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Overview

Discover a more authentic, traditional side of the Mekong Delta. Explore Sa Dec, a typical Delta village immortalised in the book ‘The Lover’, then board a river boat for a cruise to Cai Be. Visit fruit orchards, family-run workshops and miles of vibrant waterways for a taste of local culture.

Trip Highlights

Mekong Immersion, Sa Dec & Beyond

Cruise to Cai Be

Take a river boat through the Mekong Delta’s channels, passing fish farms and villages on the way to Cai Be.

Bike the Delta’s laneways

Pedal quiet laneways that weave in and out of villages, orchards and farms for a closer look at Delta life.

Dine at historic houses

Enjoy lunch at a house featured in ‘The Lover’ novel and sample typical Delta dishes at a 100-year-old family home.  

Itinerary

1

Ho Chi Minh City – Sadec – Cai Be

HCMC to Cai Be (100km): 2 hours

Depart your hotel early this morning for the 3.5-hour drive to Sa Dec, deep in the Mekong Delta.

Sa Dec is a charming, authentic Mekong Delta town that seems to have escaped the modernization that has swept much of Vietnam. The town was immortalized by the French writer Marguerite Duras who spent 04 years here from 1928 – 1932.  Her novel “The Lover” went on to win the 1984 Prix Goncourt prize for literature. On arrival in Sa Dec, visit the charming Kien An Cung Pagoda before having lunch in the former home of Huynh Thuy Le who is the main character in Marguerite Duras’ novel.   

After lunch, board your boat for the cruise to Cai Be. Sit back and enjoy the lush landscape and tropical life of the Mekong Delta. End route visit a flower garden as well as floating houses along a branch of the Mekong River where fish are raised in submerged cages. Make a stop at a traditional mat making workshop where river grasses are woven by hand.

Note: There is another option to drive to Vinh Long in your private air-condition vehicle after lunch instead of doing the cruise on the river from Sa Dec. You will then board your boat in Vinh Long and cruise towards Cai Be. Please check with your travel consultant for the best route that suits your need.

Reach the river town of Vinh Long to visit one of the biggest brick factories in the Mekong Delta. In this traditional factory the process of making bricks is done by hand and the imagery seems timeless.

Back on the boat cross the Co Chien River, one of the two branches of the Mekong towards An Binh, Binh Hoa Phuc Islands and finally the Dong Phu canal and your final destination of Cai Be.

Continue down river to The Mekong Riverside resort & spa perfectly situated overlooking a branch of the Mekong River.

Rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight at the Mekong Riverside resort & Spa.

2

Cai Be – Ho Chi Minh City

Cai Lay to HCMC (90km): 2 hours

Early this morning take a sunrise boat cruise to an area of the Mekong untouched by tourism. Here take a leisurely 7km cycling trip which takes you along shady back roads over tiny canals, past fruit gardens and sleepy villages. If you don’t want to cycle, take a ride on a xe loi which is a trailer towed from the back of a bicycle and only used in the Mekong Delta. End-route stop at their local wet market and some traditional workshops.

Mid-morning arrive at a family run orchard where diverse tropical fruits are grown. The owner, a former war veteran, will share with you stories from his life as well as taking you into his garden to sample some fresh tropical fruits.

Continue cycling to a stunning 100-year old house which is architecturally a mixture between Vietnamese and European designs. Here a Vietnamese lunch will be served consisting of dishes only found in the Mekong Delta. After your meal, bid farewell to the family before returning to Saigon where you will arrive in the late afternoon.

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
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

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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