Mekong Exploration in an Authentic Route

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Overview

This program takes you to a beautiful region of the Mekong delta, where very few other travellers go. Do not ask us why it remains a mystery, but rather trust us and embark on a wonderful journey in a rural pristine atmosphere. We will meet locals, ride along the arroyos on traditional sampan, cross beautiful gardens on bicycle and spend the night in a charming lodge nestled on the quiet Tan Phong island.

  • Cruise along the rivers maze of canals
  • Cycle on rural paths
  • Stay in a charming lodge on a quiet island

Highlights

  • Cruise along the rivers maze of canals for a taste of the lush and lively culture
  • Visit families and locals at work, exchange stories and taste their products
  • Cycle on rural paths and soak up some preserved natural and cultural environments
  • Stay in a charming lodge on a quiet island and have some fun at the local cooking class

What to bring:

• Sun & rain gear  (brimmed hat recommended)   

• Insect repellence

• Walking shoes/sandals   

• Original passport(s)

Ho Chi Minh city - Cai Lay - Cai Be

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh city - Cai Lay - Cai Be

Meal: lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Mekong eco-lodge - bungalow

8:00 ~ 8:15 – pick up from city center and make our way through Saigon traffic. We exit the bustling metropolis and enter the Mekong delta and its rural sceneries. At about 9.30am, we reach Cai Lay town – a laidback town of Tien Giang province.

A quick transfer by boat takes us to our cycling playground. It is a narrow lane of about 12 km going along waterways and traditional houses. Many “hellos” on the way, some stops for pictures, at crafting and rice processing workshops; and to visit a family, chat chit with the local host and maybe help him with some fish catching using the traditional “vo ca”. 

We then get back on the waters of the mighty River and cruise at easy pace along the rice fields until we reach a local home at about 1pm to enjoy a home-made lunch. Follow a digestive stroll around and the visit of carpenters in their workshop.

In the mid-afternoon, we drive South to Cai Be district and hop on a local ferry to transfer to Tan Phong island. Check-in your bungalow, refresh, make yourself comfortable and be ready for a cooking class. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh city

Day 2 Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh city

Meal: lunch | Accommodation: not included

After a good night and a greedy breakfast, we hop on a boat to go explore the area around the island. We may see some cultural remnants of the Cai Be floating market. Now goods are rather transported by road and only few merchants’ boats left in most of the used-to-be floating markets of the region. But the boat ride is nice and the locals are friendly.

We get back to the island and keep our little exploration going, on bicycle this time. After lunch, it is time to say farewell to our hosts and head back to Saigon. We have a last stop on the way to visit the Cao Dai temple and learn a bit more about this mysterious religion. Arrival expected at your hotel about 5.30 pm.

Price per person based on a group tour

Group size Price per person
2 pax USD 215
[vnd 4 987 000]

 

* Fixed prices in USD. Prices in VND are subject to currency fluctuations upon making the trip reservation.

* Prices valid till 31 December 2019 for the ready-to-book adventure outlined on this detailed program which has been handcrafted by our production team and that includes the best of the destination (highlights and some lesser known assets as well!). Our travel consultants will also be glad to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and travel-style. 

* Would you like to adapt the itinerary, accommodation, length of the trip or any activity as per your needs and preferences? Then just forward us your comments at info@handspan.com.

* Special prices for groups of more than 2 people, children and the possibility to connect the tour with other stages of your trip around Indochina by contacting us. 

* A private trip for a solo traveller is also available with a surcharge.
 

Included

  • Accommodation based on twin-shared room as specified on the program.
  • Meals as indicated on the program.
  • Transfer service in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle.
  • The services of an experienced English-speaking guide.
  • All entrance fees, visits and activities mentioned on the program.
  • VAT and other taxes.

Not included

  • Accommodation in Saigon.
  • Flight tickets or visas.
  • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Supplements on peak season.

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