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9 Day, Saigon to the Beach (via Mekong Delta)


From £1,239.00 per person


Based on 2 adults sharing, all flights & taxes, tours including English speaking guide and meals where outlined. See itinerary for full inclusions.

Overview

Follow the twists and turns of the mighty Mekong river on this tour designed to give you a real insight and understanding into how life is lived along the banks and in the Vietnam Delta region. Explore markets, pagodas and local villages, ending this unique trip with some down time on one of Vietnam’s most least developed, beautiful beach destinations.

Day 1: UK Departure Day 6: Phu Quoc
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival Day 7: Phu Quoc
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho Day 8: Phu Quoc – Ho Chi Minh City Departure
Day 4: Can Tho – Cai Rang – Can Tho Day 9: UK Arrival
Day 5: Can Tho – Phu Quoc

Itinerary

Daily, in depth tour itinerary.

We have put this tour together to feature some of our favourite hotels, however alternate accommodation options are available be it of a higher or lower standard.


Day 1, UK Departure

Depart UK for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2, Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival

Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon is free at leisure.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City at the Caravelle Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 3, Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho

Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho

This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh and drive for around 4 hours into the Mekong Delta.

You’ll make a stop in Sa Dec to visit the market and take a tour through Lover’s House before continuing on to Can Tho.

Can Tho is a university town on the confluence of three rivers in the heart of the delta. The Mekong Delta was once part of the Khmer Kingdom, and today many ethnic Khmers still live here.

In the afternoon visit the Muniwangsyaram Pagoda, a typical Khmer Buddhist pagoda where the resident monks are friendly, and the local museum which is well laid out and informatively provides a review of the Mekong’s history as well as a 100-year old Vietnamese/French style house in Binh Thuy. This house was chosen as one of recording sites for the French film the ‘The Lover’ which is based on the Marguerite Duras novel.

The rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Can Tho at the Victoria Can Tho (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 4, Can Tho - Cai Rang - Can Tho

Can Tho – Cai Rang – Can Tho

Excursion by boat to Cai Rang Floating Market
07.00: From Ninh Kieu wharf, a boat carrying you along the River Can Tho. During the tour you will have the chance to see the nature of the Mekong delta and if you are lucky some wild animals.

At the floating market you’ll feel the excitement through sounds, water brandishing paddle, the laughter of the buyers and sellers to make up the bustling scene of Cai Rang floating market. Many local products are sold here and in particular a large variety of fruits, some of which you might have never seen before.

You’ll learn that boats identify what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole.
Stop in floating market reststop, enjoy coffe, tea, the fresh atmosphere and buy western specialties souvenirs for relatives and friends.

08.30: Returning Ninh Kieu Wharf.

Cycling excursion around Can Tho (Half day)
Starting from Can Tho City Centre to Cai Son Village by customer’s vehicle. Stop en route to see noodle mills and wooden boats workshop. Pick up your bike and ride to Rau Ram Creek – cycling along the narrow village’ paths. You can enjoy the quietness and colorful landscape of Mekong’s countryside. Stop at an orchard to enjoy tropical fruits and a refreshing tea. Approx. cycling distance 15km.

Overnight: Can Tho at the Victoria Can Tho (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 5, Can Tho – Phu Quoc

Can Tho – Phu Quoc

In the morning, depart for your short flight from Can Tho to Phu Quoc.

On arrival, the resort shuttle bus will welcome you and transfer you to resort. The island of Phu Quoc is one of Asia’s least developed beach destinations. The island’s clear waters, undiscovered beaches, forested interior and charming local character make for an ideal holiday escape. In general, dining and entertainment is confined to the resorts and while the lack of infrastructure may frustrate some travelers for most visitors this is one of Phu Quoc’s attractions.

Activities in the area (optional extras): Phu Quoc is a snorkeling and diving paradise. Outlying islands and reefs make for fascinating exploration for either a half or full day trips. In the centre of the island are tropical forests, perfect for day hikes. Vietnam’s favorite ingredient Nuoc Nam (Fish Sauce, can be found here in abundance and a visit to a local factory is a must.
The rest of day is free to relax by the pool or on the beach.

Overnight: Phu Quoc at La Veranda (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 6, Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc

Full day at leisure.

Overnight: Phu Quoc at La Veranda (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 7, Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc

Full day at leisure.

Overnight: Phu Quoc at La Veranda (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 8, Phu Quoc – Ho Chi Minh City – Departure

Phu Quoc – Ho Chi Minh City – Departure

The morning is at leisure before checking out. The resort shuttle bus will transfer you to airport for your departure flight to Ho Chi Minh City and connecting flight to the UK.

Please note and additional night in Saigon my be required if flights do not connect.

Day 9, UK Arrival

Day 9, UK Arrival

Your flight arrives back to the UK with some amazing memories and no doubt a memory card full of photos. Time to start planning the next amazing trip!!

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