WEAVING THROUGH WATERWAYS: THE MEKONG DELTA

Go deep into the Mekong Delta and experience the culture of this verdant, vibrant area. Boat to islands, floating houses and markets to meet the people and learn about their lives

TOUR INTRODUCTION

4 Days, 3 Nights     FROM US$ 472 PER PERSON

Go deep into the Mekong Delta and experience the real culture of this verdant, vibrant area. Boat to islands to try local specialties; visit areas with floating houses and catfish farms, where artisans weave fine silk. See floating markets and join pilgrims at mountain-top sites filled with shrines and pagodasLeave Ho Chi Minh for the drive to Cai Be, the delta town with lush waterways and vast green rice fields. Cruise Cai Be floating market and see the traders hang their produce on poles in front of the boats. Continue to a cottage factory where coconut candies, rice paper and ’pop-rice’ are produced.

Sample local Mekong specialties for lunch; afterwards heading to Can Tho, where you’ll stay in the evening. Disembark and transfer to a local boat which will take you to a floating market where hundreds of boats thread through the water between larger anchored boats. Drive to the bamboo basket making hamlet of Long Thanh, then on to Chau Doc, where the rest of the day is free at leisure. Next day, visit Chau Doc’s market, which overlooks the confluence of three rivers and provides some great photo opportunities.

Take a boat to the Chau Giang District and see a small mosque of the Cham minority group, along with the floating houses which double as catfish farms. In the afternoon, see the pagodas and temples of Sam Mountain as you climb towards its peak. The mountain is an important pilgrimage site and the view from here looking out on to Cambodia is amazing.

 

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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Meet locals along the way as you visit small farms, cottage industries and villages.
Visit the largest floating market in the Mekong Delta, where hundreds of boats create a maze on the water
Sample local specialties for lunch on a Mekong island
Climb to the peak of Mount Sam, overlooking Cambodia: an important pilgrimage site



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Can Tho

    Leave Ho Chi Minh for a two-hour drive to Cai Be, the delta town with lush waterways and vast green rice fields. Cruise 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 a cottage factory where coconut candies, rice paper and ‘pop-rice’ are produced. Get back in the boat and admire the scenery as you witness the life of the riverbank villages.

    Cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island and sample some local Mekong specialties for lunch; afterwards heading to Can Tho, where you’ll stay this evening. Once checked in, the rest of your day is free at leisure.

  • Day 2: Chau Doc

    Disembark and transfer to a local boat which will take you to the floating market at Cai Rang. Here, a maze of hundreds of boats thread through the water between larger anchored boats which create the ‘lanes’ of this fascinating market.

    The market sells fruits and vegetables and you will see boats laden with all kinds of tropical fruits; from mangoes, bananas and papaya to jack fruits, coconuts and guava.

    Enjoy lunch at leisure before driving to the bamboo basket making hamlet of Long Thanh. Afterwards, drive on to Chau Doc, where the rest of the day is free at leisure.

  • Day 3: Mekong Delta

    Visit Chau Doc’s market after breakfast, it overlooks the confluence of three rivers and provides some great photo opportunities. Next we take a boat to the Chau Giang District and see a small mosque of the Cham minority group. The Cham were originally Hindu but became Muslim after coming into contact with Arab merchants who lived in the coastal areas which the Cham dominated from the 2nd to the 9th century. You will also see the floating houses which double as catfish farms, and if you’re lucky, Cham artisans weaving the fine silk products for which they are famous.

    In the afternoon, see the pagodas and temples of Sam Mountain as you climb towards its peak. The mountain is an important pilgrimage site and the view from here looking out on to Cambodia is amazing.

  • Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City

    After breakfast, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving mid-afternoon.

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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)

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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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