8.00 am: Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car to your boat at Ho Chi Minh City Pier.
8.15 am: The boat departs and you slip away from downtown Saigon via narrow canals and enter the verdant green tributaries of the Mekong Delta. A light breakfast is served on board.
8.45 am: Enjoy a brief stop at the ornate, overwater Tuong Van Pagoda, while your guide explains the importance of Buddhism to many people of the Delta.
9:30 am: Visit a bustling, colorful riverside market full of local curiosities, tropical fruits and all manner of fish and shellfish. Great photo opportunities!
10.30 am: Reach the idyllic watery expanses of the Delta itself, known as the Delta of Nine Dragons for the 9 tributaries that splinter from the main Mekong River.
10.45 am: Turn off the delta into small, winding canals of the Thu Thua area, shaded by a canopy of foliage as you drift along lazily.
Depending on the route, you will visit a traditional riverside house with huge Burmese pythons as pets, a quaint Mekong village, and surrounding rice paddies, and then a traditional farmhouse where you’ll sample coconuts and Mekong whiskey.
Or you will visit a local merchant and try a range of Mekong produce, and whiskey and wine. You’ll walk along the banks of the river to a traditional rural Vietnamese house where 3 generations live, before exploring a charming village where you can try fresh coconuts from the tree. This variation provides a fascinating insight into life in the Mekong Delta region.
12.30 pm: Enjoy a traditional Mekong Delta lunch at a local pagoda prepared by our private chef. After lunch, you will visit an orphanage run by Buddhist monks.
13.30 pm: Visit a colorful Cao Dai Temple.
14.30 pm: Return to the speedboat and depart for Ho Chi Minh City.
16.00 pm: Arrive back in Saigon. Staff will return you to your hotel by car.
– Entrance fees
– English-speaking guide
– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
– Hotel pick-up and drop-off
– A speedboat from/to Saigon
– FOC: cold towels, refreshments, and local fruits
– Other personal expenses