Short Breaks | 3 nights
After breakfast visit Chau Doc’s local market which overlooks the confluence of three rivers, and later take a boat to Chau Giang District where a tiny mosque serves the local Cham community. The Chams also practice silk weaving and you may have the opportunity to see them at work. You’ll visit a beautiful Khmer temple, and later visit the floating houses that double as catfish farms, now a huge industry for the country.
Late this afternoon visit Sam Mountain, an important pilgrimage site that is frequently visited by pilgrims from all over the Mekong Delta. There are dozens of pagodas and temples around Sam Mountain and reaching the peak is the highlight of the visit. The views from the top are spectacular (weather permitting) and you can easily look out over Cambodia. Overnight in Chau Doc.
After your breakfast at the hotel it’s an 8-hour drive back to Ho Chi Minh City where you will arrive mid afternoon.
Places: Can Tho; Chau Doc
Activities: River cruises on the Mekong; visit floating markets; stop-off at fruit orchards and island hamlets; temples and Vietnam's sacred mountain; life on the mighty river
One of the world’s most fertile areas, the Mekong Delta is home to countless rice fields and tributaries across thousands of square miles of flat land. Our most in-depth Vietnam tour of the Mekong Delta, Deep in the Mekong Delta delves into the rich cultures and colorful lives of the southern region. Departing from Ho Chi Minh City and spending three days meandering through the waterways, you will experience floating markets, rural villages, age-old traditions and spectacular scenery.
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh The colorful floating market, vast emerald rice fields and lush back waterways; these are the things that make Cai Be such a desired destination. This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2.5-hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be. On arrival board your boat for a cruise of Cai Be floating market. After visiting the market continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island. Along the way admire the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers. Lunch will be local Mekong style, serving specialties of the area. Following your cruise, drive to Can Tho where you will spend the night.
Wake up early for a boat cruise to the colourful Cai Rang floating market which bustles with wholesalers on big boats. The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even floating pho (breakfast noodle soup) vendors. Lunch at leisure.
Following your visit to Cai Rang and Can Tho depart for the 3-hour drive to Chau Doc. En route you’ll have a chance to stop at the bamboo basket-making hamlet of Long Thanh. Dinner and the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight in Chau Doc.
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