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Overview

Delve into the Mekong Delta’s melange of markets, canals and villages for a memorable family holiday. Be immersed in this vibrant region, traveling by bike and boat for an intimate look at local culture. A night on a riverboat adds a touch of adventure that kids and adults will enjoy.

Trip Highlights

Mekong Delta Family Holiday

Get an in-depth tour of the Delta

Spend two full days exploring the delta, seeing its floating markets, coconut groves, cottage industries and more.

Take an overnight cruise

Sleep on-board a riverboat and enjoy the tranquillity of the Delta at night and in the early morning.

Cycle the Delta’s countryside

Take an easy bike ride around Can Tho, passing through farms and fields and stopping to meet the locals.

Itinerary

1

Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, be met by the guide and private car and be transferred to the hotel for check-in.  This afternoon is free at leisure. A range of activities can be arranged for the family such as city tours, cooking classes, museum visits and so on.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

2

Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be - Overnight Cruise

HCMC to Cai Be (100km): 2 hours

This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2.5-hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be.

The brilliant colours and bustling markets of the Mekong Delta will delight kids as well as adults.

Arrive in Cai Be at noon, then board the Bassac. A welcome drink will be given on arrival followed by an introduction to the ship and crew. Depart towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang River and enjoy lunch on the upper deck while en route. Rest on the deck while the ship branches into the Cho Lach Canal for 30 minutes through the traffic of sand and rice barges, past fruit drying facilities and around wooden ship building yards.

Visit a village on the banks of river Mang Thít, and appreciate the way of life here in the Delta. Visit the orchard or rice fields nearby.

Back on board the Bassac a complimentary drink will be served, so why not sit back and enjoy the sunset overlooking the Mekong’s magical waterways.

Dinner will be served whilst the Bassac cruises the Mang Thit River towards the Bassac’s anchorage for the night, downstream from the little market of Tra On. 

Overnight aboard the Bassac Boat. 

3

Cai Rang - Can Tho

A delicious breakfast will be served from 0630 whilst the boat cruises past Tra On towards Can Tho. Upon arrival in Can Tho area check out of the cabin and transfer onto a smaller local boat to visit the Cai Rang floating market,

Cruise through the floating market with wholesalers on big boats. Here, during the early morning market hours, larger sized boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of.

The main items sold here are fruit and vegetables and every boat has a long upright pole at its bow from which samples of the goods for sale are hung. The waterway becomes a maze of boats packed with produce depending on the season - mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even floating pho vendors.

Return to land and have lunch in Can Tho.

This afternoon, spend time cycling around the quiet lanes and dirt paths of Can Tho. Biking is the perfect way to discover the countryside with the family. The roads are flat and the sites are amazing: cottage industries, small farms harvesting or planting rice, hidden temples and lots of friendly locals

Then, transfer to a small hotel in Can Tho. This cozy modern hotel is a comfortable place to stay after a long day.

Overnight in Can Tho.

4

Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

HCMC to Can Tho (180km): 4 hours

After breakfast, spend the morning at leisure to further explore Can Tho independently, or to relax and enjoy the swimming pool and facilities at the charming riverfront resort.

Early afternoon it’s time to drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. The journey takes around 4-hours.

Upon arriving at Ho Chi Minh City, be transferred to the airport for the onward flight or to a hotel in the city. (Accommodation tonight is not included – at own arrangements).

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 and a national guide 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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