Mekong Delta: The Rice Bowl of Vietnam- A Secret Retreats journey -
This journey has been personally designed by Francoise and Michel Scour,
owners of The Island Lodge on the Unicorn Island – the heart of the Mekong Delta
Highlights of the Journey:
Highlights of the journey:
- Saigon, its Cathedral and the Cu Chi Tunnels
- a dinner in the Secret Table – The Hue House
- life on the Mekong with the Unicorn Island, a cruise on Bassac and the floating markets of Cai Be and Can Tho
- option to relax on the beach of Phu Quoc Island (flight included in the extension price)
This one-week trip in Southern Vietnam will enable you to uncover this area from Saigon - a dynamic and hectic city to one of the most magnificent scenery and vibrant life in all of the world – Mekong delta. Take in one of the most exhilarating nightlife experience in Saigon by riding on the back of a vintage Vespa scooter the way locals do. Get inside the ingenious Cu Chi tunnels of the Viet Cong to witness the Vietnam’s War remains and understand more about this sad episode of the history. Spend two nights at the charming Island Lodge on a quiet river island, far from the crowd traffic and the noises of the city. An impressive close with a memorable overnight cruise to discover the immense Mekong Delta. Board a charming river and cruise through the channels of this vibrant waterway to discover vibrant and colorful markets, gorgeous landscapes and meet local people.
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In the evening, enjoy a delightful dinner at The Secret Table - The Hue House, located just behind the hotel.
- Cholon district to admire the active Thien Hau Temple, built in the early 19th century by its Cantonese congregation.
- Binh Tay Market to witness the biggest market in Cholon in full swing, and check out the many goods, including fresh produce, on offer in this busy place.
- War Remnants Museum, housing a history of the local perspective of the Vietnam War.
- The old Presidential Palace, where victory was declared after years of fighting, and preserved as it was found, including vehicles in the garages.
- Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Saigon Post Office, both magnificent displays of architecture of bygone days
In the evening: street food adventure and night excursion of Saigon. Experience Saigon nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. To start off this Saigon night tour, enjoy drinks at our Vespa-themed café, Café Zoom, to watch “as the world goes by” (as said in the Lonely Planet guide book). Throughout the night, try a variety of food and drinks at 2 local restaurants and samplings of Saigon’s best authentic local food. Zoom past the famous must-see sights of Ho Chi Minh City while in the bustling traffic. We’ll also go to a Vietnamese-style coffee shop with special live music, and then wrap up the evening at an exciting music bar where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique styles. Free flowing drinks and all you can eat, so come with an appetite!
Back to HCM City late in the afternoon, evening at leisure.
A lunch of local specialties will be served in one of the ancient houses of the area.
Return by boat to My Tho and then transfer to the Island Lodge.
You see the activity of the many sand and rice barges on the river and will surely be impressed by the number of boats, bearing their loads of colorful fruits and vegetables. Meet the inhabitants of a village on the banks of the Mang Thit River, an opportunity to see the lifestyle, and receive their generous hospitality. Visit the lush, productive orchards or nearby rice fields. Back on board and cruising towards the Mang Thit, you enjoy a refreshing drink, while watching the sunset before dinner.
The Bassac then sets anchor for the night in the small floating market, downstream from Tra On.
If you prefer to extend a bit more your time in the South, we propose to fly to Pu Quoc Island and spend 3 more nights by the beach
3 nights at Salinda Resort. Free time to enjoy the beach.
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Mekong Delta: The Rice Bowl of Vietnam
The total price includes:
6-night accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis in the hotels detailed in the itinerary.
All meals as mentioned in the program
All transfers by private, spacious, air conditioned car, with provision of water and refreshing towels, and a professional driver
All other transportation used for travel: sampan, small boat, etc.
Local English-speaking guide for all visits mentioned in the program .
All entry fees for places you visit, all program activities (cycling, bike, kayak, or others...) and shows mentioned in the program
Cruise on board of Bassac
Government taxes currently in force (VAT, etc.)
The total price does not include:
Visa if needed (Please make sure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your departure date).
Other meals that are not included in the program.
Drinks, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
Extension 3 night on Phu Quoc Island.