3 days

Mekong Delta Extension

Mekong Delta Extension

Cai Be floating market and the longtail boats of the Mekong

The bustling streets and cyclos of Saigon

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  • The fertile region known as 'Cuu Long', or the Mekong Delta, is the ricebowl of Vietnam. It is here that the mighty Mekong River finishes a journey that began in the high Tibetan Plateau. The Delta was once part of the Khmer kingdom and became the last region to be settled by the Vietnamese. The area offers much to the traveller. Its incredible scenery, fascinating rural lifestyles and friendly people can be best seen and experienced from the waterways and small canals that serve as the region's main 'highway' for transportation.

    Locals in their shallow wooden boats, stacked high with mountains of vegetables, fruit, rice and fish ply their wares on the river, making this section spectacular for culture and scenery. Lush local paddies beside the delta make it a veritable cornucopia, justly renowned as the ‘rice basket’ of Vietnam. Cruising the delta gives you a real sense of the river’s significance to South East Asia and is one of the most enjoyable ways of taking Indochina’s lively pulse.

    Why we love it

    • The fertile region known as 'Cuu Long', or the Mekong Delta, is the ricebowl of Vietnam. It is here that the mighty Mekong River finishes a journey that began in the high Tibetan Plateau.
    • The Delta was once part of the Khmer kingdom and became the last region to be settled by the Vietnamese.
    • The incredible scenery, fascinating rural lifestyles and friendly people can be best seen and experienced from the waterways and small canals that serve as the region's main 'highway' for transportation.
    • Locals in their shallow wooden boats, stacked high with mountains of vegetables, fruit, rice and fish, sell their wares on the river, making for a spectacular cultural and scenic experience.
    • Lush local paddies beside the delta make it a veritable cornucopia, justly renowned as the ‘rice basket’ of Vietnam.
    • Cruising the delta gives you a real sense of the river’s significance to South East Asia and is one of the most enjoyable ways of taking Indochina’s lively pulse.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

    • Your Trip Extension starts today in Ho Chi Minh City. No activities are planned until your evening group meeting, so you may arrive at any time. We encourage you to get out and discover the delights that Vietnam has to offer. Make sure that you take a hotel business card so that you will be able to find your way back to the hotel.
    Asian Ruby Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Vinh Long (Mekong Delta)

    • You will travel south to the Mekong Delta today. Along the way you will stop to see the various fascinating local industries.
    • A highlight of the day is cruising in a boat around the small canals in the Mytho region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up.
    • You change boats to be paddled in a traditional wooden sampan through the small canals.
    • In the afternoon, you will return to the motorboat for a visit to a bonsai garden, a nursery and a pottery workshop. Please note that the pottery workshop is closed on weekends.
    • You will arrive on an island near Vinh Long, where you will stay overnight in a local homestay, a small house situated on the waterways and surrounded by fruit gardens.
    • The facilities here are basic, with everyone sleeping in a large communal room, but the experience is unique in that it offers you a chance to live the way the local people do (for one night at least!). All bedding is provided including mosquito nets.
    • You will have the opportunity to take a local bike ride around the island or relax in a hammock and soak up the local way of life before enjoying dinner cooked by a local family - watch out for the rice wine!
    Local island village homestay or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

    • There are several interesting walks to enjoy in the surrounding village near your villa.
    • A trip to Vinh Long enables you to explore the lively floating markets at Cai Be, which is also a base for the local boat-building industry.
    • You will make your way back to Ho Chi Minh City by boat and road via Cai Be.
    • Arrival time in Ho Chi Minh City is roughly 4pm, which is just in time to join your main Vietnam tour.
    Asian Ruby Hotel or similar
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour leader throughout the Extension, and a local guide.
    • Return transport Saigon to Mekong Delta, with a stop to see local industries.
    • Boat cruise around small canals in the Mytho region.
    • Overnight villa homestay on an island on the Mekong Delta. Accommodation in a large communal room with beds (all bedding provided including mosquito nets).
    • Dinner cooked by a local family and opportunities for a bike ride and a walk in the surrounding village.
    • Motor boat rides in Cai Be with visits to a UNESCO-recognised old traditional wooden house and a bonsai garden and nursery.
    • Traditional wooden sampan cruise through small canals.
    • Trip to Vinh Long to explore the floating markets at Cai Be.
    • Arrival transfer.
    • Accommodation: 1 night comfortable hotel, 1 night homestay
    • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Other meals
    • Any optional additional tours or activities during free time
    • Insurance
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Departure transfer

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES: Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS: Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Mekong Delta Extension

    Rob and Jane - Australia, 24 Feb, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    Mekong Delta Extension

    Brett - Adelaide, South Australia, 29 Nov, 2011
    5
    Overall Rating

    Just sit back and enjoy the wonderful experience.

     

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Start City: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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