MEKONG DELTA – PHU QUOC – The Local Mekong Delta Experience – 2D1N
The Mekong Delta, known to many as Vietnam’s “Heartland” or “The Rice Bowl” of Vietnam 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.
The Mekong Delta is carpeted in a dizzying variety of greens. It’s a water world that moves to the rhythms of the mighty Mekong River, where boats, houses and markets float upon the innumerable rivers, canals and streams that crisscross the landscape like arteries.
Day 1 – Mekong Delta – Local Experience
Your driver will pick you up at 9am at your accommodation for the transfer to the Mekong Delta. On arrival your local guide will pick you up to have a nice local Vietnamese lunch with some specific local dishes before we start a trip by small boats to discover the area. We will visit a rice separating factory. We then take you to a plant nursery. In the Mekong Delta we also have an ethnic group,” Khmer”. You will have a chance to learn more about their culture, customs and language while visiting this lovely Khmer temple. We then take you to the local market where we shop for local ingredients used for dinner and head for the homestay through narrow canals with mangroves and water coconuts.
After about 20 minutes through the canals we arrive at the homestay where your guide grew up. The homestay is located in a peaceful place. In front of the house is the canal and behind the house is the garden where they grow pomelos, organic vegetables and rice.
Are you thirsty now? Don’t worry! We have fresh coconuts, which are picked up right at the garden. You will have some time to relax in the hammocks in the garden or do some cycling in the area. From here you can watch the beautiful sunset before we start cooking dinner.
After dinner we’ll show you beautiful fireflies the buzz around in the sky and enjoy a quit and relaxing evening right in the heart of the Mekong for a perfect local feel. Your room has a fan, mosquito net and air conditioning.
Transportation: Private transportation
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Guide: English speaking local tour guide
Accommodation: Homestay – private A/C room
Day 2 – Cai Rang Floating Market – Local Life – Phu Quoc
Today we start early, at 5:30am for a boat trip to catch the sunrise and visit Cai Rang floating market. We will enjoy a ‘floating breakfast’ at the floating market to give you that extra special feel. After that we will show you how local people make rice noodle and you can of course try it for yourself. We then take you to an organic cacao farm where you can see how cacao trees grow and will learn how to make chocolate Vietnam style. You’ll of course get the chance to taste real chocolate, fresh chocolate fruits, chocolate bar and cacao nibs.
Your driver will be ready to bring you to the port in Rach Gia for the fast boat at 1pm to Phu Quoc, which will take around 2.5 hours. The trip ends in Phu Quoc
Transportation: Boat ride, private transfer and fast boat
Guide: English speaking local tour guide
- All meals indicated in the itinerary
- Comfortable transfers by private car
- Entrance and sightseeing fees
- Boat trips and activities
- English speaking guide
- Comfortable homestay – private room with private bathroom and A/C
- Beverages other than complimentary
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- All not indicated in our itinerary
- 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.
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!