The Mekong Delta Holidays

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Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 1: Saigon

Welcome to Saigon, the largest and busiest city in Vietnam. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 2: Saigon

This morning a visit to the Old Post office then Reunification Palace (also known as Independence Palace) and nearby is the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum, where we can learn more about the "American" War as it is referred to in Vietnam. This afternoon enjoy a visit to the FITO museum, where you will learn everything about traditional medical plants of Vietnam.

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 3: Saigon - The Mekong Delta

We travel overland through the beautiful countryside of the Mekong Delta to Vinh Long province. On arrival, we take a boat ride to visit a local orchard and the Cai Be floating market. Everyday, approximately 400-500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other local products anchor along the banks of the River, waiting for traders and customers. Here we observe the local people buying selling and exchanging goods from their boats. Later we leave Cai Be, and visit a local family producing coconut candy, a specialty of the region. After lunching with a family we spend time in the village and getting to know the locals. (OVERNIGHT CAI BE HOMESTAY)

Day 4: The Mekong Delta - Saigon

This morning bid a fond farewell to your family hosts and then drive back to Saigon, stopping along the way for a hearty lunch.

A street trader in Saigon by William Cho

Day 5: Saigon

In the morning, we depart for Cu Chi Tunnel, an underground maze, which became legendary during the 1960s for its role in the Vietnam War. Located about 75 km northwest of Saigon, the tunnels were part of an underground network that zigzagged from the southern tip of the Ho Chi Minh trail near the Cambodian border to the Saigon River. We return to Saigon and enjoy free time to explore the city.

Days 6-7: Saigon

Today and tomorrow are completely at your leisure to explore Saigon.

A woman rowing a boat to Can Tho floating markets

Day 8: Saigon - Nha Trang

This morning we set off to the airport and assist with your check into the midday flight destined for Nha Trang. Arriving here, our local team are on hand to drive you to your hotel.

Day 9: Nha Trang

In the morning, we visit Ponargar Tower and Long Son Pagoda. We then visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium where there are thousands of sea animals to see and learn all about always a hit with the kids.

Days 10-13: Nha Trang

Spend the next days at leisure in Nha Trang. The resort is ideal for scuba diving, snorkelling or simply relaxing on the sandy beach. Sample some of the delicious seafood in some of the many restaurants and perhaps enjoy a spot of retail therapy at Cho Dam Market.

Po Ngar Cham Towers in Nha Trang - by Bruno (BRA)

Day 14: Nha Trang - Hue

Returning to the airport today you fly north to Danang. Here, our local team are on hand to drive you through some stunning mountain scenery to the ancient capital of Hue.

The Perfume River in Hue

Day 15: Hue

Your tour begins after breakfast with the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. Spend the morning wandering through the enclosure before lunch and a trip into the surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of the Emperors at two of the most impressive Royal Tombs. Later, a boat ride along the romantic Perfume River, with stops made at Thien Mu Pagoda and the Minh Mang Tomb.

Women trading at Dong Ba Market by Tormod Sandtorv

Day 16: Hue - Hoi An

Heading back to the coast today we drive to Hoi An which was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house and the Japanese Covered Bridge.

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 17: Hoi An

Enjoy a morning excursion to My Son, the holiest and most evocative of Vietnam’s Cham sites. Here at the ancient Kingdom of Champa you'll see the burial tombs of the Cham royals and national heroes. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.

A bridge in Hoi An

Days 18-20: Hoi An

For the next days enjoy free time to explore or perhaps book a village experience? or learn about the ancient Cham civilization? Have a read of the Enhance Your Holiday page for info.

A local man in front of an ancient building in Hoi An

Day 21: Hoi An - Hanoi

Taking to the sky again today, we transfer to Da Nang airport for the flight to Hanoi, where on arrival our team drives you to the hotel. Later, enjoy a first class dinner in Hanoi before attending a traditional Vietnamese water puppet performance. Water puppet theatre commonly depicts the various facets of Vietnamese life and historical legends with many modern theatres employing the use of light effects and music.

Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 22: Hanoi

In the morning, we visit Ho Chi Minh Complex where you can go inside the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. We then go further to see his house-on-stilts, the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda. This is followed with visiting the Temple of Literature, Vietnams first university built in 11th Century and a lovely lunch. Later, we explore the Museum of Ethnology where you can learn more about the cultures of many ethnic groups living in Vietnam. We conclude the day with walk around the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 23: Hanoi

Spend the morning taking the kids to Bat Trang Ceramic Village. Here you will learn all about the process of making pottery products and get to paint and make your own.

The Huc Bridge

Day 24: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Early this morning journey north to Halong Bay (approx 4 hours drive), stopping for refreshments en route. UNESCO Listed Halong Bay is undoubtedly one of Vietnam's most spectacular regions. Spend the day cruising around the islands aboard a traditional Junk boat. Stopping to explore caves and coves and to swim in the emerald waters. You can also take a row boat to visit the floating fishing village of Vung Vieng - where you'll gain a fascinating insight into the daily life of the local people. Enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch and set dinner whilst onboard.

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 25: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Enjoy fresh air and the gentle breeze of the bay this morning as you relax aboard the Junk. There will be more opportunities to swim and explore hidden caves before returning to port. Transfer back to Hanoi for an afternoon free to explore the city.

Vietnamese Water Puppets

Day 26: Hanoi - Saigon

We set off to Hanoi airport for your flight to Saigon and onward transfer to your hotel.

A pre Ankorian Sambor Prei Kruk

Day 27: Saigon

Today is free for you to explore and make the most of your last day in this incredible country.

A lady fishing in the river at Kompong Thom

Day 28: Saigon

Sadly your exploration of Vietnam comes to its conclusion, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.