Explore the best of what Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has to offer with our “Deep into the Mekong Delta” journey.
Highlights include: Cruise Can Tho’s famed floating market, step back in time in the charming town of Sa Dec, and visit a Cham village in the multi-cultural riverside city of Chau Doc.
Journey name: Deep into the Mekong Delta
Destinations: Can Tho, Sa Dec, Chau Doc
Journey duration: 5 days - 4 nights or 6 days – 5 nights
Price: from $495/ person
Option 1: (5 Days/4 nights) Can Tho – Sa Dec – Chau Doc – Phnom Penh
Option 2: (5 Days/4 nights) Can Tho – Sa Dec – Chau Doc – Can Tho
Option 3: (6 Days/5 nights) Option 1 or 2 + Add one more night in Chau Doc
ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1: Arrival in Can Tho
Arrive at the Can Tho International Airport and transfer to Victoria Can Tho Resort with the afternoon at your leisure. Relax by the resort’s two swimming pools, indulge in a spa treatment, explore the town, or go on an excursion. In the evening, enjoy a sophisticated Vietnamese set dinner at Spices Restaurant, overlooking the Hau River.
Overnight at Victoria Can Tho Resort.
Day 2: Breakfast Cruise to Floating Market
Rise early and board the Mekong Princess for a morning river cruise. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast as the boat cruises to the Cai Rang Floating Market, famous for its colourful boats laden with produce from the region.
The lively trading makes for excellent photos as the boat manoeuvres to show you these timeless scenes from several different angles.
Continue cruising for more scenes of country living, going ashore to view the traditional process of making “hu tieu” rice noodles as well as a stroll through a fruit orchard, two specialties of the Mekong Delta.
Return to the resort at around lunchtime with the afternoon at your leisure.
The city of Can Tho with its excellent museums and dining options is just a 10-minute walk away via a pedestrian bridge or by complimentary resort boat shuttle.
Overnight at Victoria Can Tho Resort.
Day 3: Sampan Cruise from Can Tho to Sa Dec
After a leisurely breakfast, board your Song Xanh sampan at the Victoria Can Tho Resort jetty. Freshen up with a chilled towel and a welcome drink as you begin cruising the waterways of the Mekong Delta, observing villagers going about their daily activities against picturesque landscapes with a shore excursion to visit a traditional brick factory.
Sip on tea and sample tropical seasonal fruit as the sampan cruises past floating houses and barges laden with produce from the Delta.
Lunch is served on board with the mighty Hau River as a backdrop, one of the two largest arms of the Mekong.
Arriving at Phong Hoa village, head ashore to visit a colourful temple celebrating Vietnam’s homegrown religion of Caodaism.
Transfer to a small rowboat to better explore the beautiful waterways and peaceful villages of the area.
Visit the historic house featured in “The Lover”, the acclaimed novel and film by Marguerite Duras. Enjoy a homecooked dinner in a local home before overnighting aboard the Song Xanh as it’s moored on the Tien River.
Day 4: Explore Sa Dec and Cham Village in Chau Doc
Begin cruising in the early morning back to Sa Dec while breakfast is served on board. Enjoy fascinating shore excursions to the Phuoc Hue Temple where soya source is made by hand with a stroll around the lovely temple gardens.
Take a walking tour of Sa Dec, famous for its vibrant fruit and vegetable market, before transferring to Chau Doc by car (3 hours), arriving just before noon.
Check in to Victoria Chau Doc Hotel and enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch with excellent river views.
After lunch, explore the town of Chau Doc, deep in the Mekong Delta, by boat or bicycle (your choice).
See river life up close, including floating fish farms, and the Cham village of Chau Giang, home to one of Vietnam’s fascinating minority groups.
Day 5: 3 Options
Option 1: Chau Doc (Vietnam) to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) by Victoria Speed Boat
Option 2: Chau Doc to Can Tho by car
Option 3: Spend an extra night exploring Chau Doc and surrounds
Board the Victoria Speed Boat and transfer to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, arriving around lunchtime
Early morning, board the Victoria Speed Boat for the 4.5 hour journey to Phnom Penh, Cambodia along the Mekong River. Victoria staff is on hand to assist you with border and visa formalities. Services end as you disembark along the Phnom Penh riverside to explore this charming capital city once known as the “Pearl of Asia”.
Transfer by car to Can Tho at your preferred time
After breakfast, embark on the 3-hour drive to Can Tho at your chosen time.
Explore more of Chau Doc with an additional night at Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
Enjoy another full day in Chau Doc, perhaps with excursions to visit the spectacular Tra Su Bird Sanctuary or spiritual Sam Mountain (Nui Sam) with its scenic hilltop pagodas, both highlights of the region.
Victoria Can Tho Resort
Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
- Airport pick-up (Can Tho Airport - Victoria Can Tho Resort)
- Dinner at Spices Restaurant (Victoria Can Tho Resort)
- Breakfast Cruise on our “Mekong Princess” sampan while visiting the famous Cai Rang floating market
- 2 nights’ stay at Victoria Can Tho Resort
Song Xanh Sampan Cruise:
- Private 1-day cruise and overnight aboard Song Xanh SampanLunch onboard, romantic Dinner including a bottle of wine in an ancient house, Breakfast on board
+ Visit Cao Dai temple
+ “Xuong” rowboat rides
+ Visit historic house of “The Lover” featured in Marguerite Duras’ acclaimed novel and film
+ Visit Phuoc Hue temple
- English-speaking tour guide
- Car transfer from Sa Dec to Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
- 1 Lunch at Bassac Restaurant (Victoria Chau Doc Hotel)
- 1 Excursion to nearby Cham village
- 1 night’s stay at Victoria Chau Doc Hotel (for option 1 & 2)
- Victoria Speed Boat transfer from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh (for option 1 & 3)
- Car transfer from Chau Doc to Can Tho (for option 2 & 3)
- 2 nights’ stay at Victoria Chau Doc Hotel (for option 3)
- Individual travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- Services, Food and Beverages not specified in the program
- Cambodian visa expenses (if required, guests will receive information at booking stage)
- Tips for crew and tour guide
Selling price USD
Package sold for minimum 2 persons.
Rates are inclusive of service charge and government tax
Room Arrangement: all above options are arranged in 1 room.
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