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Mekong Waterway to Con Dao Island - 5 Days

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Tour code: ASW-VN-C29

Duration: 5 days

Destination: Ho Chi Minh City / Ben Tre / Tra Vinh / Soc Trang / Con Dao Island

US$ 538 per person

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A classic Mekong Delta tour featuring all the best bits of the region combined with two days relaxing on one of the most beautiful islands in Vietnam - Con Dao Island

trip highlight

  • Discovering Mekong Delta when ripening season comes
  • Living as local people in Ben Tre
  • Getting experienced typical cultural atmosphere in Tra Vinh
  • Visiting golden-roofed Khmer pagodas in Soc Trang
  • Relax and enjoy yourself at pristine Con Dao Island

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Day 1: Saigon – Ben Tre

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to Ben Tre, the country of coconut. Up on arrival in My Tho you will get on boat, cruising along Tien River and enjoy the scenes of 4 islets Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix. The boat will stop for visiting My Tho fish wharf, fishing villages in Tan Long Islet. You will disembark the boat to visit Thoi Son Islet where you will visit fruit gardens, local houses, enjoy the seasonal fruits and listen to folk music of the area. You will get on a hand-rowing sampan to explore natural water palm trees in quiet arroyos. Ben Tre province welcomes you with coconut candy firm, bee farm and jams. Lunch at a local restaurant. We will keep driving to “Le Jardin du Mekong”, stop en-route for visiting a village of bonsai.

In the afternoon, settle in the inhabitant and free time to enjoy the natural environment and the beauty of the places. Evening: foot bath with lemongrass leaves from the garden. Night in a wooden bungalow

Overnight in Jardin Du Mekong

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Day 2: Ben Tre – Tra Vinh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, bicycle ride with owners to the local market, purchase of foods used to prepare lunch.

Afternoon: drive through Mekong Delta to Soc Trang. Up on arrival in Soc Trang, you will be welcomed by warm host family. Check in your home-stay before take a biking/walking around area for visiting the villages, rice paddy, gardens… Your day will finish at a Khmer pagoda before getting back to home-stay

Relax and listen to the sound of nature in the evening.

Overnight in Suon Sia home-stay

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Day 3: Tra Vinh - Soc Trang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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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. After that, get on the bus awaiting at the big road to go to Cau Ke Market area where you will visit the market and the Huynh Ky ancient house. After that, drive back to the family for lunch.

Let your feeling immerse deeply in the atmosphere of Mekong Delta when driving from Tra Vinh to Soc Trang. You will pass through the fields, villages and rivers. Arrive in Soc Trang, you will visit Doi pagoda which is one of the most famous ones in Soc Trang with beautifully fascinating architecture and scenery. One special thing of this pagoda is there are many bats. The bats hang on the trees during the day in pagoda garden. Next, you will visit Buu Son Pagoda. The pagoda is also named Clay because there are thousands of clay statue. It is also famous for owning very big 4 pairs of candle. They estimate that each candle can be fired in 70 years.
Check in your hotel and relax

Overnight in Soc Trang

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Day 4: Soc Trang – Con Dao

Meals: Breakfast

You will take an early driving to the wharf for the morning speed boat to Con Dao Island. The Island welcomes you with cool weather. There might be some rain, but don’t worry, rain come in go very quick, in about 1 hours. The rain makes the air refresh and sun light comes back soon and shines. It is time for you to discover the beauty of the Island as well as its history.

Enjoy your time as long as your wish

Overnight in Con Dao

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Day 5: Last day: Con Dao – HCMC

Meals: Breakfast

Up on the flight time, we will pick you up from your hotel’s lobby and transfer to airport for flight to HCMC.

Finish your trip.

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  • Book the hotel in Con Dao with us for your trip:

Con Dao resort - Deluxe Sea View room: USD 109/room/night

Poulo Condor Boutique Resort and Sapa - Junior Suite room: start from USD255/room/night belongs to your staying period

Six Senses Con Dao - Ocean View Duplex Pool Villa: contact us for the price

 

  • Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on a traveling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by using the "Find travel mate" button above to invite your friends and family, traveler forum's members to book this tour with you.
  • The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price.
  • Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

 

  • What's Included:
  • 02 nights at home-stay in Mekong Delta double/twin sharing bungalow/room
  • 01 nights at hotels with breakfast in a private double/twin sharing room
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Daily buffet or set menu breakfast at accommodation
  • 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
  • Airport transfer in Con Dao and HCMC City
  • Speed boat Soc Trang – Con Dao
  • Flight ticket with Vietnam Airline Con Dao – HCMC
  • Private English speaking guide with legal license
  • 01 bottle of mineral water/pax/day
  • VAT, all taxes and service charge

What's Excluded:

  • International flight tickets and Visa stamp ( US$ 25 paid on arrival at airport)
  • Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hotel in Con Dao
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal, travel and health insurance
  • Early check in and late check out at hotels
  • Single room supplement
  • Drinks during meals
  • Meals that are not specified
  • Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff
  • Surcharge for peak season & compulsory dinner on X’mas and New Year’s Even
  • Low season discount if any

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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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