Mekong Escape

- A Secret Retreats journey -
4 days / 3 nights
from 800 USD /person

 

ITINERARY BOOK
 


This journey has been personally designed by Anh and Benoit, owners of Bassac Cruise who have spent decades in Can Tho, the main city on the Mekong Delta.

All our itineraries have generally been constructed on the basis of the rooms that have the most charm or best view, and not necessarily the first prices, nor the most expensive suites.
We can of course adjust according to your request.

Highlights of the Journey:

  • The Unicorn Island and its plantation, fish markets
  • Floating markets
  • A night cruise on a traditional wooden rice barge
  • Possible extension for 1 night in Can Tho

The Mekong Delta is a rich and vibrant escape a few hours from Saigon: colonial architecture, floating markets, plantations, fishing, boats and bikes... it is a condensed mosaic of Vietnam and a fascinating journey through this vital artery of the country: My Tho and Can Tho. A cruise in the delta is the best way to witness the daily life and activity of the water, but also the still heritage Khmer pagodas with the rich colours and fancy script of Cambodian-style temples.


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Your Journey Day by Day

4 days / 3 nights from 800 USD /person

based on 2 people sharing the same room

 

 
Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh City – Unicorn Island (-/-/-)
Pick up either at Saigon Airport of in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City and drive to the heart of the Mekong Delta, passing by My Tho and a long bridge over the Mekong to reach the Unicorn Island, with hidden at the far end of the island, Island Lodge (about 2 to 2h30 drive). Check in and rest to enjoy the view, the pool and the quiet environment at the lodge.
Dinner at leisure.
HOTEL: The Island Lodge (Garden or River view room)
Day 2 : Unicorn Island (B/-/-)
Today we explore this beautiful Unicorn Island.
In the morning around 9am, we go for a bicycle ride across the island to visit fishing villages and markets, along the “Fish Farm road”. It will take about 3h30 at slow speed to cycle around the island (13km in total) and explore local life and activities through the villages.
Back to the lodge for lunch, then free afternoon: rest, swim or enjoy a spa, nap.
Dinner at leisure.
HOTEL: The Island Lodge (Garden or River view room)
Day 3 : Bassac Cruise (B/L/D)
Departure after breakfast, we drive to Can Tho, and board the Bassac at noon. The Bassac is a wonderful boat cruise: a traditional rice barge transformed, with nicely furnished private cabins, with bathrooms, air-conditioning and tastefully decorated by Vietnamese artisans, 2 decks with an open restaurant on the upper one serving traditional Vietnamese dishes. After boarding, meet the crew for a presentation of the boat and be assigned your cabin. A “welcome aboard” drink will then be offered. Departure downstream of the Hau River. Lunch on board while en route. Turning into Nicolai canal, towards the Mang Thit river, you can view a scenery of rice fields, sugar cane, woods on the near banks. By mid-afternoon, the Bassac casts anchor for a visit on shore: past the first tree line, quiet discovery of the peaceful life in the delta's countryside, of rice fields, fruit trees and the welcoming inhabitants, or, at your option, short cycling tour of the surrounding area. Back on board, you can rest on the deck or around the bar enjoying the sunset. The Bassac then sets anchor for the night downstream from Tra On.
HOTEL: Bassac Cruise (Cabin)
Day 4 : Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City Airport for departure (B / - / -)
Breakfast is served at 7.00 am as the boat passes through Trà ôn, then towards Cần Thơ.
Arrival at Cần Thơ, transfer on a lighter boat to visit the floating market of Cái Răng, then a noodle factory and return to the pier Ninh Kiều transfer directly to the airport or center of HCM. You can opt also for an extension of one night in our boutique properties in Can Tho
Optional extension (Day 4-5)
You can spend one more night in the Delta and discover the lovely town of Can Tho, it port and trading activity in the largest city of the delta. Depending on your schedule the night in Can Tho can be recommended the night before or after the Cruise. Our concierge will recommend you the best option.
HOTEL: Nam Bo Boutique Hotel or Light House

Your Accommodation on this Asia Travel Itinerary


Mekong Escape

4 days / 3 nights
from 800 USD /person

based on 2 people sharing the same room

 



The total price includes:
3 or 4 nights (depending if you go for the extension or not) on a bed & breakfast basis in the hotels detailed in the itinerary.
All meals as mentioned d in the program
All transfers by private, spacious, air conditioned car, with provision of water and refreshing towels, and a professional driver
Local English-speaking guide for all visits mentioned in the program
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.
Travel insurance


This Secret Journey was designed in cooperation with Anh & Benoit and Bassac Cruise & The Island Lodge.

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