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Overview

Step back in time with a visit to Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Travel by traditional sampan boat through the river’s maze of canals where time seems to stand still. Bike through the Delta’s charming villages and fields to soak up the tranquillity of the countryside and its spectacular scenery.

Trip Highlights

Mekong Delta Private Journey

Experience life on the delta

Visit villages on foot and by bike, seeing traditional farming communities and meeting with friendly locals. 

Stay aboard a private sampan

Take an overnight trip on a traditional river boat, weaving through narrow waterways and sleeping in the tranquil delta. 

Explore charming Sa Dec

Visit Sa Dec to see the setting of the famous film ‘The Lover’, its beautiful temple and nearby flower farms.

Itinerary

1

Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - An Hoa – Vinh Long

HCMC to Ben Tre (80km): 2 hours

The local markets, vast emerald rice fields and lush back waterways; these are the things that make the Mekong Delta such a desired destination. This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 1.45 hour drive to the Delta town of Ben Tre. On arrival, board the boat and meet with the crew members who will be the guides on this overnight waterway journey.

Cruise to Phong Nam village in Giong Trom and hop on a rowing sampan boat through the small canals, which are covered green by the water coconut plants. 

Stop at a local house to taste the tropical fruits and chat with the farmer. Visit the rice noodle factory before starting the bike trip around the village. Return to the boat and enjoy lunch onboard while you cruising to Sadec town.  On the way, stop for a visit at the floating fish farm and experience the local river culture.

Head to Long Trung Village and stop for a bike ride to explore more of the daily life and the beauty of Tra Tan canals this place offers a great opportunity for you to interact with the friendly locals.

Return to the sampan, refresh and prepare for a cooking demonstration while enjoying dinner.

Overnight on board.

2

Vinh Long – Sa Dec – Ho Chi Minh

Sa Dec to HCMC (145km): 3 hours

Wake up to the sounds of the delta. Breakfast will be served onboard and cruising towards the town of Sa Dec. Start exploring  this charming town, where it is the backdrop for the film ‘The Lover’, based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras.  The story is about a teenage French girl who falls in love with a wealthy Chinese man, Huynh Thuy Le. Visit his old family home as well as the high school where Marguerite’s mother was a teacher. Then, visit the beautiful Temple Kien An. 

Continue with a cycle through the village of An Phu Dong.  For hundreds of years this village has provided Saigon with its daily flower supply.

Meet the driver on land for the return 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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