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Overview

Experience the raw beauty and unique traditions of the Mekong Delta. Take an overnight cruise, exploring a maze of waterways buzzing with life during the day and falling quiet at night. Head ashore for a bike ride through rice paddies and villages and see a different side of Delta life.

Trip Highlights

Aboard Bassac and at the Victoria Can Tho

Experience the Delta’s quieter side

Spend two nights by the water, appreciating the solitude of the Delta in the evening and early morning hours. 

Bike through South Vietnam’s countryside

Pedal quiet laneways that criss-cross villages, farms and dikes getting a true sense of the Delta’s rural beauty.

Explore a floating market

See Cai Rang’s market ‘aisles’, a maze of boats laden with fruits, dry goods and even with floating noodle shops. 

Itinerary

1

Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be

HCMC to Cai Be (100km): 2 hours

This morning, leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind as the scenery is gradually replaced with rice paddies and rural villages on the drive to Cai Be. Board ‘The Bassac’ and depart towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang River, enjoy a delectable lunch on the boat’s upper deck.  Along the way, visit a local village, fruit orchard, and rice field to learn more about the way of life here in the Delta. As the sun sets, sit back, watch the scenery, and enjoy a cocktail before dinner.

Overnight aboard the Bassac.

2

Cai Be - Can Tho

An early breakfast will be served while the boat cruises on the way to Can Tho. Here, disembark and travel by a small local boat to explore the Cai Rang floating market.  The waterway becomes a maze of boats packed with different produce depending on the season - mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even floating coffee sellers and pho vendors. Then, transfer by a short drive to  Victoria Can Tho Hotel, the riverside accommodation for an overnight stay.

After taking some time to refresh and relax in the heat of the day, this afternoon head out to discover another side of Can Tho. Depart from the hotel at approximately 2pm on a traditional boat with the local guide and bicycles on-board. Cross the Hau River then continue to cruise along one of the many canals to visit a local brick factory. Next start cycling through the lush countryside on village paths, rough trails and dikes along the rice fields. See the rustic charm and simplicity of the farmers’ daily lives and experience first-hand the friendliness of the locals in an area away from the city and where tourists rarely visit.  Afterwards return to the boat and relax as the boat journeys back to the Victoria, arriving back at around 17:30 - 18:00. Note that the cycling is on a join-in basis and is leisurely on flat terrain and is graded easy. Distance is approximately 8 kilometres, although it can usually be adjusted to longer duration on request.

The ret of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to explore or take advantage of the hotel’s pool or recommended spa. Overnight at Victoria Can Tho.

3

Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

Can Tho to HCMC (180km): 4 hours

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, spend the morning to relax at leisure or explore the city of Can Tho. The name of the city comes from cam thi giang - river of poems, and it’s the largest city in the Mekong Delta, and said to be the fourth largest city in Vietnam.

Depart Can Tho in the early afternoon for the 4-hour drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

 

 

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