For an in-depth Mekong delta experience this trip is a must! We drive from Saigon to My Tho and start our floating exploration. This part of the delta is home to a myriad of rice fields, canals and small villages. Pretty scenes of lush orchards, vibrant flower gardens and musicians playing traditional music complete our backdrop as we boat through the canals and stroll on small islands. The trip includes a visit to the most amazing floating markets of the Mekong delta, the Cai Rang floating market where hundreds of boats of all sizes fill the river trading in agricultural goods of all kinds.
• The Mekong Delta, the story of a river and the life it generates
• Cruise along the rivers maze of canals for a taste of the lush and lively culture• Visit farms and workshops, chat with local people and taste their locally made products• Spend time cruising gently through one of the river's huge floating markets• Finish with well-earned relaxation on the soft sands of Phu Quoc island.
[Day 1] Saigon – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can ThoMeals: lunch | Accommodation: hotel
8:00am – We leave Saigon for My Tho. Upon arrival, board a motorboat and head out on the mighty Mekong to Xuan Dong Islet. In contrast to many of the overly visited Mekong islands, we choose Xuan Dong for its quieter, less crowded, and more authentic slice of Mekong life. Hop on a bike and savor the leisurely time to explore and pedal through this green and unspoiled island. Make frequent stops for photos and glimpses and of the daily lives of local villagers.
We'll then take a small boat as you are rowed quietly along the thick mangroves of Vam Xep, a small canal with little village houses dotted along its sides. Get off the boat to enjoy some honeyed tea at the 'Coconut Artisan' village to check out the workshops where a range of coconut husk and fiber products are skillfully handcrafted.
We next take a small sampan along Vam Chua canal, gliding peacefully along the hidden waterways surrounded by immense variety of tropical plants. The quiet, rural setting is a welcome and restorative retreat to the frenetic buzz of Saigon which seems far, far away. We then stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
At last we'll reboard the boat to head back to My Tho and start the drive through the fields and towns of the Mekong to Can Tho city. Spend the evening at your leisure seeing the town by foot or pedicab, or find a quiet place for a cocktail by the river.
[Day 2] Can Tho – Phu QuocMeals: breakfast and lunch | Accommodation: N/A
After and early breakfast, we start a boat cruise to head to the bustling Cai Rang floating market – the largest and most colourful in the Mekong delta. Feel free to take photographs, talk or bargain while our boat glides slowly through the market mayhem. There are fantastic photo opportunities amidst the huge variety of agricultural bounty on sale here. Farming boats big and small trade seasonal fruits and an array of other goods in a chorus of sights and smells that you won't soon forget. We will take a stroll through the farms and houses of a nearby village before returning to Can Tho for lunch.
Right after visiting the floating market a car takes you to the waterfront town of Rach Gia. Here we catch the ferry to the island holiday paradise of Phu Quoc for some well-deserved beach time. You can also fly straight from Can Tho to Phu Quoc (subject to air ticket availability).
The tour ends here. We will be happy to help you book a resort on the island and organize your trip back to Saigon if required.
PRICE PER PERSON (Valid from 01/01/2013 to 31/12/2013)
2 persons up
• Hotel in Saigon• Beverages, guide gratuities and personal expenses.• Camera fees (if any)• Insurance• Surcharge in peak season (Christmas & New Year)
Standard• Can Tho: Kim Lan hotel (ROH)
Superior• Can Tho: Ninh Kieu hotel (ROH)
Deluxe• Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho hotel (Superior)
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