THE MEKONG DELTA’S HIDDEN TREASURES

Travel deep into the Mekong on this classic Backyard tour. See an area untouched by visitors, cycle though sleepy villages to see artists at work, and dine with a local family

TOUR INTRODUCTION

2 Days, 1 Night     FROM US$ 371 PER PERSON

Travel deep into the Mekong on this classic Backyard tour. See an area untouched by visitors, cycle though sleepy villages to see artists at work, and dine with a local family.Journey deep into the Mekong Valley and see an area largely unchanged over the past century. Visit Sa Dec, the town immortalized by Marguerite Duras in her novel ’The Lover’. Cycle though sleepy villages to see local artisans at work, and dine with a local family in their 100 year old traditional house.Leave early for the town of Sadec deep in the Mekong Delta. Have lunch at the former home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, the main character in Marguerite Duras’ novel, ’The Lover’. See a brick factory where the bricks are still made by hand. Stay at the Mekong Lodge, which provides an authentic Vietnamese stay.

Take an early morning boat trip to Cai Be floating market and visit an area untouched by tourism, where you can see locals making roof thatching from palm trees. Say hello to a former war veteran who’ll show you around his delightful tropical fruit orchard and enjoy lunch at the home of a local family.

 

Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

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THE BACKYARD TRAVEL DIFFERENCE

See an area largely unchanged for the past century
Take a cycle tour through sleepy villages and over canals to see local artisans at work
Meet a war veteran at his splendid tropical fruit orchard
Enjoy a home-cooked lunch at the 100 year old house of a local family



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Mekong Delta

    Leave early for your drive to the town of Sadec, deep in the Mekong Delta. Sadec remains largely unchanged since the novelist Marguerite Duras first came here in 1928. Her famous novel ‘The Lover’ is based on her time in this charming town.

    Have lunch at the former home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, the main character in the novel. Before lunch, pay a visit to the impressive Confucian pagoda built by Mr. Le’s family. Continue by boat to see a flower garden, floating houses and a traditional mat-making workshop. Next is the town of Vinh Long, whose narrow canals are straddled by wooden ‘monkey’ bridges made from the trunks of coconut palms or bamboo.

    See a brick factory where the bricks are still made by hand in the traditional way. Get back on the boat and continue cruising, crossing the Co Chien River to Cai Be. This evening you’ll stay at the Mekong Lodge, which provides a comfortable authentic Vietnamese stay. Watch boats pass by in the warm evening air as you take in the view from your lodge.

    Overnight at the Mekong Lodge

    Meals included on this day: Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 2: Biking the Mekong Delta

    Take an early morning boat trip to Cai Be floating market and see the traders hang their produce on poles in front of the boats to attract customers. Many of these trading families have lived on this river for generations.

    Continue to an area untouched by tourism and hop on a bike (or a trailer towed by a bike, a xe loi). Ride down winding back roads, over canals and through sleepy villages to workshops where you can see locals making roof-thatching from palm trees. Meet a war veteran who’ll show you around his delightful tropical fruit orchard. Here you can sample the many fruits of the orchard and hear stories from the owner’s life.

    Cycle on to lunch, which will be at the home of a local family in a traditionally designed 100 year old Vietnamese house. Enjoy an authentic, delicious home-cooked Mekong meal before heading back to Saigon in the afternoon.

    Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

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All of our Tours can be Tailored, Just Ask!

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Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room in luxury accommodation. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

Why Backyard Travel?


Our experienced travel specialists possess years of local insider knowledge, because they live here.

We have offices in all of our destinations in asia, fully staffed and open all year-round.

With backyard travel you are booking direct, allowing you to save and benefit local residents.

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