Get Up And Go Vietnam offers a higher standard to make a more memorable, authentic and truly unique and local experience… The Mekong Delta, due to its labyrint of water ways, is Vietnam’s “Heartland” from the early modest beginnings of the country. Through our top local guides, our well-built and maintained superior boat fleet, we inspect areas untouched by commercial tourism.

DAY 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Mo Cay – Vung Liem

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 at Ba Lai bridge in Ben Tre we get on a Xe Loi (trishaw- motor) and ride on narrow village roads to our local pier.

Here you’ll board your Mango Cruise boat at Ba Dung Pier in Ben Tre and head to An Hoa River. Enjoy coconut juice and peaceful sceneries while crew members board your luggage.  The cruise will take you to Phong Nam village in Giong Trom, where you will take a cycling trip through the Village to experience local daily life.

We stop at a local house to taste the tropical fruits and chat with the farmer. Visit a coconut spirits factory, which is a popular drink among natives in Vietnam. It is a sweet, fresh and mildly fermented sap taken from tapping the young expanded flowers of the coconut, which is good for health.

We continue to take a rowing sampan boat through the small canals, which are covered green by water coconut plants. As you reach the big river, your sampan is waiting for you and lunch will be served on board.

After lunch, your boat will bring you to My Long village where you will meet a local family, Mr Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper, which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife while observing the process of how it is made.

We return to the boat and continue to cruise to Mo Cay canals where we stop for a visit at the coconut processing workshop where you can see how the locals utilize every bit of the coconut. We continue cruising to  Vung Liem Canal where your sampan will dock for the night.

Relax and freshen up for your cooking demonstration and dinner on board.  The rest of the evening will be spent at your leisure.

Transportation: Private A/C transportation and cruise

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Private luxury cabin on your cruise

DAY 2: Vung Liem – Tra On – Can Tho

In the morning, breakfast will be served on board before we visit the brick factory where you can see how bricks are made in the traditional way, which is mostly by hand. Continue to take a bike ride through green paddies, garden settings and local villages to explore the untouched beauty of this region.

We head to the town of Vung Liem and continue our trip to visit the Cao Dai Temple in one of the most popular local religions, which is a combination of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.

The boat will then cruise to Tra On on the Mang Thit River, on the way you will stop at Cai Nhum village where you will have a walk or bike ride through local villages. This will offer a good chance to observe the local culture and interact with local people.

Get back to your boat and continue cruising to Can Tho. While on board you can fresh-up and head to the deck to observe the sun set. Your private bar is always open and your dinner will be served afterwards. Enjoy fresh air while cruising on the tranquil water. The rest of the evening is spent at your leisure.

Transportation: Cruise, cycling

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Private luxury cabin on your cruise

DAY 3: Can Tho – Cai Rang – Ninh Kieu Quay – Ho Chi Minh City

Get up early in the morning and your breakfast will be ready out the deck. Freshen up for the early boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, where you will be transferred to a smaller boat and mingle amongst the thousands of trading vessels. Feel free to buy yourself fruits or drinks from the local boats.

After your market visit, we return to your cruise and soak in your surroundings. Time to check out and you will be dropped off at Ninh Kieu quay in Can Tho. Here your driver will be ready to drive you back to your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City where the trip ends.

Transportation: Cruise, cycling and private A/C transportation

Meals: Breakfast

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: N/A

This trip is run in 2 directions, up-stream and down stream, depending on the date. We can of course provide both detailed itineraries.

  • Sightseeing as programmed
  • Luxury cruise
  • 2-way private transfers 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
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses during the trip
  • All services and items not mentioned specifically in the list above
  • Booking voucher from us 
  • Valid Passport with valid visa 
  • 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.

Useful information

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!