Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho
Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho

Mekong Delta Tour - 9 Days

Visited places: Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Ben Tre, Cai Be, Vinh Long, Tra Su Nature Reserve, Chau Doc, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, U Minh Thuong National Park
Tour Activity/Theme: Adventure, National Park, Ecotourism, Floating market, Exotic lifestyle

Mekong Delta Tour is an adventure holiday to explore the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam thoroughly for 9 days, 8 nights. The pace of travel is easy and the tour can be done all year round.

The adventure follows the routes not often traveled by other tourists, the attractions on the itinerary are not often visited by other travelers either. The highlights of the tour are the exotic lifestyle of the local inhabitants in the Mekong Delta, the wildlife in national parks, nature reserves, and bird sanctuaries.

A part from your normal travel gears, we strongly suggest you bring along a telephoto lens for your camera and/or a par of binoculars for better photos or view of the wildlife at the national parks. Most meals, except for daily breakfasts, are not included so that you have the freedom to try the various local food on the tour. Accommodations are at clean hotels with basic facilities.Kh'leang Pagoda in Soc Trang, Vietnam

Day-to-day itinerary
Day1 Arrive in Sai Gon (no meal)
Day2 Sai Gon – My Tho – Ben Tre – Tra Vinh (B/L)
Day3 Tra Vinh – Soc Trang/Tour of Soc Trang (B)
Day4 Soc Trang – Bac Lieu – Ca Mau (B)
Day5 Ca Mau – U Minh Thuong National Park - Rach Gia (B)
Day6 Rach Gia – Tra Su Nature Reserve – Chau Doc (B)
Day7 Tour of Chau Doc/Chau Doc – Can Tho (B)
Day8 Can Tho Floating Market/Can Tho – Vinh Long – Cai Be – Sai Gon (B/L)
Day9 Depart Sai Gon (B)

Inclusions

  • English-speaking guide as per itinerary: no guide for free-at-leisure days;
  • Twin/Double-shared accommodation as indicated in the program;
  • Private car for all airport transfers and tours as indicated in the program;
  • Private boat cruise on the Mekong River at My Tho – Ben Tre, Chau Doc, Can Tho and Vinh Long – Cai Be as in the program;
  • Meals as indicated in the program ( B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • All admission fees during guided times in the program;
  • (2 small bottles of cold water+1 cold beer + 1 cold soft drink)/person/day

Exclusions

  • Insurance of any types;
  • Early check-ins and late check-outs: check-in time: 14:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 A.M unless otherwise indicated by each hotel;
  • International airfares and airport taxes other than those mentioned as included above;
  • Drinks, laundry, bar or other personal expenses;
  • Others not clearly specified clearly in the inclusions;

Detailed itinerary

Day1 Arrive in Sai Gon (no meal)
Our staff welcomes you at the airport and transfers you to the hotel. Then, you have time for refreshment.

Day2 Sai Gon – My Tho – Ben Tre – Tra Vinh (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We leave Saigon for the Mekong Delta. We have an extensive exploration of Ben Tre which is covered in coconut forests by boat and by bicycle. Then, we leave Ben Tre for Tra Vinh where we have a look at the tourist attractions around the city which include a stork sanctuary.
Overnight at Tra Vinh.

Day3 Tra Vinh – Soc Trang/Tour of Soc Trang (B)Bac Lieu fish market
Breakfast at the hotel.
Another easy day with tour of different highlights around Soc Trang City including the Khmer-styled pagodas and the Bats Pagoda, a bat sanctuary.
Overnight at Soc Trang.

Day4 Soc Trang – Bac Lieu – Ca Mau (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning visit to a longan garden, the sea of Bac Lieu and the former house of the playboy of Bac Lieu. If the bird sanctuary of Bac Lieu is open, it can also be on our visit today. On arrival at Ca Mau City, we visit the local market and the cultural park.
Overnight at Ca Mau.

Day5 Ca Mau – U Minh Thuong National Park - Rach Gia (B)U Minh Thuong National Park
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today is a fantastic day with visit to the wild world of U Minh Thuong National Park. At the park, we have a boat trip to peep into the wild life. Arriving at Rach Gia City in late afternoon, we have a visit to Nguyen Trung Truc Temple and the waterfront of Rach Gia City.
Overnight at Rach Gia.

Day6 Rach Gia – Tra Su Nature Reserve – Chau Doc (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We visit Tra Su Nature Reserve and have a boat trip to observe the different birds in the forest. Then, we continue further onto Chau Doc where we visit the Sam Mountain, Mieu Ba Chua Xu and Lang Thoai Ngoc Hau.
Overnight at Chau Doc.

Day7 Tour of Chau Doc/Chau Doc – Can Tho (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We have a boat trip to visit the Cham communities who inhabit in floating houses around Chau Doc and raise fish in cages. Then, we leave for Can Tho, the 'Capital City of the Mekong Delta'. You have free time in Can Tho to try the local cuisine at the night market on the waterfront.
Overnight at Can Tho.Cai Rang Floating Market

Day8 Can Tho Floating Market/Can Tho – Vinh Long – Cai Be – Sai Gon (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We get up early for the exotic floating market of Cai Rang. People travel by boat to the market and sell different agricultural produces such as pumpkin, season fruits, rice,... You can even have coffee from a floating cafe and engage in the bartering sessions for the fresh fruits.

Leaving Can Tho, we travel by boat from Vinh Long to Cai Be and learn about the life of the inhabitants who live their life on islands of the Mekong River. We have the last peep into the floating market at Cai Be then join our car for the road trip back to Saigon.

Day9 Depart Sai Gon (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Our team will see you off to the airport concluding your great adventure to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.