One of Asia's most important rivers, the Mekong, creates a fertile plain with endless rice fields and diverse orchards. The traditional lifestyle of its residents has stayed much the same for thousands of years. This is a once in a lifetime trip which will bring you many unforgettable experiences.
8:00 AM: Meet tour guide and driver for a transfer to Cai Be. Visit Cao Dai temple on route. On arrival, embark the boat and head across Cai Be floating market, then take an easy walk to a village to discover the beauty of Phu Chau pagoda and life on the village. Continue the boat trip to Tan Phong Island then walk through fruit gardens, meeting locals and enjoy a lunch of local specialties and fruit in the garden.
Disembark and continue the car transfer to Long Xuyen via Sa Dec where we can visit Kien An Cung pagoda and Huynh Thuy Le's house from the novel by Marguerite Duras 'L’Amant – the Lover'. Discover the local market in Sa Dec which is rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish.
Enjoy some free time and stay overnight in Long Xuyen.
Have early breakfast then transfer to the animated and authentic floating market and village in Long Xuyen on a small tributary of the Mekong River. Discover the daily activities of people living by the river. Then take a short walk (or 1 hour biking) on Cu Lao Ong Ho Island.
After that, go back to the car for a transfer to Chau Doc. On arrival, visit Chau Doc Market and enjoy a boat trip to the floating fish village and Cham village. Return to the town for a transfer to Tra Su reserve, an exceptional biodiversity ecosystem with typical cajuput forest. This is also a famous bird park, known for a variety of species.
Return to Chau Doc to discover Sam Mountain (287m) with colorful temples and Pagodas (Xu Lady Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau temple, Tay An pagoda). It's possible to walk up to the top of mountain or take a motorbike taxi (40 000 VND/pp at your expense) to enjoy the awesome sunset over the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. Stay overnight at a hotel in Chau Doc.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and drive back to Saigon via a ferry from Tan Chau – Hong Ngu – Long An. Stop on the way as you wish for photos.
Optional route: Take a 3-hour motor boat ride to discover Tram Chim National Park (45$ for boat rental at your own expense). Tram Chim is a large, flooded mangrove forest where the flora and fauna are typical of the region. This bird sanctuary is home to several immigrant species, the rarest of which are red head cranes. Arrive in Saigon in the late afternoon.
NOTE: It's possible to take a high-speed boat (at 7.00 AM) to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.