Exotic Vietnam in 12 days
December 10, 2011 phamha 0
Discover the Authentic Mekong Delta with an In-Depth and Exotic Experience on the Beaches of Phu Quoc Island
This exciting 12 day trip allows you to discover Mekong delta in all its glory, with your odyssey ending on Phu Quoc Island.
The Mekong is the longest river in Southeast Asia, running through 6 countries and ending in Vietnam, with 9 branches before finding its ways to the East Sea. With its unique history and rich culture, it’s one of the last travel frontiers, with stunning natural beauty and incredible cultural diversity.
Whether it’s the sights, sounds or tastes, there’s always something captivating to grab your attention. Lose yourself in the vibrant markets or observe the relaxed life of the Mekong locals while you travel by boat through the winding waterways of lush South Vietnam.
Activities during the trip include trekking, cruising, biking and boating. You will venture off the beaten path of the Mekong Region from Chau Doc to Ha Tien and from Can Tho to Cap Ca Mau. Of course, you will have time to relax and cruise on a charming boat on the Mekong River and stay in the best available hotels in the region.
Your trip ends at the Phu Quoc Islands, just 45 minutes by air from Rach Gia. Phu Quoc is a relatively undiscovered island paradise, with warm clear waters and long stretches of sandy beaches. The local industry is fishing and the island is famous throughout Vietnam for its fish sauce. There are few upscale resorts on the island, but this is changing rapidly.
Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh Arrival (/D)
Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be met and greeted by our tour guide and taken to your hotel for check in. Later, you will be brought to a local restaurant for dinner before and overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Saigon ( HCMC ) – Vinh Long – Can Tho (B,L,D)
You will meet your guide at your hotel in HCMC and drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Vinh Long. Upon arrival, you’ll take a boat trip to visit a brick & pottery factory, a bonsai garden or an orchard. You will enjoy some Southern traditional music performed by the local people and a sumptuous Delta lunch, including the popular dish of “Elephant ear fish.” You will then drive to the heart of Mekong Delta: Can Tho and stay overnight.
Day 3: Can Tho (B,L, D)
After breakfast at hotel you will take a boat trip to join in the Cai Rang Floating market. Here, each boat usually sells one particular item, whether it be pumpkins, pineapples, sugar cane etc., and in order that the customer knows where to shop, they hang that item from the highest part of the boat. The afternoon is free, so you may enjoy the most comfortable property in the Mekong Delta, Victoria Resort Can Tho, where you will spend the night.
Day 4: Can Tho- Chau Doc (B, L, D)
You will leave Can Tho and head for Chau Doc. This amazing journey takes 4 hours and the town is situated right on the Bassac River, close to the Cambodian border. You will stop to visit the Bang Lang bird sanctuary, the incense stick village and the crocodile farm on the way.
In the afternoon, you will take a sampan, cruising to visit the floating fish farm and the Cham weaving village. Next is a trip up the Sam Mountain for a great sunset and a birds-eye view over the rice paddy fields toward Cambodia, before spending the night at the Victoria Hotel Chau Doc.
Day 5: Chau Doc – Ha Tien (B, L, D)
You’ll have time to enjoy a buffet breakfast at the restaurant, which faces the river, before departing Chau Doc for Ha Tien. Ha Tien is in the extreme south-west of the Vietnamese mainland, close to the Gulf of Thailand and the Cambodian border. It’s a busy but remote town of about 42,000 people and is approximately 100km from Chau Doc by road. Ha Tien and its hinterland is a popular destination for Vietnamese people, but few visitors from abroad venture into such an out-of-the-way corner of Vietnam. Nevertheless, for travelers seeking an authentic experience (and who are prepared for basic accommodations and infrastructure) it has a lot to offer. You can visit Hon Chong (a pagoda in the grottoes) and enjoy the beautiful sunset on the beach, before retiring for the evening in Ha Tien.
Day 6 : Ha Tien – Cap Ca Mau (B/L/ D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Thach Dong Cave, the Vietnam/Cambodia border, Mui Nai beach and a local fishing village. You will certainly want to stop and view the verdant paddy fields, orchards and tranquil villages on the way to Ca Mau. The main attractions here are the nearby swamps and forests, which can be easily explored by boat. Bird-watchers and aspiring botanists will be enthralled with the area for its stork-sighting opportunities and swamp ecology. You’ll then have dinner and an overnight stay in Ca Mau.
Day 7: Ca Mau-Dat Mui (B/L/D)
In the morning, you will take a speedboat from Ca Mau to Dat Mui. Here, you can take souvenir photos at the country’s southernmost tip, which can annually expand as much as 80 to 100 meters due to alluvion (deposited soil left by the recession of water). You can then visit other national landmarks, a miniature model village and the Mui Ca Mau forest stations, which provide views from as high as 20 meters. In the afternoon, you will take a speedboat back to Nam Can and visit the Phan Ngoc Hien monument, before dinner and an overnight stay in Ca Mau.
Day 8: Ca Mau –Rach Gia – Phu Quoc (B/-/-)
Rising early to the sounds of the Delta around you, you will drive to Rach Gia and bid farewell to your driver as a guide flies you to Phu Quoc Island for 4 nights of rest and relaxation.
You will be greeted at the Duong Dong Airport, transferred to your resort and check- in. The rest of the day is free and you will be able to unwind overnight in Phu Quoc.
Day 9 & 11: Free time at the resort (B)
You will have free time at the resort to enjoy its amenities, followed by an overnight stay in Phu Quoc.
Day 12: Departure (B)
You will have free time until being transferred to Phu Quoc airport for your domestic flight to HCMC and your onward flight to your final destination.
Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho Resort and Spa ****
Chau Doc: Victoria Chau Doc Hotel ****
Ha Tien: Ha Tien Vegas Resort & Casino *****
Ca Mau: Best Ca Mau Hotel ***
Phu Quoc Island: La Veranda Resort and Spa or Chensea Resort and Spa
Packaged Price includes:
+ Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
+ All private transportation
+ the best available accommodation shared in Double/Twin room with daily breakfast
+ Experienced English or French speaking guide.
+ Boat trip
+ Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
+ All sightseeing tickets,
+ All activities, kayak , biking, boating,
+ Tissues and water on coach.
+ Services charges and government tax.
+ Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service.
+ No extra charge after services confirmation
+ 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
+ Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
+ International flights to and from HCM City
+ Travel insurance
+ Other services not mentioned above.