Being widely known as a “biological treasure trove”, there are over a thousand of animal species were recorded to be found between the years of 1997 and 2007 in Mekong Delta. In addition to that, new species of plants, fish, lizards, and mammals have also been discovered in previously unexplored areas, including the Laotian rock rat, which was thought to be extinct. With this short trip of 3 days and 2 nights, you will be able to see the most of Mekong Delta including Mekong river and Cai Rang floating market.
Day 1: Panorama River Cruise (L, D)
In the morning we pick you up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and take you to Can Tho or Cai Be. You will board your wooden river cruise vessel around noon. After a refreshing welcome drink, have a look at onboard facilities and your cozy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat will start cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong river. The cruise boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious onboard dinner. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.
Day 2: Life on the water and floating markets (B, L, D)
Wake up well rested to the sound of the river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.
After breakfast, we will board a sampan boat to Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively market. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits and vegetables. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards, and ship-building yards.
Later in the morning, you can boat through the green water landscape on a little rowing sampan to see local houses, verdant orchards, and ship-building yards. Alternatively, you can discover the nearby town by foot or explore the small side canals of the Mekong river on a bicycle.
The cruise boat then resumes its journey as lunch is served. In the afternoon there will be another side trip to one of the exotic villages along the way.
Day 3: An exotic world of its own (B, L)
After breakfast and an early start through the glorious morning atmosphere on the Mekong river, we will visit another floating market. Be sure not to miss the great photo opportunities for authentic snapshots of the Mekong people and their life.
Take another sampan side trip right into the lush rural landscape, the fertile fields, the exuberant green. Then it’s time to pack up and return to the pier from which we started.
The Mekong Delta cruise boat tour ends at around 11.00 – 11.30h on the pier. On even dates, you will have lunch at the Mekong Rest Stop. On odd dates, lunch is served in Vinh Long City.
Note: The above program is for tours start on even dates. If your tour starts on an odd date the program of day 2 and day 3 are exchanged.
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