Saigon and Mekong Delta on Bassac Cruise 6 days

Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Temple - Vinh Long - Cai Be - Can Tho

Overview

If you’re feeling the need to decompress, why not spend time in the lush Mekong Delta and catch a glimpse of this fascinating way of life for many locals in southern Vietnam. The Mekong Delta is the perfect place to catch a breath of fresh air and enjoy the picturesque countryside, not to mention all the amazing dishes you’ll get to enjoy. You will also visit cottage industries, as well as the floating markets that form the lifeblood of the region.

6 days / 5 nights
Small group
Departure: Daily
Theme: Nature/Soft Adventure, Relaxation
Suitable: Family with children, Travel with friends

Highlights

  • Take part in a peaceful and exciting excursion to Mekong’s rice fields, fruit gardens and coconut forest.
  • Experience the unique culture and enjoy the typical local dishes as well as various local tropical fruits.
  • Enjoy shopping at lively local market and truly experience the sound and scent of Southern Vietnam culture

Itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival

Upon your arrival in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, still called “Saigon” by many locals, your guide will welcomed you at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel for check –in. Your room is at disposal from 14:00. Rest of the day, you can enjoy free time to relax or explore the city, wander the streets, enjoy street food or visit local market.

Optional: We introduce the one-of-a-kind traditional performance which are found nowhere else than in Vietnam: Water Puppet Show where puppets are performed on water stage with folk music, presenting ancient tales, folklore and daily life in Vietnamese countryside.

If you’re interested in the show, please contact our travel consultants to book.

Meals: NA
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Activities: Welcome to Vietnam! On arrival at the airport in Ho Chi Minh, pick up and transfer to hotel in city center. Relax and enjoy your free time.

Bui Vien Walking Street

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Half day

Get ready for a day discover the city. Ho Chi Minh City – former name Saigon is Vietnam’s largest city. Saigon is a fast paced city with a unique mix of French colonial architecture, Chinese influences, a modern entrepreneurial spirit and numerous temples. During 300 years history, under the name of Saigon, it was the capital of French colony of Indochina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam. After the war, this city was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after President Ho Chi Minh. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is a modern developing urban but still remain its connection with the past. Not so hard to find an ancient pagoda or a building with French elements.

In the morning, pick up at hotel. Start with The Reunification Palace, used to be residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. In 30 April 1975, the when North Vietnam soldier set foot inside this building with red flag on hand, the whole world knew that Vietnam war was end. Next stop is War Remnants Museum, on the way stop to visit Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, 2 most famous and oldest of classical French colonial architecture construction was built more than 100 years ago. War Remnants Museum with many photographs are from both Vietnam and US sources; US military vehicle like tanks, jet, booms display outside.

Tour ending around noon. After that Free on your own.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Activities: Get ready for a day discover Saigon, visit the must see monuments on a sightseeing tour around the city

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh

In the morning, driver and tour guide pick you up at your hotel then head to Tay Ninh Province. After 2 hours, arrive in Tay Ninh, visit Cao Dai Temple – the sacred temple of Caodaism – Vietnam’s own religion incorporated aspect of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism. You have a chance to understand more about Vietnamese religion.

Mid day, have lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, leave Tay Ninh and travel to Cu Chi. Watch a short video introducing about soldiers’ lives during wartime and take a look at the system of the underground tunnels, where supplies were transported, the injured was treated and people were living during some of the most strategic operations in the war.

After visiting Cu Chi Tunnels, drive back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Activities: In the morning, drive to Tay Ninh to visit the Holy See Temple of the Cao Dai faith- Vietnam’s own religion. In the afternoon, visit to the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, the underground shelters of the Vietnamese soldiers during the war.

Hiding Spot

Inside Cao Dai Temple

Underground System

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be – Bassac Cruise

Transfer from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh to Cai Be. Board at Bassac Cruise at noon. Enjoy welcome drink, Introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabin.

Have lunch while cruising towards Cho Lach in Tien Giang. The Bassac slips into the Chợ Lách canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water. Visit of a village on the banks of Mang Thit River, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby.

Back on board, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river. The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On Floating Market, for the night.

See the program for Can Tho – Cai Be

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bassac Cruise
Activities: From Ho Chi Minh we drive to Cai Be where we board our boat to venture into the green, watery world of the Mekong Delta and in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic.

Life on the Mekong

Day 5: Cai Be – Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market

You may get up for breakfast as early as 06:30, as the ship is resuming its cruise the Tra On Floating Market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho.

Arrival in Cai Rang Floating Market, transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier by mid-morning.

Boarding at Can Tho at Ninh Kieu pier. Welcome drink, departure downstream of the Hau river. Lunch on board while en route.

Tour near Cai Rang Floating Market.

Turning into Nicolai canal, towards the Mang Thit River and Co Chien rivers. Rest on the upper deck in a scenery of rice fields, sugar cane, woods on the near banks.

By mid-afternoon, the Bassac casts anchor for a visit on shore: past the first tree line, quiet discovery of the peaceful life in the delta’s countryside, of rice fields, fruit trees and the welcoming inhabitants.

Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck or around the bar enjoying the sunset.

The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river towards her anchorage point for the night.

The Bassac sets anchor for the night on river Mang Thit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bassac Cruise
Activities: Cruise toward CanTho, visit the lively floating market and go ashore to visit peaceful village, rice fields and fruit orchards

For Sale on Mekong

Day 6: Can Tho – Cai Be – Ho Chi Minh City

Departure towards Cai Be. The passengers take their breakfast while enjoying the scenery on the banks. The Bassac crosses Co Chien river then branches into Cho Lach for 30 minutes through the traffic of sand and rice barges, in a scenery of fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards. Arrival in Cai Be, check-out and board of a smaller boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and local handicraft workshops. After touring Cai Be market, disembark and transfer to Ho Chi Minh.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: NA
Activities: Cruise toward Cai Be, checkout and board a smaller boat to explore Cai Be Market and local handicraft workshop. Disembark and transfer to Ho Chi Minh.

Mekong Life

Important Notes:

  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.

Price & Inclusion

Superior 3*
Price for 2 Adults
US $1496
Discount
US $0

Total
US $1496
First Class 4*
Price for 2 Adults
US $1636
Discount
US $0

Total
US $1636

Meals

5 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Transportation

Car, Cruise

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in Twin/ Double sharing
  • Accommodation on board Bassac Cruise based on twin share
  • All transport within Vietnam
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for Vietnam attractions, as per itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the program

Cancellation by Customer

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the deposit amount

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate