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Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Highlights: Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda - My Tho - Ben Tre - Enjoy traditional southern Vietnamese folk music - Can Tho - Cai Rang floating market - Tra Su Sanctuary - Chau Doc - Boat to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
    Daily departure from Ho Chi Minh (formerly named as Saigon).

    On this three day tour, enjoy a leisurely exploration of the Mekong Delta and boat trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Leave the buzz of Ho Chi Minh City behind and discover the tranquil rhythms of Delta life with tours through waterways and on land. Highlights include experiencing the bustling markets on the Mekong River, visiting local industry cottages and exploring cultures in this fascinating region.




    Leave Ho Chi Minh city and enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrival at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda before taking a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by the locals.

    Next, visit a local family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle of this special place, taste delicious coconut candy and observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantations and villages. Then enjoy a rowboat ride along the creeks before returning to My Tho by motorboat. Here you will proceed to lovely Can Tho, where you will spend the night in a hotel or a homestay in a riverside cottage can be arranged.

    * If you choose to stay in the hotel you will check-in upon your arrival to Can Tho and then have free time to explore the city or visit the bustling Can Tho market on your own in the afternoon. You are also welcome to visit a village and meet the locals, have dinner (selt payment) and enjoy their music.

    Alternatively, if you decide to spend your night in a homestay arrangement, you will be transferred by motorboat to a small village in the Cai Rang district. Here you will check-in to your riverside cottage and then spend the afternoon cycling or trekking around the village experiencing the rural lifestyle of the Mekong Delta people. You will join a family as they prepare dinner and then share the meal they just made. In the evening enjoy traditional folk music with your neighbours (surcharge will be applied).



    Following breakfast take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then cruise to the colorful Cai Rang floating market which bustles 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 hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even floating pho vendors.

    Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to pass a "Monkey bridge" which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden and stop for lunch (self payment). Afterwards, depart for the three-hour drive to Chau Doc stopping en-route to visit Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary, cruising smoothly with small boats to discover the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest, watching storks, cranes and other tropical birds. If time permits visit Sam Mountain, an important pilgrimage site that is frequently visited by pilgrims from all over the Mekong Delta. There are dozens of pagodas and temples around Sam Mountain and reaching the peak is the highlight of the visit. The views from the top are spectacular (weather permitting) and you can easily look out over Cambodia.
    Stay overnight in Chau Doc.


    Following breakfast take a nice boat trip through the floating village to visit a fish farm to see how the Mekong Delta people raise fish in their floating houses. Visit the Cham minority with their traditional weaving village, followed by a local Islamic Mosque then boat trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    If hotel and travel arrangments are required in Cambdodia, please contact us.

    End of services.

    * Note:

    - Slow boat from Chau Doc to Phnom
    Penh (no air-conditioner):
    Starts at 7:30 Am arrives at 16:30.
    Drop off at Neak Luong Wharf.

    - Fast boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh (with air-conditioner):
    Starts at 7:00 Am arrives at 13:00 (without visit to
    fish farm & Cham village.
    Drop off at Sisowath Wharf.


    - Transportation by air conditioned vehicle as tour program indicated.
    - Entrance fees to indicated sights.
    - Boat trips as stated in above sights.
    - All excursion trips and activities as tour program indicated.
    - Boat ticket Chau Doc - Phnom Penh.
    - Local English-speaking guides (for other languages supplements apply).
    - Meals as stated in the program.
    - Accommodation in shared twin or double bedded room.
    - Approval letter for landing visa to Vietnam (1 month single entry).

    - Visa stamping fee on arrival (in Vietnam: 45 US$ per person; in Cambodia: 20 US$ per person).
    - All air tickets not mentioned in the program and above quotation.
    - Optional tours.
    - Surcharges for other language guides.
    - Personal travel insurance.
    - Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc…
    - Meals and services other than mentioned in the program.
    - Drinks with meals.
    - Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program.

    - Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Christmas period (Dec 24-26), New Year period (Dec 31-Jan 02).
    - For additional hotel night cost to the packages, please contact us for the rates.
    - This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan. You can also disregard full package tours and choose whatever travel items you need or a mix of private and group tours to minimize the cost. We can quote the tours you really want. Usually travel insurance is not covered in our quotations.
    - Keep your luggage and money by yourself.
    - Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
    - Take original passports, good and comfortable trekking shoes, insect repellent, torches, sun scream, towels, rain gear and extra warm clothes. All customers must obey the order of your guide for your safety.

    - Child definition: from age of 3 to 7 Years (usually enjoying 10%-20% discount. Contact us for the actual discount for your case). 8 Years old and above will be charged as Adult Price.
    - All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact us for new quotations.
    - Itinerary Change to the confirmed itinerary may happen because of traffic, weather, or any other conditions not under our control such as war, strike, fire, acts of government, riot, etc. We will do our best to make sure that all the travel will be similar. Viet HighlightsTravel can substitute the itinerary upon your agreement.
    - Transportation and Restaurants: The cars, vans or coaches for the land transportation should be in good shape with air conditioner. All restaurants should be tidy and clean.


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