens and orchards. You’ll then take a ride in a horse cart to Quoi Son Village where you’ll visit local beekeepers on their farm. You’ll also have a chance to sample some of the area’s tropical fruits, watch a traditional music show and ride on a sampan through the small canals before lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll drive further to Vinh Long where you’ll meet your hosts, and spend the evening at a traditional home stay.

Overnight: Traditional Home Stay (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 3 - Vinh Long - Can Tho

In the morning, you'll pick up your bike and ride along the shadowy zigzag road, passing villages, orchards, ancient houses and many bridges. Later, a boat ride will take you to a traditional family-run brick kiln, and other traditional cottage industries - a workshop making the huge coffins unique to the Mekong is particularly interesting. In the afternoon, you’ll drive to Can Tho where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight: Victoria Can Tho Resort (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 4 - Can Tho - Chau Doc

The day begins with a boat cruise to Cai Rang, a floating market on the Mekong Delta – both the journey and the market provide insights into the Mekong rural lifestyle. Then, you’ll be taken to Chau Doc. Upon arrival, you’ll take a drive to the Sam Mountain. Here you'll have the opportunity to climb to the summit of Sam Mountain, which is well worth the effort, enjoy the striking views of the pancake-flat Mekong and the plain across the Cambodian border are striking.

Overnight: Victoria Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 5 - Chau Doc

After breakfast, you’ll board a small sailing boat to visit floating houses farming Basa fish, Cham ethnic minority villages and a mosque. After lunch in town, your time will be your own. Your overnight accommodation will be in Chau Doc.

Overnight: Victoria Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 6 - Chau Doc - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, you’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City by car.

(Breakfast included)

Accommodation Information

Majestic Hotel

Opened in 1925 as the city’s finest abode, the Majestic has gone through several reincarnations over the years, changes that reflect the tumultuous history of Vietnam. During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army used this French colonial structure as a military barracks. During the Vietnam War, it was frequented by foreign correspondents and espionage agents.

Victoria Can Tho Resort

The only luxury hotel in the center of the Mekong Delta, the Victoria Can Tho Resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. Close to Can Tho town, but a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, the resort lies on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst gardens with a plethora of exotic plants.

Victoria Hotel

Built in colonial style with low-rise French architectural design, the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel blends perfectly with its natural surroundings. The hotel is located right on the banks of the Bassac River crossing and is an ideal base to explore the fascinating Chau Doc region.

Location

Region: Asia - Southeast

Address:
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

General Information

The price includes:

  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above
  • Boat cruises as specified in the itinerary.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals indicated in itinerary

The price excludes:

  • International flight tickets and airport tax
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Insurance