MEKONG DELTA – LUXURY CRUISE – BEN TRE – AN HOA – SA DEC – 2D1N
The Mekong Delta, known to many as Vietnam’s “Heartland,” has always been an incredible draw to tourists as it celebrates the modest beginnings of the country. Beyond the picturesque natural beauty of the area, its warm and friendly local people paint a true portrait of happiness, hard work and community that is lacking in many parts of the world today.
Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – An Hoa – Vinh Long
At 8.00am we depart for a 1.5 to 2-hour drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, one of the country’s southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River.
Upon arrival, you will board your Mango cruise boat at Ham Luong Pier and head to An Hoa canals. Upon boarding your private sampan, your luggage will be brought to your cabin, while you enjoy a refreshing welcome cocktail on the deck while meeting your crewmembers and enjoying the scenery and fresh air from the water.
The cruise will take you to Phong Nam village in Giong Trom, the cruise will stop to visit at the coconut processing workshop where you can see how the locals utilize every bit of the coconut, then back to your cruise and the cruise will stop at a brick making shop, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand where you will start a Bicycle trip around Phong Nam village around 4km, enjoy a casual cycling trip that will take you to visit a local rice noodle factory which produces Hu Tieu noodles, one of the most popular dishes in the region.
After your visit take a short walk to Mrs. Huong’s house, who lives with her 3 children and grandson – they live on fishing, shrimp and fruit orchards. Enjoy fresh fruits and tea in her garden and then board a rowing sampan, taking you through a lush narrow canal, displaying the tranquil nature of the region.
Then rowing you back to your boat to enjoy the lunch before continuing to cruise to Sa Dec town. On the way stop at local village and begin cycling, enjoying the peaceful scenery and quiet road pathways.
Get back to your boat, relax and enjoy your cruise then prepare for your cooking demonstration while enjoying your dinner.
Overnight on board on the Upper river.
Transportation: Private A/C transportation and cruise
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Guide: English speaking tour guide
Accommodation: Private luxury cabin on the cruise
Vinh Long – Sa Dec – Ho Chi Minh City
Breakfast will be served onboard and cruising towards the town of Sa Dec and you will start to explore this charming town, where it is the backdrop for the film ‘The Lover’, based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras. The story is about a teenage French girl who falls in love with a wealthy Chinese man, Huynh Thuy Le.
You will visit his old family home as well as the high school where Marguerite’s mother was a teacher.
Then, you will continue with cycling through the village of Tan Qui Dong. For hundreds of years this village has provided Saigon with its daily flower supply.
After that, meeting your driver on land for your return to Saigon or your onwards trip.
Your driver will then transfer you back to your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City where the tour ends.
Transportation: Cruise, cycling and private A/C transportation
Guide: English speaking tour guide
- Sightseeing as programmed
- Luxury cruise
- Return, private transfer from and back to Ho Chi Minh City
- All entry fees and other fares like boat trips
- Meals as indicated in the program
- English speaking guide
- Beverages and personal expenses
- All services and items not mentioned specifically in the list above
- Booking voucher from us
- Cash for personal expense
Specific food requests
Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.
Especially for the north and central Vietnam;
In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.
The south of Vietnam is generally a lot warmer all year round, so warm clothing is not really necessary.
Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!
What do I need to know?
During the period March to November it will good to pack your swimming gear, a towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March is advised. How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft over-night bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage.
Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!