Mekong Delta Escape
This 5-day itinerary explores the wonderful traditions and history of Vietnam’s vibrant Mekong River Delta. Spend your days navigating the exotic landscape of Vung Liem by sampan and bicycle before visiting the largest city in the Mekong, Can Tho — home to Southeast Asia’s largest wholesale floating market.
- Interacting with locals over family meals and homestays
- Cycling and boating through the Mekong Delta’s lush nature
- Drifting through the stalls of Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho
This Tour is Perfect for
- Culture and relaxation
- Combining a stay in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City with the vibrant nature of the Mekong Delta
- Families with children of all ages
- An active twist without being too strenuous
Topas Travel creates tailor-made tours for our guests according to their specific requests. This itinerary has been designed to show you just one of many options
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Vung Liem
Day 3: Vung Liem
Day 4: Vung Liem – Can Tho
Day 5: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City Departure
Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International or Domestic Airport, a Topas representative will welcome you to the land of the ascending dragon before heading straight to your hotel in the heart of the city. The day is at leisure to discover Saigon on your own, wandering the pulsating streets of District 1 along the river.
Included meals: N/A
Transfer distance and activities:45’ drive
Leave the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City behind today, heading into the fertile rice bowl of Vietnam: the Mekong Delta. Watch the lush land of palm trees and great rivers pass you by on a 3-hour ride to Vung Liem, a remote and rural area in the deep lower Mekong.
Grab a bicycle and explore the remarkably flat area, cycling on flat paths through rice paddies and alongside small streams to a tropical orchard for a fruit and tea sampling. Then, visit a local family’s farm and house to learn how to make “pop rice”.
Finally, stop by a coconut farm to see how locals use every part of the coconut to create coconut oil, brooms and artwork, and sample xu dua, a famous coconut candy made in the area.
In the late afternoon, check into the Coco Riverside Lodge, a contemporary set of bungalows made in the traditional way between Ben Tre and Can Tho. Relax at leisure this afternoon until a traditional music show during the welcome dinner.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Distance and activities: 3h transfer – 3h cycling tour
Wake up to a delicious breakfast and fill up on some Mekong specialties before exploring area by traditional rowing boat through exotic lanes fringed with water palms and thick jungle. Return to Coco Riverside just in time to join a traditional cooking class, mixing local ingredients with some popular local dishes.
Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Distance and activities: 2h rowboat tour – 2h cooking class (lunch)
Spend your last morning at Coco Riverside free at leisure until a mid-morning departure to the epicenter of the Mekong, Can Tho. Roughly translating in English to “the river of poems”, Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong and famous for its gigantic floating markets and charming canals.
Enjoy the day at leisure to explore the city on your own. Check out the Museum of Tarot, established in an ancient aristocratic hotel designed in the Vietnamese Renaissance style to learn more about ancient belief systems from a French and English-speaking guide with a PHD in artificial intelligence. Or, visit the Truc Lam Meditation Center to learn more about Buddhism in Vietnam.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 2h transfer
DAY 5: The Biggest Floating Market in Southeast Asia | Cai Rang – Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City Departure
Wake up at sunrise this morning and board a traditional sampan for a breakfast cruise to Cai Rang, the biggest wholesale floating market in Southeast Asia. Peruse the colorful assortment of items and fruits for sale and watch as locals haggle before returning to land to catch your ride back to Ho Chi Minh City. Drop-off can be arranged at either Can Tho or Ho Chi Minh City airport for onward booked travel, or your next hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and Activities: 3.5h transfer
- 1-way private A/C airport transfer
- All accommodation indicated as twin-shared room
- All meals as indicated in the program
- All entrance tickets to local villages
- 1 sunrise breakfast cruise to Cai Rang Floating Market
- Refillable water in vans (Please check with your guide or driver)
- 1 x English speaking local tour guide on days with activities
- Government VAT
- Drinks and alcohol
- Vietnam visa (On request with additional charge)
- Travel insurance (Compulsory with Topas Travel programs)
- Upgrades to higher standard rooms or single supplements
- Personal travel items (Please visit our Vietnam weather page for more information)
This program utilizes comfortable accommodation in the form of carefully curated hotels, lodges, and homestays. Hotels and lodges have been selected with the active traveler in mind, offering standard services and located as close to nature and local engagement as possible. Homestays are simple and equipped with western toilets and amenities such as fans and mattresses. If you have a specific property in mind you wish to stay at, please let your travel designer know so they can work it into your program.