ITINERARY BY DAY
DAY 1 – HO CHI MINH CITY – CAN THO
Begin this multi-country tour with a departure from bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 4 hour drive to the delta city of Can Tho. Arrive around lunch time.
After lunch at a local restaurant in Can Tho and a break to refresh and relax in the heat of the day, head out in the afternoon to discover another side of Can Tho. Depart from the hotel at approximately 14:00 and travel by a traditional boat with a local guide and bicycles on-board.
Cross the Hau River, cruising along one of the many canals to visit a local brick factory. Start the cycling experience through the lush countryside on village paths and rough trails along the rice fields. Soak up the rustic charm and simplicity of the farmers’ daily lives and experience first-hand the friendliness of the locals in an area away from the city. After the cycle, return to the boat and relax on the journey back to Can Tho, arriving around 17:30-18:00.
Note: the cycling is on a join-in basis and is set at a leisurely pace on flat terrain. Distance covered is approximately 8 kilometres, although it can be adjusted to longer durations on request.
Overnight in Can Tho City.
DAY 2 – CAN THO – CHAU DOC
Wake up early for a breakfast cruise to Cai Rang floating market. While many of the delta’s floating markets have decreased in size and activity, Cai Rang remains bustling. During the early morning market hours, larger sized boats wholesale anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of. The main items sold here are fruit and vegetables and every boat has a long upright pole at its bow from which samples of the goods for sale are hanging. Depending on the season the boats may carry produce such as mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even floating coffee shop and pho vendors can be seen.
Following the visit to Cai Rang and Can Tho, depart for the approximate 3-hour drive to Chau Doc. En route there is an optional stop at the bamboo basket-making hamlet of Long Thanh.
The rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight in Chau Doc.
DAY 3 – CHAU DOC
After breakfast, visit Chau Doc’s local market which overlooks the confluence of three rivers. Take a boat to Chau Giang District where a tiny mosque serves the local Cham community. In Southeast Asia, Islam was disseminated primarily by merchants who, following the monsoon winds, lived in various coastal towns for months at a time. The Chams also practice silk weaving and there will be a few opportunities to see the masters at work. The architecture of this area is also quite distinctive.
Pay a visit to a nearby beautiful Khmer temple and later visit the floating houses that double as catfish farms, now a huge industry for the country.
Late this afternoon, visit Sam Mountain, an important pilgrimage site that is frequently visited by pilgrims from all over the Mekong Delta. There are dozens of pagodas and temples around Sam Mountain; reaching the peak is the highlight of the visit. The views from the top are spectacular and (weather permitting) one may be able to spot Cambodia!
Overnight in Chau Doc.
DAY 4 – CHAU DOC – PHNOM PENH
It’s an early departure for the 4-hour morning speed boat ride to Phnom Penh. It’s an hour to the border where visa formalities must be cleared (visas must be obtained in advance) before continuing into Cambodia and onto the final destination.
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