Mekong Riverside Escape
This 5-day itinerary explores the wonderful traditions and history of Vietnam’s vibrant Mekong River Delta from the comfort of the chic Mekong Riverside Boutique Hotel and Spa in Cai Be. Learn about Caodaism, a religion created in Vietnam, and visit craft villages for hands-on opportunities to create regional products. Then, set sail for Can Tho and the gigantic wholesale floating market of Cai Rang on an overnight cruise.
- Cycling and kayaking through the Mekong Delta’s lush nature
- Learning about Caodaism at the Cao Dai Pagoda
- Sailing through the delta on an overnight cruise
- Drifting through the stalls of Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho
This Tour is Perfect for
- Culture and relaxation, with stylish accommodation
- Combining a stay in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City with the vibrant nature of the Mekong Delta
- Families with children of all ages
- Getting off the beaten path
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 – Cai Be
Day 3: Cai Be
Day 4: Cai Be – Can Tho
Day 5: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
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 2-hour ride to Cai Be, a town situated along the Tien River. Check-in to the Mekong Riverside Resort, a boutique lodging with 24 private bungalows, a swimming pool, and lovely spa.
Spend the afternoon at leisure, learning how to craft toys, ropes, and rugs out of coconut leaves or perhaps kayaking down the river.
Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and activities: 2h transfer
Spend the morning on two wheels cycling through the scenic countryside of small rivers and village life. Stop by the Cai Be traditional craft village, where they craft a whole range of local specialties such as rice paper, coconut candy, and pop-rice and corn, and Mr. Kiet’s ancient house, receiver of the Award of Merit by the Cultural Heritage Conservation Project, to sample some traditional teas and fruits.
Then, ditch the bike for a rowboat and explore Phu Chau Pagoda, situated on peaceful An Ninh Island. Enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch before heading to the eye-popping Cao Dai Temple – a cross between Buddhism and Confucianism that started in southern Vietnam.
Return to the resort around 1 pm, with the rest of the day free at leisure to swim in the pool or try out the spa.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 4h sightseeing
Spend the morning at leisure until a late-morning transfer to the pier to board your overnight Mekong Cruise to Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta.
Spend your afternoon on the sun-deck, absorbing the beautiful scenery passing you by on either side. Mid-afternoon stop to visit a local village and sample delicious fruits from a tropical orchard before returning to the boat. Enjoy cocktails during happy-hour and a delicious onboard dinner before retiring to your cozy cabin for the night.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Distance and activities: Overnight Sightseeing Cruise
Wake up well rested to the sounds of the Mekong River Delta as the ship begins to cruise at 6:30. Watch locals going about their daily lives drying fruits and building ships in small wooden yards while eating breakfast.
Afterwards, board a sampan, a type of traditional Vietnamese rowboat, and wind through Cai Rang Floating Market, the biggest wholesale floating market in the region. Bargain with merchants for the tastiest fruits before heading back to the ship to disembark.
Leave the boat and return to Ho Chi Minh City by road, or alternatively, fly directly from Can Tho Airport.
Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and Activities: 2h sightseeing tour – 3.5h transfer
From: VNĐ(equivalent of USD)
- 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
- 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.