The 5-Day Exotic Mekong Delta Tour provides you the great opportunities to discover the real Mekong Delta by different activities: visit to less touristy Cai Lay orchards, Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, boat trip to Cai Rang Floating Market. The trip will concluded also by very authentic cruise on Mekong River by Bassac boat from Chau Doc to Cai Be and Can Tho.
Morning we drive 2 hours from Saigon to Cai Lay, a small but fertile town in the Mekong Delta through the new national free way. Upon arrival, drop off at the town’s local pier and start boarding our small motorized boat for a 30 min boat trip on one of the small branches of the Mekong River. Witness the lively life on the water of the locals. Disembark at Cam Son bridge where you start a leisure cycling trip (alternative transportation is our “xeloi”, a fun local transportation) into a deep Mekong Delta exploration. The ride is about 7km on shady narrow village roads curving over tiny canals and past fruit gardens and sleepy villages. Many kids will greet you with a big smile and “xin chao” or Hello. During the village road, you will have a chance to stop and visit local factories, fish farm, rice paddies to learn briefly about the local economy, business. Arrive at a lush orchard with diverse tropical fruits. Have a friendly chat with the owner – a former veteran with interesting topics about his motherland as well as his daily life both past and present. He will be very happy to walk you around his garden. Enjoy the opportunity to taste fresh fruits picked right from the trees. Then relax with a sampan ride to visit a local ancient house, have a brief interaction with these friendly residents in their 100 year‐old house before tasting their hosted lunch with traditional dishes of the Mekong land. Bid farewell to the family then drive to Can Tho. Upon arrival, check in your hotel in Can Tho. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Can Tho
Morning take 3,5 hour drive to Chau Doc.Upon arrival to Chau Doc, enjoy lunch at local restaurant then check in your Hotel.
Afternoon we visit the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary – one of very attractive destination in Mekong Delta. After nearly one hour drive, we can see the beautiful flooded forest. We will take the boat to the trip to the middle of forest with lots of different kind of bird you can view along the way like Stork, Heron, Waterhen or Kingfisher… We will head to the 23 m high observation tower where you can have great view of the forest, birds and surrounding countryside. We will take further rowing to the middle of the forest before returning back to the van for driving back to Chau Doc.
Overnight in Chau Doc.
After breakfast at hotel, Visit Sam Mountain – a popular pilgrimage for South Vietnamese, here we enjoy a panoramic view of Chau Doc and neighboring Cambodia.
Boarding at the Chau Doc pier for Bassac cruise. Embark to the boat, welcome drink, introduction to the ship and crew, check into your cabin. Departure downstream on the Bassac River, as the crew serves lunch.
We connect through river Vam Nao and around the district of Cho Moi to the First River.
Mid-afternoon, we sail along a small tributary to Song Ho. Exploratory visit at Cho Moi: Village and old churches. Boarding back at dusk, welcome drink. Dinner is served en route.
The Bassac drops anchor on the way in view of the My Thuan Bridge for the night.
Overnight on Bassac Cruise.
Breakfast is available from 6:30 on. The Bassac sets sail after sunrise towards Cai Be, through sceneries of sweet water mangroves on river My Tho.
Arrival in Cai Be, transfer to a local boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and handicraft.
Boarding at Cai Be at noon. Welcome drink, departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang River .Lunch while en route. Rest on the deck.
The Bassac slips into the Cho Lach canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water.
Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby.
Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit River.
The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On floating market, for the night.
Overnight on Bassac Cruise.
You may get up for breakfast as early as 06:30, as the ship is resuming its cruise the Tra On floating market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho. Arrival in Cai Rang floating market, check out and transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, the nearby arroyos and gardens. It will be great chance for taking part to the local activities and taking pictures. The boat will take you around the floating market 2 times to make sure that you will have enough opportunities for taking photos here. Then the boat will take you to visit the local bustling inland market where you can see all local products of Mekong Delta selling here. From the market, take the short ride on boat to the small local alley that you can walk along and experience the real daily life activities of local people here. Take the pleasant walk along the local village by the river bank and integrate with local people there before getting to local Rice Processing Factory. You will know exactly how the white rice had been made from paddy rice in here. You will meet the car then transfer to Nam Bo Restaurant for lunch. After lunch, we will drive back to Saigon. Arrive to Saigon in the late afternoon. End of 5-Day Exotic Mekong Delta Tour.
Valid till 31 December 2019 (subject to change on 24 Dec and 31 Dec)
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