2 Days 1 Night
We avoid touristy areas in Mekong Delta as much as you do! You will have a chance to visit remote areas, experience a mix of classic highlights, fun and unique activities with local people in real Mekong Delta homestay (staying in their homes, cook and eat with them…), have the unsurpassed knowledge of a local guide, taking you out of the guidebooks and into a world you’re waiting to discover. Our ambition is to give you authentic insights into local culture and perspectives of the Mekong real life with our mekong delta tour 2 days – Mekong Trails & Tales.
MEKONG DELTA SMALL GROUP TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
– Off the beaten path routes
– No tourist shops or traps
– Visit a colorful local market.
– Visit local homes and enjoy fresh tropical fruits.
– Spend a night at an authentic homestay with a friendly host family
– Visit Cai Rang floating market – the worthwhile floating market in Vietnam
– Join an interesting cooking activity and enjoy home-prepared dinner with the host
– A motorized boat trip and hand-rowed sampan trip through the peaceful canals (Venice’s canals will look like a small city block after ours).
– Enjoy a picturesque bicycle ride (2,5 – 3 hours) through rural villages with pagodas, tropical orchards and paddy fields (Vietnamese children will be waving and cheerfully saying “Hello!” to you).
DURATION : 2 days
TOUR TYPE/SIZE : Small group / Private (Minimum group size is 2 people and maximum is 8 people)
MEETING : Your hotel. Please note that we only offer free hotel pickup and drop off in District 1,3 (some exclusions apply)
We kindly request guests staying outside of our pickup areas to meet us at the suggested meeting point in District 1 for the start of the tour.
ENDING POINT : Your hotel in HCMC OR Can Tho bus station (to Rach Gia/ Ha Tien/ Chau Doc) / Rach Gia by private car (extra fee) or Can Tho airport to Phu Quoc.
DEPARTURE/ENDING TIME : 07:00 AM 5:00 PM (in HCMC on day 2)
7:00: We will pick you up from your hotel and begin our trip with a two-hour drive to the picturesque and friendly Ben Tre Province where you’ll be one of the rare foreigners who make it here.
We will take a break by to enjoy the fresh air on a boat trip and begin touring a region known as Vietnam’s rice bowl. Our first stop is a local family where you enjoy tropical fruits and learn a special story among the host family then get boarded to a hand-rowing sampan to wind through some green, lush, picturesque canals between lines of nipa palm.
Continue your journey by car to an untouched area of Vinh Long. Be greeted by the host family and then you will be served by home-prepared dishes of the delicious Vietnamese food for lunch.
After lunch, we will have a stunning bicycle ride as your guide will take you weaving through the canal trails and orchard paths into the charming villages with paddy fields, pagodas and friendly, welcoming people (around 2,5 – 3 hours, including visits along the way).
Finish the bike trip, we will get ready to cook the dinner with the host then enjoy home-prepared dishes as well share stories about life on the Mekong Delta.
06:00: Start your day early to enjoy peaceful fresh air in Mekong Delta. We say goodbye to our friendly hosts before heading to Can Tho. Upon arrival at Ninh Kieu Wharf, we will transfer to a local boat to visit Cai Rang – the worthwhile floating market in the Mekong Delta. You will be able to observe authentic trading customs on boats, seeing daily life on rivers.
Then let’s stop by at a colorful land market for a different view of trading customs as well watching the friendly market goers buying their food for the incoming meal. Continuing to your journey by boat on the narrower river to visit a tropical fruit orchard and then enjoy fresh fruits which are well-known in the Mekong area.
Continue your trip by car to Binh Thuy Ancient House, a 150 year-old residence typical for the elite class of mid-19th century in Mekong Delta. Having lunch on the way before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City.
This tour ends upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City at your hotel around 5:00 PM or Can Tho city at around 01:00 PM where you can continue to Rach Gia /Chau Doc on your own by bus to Phu Quoc/ Phnom Penh by express boat. Please note that however, the express boat to Phu Quoc only depart at 07:00 AM, 08:10 AM, 10:40 AM or 13:10 AM (2 hours 10 mins)/ Phom Penh only start once per day at around 8:00 AM (4 hours), which means you have to stay overnight in Rach Gia/ Chau Doc in order to take the boat on the next day.
In addition, you can also take a flight from Can Tho to Phu Quoc. However, please note that it has only a flight at 12:10 PM every day, which means you have to SKIP the last activity (Binh Thuy Ancient House) and lunch to be on time at the airport. Please keep in mind that we do not provide a discount for guests that skip the activities /shorten the tour due to their tight schedule. Thus, we can only support your case by arranging the airport drop off (included) in replace for the lunch.