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Stay Longer. Experience More!

An extended version of the 2 day Mekong Trails & Tales tour, this Private 3 Day Mekong Delta Homestay tour with Cycling is a perfect itinerary that include balance of planned activities and free time, as much time as possible doing local things with local people, mix of classic highlights and local secrets you won’t find on Google.  Join us on this tour today to immerse yourself in the delta ways of 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 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
And more…
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* SCHEDULE DETAILS23

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 (some exclusions apply)
ENDING POINT Your hotel in D1 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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Day 1: Saigon – Ben Tre – Vinh Long (_, L,D)

7:30: 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 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 the dinner with the host and enjoy delicious home-prepared dishes as well share stories about life on the Mekong Delta. Stay overnight at the homestay.

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Day 2: Vinh Long – Can Tho (B,L,_)

7:00AM 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 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 a long 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 3pm) for our trip to for Can Tho. We will travel a like a local by taking a local wooden boat (about 1,5 hour), you can get on the top of the boat and enjoy fresh air when the weather is cooling down (if it’s not rain) the nice & cool wind is blowing on your cheek while you are watching the daily life activities along 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 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 5pm, 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).

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

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, water melon, 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, we continue our trip to visit a tropical fruit orchard and then enjoy fresh fruits which is well-known in the Mekong area. Finish our exploring river life, the boat will speed to send us back to Ninh Kieu Wharf. Our car will pick us for a trip by car to Binh Thuy Ancient House, a 150 year-old residence typical for elite class of mid-19th century in Mekong Delta. Having lunch on the way before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City.

This tour either ends in Ho Chi Minh City at your hotel around 5pm (default) OR ends in Can Tho (around 1pm) which you can continue to your way to Rach Gia for Phu Quoc / Chau Doc for Phnom Penh by water way.

** SPECIAL ** 

  • 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 COMPLIMENTARY AIRPORT PICKUP to your hotel in District 1. (T & C apply)
  • Please make sure that you read well the Terms & Conditions here

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* PRICE

  • Rates are in USD per person.
  • 30% surcharge applies for: Apr 30 & May 1;   Sep 2;   Dec 31, 2017 &  Jan 1, 2018
  • We will temporarily suspend our operations during Feb 12 to Feb 18, 2018 for our Lunar New Year Festivities.

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PRIVATE TOUR
 Number of adult per booking 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6+ pax
Adult 12 years and older $413 $295 $265 $245 $230 $215
Children 5-11 years $172
Children under 5 Free of charge

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* FEATURES & INCLUSIONS

Included:

 Free hotel pickup and drop off in District 1 (some exclusions apply)

 Transportation: Car, boat, Sampan, Xe loi, Bicycle etc

 Meals: 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

* CONFIRMATION OF BOOKING

When you submit your booking, it does NOT mean you tour is booked. Please keep in mind that we may require a 30% deposit or full payment for booking a tour depends on how far ahead of your booking to the departure date.

You will receive a confirmation email with PayPal secure payment page where you can send the payment by either Paypal OR Credit card.

If you 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) 967 931 670. Thank you!

* ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

1. We only offer free hotel pickup and drop off as long as you hotel is located in District 1 (some exclusions apply). Pickup/drop-off outside of this area and airport transfers are subject to extra charges.

2. Although children under five are free of charge. 50% of the adult price will be charged for 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.

4. The 3-star hotel included in this tour is officially rated by Vietnam’s Administration of Tourism. However, please keep in mind that all 3-star hotels might be different in each part of the world.

* 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 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 room (is limited) or communal room or multi-share dormitory style. 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? Well, then this tour is NOT right for you.

This is a pre-designed tour specializes in homestay and cycling for guests who love these activities. The area where we choose homestay is a small village where you can do activities with locals. There is NO decent hotel in that area.

Homestay alternative is only available for the “Mekong Trails & Tales” PRIVATE tour.

Is the 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 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 to that from the West or developed countries. Children are under 12 are REQUIRED to sit on the back of the bike, baby seat for 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?

Cannot/ do not like riding 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 5pm (default) or Can Tho at around 1pm 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.

What to prepare for the trip?

Bring?

 Hat

 Passports

 Sun cream

 A small backpack

 Sandals or similar

 Mosquito repellent

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

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 strongly 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.

Your 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.

Is tipping customary in Vietnam?

Tipping

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 travellers:

  • 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 with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.

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