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Homestay
3 days
Bicycle
Boat
Car
Tour guide
 

Overview

The Mekong 3 Days Culture Tour  allows you to fully immerse yourself into the culture of Vietnamese people. The bike ride takes you through the rice fields and on secret trails, walking through the local market will connect you to the depths of local life. Having breakfast at the floating market was a lot of fun and after our guide bought pineapple for us all from one of the fruit boats. The land market was also great to see. It is used by the locals for fresh produce rather than tourists so very different from any of the other markets. You visit a real insight again into Vietnamese life. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Cao Dai Temple
  • Visit a colorful local market
  • Visit a local home and enjoy fresh tropical fruits
  • Spend a night at an authentic homestay with a friendly host family
  • Enjoy a beautiful boat trip and hand-rowing sampan through canals
  • Visit Cai Rang floating market - the worthwhile floating market in Vietnam
  • Join an interesting cooking activity and enjoy home-prepared dinner with the host
  • Visit local homes and workshops (brick, broom-making workshops) where they make their living
  • Enjoy a picturesque bicycle ride (2.5 - 3 hours) through rural villages with pagodas, tropical orchards and paddy fields

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SCHEDULE DETAILS

DURATION  3 days
TOUR TYPE/SIZE Private
MEETING Your hotel. Please note that we only offer free hotel pickup and drop off in District 1,3 (some exclusions apply)
ENDING POINT Your hotel in HCMC OR Can Tho bus station (to Rach Gia/ Ha Tien/ Chau Doc) / or Rach Gia by private car (extra fee).
DEPARTURE/ENDING TIME 07:00 AM - 5:00 PM (in HCMC on day 3)

 

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Itinerary

NOTICE:

The tour includes a short cycling trip that suits for the children from 12 years or above. For safety reasons, we do not provide small bikes for young children who are under 12 years of age, as local traffics behavior is quite different from the West or developed countries. Children are under 12 are REQUIRED to sit on the back of the bike. In some exceptional cases, the Western children (ages from 9-12) are taller the average Asian children, she/he can ride a bike her/himself.

Day 1: Saigon – Ben Tre – Vinh Long (_, Lunch, Dinner)

7:00: Begin your journey with 2 hours drive to a picturesque little province of Ben Tre where tourists are still a scarce species and locals are open and friendly.

We will make a short stop on the way to visit a beautiful and spiritual local Cao Dai Temple a unique architectural style that reflects its blended traditions and belief. Upon arriving Ben Tre, we get boarded to our boat for a cruise on the Mekong River to watch local daily life. Then to a hand-rowing sampan to wind through some green, lush, picturesque canals between lines of nipa palm. Reaching a local home where you will enjoy fresh tropical fruits which is well-known in the Mekong area. Continuing our Mekong discover, we'll travel by Xe Loi (motorised cart). Your local guide will explain how the local people make their living at the coconut-processing factory. As we meander down the Mekong, we'll have a chance to visit local villages in the area and learn more about the traditional lifestyles, culture, and customs of people who call the Delta their home. For lunch, you will be served by home-prepared dishes of the delicious Vietnamese food.

After lunch, we continue your journey by car (around 2 hours) to an untouched area of Vinh Long called Tra On. We will take a local ferry to reach the homestay you will be greeted by the friendly host family. After having a short break, we will get ready to cook dinner with the host and enjoy delicious home-prepared dishes as well as share stories about life on the Mekong Delta. Stay overnight at the homestay.

Day 2: Vinh Long – Can Tho (Breakfast, Lunch, _)

7:00 AM We start off by a boat trip, enjoy the fresh air on the Mekong River, we stop at a colorful land market in Tra On for the view of trading customs as well watching the friendly market goers buying their food for the incoming meals then have your breakfast at the market like locals.

After breakfast, we will have a stunning bicycle ride as your guide will take you weaving through the canal trails and orchard paths into the charming villages with paddy fields, pagodas and meeting friendly, welcoming people (around 2,5 - 3 hours, including visits along the way).

Finish the bike trip, we come back the homestay when your delicious lunch is ready. We take it easy after lunch by relaxing on the hammock.

Soon we will have to say goodbye to our friendly hosts (at around 3 pm) for our trip to for Can Tho. We will travel like a local by taking a local wooden boat (about 1,5 hour), the nice & cool wind is blowing on your cheek while you are watching the daily life activities along with the Mekong River.

As the name of the tour implies, you will be immersed yourself the Delta way of life. This is why we choose the local boat instead of a car for this route (however, traveling by CAR can be requested if you do not like going on the boat).

We will arrive in Can Tho at around 5 pm, you will check-in to your hotel and have free time to explore the city in the evening (DINNER is NOT included for this evening).

Day 3: Can Tho - Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast, Lunch, _)

6:00 Start your day early to enjoy peaceful fresh air in Mekong Delta, we take a short walk to Ninh Kieu Wharf, then get boarded on the boat to visit the Mekong Delta's most intimate and best floating market, Cai Rang - the biggest wholesale market floating market in the Mekong Delta. You will be able to observe authentic trading customs on boats and sê daily life on rivers where big boats are lined up with colorful fruits and vegetables such as pineapple, dragon fruit, watermelon, yam, and cabbage on the top of their boat. Look at what's tied to the long pole above the boat to figure out what they're selling to smaller traders. Then let’s enjoy an authentic Vietnamese breakfast like rice noodle “Bun” or “Hu Tieu”. It is very interesting to have your breakfast in the middle of the river and try to manage the chopstick and soup bowl while you are on a boat or floating restaurant. (optional, breakfast at the hotel is also included, you can choose either one at your desire).

After your stomach is filled up, let’s stop by at a colorful land market for a different view of trading customs as well watching the friendly market goers buying their food for the incoming meal. Continue your trip by car to Binh Thuy Ancient House, a 150 years-old residence typical for the elite class of mid-19th century in Mekong Delta. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh City, you will have a chance to visit a Chocolate making process to learn about how people make chocolate from Cacao fruits to a bar of chocolate and listen to the inspired-stories of the Mekong old man who spends all his love with the motherland when deciding to come back Viet Nam to support local people enriching their lives with the local products. 

This tour ends upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City at your hotel around 5:00 PM or Can Tho city at around 01:00 PM where you can continue to Rach Gia /Chau Doc on your own by bus to Phu Quoc/ Phnom Penh by express boat. Please note that however, the express boat to Phu Quoc only depart at 07:00 AM, 08:10 AM, 10:40 AM or 13:10 AM (2 hours 10 mins)/ Phom Penh only start once per day at around 8:00 AM (4 hours), which means you have to stay overnight in Rach Gia/ Chau Doc in order to take the boat on the next day.

In addition, you can also take a flight from Can Tho to Phu Quoc. However, please note that it has only a flight at 11:45 AM every day, which means you have to SKIP the last activity (Chocolate factory) and have a takeaway lunch to be on time at the airport. Please keep in mind that we do not provide a discount for guests that skip the activities /shorten the tour due to their tight schedule. Thus, we can only support your case by arranging the airport drop off (included).

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Prices & Offers

COMBO TOUR

You will receive the $10 USD off per adult for the 2nd tour with us

COMPLIMENTARY AIRPORT PICKUP

To avoid taxi scams & make your journey across the city as comfortable and easy as possible. Each group of minimum 2 ADULTS, that book any of our Mekong Delta tour by minimum 90 days of your departure date, will receive a free airport pickup to your hotel in District 1. (T & C apply)

Please make sure that you read well the Terms & Conditions here

PRICE

  • Rates are in USD per person.
  • 30% surcharge applies for: Apr 30 & May 1;   Sep 2;   Dec 31, 2019 &  Jan 1, 2020

FEATURES & INCLUSIONS

Included:

  • Free hotel pickup and drop off in District 1,3 (some exclusions apply)
  • Private transportation: Car, boat, Sampan, Xe Loi, Bicycle, etc
  • Meals (cater to vegetarian, food allergies, etc): 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
  • 2 small bottles of water/passenger/day
  • Homestay in Vinh Long (Double / Twin Share / Communal room)
  • Hotel 3-star in Can Tho (Double / Twin Share / Family Room)
  • English speaking guide
  • Tropical fruits
  • Entrance fee

Excluded:

  •  Other meals
  •  Personal expenses
  •  Dinner on 2nd night in Can Tho
  •  Insurance, tips and gratitude
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Important Notes

CONFIRMATION OF BOOKING

When you submit your booking, it does NOT mean your tour is booked. You will receive a confirmation email from our booking staff shortly. 

If you do not hear back from us within 24 hours of your booking request, please check your SPAM or JUNK mail folder or contact us again via info@innoviet.com or call us at (+84) 834391331. Thank you!

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

1. We only offer free hotel pickup and drop off as long as your hotel is located in District 1 (some exclusions apply). We kindly request guests staying outside of our pickup areas to either meet us at the suggested meeting points in District 1 for the start of the tour.

2. Although children under five are free of charge. 50% of the adult price will be charged for the second child (if there are more than 1).

3. There will be quite a bit of driving on this tour as we have to cover a vast region.

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER

Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research.

The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

TOUR FAQs

What to prepare for the trip? 

Passports

Sun cream

A small backpack

Sandals or similar

Mosquito repellent

Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, soap, shampoo etc)

Luggage?

You can either ask to leave those at your hotel (if possible) and carry a small bag/ backpack for your trip OR you can carry them on the tour. Those can be left on the car/ at the homestay.

Wear?

We do not have a dress code for our tours however, dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.

What is the homestay like?

Feel like home is what we can describe. Simple, basic but is sure to be a lasting memory of your tour. Our homestays are real local homes where you will stay with locals and see how the locals live, work and eat.

The room type is private OR or multi-share dormitory-style. However, the private rooms are limited so they will be offered on a first-come/first-serve basis. So if other guests book out your desired room, before you request us this type of room, we will only be able to arrange you the multi-share dormitory-style room.

Each room at the homestay is provided Vietnamese mattress, bed sheet, blanket, mosquito net and fan. The bathrooms and toilets (western style) are shared.

Homestay alternative?

Not so keen on staying in a homestay? No problem! Let’s stay in a Hotel instead.

However, this is a pre-designed tour which specializes in homestay and cycling. If you join a group tour we cannot change the activities out of consideration for our other guests. Thus, we have to make this tour private OR customize this tour base on your requests.

If you are still interested in the cycling, cooking and have dinner at a homestay, you still can take the "Mekong Trails & Tales" PRIVATE tour, we will just change the overnight at homestay to a 2 or 3-star hotel option. We will travel to Can Tho (takes 30 minutes) after dinner time (8 or 9 PM) to check-in to the hotel.

Otherwise, you can take a CUSTOM tour. 

Is cycling safe and children-friendly?

Yes! Our tour is kid friendly. We design the tour to be entertained and suitable for guests from 4 years and older. Family with the child is under 4 is NOT recommended for this tour.

However, for safety reasons, we do not provide small bikes for young children who are under 12 years of age, as local traffics behavior is quite different from that from the West or developed countries. Children are under 12 are REQUIRED to sit on the back of the bike, baby seat for the bicycle is provided for children from 4-5 years.

In some exceptional cases, the Western children (ages from 9-12) are taller the average Asian children, she/he can ride a bike her/himself.

What is the riding like?

The cycling is approximately 10 - 12 km long and we cycle mostly on flat concrete paths and small paved, rural roads. We will make a few stops during the trip to visit local sights such as local workshop, temple, rice fields and also a water break. Thus, anyone who can reasonably ride a bike can do this ride.

Please note that our tour includes a 2,5 - 3 hours cycling as a sightseeing activity, it is NOT a cycling type of tour. Therefore, the bikes which are provided on the tour are typical Vietnamese student bikes.

Cycling alternative?

Can not/ do not like riding a bicycle? No problem. We will provide an alternative.

However, if you join a small group tour we CANNOT change the activities out of consideration for our other guests. Therefore, you will have to take a CUSTOM tour. Please send us your requests and we design your own special tour!

Continue to Phu Quoc / Phnom Penh after the tour?

Yep! This tour is for you.

The tour ends either in Ho Chi Minh City at around 5 pm (default) or Can Tho at around 1 pm where you can take a bus to Rach Gia (3 hours) OR Chau Doc (3,5 hours) and then continue your way to Phu Quoc / Phnom Penh.

Please note that boat to Phu Quoc only starts TWICE per day at around 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM, AND the express boat to Phnom Penh only start ONCE per day at around 7:30 AM. This means you have to stay overnight in Rach Gia / Chau Doc on the date of your tour finish.

Is there any malaria or dengue fever in the Mekong Delta?

Malaria is now under control in Vietnam so the risk of malaria is very low but dengue should be more of a concern which is common in Vietnam.

Although Mekong Delta is NOT a malaria area and mosquitoes are only active at dusk and dawn, you should consider using insect repellent if you intend to take on the trip.

Is tipping customary in Vietnam?

Although our trips are inclusive of all costs and we ensure our guides and local staff are paid fairly, if you’re happy with the services provided a tip – though NOT compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels and inspires excellent service. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier.

The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:

  • Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants – round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
  • Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for a few days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however, we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
  • Your Tour Guide: We suggest US$3-US$5 per day for your tour guide for outstanding service throughout your trip

Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is NOT compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service. However, please DO NOT tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded as culturally as an insult.

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Review


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Giulia Lizzk
10:55, 28/11/2019
it was very nice and well organized

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Laurence
18:51, 23/10/2019
We appreciate the variety of the activities and to have time to enjoy

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Björn Siegrist
18:01, 22/10/2019
I just returned from the three-day tour "MekonDelta Cultural immersion" with Innoviet and I really recommend it. The tour really leads off the beaten track. During the time between the first small ferry (a small wooden boat with outboard, 2 hours outside Saigon) and the arrival in Can Tho (also with a small wooden boat), I seriously wondered if there were any Western tourists in the Mekong Delta at all (because I have not seen them during these 36 hours). So "Off the beaten track" is really not an empty promise. That you had to buy something somewhere, was never an issue anyway. The program has the right rhytm: enoung time for stopovers and explanations, but no waiting times. The program of the first two days is very varied, also in terms of transportation: Picked up by car, then small wooden motorboat, then big wooden motorboat, then bike, then by foot, then Tuck-Tuck, then boat again … The homestay was nicely located on a small island in the river with agriculture and with very friendly hosts and very good food. Of course you should not forget that you’re really in the countryside, so the one or the other Gekko will be sweeping around in you room. But hey, that's just part of it, if you leave the mass-touristy spots. By the way: it planted a tree on the farm!! The guide knew very much about farming techniques, vegetation, religions, and people's ways of life. In particular, he knew also a lot about the current problems and changes in terms of pollution and climate change and how the inhabitants of the Delta handle it. So the slogan "Sustainable Travel" does not only refer to the reusable refillable water bottle that was handed out at the beginning, but goes beyond very seriously. The night in Can Tho is up to you, but it’s ok because it is very easy to find your way around (including restaurant and bar tips of the guide). It is a very well organized, very professional tour for educational travelers * who care about responsible tourism. Of course, this tour really has its price, but responsible tourism may (should!) cost and the trip was definitely worth it! (* a certain basic education, an interest and a basic understanding for ecological, sociological and historical connections should somehow be present...)