DAY 1: SAIGON - CAI BE - CRUISE (L,D)
7.30 am. Depart from your hotel in Sai Gon, we will bring you all the way to Cai Be to embark on the boat and start your cruise on the Mekong River. Around 10.30 am. Boarding at Cai Be. Welcome drink introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins. (Bonus visit Vinh Trang pagoda if the time is support)
Departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river. Lunch while en route. Rest on the deck. The cruise is slipped into the Chợ Lách canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water.
By mid-afternoon, the Bassac casts anchor for a visit onshore.
Be it on foot or by bicycle, be ready to discover a village in the delta while appreciating its peaceful scenery and life with simplicity. Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the cruise is cruising the Mang Thit river. The cruise sets anchor just downstream from Tra On for the night.
DAY 2: TRA ON – CAN THO – COUNTRYSIDE (B,L,D)
The boat departs around 6 am towards Can Tho, and you will arrive near Ninh Kieu pier around 7.30 am, to embark on our local boat. Breakfast will be served on the boat. Start your day with a visit to Cai Rang Floating Market.
7.30 am. As you arrive, you will be astonished by the number of boats sailing around and trading a variety of products.
You wonder how such a trading spot can survive in a developing city as Can Tho? Our professional tour guide will be here to answer all your questions!
Enjoy a hot Vietnamese coffee prepared by some local sellers on their boats and delicious fresh fruit.
Don’t miss the local homemade rice noodle workshop and its amazing Noodle Pizza! There, you will learn to make traditional noodles, ready to give a hand?
10.30 am. Arrive at the luxury and authentic homestay is located deep in the countryside surrounding Can Tho city. There, you will join a funny cooking activity with your host, and for sure, you will become a Chef!
After an authentic and hearty lunch, get ready for some exercise!
Join the kayaking trip in magnificent jungle tributaries, and enjoy a relaxing moment paddling under the shade of coconut trees along the riverbank.
Finally, get on your bike for the last ride, cycling through a picturesque village, to get an insight into how life goes in this part of the country and stop at a local Dragonfruit farm, to see how farmers’ life look like.
Stay overnight in this peaceful homestay, you will also have the opportunity to help the local family to prepare fabulous dishes from Mekong Delta and enjoy them for dinner in the peaceful atmosphere of our eco-homestay.
Then, get a well-earned rest with all the comfort of a star hotel, and get ready for the next day!
Day 3: CAN THO – PHONG DIEN – SA DEC – AN BINH - SAIGON (B, L)
5.30 am. Early wake-up, enjoy the local floating market in Phong Dien, and the peaceful and beautiful small canals.
You will arrive in Phong Dien, after an amazing boat trip (time is depending on the tide of the river, the boat trip can be a little shorter or longer). Now you are navigating through the small colorful boats, and our guide will explain to you more about the importance of this trading spot for the local people.
Hungry? Time for a typical breakfast at a lovely restaurant in a tower overlooking the market for you to get a better view of the area, and take some wonderful pictures.
After breakfast, re-embark in the boat to go along the small canals, lean back and enjoy the ride! You then move into small canals to explore the country river-life here visit the garden fruit garden and cacao garden where you could taste the super fresh fruit right on the tree and fresh chocolate.
Depart for Dong Thap province to explore the famous beautiful Sa Dec flower village where we will deeply understand how important flowers are in this religion.
Enjoying an excursion to Sa Dec Flower village which one of the attractive tourist attractions, you will surely admire a forest of flowers of all colors and aroma are always available. Situated by the bank of annually windy Tien River of fertility and sun, flower village of Sa Dec is the homeland of hundreds “uncanny flowers and strange herbs” such as simple trees close to the life of laborers as well as some scarce and priceless bonsai of hundreds of years old.
Coming back to L'Amant Street on the route to discover the Mekong Delta and Sa Dec Town, which is the home of Huynh Thuy Le– the main character in the famous novel called “The Lovers” written by his lover Marguerite Duras. This house combines Western and Eastern architecture has been listed as one of Vietnam’s most impressive destinations by the Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations.
We will another city name Vinh Long, cruising to An Binh Island through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta.
Visit a traditional coconut candy workshop and rice popcorn workshop where they are holding traditional family techniques to produce their good and trade it on the local market.
You will have lunch at the local homestay before the minivan will take you back to Saigon and you will arrive in Saigon downtown around 6:30 pm.