6 days / 5 nights 
Duration
Vietnam
Destination
Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh City, Soc Trang
City
VST-S1
Tour Code

The charm of Mekong Delta is all you need for your next holidays! After our first day visiting Ho Chi Minh City, also called as Saigon, and its magical mix between its colonial past and its metropoli present, we are going to get immersed in the mystical estuary channels of this river who goes through 6 countries during 2800 miles, main trade route for hundreds of years through the Southeast Asia and life support for millions people. A trip into the Mekong Delta provides an excellent opportunity to experience the traditional southern Vietnamese rural life. Peasants working in the rice paddles, fishermen and traders living on houseboats, farmers in thatch-roofed dwellings producing coconut candies, Khmer-style temples, floating markets… Get an unforgettable experience with us.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Ho Chi Minh City
DEPARTURE TIME 8AM
RETURN TIME
WEAR
INCLUDED
5-nights accommodation including breakfast
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
All entrance fees, boat excursions as per itinerary
Land tour and transfers with A/C vehicle
NOT INCLUDED
International air ticket
Visa
Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Drinks, tips and other personal expenses
Extra charge for Christmas, New Year or Public Holidays
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Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (L)

CHÀO MU’NG! Welcome to Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)! We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Ho Chi Minh City is where colonial buildings and traditional temples stand besides the emerging modern skyline. This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the downtown. Learn about Vietnam’s recent history as you pass the Reunification Palace, formerly the South Vietnam’s Independence Palace, until stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975. See the War Museum, the former US Embassy, and then drive along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), and into the heart of the old colonial Saigon. Stroll through the colorful Ben Thanh Market with its hundreds of stalls teeming with silks, spices and assorted souvenirs. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this vibrant, teeming metropolis.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be & Can Tho (BL)

In Saigon this morning, visit Chinatown and the Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the goddess of the sea. Then, depart for Can Tho and the Mekong Delta. Stop in Cai Be and board a motorboat to explore the Cai Be Floating Market. Experience how people exchanging goods, fruits and many other commodities from vessel to vessel. Cruise into the small villages and see their orchards and fruit plantations. Travel on through small canals enjoying the charm of the upper Mekong Delta. Stop to watch how the delta residents make traditional treats such as dried longyans, rice pancakes and puffed rice candies, natural honey and honey wine, and their famed Ben Tre, coconut candy, with a chance to sample the local delicacies.

Continue on to Vinh Long, arriving in Binh Hoa Phuoc village – the green pearl of Vinh Long town.  Have a lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the lush of a green garden. Enjoy the southern Vietnames traditional folk music then take a peaceful walk through a bonsai garden. Continue to Can Tho by late afternoon.

Overnight in Can Tho.

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Day 3: Explore Can Tho & Soc Trang (BL)

Enjoy a full day discovering life in the Mekong Delta with a boat trip to Cai Rang, another floating market with a plethora of farm products, and Cai Rang town with its seasonal specialty goods. Next, travel to Phung Hiep, aboard a long tail motorboat and watch the Phung Hiep floating market at seven river corners. Disembark here to explore the local markets – snake, turtle, basketry groups, and boat making workshops. Learn how to “bargain” for some products and wonderful souvenirs.

Next stop is in Soc Trang to visit Kh’Leang Pagoda. Originally built from bamboo in 1533, it has been completely rebuild in 1905. Soc Trang is home to seven religious festivals per year, attracting people coming from all around the province. Throughout the year, you can see the Khmer people visit to bring donations and pray. Visit the Bat pagoda and see the thousands of bats hanging on the surrounding trees.

Visit the Buu Son Tu (Clay-pagoda) where almost every statue is made of clay, before driving back to Can Tho, arriving there in late afternoon.

Overnight Can Tho.

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Day 4: Can Tho to Chau Doc (BL)

This morning, depart for Chau Doc, a border town with Cambodia and a major hub of trade along the Mekong, via Long Xuyen. Arrive in the afternoon and explore the region on a boat tour on the Hau River. A true highlight, visit a fish-breeding farm, and a small Muslin community at Cham village. Relaxing on the boat you can enjoy a view of the sunset over the mighty Mekong River.

Overnight in Chau Doc.

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Day 5: Chau Doc to Ho Chi Minh City (BL)

This morning in Chau Doc, explore the sacred Ba Chua Xu (Country Lady) Temple at the foot of Sam Mountain. Then leave this border town, headed east to Ho Chi Minh City. Experience the simple joy of seeing the rice fields and the smiling faces of the local people as we drive through this region.

En route to Ho Chi Minh City, stop in Cao Lanh to see Xeo Quit, a former communist Vietnamese base during the Vietnam War. On arrival, board a boat for an exploration of the Xeo Quit Forest that was once a stronghold of the communist troop during the American War. This boundless Cajuput forest is dissevered by dozens of narrow canals surrounded by aquatic grass, plants, tall trees and vines. The cool and humid air mixing with the fragrance of flowers as well as the beautiful songs of birds in the quiet environment makes for an unforgettable excursion. Arrive to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 6: Depart Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Enjoy some time at leisure in the city until your transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

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