5 days The Depth of South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Long, Can Tho, Ben Tre, Cho Lach, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City.
The Mekong Delta, with its meandering waterways and flourishing daily life, is a place not to be missed. River banks are laden with coconut palms, rice fields, orchards and stilted houses.
The water is teeming with boats of all shapes and sizes and the Mekong comes alive as you navigate past fishing boats, cargo vessels and even floating houses.
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City / Cai Be / Can Tho
From Ho Chi Minh City we drive to Vinh Long where we board our boats to venture into the green, watery world of the Mekong Delta.
River banks are laden with coconut palms, rice fields, orchards and stilted houses and the water is teeming with boats of all shapes and sizes.
The Mekong comes alive as we enjoy our boat trip past fishing boats, cargo vessels and even floating houses. We visit bonsai gardens, various cottage industries and fruit orchards.
The night is spent in a hotel in Can Tho. (Lunch and dinner are included).
Day 2 Can Tho / The Floating Market of Cai Rang / Ben Tre
This morning we continue boating to explore the fertile tributaries of the Mekong River then to the floating village of Cai Rang, where we observe the waterways and learn about the way of life in the delta.
In the afternoon we drive to Ben Tre province, home to lush fruit orchards, rivers and a former stronghold of Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
This evening we settle in with a hospitable local family for a dinner and an overnight stay to experience river life. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3 Ben Tre / Cho Lach / Ben Tre
Our discovery of the delta's waterways and flourishing farms is to boat on the Hau river, and cycle along its banks, passing through mango groves and fruit orchards, stopping at our pleasure to savour the delta's succulent crops and bring us into contact with local people.
Tonight we spend the night in the same local family. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 4 Ben Tre / Ho Chi Minh City
We take an early morning stroll around a local market before we take a kayaking ride along peaceful and lush canals. This is one of the best ways to experience the waterways in the Mekong Delta.
Delicious lunch is served in our host before we board our vehicle for a return journey to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving there at around 5pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Day 5 Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing / Cu Chi Tunnels
This morning we explore Ho Chi Minh City. Afternoon finds in Cu Chi Tunnels.
Here, we wander around and spend time interacting with local people, before we visit the tunnels which stretched over 250 km from Saigon to the Cambodian border.
At the height of its existence, the tunnel system was three levels deep. We return to Ho Chi Minh City for the night in the same hotel. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Our itinerary includes an easy bicycle ride on gentle terrain with:
- a 2-3 km walk on Day 1.
- a 3-5 km walk on Day 2.
- a 12-15 bicycle ride on Day 3.
- a 2-3 hour kayaking ride on Day 4.
- a 1-3 km walk on Day 5.
- 4 breakfasts.
- 5 lunches.
- 4 dinners.
A wide variety of food is commonly available in local restaurants, markets and family homes, using fresh local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area.
We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guides speak fluent English.
They are knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
- hotels (3 nights).
- local homestays (2 nights).
Clean and comfortable homestays with mosquito nets provided.
- $395USD per person for a group from 2 to 5 people.
- $326USD per person for a group from 6 to 8 people.
- $275USD per person for a group from 9 to 10 people.
The cost of the trip includes:
- meals listed on the itinerary.
- Tour Guide(s).
- entrance fees.
- permits during guided excursions.
The cost of the trip does not include:
- travel insurance.
- drinks (soft drinks, alcohol, bottled water).
- admission fees during free time.
- other personal expenses such as shopping, telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
What to take:
Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, small day pack for cycling, walking and hiking.
We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat.
Have a great journey!!!