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1 Day
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You have a limited amount of time while in town but still want to make the trip and see the beautiful countryside of Vietnam? You’ll be in good hands with our Mekong Delta small group 1 day trip.

In this trip, we’ll take a boat down the Mekong River into the green and lush agricultural heartland of Southern Vietnam. You’ll be on a sampan down the canal, chatting with the locals (our tour guides are better than Google Translate and more attuned to the local stories), trying one of their crafts (weaving, cooking, fishing, etc.) (available by request), and gaining insights into the daily life of a Viet farmer. Relax and enjoy yourself among nature and jovial local farmers are all you have to do on this tour.

* HIGHLIGHTS

NO tourist shops / traps
Enjoy exotic tropical fruits and home-cooked meals with a Vietnamese family.
A visit to the local farmers’ home, their place of worship, and craft workshop where they make their living.
A 40-minute bicycle ride through the village (Vietnamese children will be waving and cheerfully saying “Hello!” to you).
 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 :).
 Visit a Cao Dai Temple. Cao Dai is one of the officially recognized religions in Vietnam, and is a local mix of Christianity, Buddism and Taoism.
 A visit to Ben Tre, the largest wholesale and retail market for local fruits, foods, and everything one can eat or choose not to eat (ah, there it is! The ever-polarizing “delicious, fragrant, pudding-like” / “stinky, pungent, acrid-smelling” durian) in the South of Vietnam.

* SCHEDULE DETAILS

DURATION 1 day
TOUR TYPE/SIZE Small group / Private (Minimum group size is 2 people and maximum is 8 people)
MEETING/ENDING POINT 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 Saigon Opera House in District 1 for the start of the tour.

DEPARTURE/ENDING TIME
07:00 AM 5:00 PM
1

7:00am

We will pick you up from your hotel for 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.

2

9:00am

We will make our first stop at a beautiful Cao Dai Temple whose unique architectural style reflects the religion’s blended traditions of Christianity, Buddism and Taoism. Our next stop will be Ben Tre’s local market, one of the largest of its kind in the region, and watch from robust trading activities going on to everyday family grocery shopping. We will then board a cruise going down the Mekong River to watch the daily going-ons of the locals, and then switch to a hand-rowed sampan to go through the smaller canals (the equivalent of a backstreet in the city), lined with lovely local palm trees, to a local home where you can enjoy a variety of tropical fresh fruits. After this, we will switch to Xe lôi (a motorized cart, a form of local transportation that is more comfortable than the traditional ox-pulled cart) and continue our exploration. Ben Tre Province is The Coconut Producer of Southern Vietnam. As such, our tour would have been missing if we didn’t take you to a coconut-processing factory and explain to you how the locals make a living from coconuts and the variety of products that come from coconuts (who knew coconuts have so many uses?). Aside from coconut, there are many other traditional ways in which the Delta provides for its inhabitants and we’ll go explore some more of them.

3

12:00pm

For lunch, we will serve up wonderful “home-cooked dishes of the delicious Vietnamese food ”. And don’t worry if you’re a vegetarian, let us know and your needs will be accommodated. After lunch, we will come to the highlight of our trip – a forty-minute cycling trip through the charming shaded village roads among the friendly, welcoming residents.

4

5:00pm

This tour ends when you arrive back at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at around 5pm.

** 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 1 WEEK of your departure date, will receive a COMPLIMENTARY AIRPORT TRANSFER 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)
  • Last minute DISCOUNT is available for small group tour bookings on:

               + 10 Aug 2017: 7% OFF 

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

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* PRICES

  • The price charts below apply for adults ages are 12 years old and older. Children between 6-11 years are 70% of the adult’s price. Children under 6 are free of charge
  • 30% surcharge applies for: Apr 30 & May 1;   Sep 2;   Dec 31, 2017 &  Jan 1, 2018
  • We will temporarily suspend our operations during Feb 15 to Feb 18, 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 5+ pax
Price per person (USD) $86 $76 $66 $60

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  • 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 travelers, we’ll need to match you up 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 5+ pax
Price per person (USD) $162 $116 $96 $81 $71

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* FEATURES & INCLUSIONS

Included:

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

 Transportation: Minivan, boat, rowing boat, xe lôi, bicycle

 The first canned of Beer or soft drink

2 small bottles of water / passenger

Meal at homestay: lunch

 English speaking guide

 Fresh tropical fruits

 Entrance fee

 Excluded:

Beverage (Except the first one)

Personal expenses

Tips and Gratuities

Travel 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 Saigon Opera House in District 1 for the start of the tour.

2. The trip concludes at around 5pm in downtown. Please take this into account when making onward travel arrangements.

3. Child Policy: Children between the ages of 4-5 are free of charge for 1 first child. 2nd child is will be charged 50% of the adult price.

* 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

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.

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.

What is the riding like?

We cycle mostly on flat concrete paths and small paved, rural roads. Anyone who can reasonably ride a bike can do this ride.

Please note that our tour include a short cycling trip (around 40 minutes) as a sightseeing activity. It is NOT a cycling type of tour, therefore the bikes which provided on the tour are typical Vietnamese student bikes.

I cannot/ do not like riding bicycle. Do you provide alternative option?

If you join a small group tour we cannot change the activities out of consideration for our other guests. Therefore, you can instead relax on the hammock or walk around the village while others are on the bike trip.

Otherwise, you will have to take a PRIVATE tour and we will provide a 4o-minute boat trip as an alternative.

* What to prepare for the trip?

Bring?

Hat

Passports

 Sunscreen

 A small backpack

 Sandals or similar

Mosquito repellent

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.

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.

Mekong Delta small group 1 day trip
Mekong Delta small group 1 day trip
Mekong Delta small group 1 day trip
Mekong Delta small group 1 day trip
Mekong Delta small group 1 day trip
Mekong Delta small group 1 day trip
Mekong Delta small group 1 day trip
Non-Touristy Mekong Delta Small Group Day Trip
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