Most visitors to Vietnam are overwhelmed by the sublime beauty of the country's natural setting: the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are covered with brilliant green rice paddies.

 

There are some beautiful beaches along the coast, soaring mountains and some dense tropical forests in inlands.  Vietnam also offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty rapidly opening up to the outside world.  Vietnam has two World Natural Heritage sites: Halong Bay and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

 

Vietnam features a warm humid subtropical climate with plentiful precipitation.  It has typical tropical climate where summers are hot and humid, and winters are relatively cool and dry. Summers, lasting from May to September, are hot and humid, receiving the majority of the annual 1,680 millimetres (66.1 in) of rainfall.  The winters are short, relatively dry, and mild, while spring can bring light rains.

 

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the second largest city after Ho Chi Minh city. It has estimated population nearly 6.5 million (2009).  October 2010 officially mark 1000 years of the establishment of Hanoi.  On this occasion, Hanoi has been named by Frommer's travel guide as one of the world's "Top Destinations 2010".  Ho Chi Minh City also known as Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam.  The city center is situated on the banks of the Saigon River, 60 kilometers from the South China Sea.

 

Climate & Weather
Vietnam stretches over 1,800 km from north to south, with an area of 332,000 square km, Vietnam's topography varies from coastal plains to mountain ranges, therefore weather patterns in the principle cities are very different.
North: Winter lasts from November to April, with temperatures averaging 10 - 16C, fog and drizzle in January - March. Summer begins in May and lasts until October, with an average temperature of 30C, heavy rainfall and the occasional violent typhoon.
Center: Central Vietnamexperiences a transitional climate, with heavy rainfalls between November and December and dry, hot summer months. Typhoons are quite common in coastal areas between July and November.
South: Temperatures are fairly constant through the year; 25C - 30C. Seasons are determined by the rains - the dry season runs from November to April and the wet season from May to October. The hottest period is March and April.
Highland areas: In the hill resorts of Dalat (1,500 m), Buon Me Thuot and Sapa, nights are cool throughout the year, and in the winter months, October to March, it can be distinctly chilly with temperatures falling to 0C. Even in the hottest months of March and April the temperature rarely exceeds 26C.
More details on weather, please visit:http://www.wunderground.com


Customs and Formalities
All visitors to Vietnam must fill in declaration forms and show their luggage to customs officials on request.
Visitors can bring with them unlimited amounts of foreign currency, objects made of gold, silver, precious metals and gemstones or plated with silver or gold, all of which must be declared in detail on the customs forms. Commercial Video films and printed materials that are considered offensive are normally confiscated and sent to Ministry of Culture for inspection.
Goods prohibited to import: weapons, ammunition, explosives, military technical equipment, drugs, toxic chemicals, debauched and reactionary products, firecrackers of all kinds, toys with negative impacts on the dignity education, social security and safety, cigarettes beyond the stipulated quantity, etc.
Goods prohibited to export: weapons, ammunition, explosives, military technical equipment, antiques, drugs, toxic chemicals, wild animals, rare and precious animals and plants, documents related to the national security, etc.

 

What to bring
Bring as little as possible. Keep in mind that you can and will buy things in Vietnam, so do not burden yourself. If you do forget to bring any ‘essential’ items, it’s quite likely that they can be bought in Vietnam, at least in the cities.

Currency, Exchange and ATM
The local currency is the Dong (abbreviated "d" or VND). Bank notes are 100d, 200d, 500d, 1000d, 2,000d, 5,000d, 10,000d, 20,000d, 50,000d, 100,000d & 500,000d. Coins are 200d, 500d, 1000d, 2000d and 5000d.
Further details on exchange rate, please visit: http://www.vietcombank.com.vn/en/Exchange%20Rate.asp
Money and travelers cheques, particularly U.S. Dollars, can be exchanged at banks, hotels and authorized money- exchangers. It is advisable to carry U.S. Dollar bills in small denominations.
Credit cards are generally only accepted in major hotels, and in some up-market shops and restaurants in major cities. ATM facilities are readily available now in major cities

 

Heath Requirements
No actual vaccinations are officially required. Visitors are advised to check with their doctor or travel immunization clinic regarding the advisability of inoculation against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A & B and Malaria.
Those visitors taking medicine for certain conditions such as diabetes or heart problems should make sure that they carry these medications in their hand luggage at all times in case the main luggage should be delayed.
It is recommended that all travellers take out comprehensive Personal Travel Insurance to cover personal belongings, in case of accident or illness etc.

Domestic Flights
If flights are required in your itinerary they are in coach class, unless specified otherwise. Flight timings quoted are local and are subject to change. Domestic flights require a check-in, 1-hour prior to the flight departure.
Carry on luggage is limited to one piece plus a camera. In economy class air travel baggage allowance is 20kg per person.
We cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage to passenger’s belongings. Domestic flights are prone to last minute schedule changes and cancellation without ANY advance notice.

 

AirportTax
Airport departure tax for international flights currently is: US$ 14 from Hanoi & HoChiMinhCity; US$ 8 from Danang
The departure airport tax may be paid in local currency or in US Dollars. Children under 12 years are entitled to have half fare of adult.
Airport departure tax for domestic flights is included in the airfare.

Internet
Vietnam joined the global computer age and internet-service providers are currently operating in most of the Cities. You can access the internet through hotels, Cyber Cafés & Internet/Computer Service Centers. ADSL technology is widely used in major cities.

Language
Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam. Learning foreign languages, particularly English, is currently popular among young people in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Danang and other cities. Tourist guides are available for English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian speakers.

 

Local Time and Working Hour
Local time is GMT + 7 hours.
Governmental agencies work Monday to Friday from 7.30amto 4.30pm(excluding one-hour lunch) and are closed Saturday and Sunday.
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 7.30amor 8am to 11.30amand from 1pmto 4pmand are closed Saturday and Sunday.
Private shops are open from 8 or 8.30amto 9 or 10pm.

Overland Travel
The road system in Vietnamis reasonable in the main urban cities. The drives through the countryside can be a wonderful sightseeing experience. However, it must be noted that the roads are narrow and some may be poorly paved when outside the main cities, and as a consequence the drives can be rough and difficult at times.
The journey timings described in your itinerary are based on the usual amount of time a particular journey will take. However, please appreciate that not all roads can be checked for their condition throughout the year.
Most cars used are manufactured locally by Toyota, Honda and Ford and are for the most part comfortable and ideally suited to local roads. Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle, under any conditions. There is ample opportunity to smoke during photographic, luncheon and sightseeing stops.
If you decide to leave the hotel and go out on your own, there are various means of transport that you may like to take such as taxis or “cyclos”. If taking a taxi or “cyclo”, insist on the meter being switched on before you begin your journey. Due to an effort to stop pollution, most “cyclos” are pedaled as opposed to motor. It is suggested that you carry the name of your destination or hotel written in local language in the event your driver does not understand English. The staff at your hotel can assist you in this regard.

 

Passport and Visa
Travellers to Vietnam are required to hold a passport valid for at least six (06) months beyond the completion of their visit and must contain a valid visa.
Visas are usually issued by the passengers’ home country (against the visa’s approval number), which require the original passport, and 2 photos in order to issue a visa stamp.
Visas can also be obtained upon arrival at Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Cityand Danang airports (Visa on Arrival), in which case the stamping fee will be quoted separately.
Visas on Arrival can be requested via Vietnam Impressive Travel in connection with the booking of travel arrangements to Vietnam.
Hotels might reserve the right to keep travel documents overnight at the reception for registration purpose.

Food
Vietnam has abundant food supplies and an elaborate cuisine. Cooking is seen as an art and some Vietnamese dishes have achieved international fame, including such traditional dishes as noodle soup (pho), pork sausage (gio lua), spring rolls (nem ran), and fish balls (cha ca). In addition to Vietnamese food, the larger hotels also serve a wide variety of Continental and Chinese cuisine. In the smaller cities, when the hotels only have one restaurant, ordering a-la-carte may involve a slight wait, consequently it is advised that you take advantage of the large and diverse buffets available at these hotels to minimize any delay.
Never drink water from the hotel tap, no matter what category of hotel you are staying in. Bottled mineral water is available at all hotels throughout Vietnam. Do not have any ice in your drinks as this is often made from water that has not been purified.

 

Post and Telecommunications
A regular international post service is available. In addition Express Mail Service (EMS) is available to more than 50 countries worldwide with a delivery time of 2 to 10 days.
Vietnam has high international telephone charges. It is important to check the exact amount with the hotel before making a call, as hotel surcharges are often imposed.
VOIP calls which help reduce call charges (for most of International calls from any destination within Vietnam and for domestic calls between the main cities of the country) are now available as well pre-paid internet & mobile card can be bought in the major cities.
Service providers for mobile phone network are GSM of Vinaphone, MobilePhone and Viettel while CDMA are EVNTelecom and S-Phone. Numbers begin with 091, 090, 098, 095, 096

Electricity
Electricity in Vietnam mostly runs at 220 V (50 Hz), but often you will find 110V (also at 50Hz). In the south, most outlets are US-style flat pins. In the north, most outlets are the Russian-inspired round pins, which usually carry 220V. Electrical sockets are two and three-prong.

 

Shopping
Foreign visitors to Vietnam have the opportunity to buy souvenirs made of rattan, gold, silver and stone. There is a diverse range of products, from woodenwares such as wooden buttons or sindora beds to lacquer paintings, bowls and chopsticks, bamboo screens and stone tea sets. Woven tapestries, “tho cam” handbags and other handicrafts are produced by the traditional skills of the women of ethnic minorities in such rural regions in the north as Sapa, Mai Chau and Dien Bien.

Bargaining & Tipping
Bargaining is advised to do when visit Vietnam. You should ask the taxi driver or motortaxi (xe om) driver for the price of your travel distance made. The same when you go shopping. When you are surrounded by street sellers, it is better to say no and mind your way.
Tipping is widely practiced and expected
Porters : VND 5.000 – 10.000 per bag
Waiters in restaurants: 5-10% of total bill
Taxi drivers : 10% of total bill
Tour guides :
VND 40.000 per person/per day
Drivers : VND 20.000 per person/per day


All of the above information is accurate at the time of publication.

Mekong Excursions & Daily Tours
 

Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Private tour, daily departure
English/French speaking guide
(Indicate the Tour code when booking a Day Tour)

 

 
 

The Mekong Delta, at the south end of Vietnam is a vast and low plain, divided by the "Nine Dragons", the arms of the mighty Mekong River. The country most fertile soil is formed by alluvions and sediments deposited by the great river. This prosperous region produces close to half the agricultural production of the country, with only 12% of its superficy. It is a world of rice fields, orchards, arroyos, and canals, where water and earth are intrically interlaced, where in many places a boat is the most convenient way of transportation, where many people live on the water, depend on the water for fish and rice, and perform functions such as shopping and eating on the water. The insularity of the Delta has made it a refuge for minority religions such as the curious indigenous Cao Dai religion and the Muslim faith of the descendants of the Cham people.

dotFruit Orchard and Island Visit – 1 day (Tour code VI-1701)
 

Our car will pick up at your hotel in early morning. Upon arrival at My Tho, cruising along small creek to Mekong River estuary, to Con Phung (Phoenix Island). The motorized boat cruise more along natural creeks and quiet village in Ben Tre Province. Visit orchards, bee - keeping farm, taste natural honey and honey wine, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music, see round a distillery, explore the local coconut candy production process, taste candy & coconut pulp. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh with stop at Cao Dai temple in Ben Luc town. Arrival at your hotel in the late evening.

Inclusive
Transportation in a private car/minibus with airconditioning
All entrance fees, boat fees
Service of a private English/French speaking local guide
Mineral water and wet wipe
Lunch at local restaurant

Valid from 01-Apr-2013 to 30-Sep-2014

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Private

$145

$95

 

Seat in Coach (what's this?) basis (joint tour)

$52 per person



dotMekong Delta Floating Market – 1 day (Tour code VI-1702)
 

Cai Be Floating Market is a famous place in Mekong Delta, here the Tien River forms the border between Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre Provinces. Every day, approximately 400 -500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other products anchor a long the banks of the river, waiting for traders and customers. The merchandise sold in each boat is hung on a high pole in front of the boat as a sample to attract customers from a distance.

Our car will pick up at your hotel in early morning. Upon arrival at Cai Be, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market  to see local people being selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats. Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped producing process, etc.. Cruise along river to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire marvelous natural natural setting of Mekong Delta region. About 3 pm, the boat will arrival at Vinh Long Market, walking around to explore Vinh Long Market. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh with stop at bonsai garden. Arrival at your hotel in the late evening.

Inclusive
Transportation in a private car/minibus with airconditioning
All entrance fees, boat fees
Service of a private English/French speaking local guide
Mineral water and wet wipe
Lunch at local restaurant

Valid from 01-Apr-2013 to 30-Sep-2014

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Private

$180

$110

 

Seat in Coach (what's this?) basis (joint tour)

$55 per person



 


dotFluvial of Mekong Delta – 2 days/1 night (Tour code VI-1703)

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Can Tho (no meals)
This trip provides a look at a wide variety of the life and scenery of the Delta. On the way you can see green rice paddy fields stretching towards the horizon. After arrival in Cai Be, a boat takes you to the floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging their goods from their boats. Next, a boat rides on the maze of shady canals visiting the An Binh islands (Vinh Long). We will enjoy the local tropical fruits and see how local people cultivate their orchards, make their living from ceramics, popcorn and rice paper... A nice chance for bicycle riding, roaming through the village and looking at the local handicraft shops. A stop will be landed on Vinh Long market a nice walk around. Continue driving to Can Tho. Overnight at Can Tho.

Day 2: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by rowing boat, we will see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. Drive back to Sai Gon via My Tho city.

Inclusive
Accommodation at specified with daily breakfast
Transportation in a private car/minibus with airconditioning
All entrance fees, boat fees
Service of a private English/French speaking local guide
Mineral water and wet wipe
No lunch or dinner

Valid from 01-Apr-2013 to 30-Sep-2014

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Standard Class (Ninh Kieu hotel)

$300

$165

 

Superior Class (Kim Tho) $310 $165  
First Class (Victoria Can Tho) $435 $235  

Seat in Coach (what's this?) basis (joint tour)

$105 per person with homestay overnight



 

dotWestern Region” Capital – 3 days/2 nights (Tour code VI-1704)
View Route Map

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long  - Can Tho

Our car will pick up at your hotel in early morning. Upon arrival at Cai Be, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people being selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats. Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped producing process, .. Take cruise along river to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire marvelous natural natural setting of Mekong Delta region. About 3 pm, the boat will arrival at Vinh Long Market, walking around to explore Vinh Long Market. Then transfer to Can Tho City. Over night in Can Tho.

Day 2: Can Tho - Phong Dien - Thot Not - Chau Doc (B)
Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by rowing boat, we will see the Cai Rang -Phong Dien floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily life in Mekong River and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. We now travel by land to Chau Doc, on the way we will pass Thot Not to visit Bang Lang Bird Sanctuary (Stork Garden) or Crocodile Farm. On arrival at Chau Doc, visit the Sam mountain to enjoy the a breath-taking view and enjoy the sunset on the top of Sam Mountain.
Over night in Chau Doc.

Day 3: Chau Doc - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
A boat trip to visit the floating fish breeding farms reveals the amazing highlight of Chau Doc, a Cham minority village, whom still again employment from traditional weaving. The last stop in Chau Doc is to a local Islamic Mosque. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City and drop off at your hotel.

Inclusive
Accommodation at specified with daily breakfast
Transportation in a private car/minibus with airconditioning
All entrance fees, boat fees
Service of a private English/French speaking local guide
Mineral water and wet wipe  
No lunch or dinner

Valid from 01-Apr-2013 to 30-Sep-2014

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Standard Class (Ninh Kieu & Trung Nguyen)

$495

$270

 

Superior Class (Kim Tho & Chau Pho) $525 $285  
First Class(Victoria Can Tho & Chau Doc) $775 $405  

Seat in Coach (what's this?) basis (joint tour)

$162 per person with homestay overnight



 



dotLower Mekong River to Cambodia – 3 days/2 nights (Tour code VI-1705)
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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long  - Can Tho

Our car will pick up at your hotel in early morning. Upon arrival at Cai Be, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people being selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats. Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped producing process, .. Take cruise along river to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire marvelous natural natural setting of Mekong Delta region. About 3 pm, the boat will arrival at Vinh Long Market, walking around to explore Vinh Long Market. Then transfer to Can Tho City. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 2: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Chau Doc (B)
Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by rowing boat, we will see the Cai Rang - Phong Dien floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. Then continue going to Chau Doc via Long Xuyen. Check in on arrival. Visit the Sam mountain to enjoy the a breath-taking view on the Vietnamese-Cambodian border with flat rice fields and nice canals, visit caved pagoda. Overnight in Chau Doc.

Day 3: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B)
Wake up early morning to transfer to Chau Doc harbor and take an express boat to Phnom Phenh, Cambodia.

Inclusive
Accommodation at specified with daily breakfast
Transportation in a private car/minibus with airconditioning
All entrance fees, boat fees
Service of a private English/French speaking local guide
Mineral water and wet wipe
Speedboat ticket Chau Doc – Phnompenh by Hang Chau boat
No lunch or dinner

Valid from 01-Apr-2013 to 30-Sep-2014

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Standard Class (Ninh Kieu & Trung Nguyen)

$485

$285

 

Superior Class (Kim Tho & Chau Pho) $515 $300  
First Class(Victoria Can Tho & Chau Doc) $775 $420  

Seat in Coach (what's this?) basis (joint tour)

$160 per person with homestay overnight



 


dotCruise the Mekong Delta on Bassac, Activities on sampan to canals! (Tour code VI-1706a)

#1706a: 2 days 1 night upstream (DAILY) from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with Bassac cruise
Day 1: Saigon - Cai Be - Tra On (Lunch, dinner), NO ESCORT GUIDE FROM SAIGON, GUIDE ON BOARD

07.30: Pick up at your hotel in Saigon, drive (no guide) to Cai Be to board the Bassac cruise.
Boarding at Cai Be at noon. Welcome drink, Introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins.
Departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river. Lunch while on route. Rest on the deck.
The Bassac slips into the Chợ Lách canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water.
Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby.
Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river.
The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On floating market, for the night.

Day 2: Cai Rang - Can Tho - Saigon (Breakfast), GUIDE ON BOARD, NO ESCORT BACK SAIGON
You may get up for breakfast as early as 06:30, as the ship is resuming its cruise the Tra On floating market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho.
Arrival in Cai Rang floating market, check out and transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier.
End of services by mid-morning (about 10.00 hours) on shore at Can Tho
Our car will pick up you at this place and transfer (no guide) back Saigon and drop off your hotel.

 

dotCruise the Mekong Delta on Bassac, Activities on sampan to canals! (Tour code VI-1706b)

#1706b: 4 days 3 nights downstream (DEPARTURE SATURDAYS) from Phnompenh (Cambodia) with Bassac cruise
Day 1: Phnompenh - speedboat to Chau Doc (no meals), NO ESCORT GUIDE FROM SAIGON, GUIDE ON BOARD

Self arrangement transfer by taxi to Phnompenh pier
Board Hang Chau speedboat to Chau Doc. Boat departs at 08.00 and arrives Chau Doc at 13.00
Self arrangement check in at your hotel.
Overnight at Trung Nguyen hotel (www.trungnguyenhotel.com.vn)

**Make sure you have Vietnamese visa in your passport as no visa on arrival is applied at this check point.

Day 2: Chau Đoc - Cai Be - Can Tho (Breakfast, lunch, dinner), GUIDE ON BOARD
Self arrangement transfer by taxi to Bassac boat pier
Boarding at the Chau Doc pier (noon time), welcome drink, introduction to the ship and crew, check into your cabin.
Departure downstream on the Bassac river, as the crew serves lunch.
We connect through river Vam Nao and around the district of Cho Moi to the First River.
Mid-afternoon, we sail along a small tributary to Song Ho. Exploratory visit at Cho Moi: Village and old churches.
Boarding back at dusk, welcome drink. Dinner is served en route.
the Bassac drops anchor on the way in view of the My Thuan bridge for the night.

Day 3: Cai Be - Tra On (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), GUIDE ON BOARD
Breakfast is available from 6:30 on.
The Bassac sets sail after sunrise towards Cai Be, through sceneries of sweet water mangroves on river My Tho.
Arrival in Cai Be, transfer to a local boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and handicraft.
Boarding at Cai Be at noon. Welcome drink, departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river.
Lunch while on route. Rest on the deck.
The Bassac slips into the Chợ Lách canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water.
Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby.
Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river.
The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On floating market, for the night.

Day 4: Tra On - Cai Rang - Can Tho - Saigon (Breakfast), GUIDE ON BOARD, NO ESCORT BACK SAIGON
You may get up for breakfast as early as 06:30, as the ship is resuming its cruise the Tra On floating market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho.
Arrival in Cai Rang floating market, check out and transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier.
End of services by mid-morning on shore at Cần Thơ.
Our car and driver will pick up you here and drive to Saigon and drop off at your hotel
(ends)
 

dotCruise the Mekong Delta on Bassac, Activities on sampan to canals! (Tour code VI-1706c)
 

#1706c: 4 days 3 nights upstream (DEPARTURE EVERY FRIDAYS) from Saigon (Vietnam) with Bassac cruise
Day 1: Saigon - Cái Bè, on the first day at noon, NO ESCORT GUIDE FROM SAIGON, GUIDE ON BOARD.
Pick up you at your hotel in Saigon, drive to Vinh Long (no guide)
Boarding at Cai Be at noon. Welcome drink, Introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins.
Departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river.
Lunch while on route. Rest on the deck.
The Bassac slips into the Chợ Lách canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water.
Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby.
Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river.
The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On floating market, for the night.

Day 2: Vinh Long - Can Tho - Long Xuyen (Breakfast, lunch, dinner), GUIDE ON BOARD
You may get up for breakfast as early as 06:30, as the ship is resuming its cruise the Tra On floating market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho.
Arrival in Cai Rang floating market, transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier by mid-morning.
Boarding back, welcome drink and departure towards upstream river Bassac. Lunch is served on board while en route.
Upon arrival at Thot Not, transfer on the longboat for a visit of a bamboo-knitting village near the Thot Not bird park, at the time the egrets return home from a day out.
Boarding back before dusk, a welcome drink and the dinner are served on board while en route.
Rest on the deck before the night. The Bassac drops anchor upstream of Long Xuyen for the night.

Day 3: Long Xuyen - Chau Doc (Breakfast), GUIDE ON BOARD
Breakfast is served from 6:30 AM, as the Bassac is on its way upstream the river towards Châu Đốc.
Upon arrival to Chau Doc, check-out and transfer onto a local boat for the visit of a village of the Muslim Cham minority, then final disembarkment.
Own arrangement taxi to check in at hotel
Overnight at Trung Nguyen hotel (www.trungnguyenhotel.com.vn)

Day 4: Chau Doc - speedboat ticket to Phnompenh of Cambodia (Breakfast)
Breakfast
Own arrangement taxi to Hang Chau express boat to Cambodia. The trip begins at 08.00 and ends at Phnompenh pier at 13.00 including stop for Immigration check on the way
**You can do visa into Cambodia at this river checkpoint.

Inclusive
Accommodation at specified with daily breakfast (1706b,c)
Transportation in a private car/minibus with airconditioning
All entrance fees, overnight boat Bassac fees
Service of a private English/French speaking local guide on boat.
Mineral water and wet wipe
Speedboat ticket Phnompenh - Chau Doc or Chau Doc - Phnompenh by Hang Chau boat (1706b,c)
Meals as specified

Valid from 01-Apr-2013 to 30-Sep-2014

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Trip code #1706a

$385

$320  
Trip code #1706b with Trung Nguyen hotel $675 $600  
Trip code #1706c with Trung Nguyen hotel $675 $600  


* 1 pax stays in single cabin

 



dotCruise the Mekong Delta on a real Song Xanh private sampan, real experience! (Tour code VI-1707a)

#1707a: Exclusive Song Xanh sampan 2 days 1 night (DAILY)
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Can Tho


Day 1: Saigon - Cái Bè - Sa Dec - Can Tho, NO ESCORT GUIDE FROM SAIGON, GUIDE ON BOARD.

Pick up you at your hotel in Saigon, drive to Cai Be (no guide)
The cruise starts at around 10.00 am from our pier in Phu An hamlet located next to Cai Be town, approximately 2 hours drive south from Saigon.
Upon embarkation on your sampan you will be welcomed by our crew. After your installation, the cruise will begin with the visit of some local home factories where you will be able to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made. We will then proceed to Cai Be colorful floating market, cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables.
Your sampan will take direction of Vinh Long and Sa Dec, cruising upstream on the Tien Giang River, one of the two large arms of the Mekong. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remain unknown to many people.
We will then cruise on a small beautiful canal through water jacinth plantations… You will disembark to take a small rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a local tiny village and fruit plantations.
Further on the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit. Sa Dec town will appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals.
You will disembark at the local market place for a guided visit of this charming town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses and Chinese temples dating from the last century are numerous. Visit at an ancient house dating from 1890, home of Ong. Huyen Thuy Le, the “Lover” of Marguerite Duras famous novelist.
Back on board your sampan, your lunch will be served while we will be cruising down to Can Tho along a beautiful narrow canal, passing under several wooden “monkey bridges” and by tiny typical villages.
Some stops on the banks will be possible to establish contacts with the local population. A visit will be done at a Cao Daist temple.
Before sunset, we will have our last stop on the banks arranged at a splendid ancient house or “Nha Co” dating from the early 19th century. After being greeted by the owners, we will cater a candlelight dinner for you, an unforgettable experience in a unique atmosphere.
After dinner, we will proceed the cruise for approximately one hour until Can Tho. We will moor for the night in a quiet place.
Your bed will be ready for your first night on the Mekong river.

Day 2: Cai Rang - Can Tho - Saigon, NO ESCORT GUIDE BACK SAIGON, GUIDE ON BOARD.
At around 06.00 am, your sampan will slowly start cruising.
Your breakfast will be served on board at approximately 07.00 am, while approaching Cai Rang floating market, actually the largest in the whole Mekong delta.
We will pass by countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fish, flowers… showing an intense activity on the river. Your cruise journey will end at around 10.00 am at Ninh Kieu pier after a visit at Can Tho local market
Our car will pick up you at this place and transfer (no guide) back Saigon and drop off your hotel.


This program can be implemented with the embarkation from Can Tho with supplement

* Supplement if you begin your embarkation from Can Tho at $35 per person 

     

 

dotCruise the Mekong Delta on a real Song Xanh private sampan, real experience! (Tour code VI-1707b)

#1707b: Exclusive Song Xanh sampan 3 days 2 nights (DAILY) from
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Can Tho - Saigon


Day 1: Saigon - Cái Bè - Phu An - Dong Hoa Hiep/Vinh Long - Sa Dec
NO ESCORT GUIDE FROM SAIGON, GUIDE ON BOARD.

Pick up you at your hotel in Saigon, drive to Cai Be (no guide)
The excursion starts from Cai Be town pier at 10.00 am. Upon embarkation on your sampan-hotel, you will be welcomed with fresh cotton towels.
After your installation, the cruise will begin with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables.
Visits will be made at an ancient mandarin house dating from 1890 where you will we welcomed by the owner. Further, another stop at some local home factories will allow you to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made.
We will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer.
A delicious lunch will await you at "Le Longanier", a superb Indochinese villa located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations.
After lunch, your sampan will proceed to Sa Dec cruising the Tien Giang river, one of the two large arms of the Mekong.
These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people.
We will then cruise on a small beautiful canal through water jacinth plantations… You will take a small rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a local tiny village and fruit plantations.
Further on the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit.
Sa Dec town will appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals.
You will disembark for a guided visit of this charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses, Chinese temples and Vietnamese Dinh are dating from the last century…
You will visit the Trung Vuong primary school where famous novelist Marguerite Duras spent her childhood (turned into the movie “The Lover”), then you will have your last visit of the day at the beautiful ancient house of Ong Huynh Thuy Le who was the former “lover” of M. Duras…
A delicious dinner will be catered for you on board.
First night onboard your sampan, on the Mekong river…

Day 2: Sa Dec - Can Tho, GUIDE ON BOARD.
The breakfast will be served on board at 07.30 am. You will then go on land for the visit of Sa Dec local market, one of the most exotic and authentic in Vietnam. Back on board your sampan, cruising down to Can Tho along a beautiful narrow canal, passing under several wooden “monkey bridges” and by tiny typical villages.
Your lunch will be served on board.
Some stops on the banks will be arranged for you to establish contacts with the local population or discover some interesting villages on the way. A visit will be done at a Cao Daist temple, overlooking the river… A bicycle ride will also be organized in the country side. Before sunset, we will have our last stop on the banks arranged at a splendid ancient house or “Nha Co” dating from the early 19th century. After being greeted by the owners, we will cater a candlelight dinner for you, an unforgettable experience in a unique atmosphere.
After dinner, we will proceed the cruise for approximately one hour until Can Tho. We will moor for the night in a quiet place. Your bed will be ready for your second night on the Mekong river.

Day 3: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Can Tho - drive back Saigon, GUIDE ON BOARD, NO ESCORT GUIDE BACK
At around 06.00 am, your sampan will slowly start cruising.
Your breakfast will be served on board at 07.00 am while approaching Cai Rang floating market actually still the largest in the whole Mekong Delta.
We will pass by countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fish, flowers… showing an intense activity on the river.
Your cruise journey will end at around 10.00 am at Ninh Kieu pier after a visit at Can Tho local market.
Your car will pick up and drive back Saigon and drop off at your hotel.
 

This program can be implemented with the embarkation from Can Tho with supplement with supplement
 

* Supplement if you begin your embarkation from Can Tho at $45 per person

 

dotCruise the Mekong Delta on a real Song Xanh private sampan, real experience! (Tour code VI-1707c)

#1707c: Exclusive Song Xanh 3 days 2 nights (DAILY)
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Cai Be - Vinh Long - Cho Moi - Chau Doc - Saigon (or Phnompenh Cambodia)


Day 1: Saigon - Cái Bè - Phu An - Dong Hoa Hiep/Vinh Long - Sa Dec
NO ESCORT GUIDE FROM SAIGON, GUIDE ON BOARD.

Pick up you at your hotel in Saigon, drive to Cai Be (no guide)
The excursion starts from Cai Be town pier at around 10.00 am. Upon embarkation on your sampan-hotel, you will be welcomed with fresh cotton towels.
After your installation, the cruise will begin with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables.
Visits will be made at an ancient mandarin house dating from 1890 where you will we welcomed by the owner. Further, another stop at some local home factories will allow you to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made.
We will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer.
A delicious lunch will await you at "Le Longanier", a superb Indochinese villa located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations.
After lunch, your sampan will proceed to Sa Dec cruising the Tien Giang river, one of the two large arms of the Mekong.
These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people.
We will then cruise on a small beautiful canal through water jacinth plantations… You will take a small rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a local tiny village and fruit plantations. Further on the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit. Sa Dec town will appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals. You will disembark for a very interesting visit at a beautiful ancient house or “Nha Co” dating from the early 19th century, home of Ong Huynh Thuy Le, former “lover” of famous French novelist Marguerite Duras… Back on board your sampan, you will be served a delicious dinner.
First night on the Mekong river.

Day 2: Sa Dec - Long Xuyen – Cho Moi, GUIDE ON BOARD
The breakfast will be served on board at 07.00 am.
You will disembark for a guided visit of this charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses, Chinese temples and Vietnamese Dinh are dating from the last century… You will visit the local market, one of the most attractive in Vietnam.
Back on board, your sampan will slowly leave Sa Dec and proceed the cruise upstream to Long Xuyen, a peaceful provincial town located on the Mekong banks. We will pass by several luxuriant islands, crossing countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fishes, showing an intense activity on the river.
Approaching Long Xuyen, your lunch will be served on board.
Later, you will have a quick tour of Long Xuyen typical center before cruising further to “Cu Lao Ong Ho” (The Tiger Island) for a visit at Ton Duc Thang museum, second president of Vietnam…
We will proceed upstream on the Mekong river to Chau Doc. Some stops on the banks will be possible for cycling tours to discover deeper the inhabitants life style.
In the evening, we will organize for you an exciting experience at an ancient house located by the river in the suburbs of Cho Moi, where your dinner will be arranged. You will be able to share experiences with family members and learn about traditional Southern Vietnam lifestyle, one of the highlights of your journey on the Mekong which should not be forgotten!
Back on board your private sampan for your second night on the river.

Day 3: Cho Moi - Chau Doc - Saigon, GUIDE ON BOARD, NO ESCORT GUIDE BACK SAIGON OR CONTINUATION TO PHNOMPENH OF CAMBODIA THROUGH THE RIVER!
Early morning, your breakfast will be served on board while we will be cruising to Chau Doc.
We will cruise on a little arm of the Mekong where several traditional activities can be observed on the banks (artisanal boat factories, bamboo baskets making, palm leaves cutting, net fishing), as well as old Vietnamese temples dating from late 19th century. We will reach Chau Doc late in the morning. Located on the upper Mekong Delta, the town is 280 km south-west of Saigon on to the Cambodian border. With such proximity the local population is an eclectic mix of Cham, Khmer, Chinese and Vietnamese sharing different cultures and historical richness.
At around 11.00 am, you will disembark at Chau Doc main city pier and our car will pick you up driving back Saigon or you continue to take speedboat to Cambodia passing Vinh Xuong (Vietnam), Phnomden (Cambodia) river gate point to Phnompenh. Boat ticket is with Hang Chau boat (price we quoted on supplement basis)


This program can be reverted with the embarkation from Chau Doc with supplement charge.

* Supplement if you begin your embarkation from Can Tho at $35 per person

* Supplement for speedboat ticket Hang Chau from Phompenh to Chau Doc or vice versa at $45 per person

 

 

dotCruise the Mekong Delta on a real Song Xanh private sampan, real experience! (Tour code VI-1707d)

#1707d: Exclusive Song Xanh 3 days 2 nights (DAILY)
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Cai Be - Long Xuyen - Rach Gia with extension to Phu Quoc island!


Day 1: Saigon - Cái Bè - Phu An - Dong Hoa Hiep - Vinh Long - Sa Dec
NO ESCORT GUIDE FROM SAIGON, GUIDE ON BOARD.

Pick up you at your hotel in Saigon, drive to Cai Be (no guide)
The excursion starts from Cai Be town pier at around 10.00 am. Upon embarkation on your sampan-hotel, you will be welcomed with fresh cotton towels.
After your installation, the cruise will begin with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables.
Visits will be made at an ancient mandarin house dating from 1890 where you will we welcomed by the owner. Further, another stop at some local home factories will allow you to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made.
We will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer.
A delicious lunch will await you at "Le Longanier", a superb Indochinese villa located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations.
After lunch, your sampan will proceed to Sa Dec cruising the Tien Giang river, one of the two large arms of the Mekong.
These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people.
We will then cruise on a small beautiful canal through water jacinth plantations… You will take a small rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a local tiny village and fruit plantations. Further on the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit. Sa Dec town will appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals. You will disembark for a very interesting visit at a beautiful ancient house or “Nha Co” dating from the early 19th century, home of Ong Huynh Thuy Le, former “lover” of famous French novelist Marguerite Duras… Back on board your sampan, you will be served a delicious dinner.
First night on the Mekong river.

Day 2: Sa Dec – Long Xuyen – Ong Ho Island, GUIDE ON BOARD
The breakfast will be served on board at 07.00 am.
The day will begin with a guided visit of Sa Dec charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses and Chinese temples dating from the last century are numerous…
You will also visit the local market and the Trung Vuong primary school where Marguerite Duras spent her childhood… (see her famous novel “The Lover”). Back on board your private sampan for your second day cruise in the delta.
While your sampan will proceed upstream on the Mekong river to Long Xuyen, your lunch will be served on board…Long Xuyen is a peaceful typical provincial town lying on the Mekong’s banks, dotted with an attractive floating market… In the afternoon, excursion to “Ong Ho” island to visit the museum of Ton Duc Thang, second president of Vietnam…
At the end of the day, we will organize for you an exciting evening with your dinner arranged at a local ancient house. You will be able to share experiences with family members and learn about traditional southern lifestyle, a highlight of your journey to be kept for long time in your memory…
Back on board your private sampan for the your second night on the river.
The cruise will slowly continue during the night to Rach Gia.

Day 3: Long Xuyen - Rach Gia - Saigon or you can choose to extend your stay at the beautiful island of Phu Quoc, GUIDE ON BOARD, NO ESCORT GUIDE BACK SAIGON
Arrival at Rach Gia, a port town located at the southern end of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand. Its main industries are fishing and agriculture.
The breakfast will be served on board at 07.00 am (for those having a connecting flight to Phu Quoc island at 08.00 am, breakfast will be served at 06.00am) or you can choose to drop back at your hotel in Saigon.


Speedboat ticket Rach Gia to Phu Quoc island will be quoted as supplement charge.

 * Supplement if you begin your embarkation from Can Tho at $45 per person

 

Valid from 01-Apr-2013 to 30-Sep-2014

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Trip code #1707a private sampan

$750

$385  
Trip code #1707b private sampan
$885 $450   
Trip code #1707c private sampan
$985 $510  
Trip code #1707d private sampan
$1100 $555  

Supplement for trip code 1707a if you begin your embarkation from Can Tho at $24 per person
Supplement for trip code 1707b if you start your embarkation from Can Tho at $36 per person
Supplement for trip code 1707c if you start your embarkation from Chau Doc at $24 per person
Supplement for speedboat ticket Hang Chau from Phompenh to Chau Doc or vice versa at $36 per person
Supplement for speedboat ticket from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc on Super Dong at $36 per person


Inclusive
Transportation from/to Saigon with driver only
2 lunches, 2 dinners (if 1707a is 1 only) included1 small bottle of wine for 2 at an ancient house
2 Breakfast (if 1707a is 1 only) on board (coffee, tea, juice, fresh yogurt, omelet or fried eggs, fresh fruits, bread, butter and jam)
2 bottles of mineral water per day, Vietnamese tea, Fresh fruits, Refreshing cotton towels during sampan trip.
Visits mentioned as per cruise program
Service charge and Goverment taxes
Crew assistance
English or French speaking guide on board.
Bicycles and “Xuong” rowing boat rides

 

     
A:Available - This tour is available for booking.
R:On Request - This tour is on request only
All prices are per person.
If you are interested, please contact your local agent to make the booking or alternatively email us at reservations@toursite.com.au