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Mekong in Depth Tour - 9 Days

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Tour code: ASW-VN-C20

Duration: 9 days

Destination: Saigon / Cai Be / Tra Vinh / Chau Doc / Can Tho / Sa Dec

US$ 898 per person

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Mekong Delta is a treasure that awaits discovery. The Delta itself a beautiful landscape with mother river, thousand of canals and islets. You also can discover the unique water life of people here.

trip highlight

  • Visit Cu Chi Tunnel - an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence
  • City tour in Ho Chi Minh City - where modernity meets culture fusion
  • Boat ride in Mekong Delta to see the vibrant life of the people along the river
  • Discover Chau Doc and visit a floating village
  • Pay a visit to Huynh Le ancient house - where the classic movie The Lover was filmed.

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) arrivals)

Meals: N/A

Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) Airport, transfer to the hotel by private car.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

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Day 2: Cu Chi tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Morning tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels: Transfer to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. In places, it was housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a free fire zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors.

Afternoon tour of HCMC: Today we continue to discover Saigon's historic landmarks including the former Presidential Palace which was once headquarters for the Saigon Government during the "American War", and the War Remnants Museum, established in September 1975 in Ho Chi Minh City. It contains countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting some of the less heroic activities carried out by the US army in Vietnam. Planes, tanks, bombs and helicopters are also on display. Next visit the 1880's General Post Office and the late 19th century Notre Dame cathedral, located in a peaceful part of the city.

Overnight in Saigon

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Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Depart from Ho Chi Minh City in early morning then head to Cai Be, Tien Giang. After 2:30 hours on road you will reach to Cai Be town. Up on arrival, you will visit Cai Be Catholic church and Cao Dai Cai Be Temple.

Embarking on boat at Cai Be pier and transferring to a home-stay on Tan Phong Island for check-in and relaxing time. The host will introduce you the family members, the fruit gardens along with the daily activities. Next, you will have lunch with the family host.

In the afternoon, you will also spend time on visiting the Mekong canals on a hand-rowing boat. The small boat will lead you travel through the tiny canals of Mekong to reach the mysterious and hidden spots.

Going back to your home-stay, you will visit the garden and catch fish for Dinner. You day will finish with listening and singing Tai Tu music.

Overnight at the home-stay in Tan Phong Islet, Cai Be

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Day 4: Cai Be - Tra Vinh

mekong delta vietnamMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your morning of 2nd day tour is spent for a cycling tour to visit Tan Phong Islet. Stopping at a local farmer’s house to learn how to make Jackfruit leafs cake and then cycling to Bonsai garden and talking to understand how local farmers take care for their gardens, then try plucking the fruits and tasting them.

In the afternoon, you will get back your boat for cruising to Thoi Loc ferry station and get on your car again. Drive about 4km to Flower village Cho Lach – Cai Mon. This is one of the largest flower villages of the area.
Continue your trip to Tra Vinh, the home land of many Khmer people. You will walk or cycle through the villages to Ba Mi. You will see how local farmers work on their rice paddy or see local gardeners do their gardening (growing vegetables or fruit trees). Visit Ba Mi church.

Finish your walking at a Khmer pagoda before getting back to Home-stay.

Overnight in Tra Vinh

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Day 5: Tra Vinh – Can Tho

mekong delta cai rang floating marketMeals: Breakfast and Lunch

07:30 am: After breakfast, walk or ride your bicycle through Khmer villages such Canh Dal, Tra Khao, Giong Lon to see how local people make their living or talk to the local elderly about wars that happened in the areas, etc. then ride to the big road to Cau Ke Market (visit the market and the Huynh Ky ancient house). 

12:00 pm: Today your lunch is served at a local house in Cau Ke.

Going back to your home-stay and getting ready for leaving for Can Tho.

Arrive in Can Tho, you will check in a home-stay and relax. You also choose some activities around the house as Fishing, biking, fish spa, Traditional hot cupping massage…

Overnight home-stay in Can Tho

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Day 6: Can Tho - Chau Doc

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Floating market is a cultural identity of the Mekong Delta. On this day, we will visit floating markets Phung Hiep and Cai Rang.

Wake up early for visiting the Phung Hiep floating market, you will see thousands of small boats full of agricultural products. It’s said to be a fruit-market of the southern part.

Continue taking a boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River) to visit the Cai Rang Floating market where hundreds of vessels gather here to trade all kind of goods.

Proceed to Chau Doc, home of many Khmer, Cham and Chinese people and it is only a few kilometers from the Cambodian border.

After storing your luggage at your hotel, you will take a driving to Sam Mountain, a particular symbol of Chau Doc town. Visit Tay An pagoda and Enjoy the sunset on the rice field.

Overnight in Chau Doc

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Day 7: Chau Doc – Sa Dec

mekong delta tra su forestMeals: Breakfast and Lunch

The most unique tourist attraction in Chau Doc is floating village, a cultural character of the wetland. You will take a morning visiting to the floating village on a boat. Here, each raft is as an apartment connected together stretching along two banks of the river. A raft for staying is next to fishing rafts.

Your trip will be continued with visiting an Ancient Cham people village. It is a peaceful village with Muslim Mosques, traditional house – on – stilt and their traditional weaving.

Then you will drive to Tra Su cajuput forest, which is renowned for not only its almost-untouched natural beauty but also its sanctuary of flora and fauna. Take a boat trip into the forest, you will immediately feel like you are harmonizing with nature. From the observation post, you can overlook the forest with an area of nearly 900 ha, home of many birds and animals, including some rare ones.

If you are lucky on these days, annual flood has come to the Delta, you can take a visiting to Tram Chim National Park on a boat.

Overnight in home-stay in Sa Dec

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Day 8: Sa Dec – HCMC

Meals: Breakfast

In the early morning, you will visit Tan Quy Dong flower village, the largest flower village in the western Mekong Delta. You will walk around and visit hundreds of colorful flower blossom.

 

After that, you will visit ancient Kien An Cung pagoda, which was built by Shino people when they immigrated to the area. Leaving the pagoda, you will visit ancient house Huynh Thuy Le, house of the main male character in a romantic novel The Lover by Margarite Duras.

 

If you would like to experience sitting on a leave, we will let you to try that feeling with driving to Phuoc Kien pagoda, where is very famous for its huge lotus leaf which can carry maximum of 140kg. 

After Lunch, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in your hotel and relax.

 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

 

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Day 9: Departure

Meals: Breakfast

Today is your final day. You are free to chill out and relax. Depending on your departure flight, your private driver (no tour guide) will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to the next destination. They will ensure you are the correct gate. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

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What's Included:

  • 05 nights at hotels with breakfast on a private double/twin sharing room
  • 03 nights at home-stays
  • Visa approval letter to apply for Visa on arrival at International airport in Vietnam
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Daily buffet or set menu breakfast at accommodation and all hotels taxes and service charges.
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program
  • Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced and safe driver
  • Boat trip and Activities as in program
  • Private English speaking guide with legal license
  • 01 bottle of mineral water/pax/day
  • VAT, all taxes and service charge

What's Excluded:

  • Tipping for guide, drive
  • Bank fees for both sides
  • Early check in and late check out at all hotels
  • Vietnam Visa stamping fee
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping)
  • Drinks and other meals which are not indicated in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Peak season surcharge and Compulsory Gala meals (will be inform upon booking request)
  • Low season discount (if any)

Remarks

1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the Tailor this tripbutton and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant willcustomize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:

•   Boutique & character hotels : from $50-$80 USD  per room/ per night
•   Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night
•   Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night
•   Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night
•   High-end = Best of the best hotels fr om US$ 250++ per room/ per night.

3. Child policy: 

• Ages 0-2 years at 5 % of adult price
• Ages 2-5 years at 30% of adult price
• Ages 6-11 at 70% of adult price
• 12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult).

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

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  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

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Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.


  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

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Step 3: Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.

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  • by Kane W from United State

    The best trip in Mekong Delta

    This is an interesting trip which our family really enjoyed and eye opener. In additional, we also know the history of the Mekong river and really an eye opener for us. We would like to share with those who prefer excitement and. Wanted to know about Mekong river, for us to know and for everyone to find out.

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