4+
Age
2 days
Duration
English
Language
Medium
Physicality

We avoid the touristy areas as much as you do! You will have a to visit remote areas, experience a mix of classic highlights, fun and unique activities with local people (staying in their homes, cook and eat with them…), have the unsurpassed knowledge of a local guide, taking you out of the guidebooks and into a world you’re waiting to discover. Our ambition is to give you an authentic insights into local culture and perspectives of the Mekong real life.

* HIGHLIGHTS

Off the beaten path routes
No tourist shops or traps
 Visit a colorful local market.
 Visit local homes and enjoy fresh tropical fruits.
 Spend a night at an authentic homestay with friendly host family
 Visit Cai Rang floating market – the worthwhile floating market in Vietnam
 Join an interesting cooking activity and enjoy home-prepared dinner with the host
A motorized boat trip and hand-rowed sampan trip through the peaceful canals (Venice’s canals will look like a small city block after ours).
Enjoy a picturesque bicycle ride (2,5 – 3 hours) through rural villages with pagodas, tropical orchards and paddy fields (Vietnamese children will be waving and cheerfully saying “Hello!” to you).

* SCHEDULE DETAILS

DURATION 2 days
TOUR TYPE/SIZE Small group / Private (Minimum group size is 2 people and maximum is 8 people)
MEETING Your hotel. Please note that we only offer free hotel pickup and drop off in District 1 (some exclusions apply)

We kindly request guests staying outside of our pickup areas to meet us at the suggested meeting point in District 1 for the start of the tour.

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 2)

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Vinh Long (_,L,D)

7:00: We will pick you up from your hotel and begin our trip with a two-hour drive to the picturesque and friendly Ben Tre Province where you’ll be one of the rare foreigners who make it here.

We will take break by to enjoying the fresh air on a boat trip and begin touring a region known as Vietnam’s rice bowl. Our first stop is a local family where you enjoy tropical fruits and learn a special story among the host family then get boarded to a hand-rowing sampan to wind through some green, lush, picturesque canals between lines of nipa palm.

Continue your journey by car to an untouched area of Vinh Long. Be greeted by the host family and then you will served by home-prepared dishes of the delicious Vietnamese food for lunch.

After lunch, 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 friendly, welcoming people (around 2,5 – 3 hours, including visits a long the way).

Finish the bike trip, we will get ready to cook the dinner with the host then enjoy home-prepared dishes as well share stories about life on the Mekong Delta.

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Day 2: Vinh Long – Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City (B,L,_)

06:00: Start your day early to enjoy peaceful fresh air in Mekong Delta. We say goodbye to our friendly hosts before heading to Can Tho. Upon arrive at Ninh Kieu Wharf, we will transfer to a local boat to visit Cai Rang – the worthwhile floating market in the Mekong Delta. You will be able to observe authentic trading customs on boats, seeing daily life on rivers.

Then 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. Continuing to your journey by boat on narrower river to reach a local family for another great story of the Mekong residents where they’ve a toy-making workshop and the craftsman has been doing his job for over 20 years.

(OPTIONAL: or you can visit a tropical fruit orchard and then enjoy fresh fruits which is well-known in the Mekong area. It depends on your interest to choose one of these activities).

Continue your 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 ends upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City at your hotel around 5:00 PM.

** 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)

You will also receive up to 10% Early Bird discount when you book the small group tour by 90 DAYS or more of your departure date. (T & C apply)

Special DISCOUNT is available for small group tour’s bookings on these following dates:

November 30 December 4 December 14 December 30
12% OFF 10% OFF 10% OFF 12% OFF

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

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* PRICES 

  • 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 13 to Feb 21, 2018 for our Lunar New Year Festivities.

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SMALL GROUP TOUR
Number of adult per booking 1 – 2 pax 3 pax 4+ pax
Adult 12 years and older $185 $165 $150
Children 5-11 years $105
Children under 5 Free of charge

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SMALL GROUP TOUR’S POLICIES:

  • Please note that the price applies for the number of people per booking and NOT the number of people in the combined group (minimum group size is 2 and maximum is 8 people) on the date of the tour.
  • Although we do accept solo traveler (or solo adult with children), we’ll need to match you with other travelers who wish to take the tour on the same day as you. The tour is only guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 adults travelers. In this case, please contact us by either phone or email to confirm the availability. 

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PRIVATE TOUR
 Number of adult per booking 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4+ pax
Adult 12 years and older $315 $225 $195 $165
Children 5-11 years $116
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),

 Homestay in Vinh Long, (Double / Twin Share / Communal room)

 Meals as per itinerary (1 Breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner),

 2 small bottles of water / passenger

 Transportation( Car, boat, bike)

 English speaking guide,

 Entrance fees and activities,

 Tropical fruits

Excluded:

 Bus to Rach Gia/ Ha Tien/ Chau Doc,

 Tips/ Gratuities for tour guide & drivers,

 Personal expenses,

 Insurance.

* 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). 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 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 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? 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 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 9PM) to check-in to hotel.

Otherwise, you can take a CUSTOM 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? 

Hat

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.

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

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