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Exploring the Mekong Delta

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Mekong Delta Mid-Trip Extension

Biking the Rural Roads of the Mekong Delta

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $1095  
Length: 3 days
Arrive: Saigon, Vietnam
Depart: Saigon, Vietnam
Lodging: 2 nights hotels (first class or deluxe option), 1 night village homestay
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Cultural exploration and optional biking
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Visa Requirements

A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Vietnam. Your visa must be obtained prior to arrival.

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Vietnam and Cambodia Private Journey

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

The Mekong begins in the snows of Tibet, some 2,800 miles away, and ends at the South China Sea in Vietnam. The river’s name in Vietnamese means “nine dragons” for the nine estuaries that form its wide green delta. Your group as a whole can choose between guided biking or guided non-biking activities. Please Note: This itinerary is very flexible and biking times and distances can be adjusted according to your preferences.

Detailed Itinerary

Days 1-10
Vietnam & Cambodia Private Journey itinerary

Days 1-10 follow the Vietnam and Cambodia Private Journey itinerary.

Day 11
Saigon / Mekong Delta / Can Tho

From Saigon, travel to Cai Lay, a fertile area in the green Mekong Delta and spend the day biking through a peaceful rural scene, an ideal way to enjoy the sweeping panoramas of paddy fields, fruit orchards, canals, and wayside pagodas. Midway through the journey, visit with a family and taste fresh fruit picked from trees in their garden, and enjoy a hosted lunch at the home of another family. You are free to bike as much or as little as you like. A support van travels with you, and you can also enjoy visits en route to villages and markets. Tonight, overnight with a local family with an authentic home-style dinner. You can even help the family prepare traditional dessert dishes if you wish. (Note: this overnight may not be as luxurious as a hotel, however, its a great way to experience life in the Mekong Delta.)...LD

Day 12
Mekong Delta

After a private boat tour of a picturesque floating market, bike on peaceful, blacktopped roads past rice paddies and fruit gardens, encountering local villagers along the way. Upon arrival in Cai Von, transfer by vehicle to Can Tho, the capital of the Mekong Delta. Overnight in hotel...BL

Day 13
Mekong Delta / Saigon

After a boat trip to visit the biggest floating market in the Delta, board your bicycle and peddle along a canal to Ba Hoa market, cycling through peaceful villages watching daily life passing by. Lunch at a local restaurant in Can Tho and drive back to Saigon. Overnight at Saigon hotel...BL

Days 14-16
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Continue Vietnam and Cambodia Private Journey itinerary starting with Day 11.

What the Trip is Like

About the Biking Program: Touring by bike is the ideal way to enjoy the sweeping panoramas of paddy fields, fruit orchards, canals, and wayside pagodas, and also to enjoy the friendliness of the local people. You are free to bike as much or as little as you like, but most people enjoy biking several hours in the morning and several in the afternoon. With your support van traveling with you, you also enjoy visits en route to villages and markets. Peddling along the back roads is the perfect way to enjoy the peaceful scenery and the smiles of the Mekong people. The biking routes typically take you from town out into the countryside, through a mix of busy to tranquil roads. Road traffic on the busier roads tends to be other bicyclists and mopeds. The bikes are Cannondales, with Giro helmets. Your van travels with you at all times and is stocked with cool drinks and snacks.

Explanation of Trip Levels

Extension Cost

Prices valid through October 31, 2014

First Class Option (4-star )

Cai Lay Village Homestay, Victoria Can Tho Hotel Superior Room; Saigon Grand Hotel (Deluxe Room - Luxury Wing)
$1095 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $245

Deluxe Option (5-star)

Cai Lay Village Homestay, Victoria Can Tho Hotel Deluxe River View Room; Saigon Caravelle Hotel Deluxe Room
$1175 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $325

All costs subject to change

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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Services of local English-speaking guide
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Activities as indicated and entrance fees for activities listed
  • Ground transportation and transfers as indicated

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; any additional hotel nights that may be needed before or after your extension; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day; gratuities to local guides, drivers, and transfer agents; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations; visa fees (if applicable); travel insurance; any other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, sodas, laundry, etc.).

Cai Lay Homestay

Cai Lay Homestay

Day 11 (1 night), Cai Lay, Vietnam

A village homestay in the Mekong Delta is a highlight for many travelers. You are hosted by a family in their home, with simple but comfortable ...
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Victoria Can Tho Hotel

Victoria Can Tho Hotel

Day 12 (1 night), Can Tho, Vietnam

The Victoria Can Tho Hotel, the first luxury hotel in the Mekong Delta, is set in magnificent gardens and built in colonial style along the banks of ...
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Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel (First Class Option)

Day 13 (1 night), Saigon, Vietnam

Originally opened in 1930 as the Saigon Palace, this now modern high-rise hotel is within walking distance of the theater, shopping district, and ...
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Caravelle Hotel

Caravelle Hotel (Deluxe Option)

Day 13 (1 night), Saigon, Vietnam

The chic Caravelle is situated adjacent to the French Colonial Opera House in Saigon’s downtown. Many luminaries have stayed here, including ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.