Our Saigon – Mekong Delta cruise tour of 5 days begins in the old capital of Vietnam, Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City. We travel to the Cholon district of the city to witness the bustling place first hand. After exploring an old temple we move on to see the Binh Tay market in full swing, visit a traditional medicine museum, the War Remnants Museum, the old Presidential Palace, and see the old post office and Notre Dame Cathedral, both great displays off architecture of by-gone days. The following day head to the Mekong Delta and a cruise onboard the Bassac boat, ensconced in hotel like rooms. Explore floating markets, find islands, explore villages and plantations of fruit and discover what lifestyles the locals lead. After Can Tho, return to HCM City and the following day explore a ‘different’ Temple and the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of a system of tunnels that protected local during the war years. Our tour will end the following day with your departure from Saigon (HCM City)


Ho Chi Minh City

  • Travel to Cholon district to admire the active Thien Hau Temple, built in the early 19th century by its Cantonese congregation.
  • Move on to 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
  • The morning concludes with a visit to the FITO museum which houses a history of traditional Vietnamese medicine and treatments used by the people for generations
  • Visit the War Remnants Museum, housing a history of the local perspective of the Vietnam War
  • Visit the old Presidential Palace, where victory was declared after years of fighting, and preserved as it was found, including vehicles in the garages
  • Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Saigon Post Office, both magnificent displays of architecture of bygone days
  • Visit the Beaux-Arts Museum and wander through the art galleries in the area
  • After this historical visit, enjoy some wonderful ice cream at Fanny’s, a quaint little parlour with a French atmosphere, before exploring the trendy boutiques on Ton That Thiep Street
  • Overnight in HCM City
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Ho Chi Minh - Mekong delta – Overnight Cruise

  • Depart from your hotel in the morning. We travel by road to Cai Be, and board the Bassac at noon.
    • The Bassac is a wonderful boat cruise, you will be aboard a boat that has been purposefully rebuilt for your comfort. This traditional rice barge has been transformed, with nicely furnished private cabins, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and tastefully decorated by Vietnamese artisans. It has direct access to the deck, an open restaurant, and the food is prepared on board by a qualified chef who serves perfectly cooked traditional dishes
  • After boarding, you will meet the crew, have a presentation of the boat and be assigned your cabin. A “welcome aboard” drink will then be offered.
  • Cruise downstream on the Tien Giang River to Cho Lach
  • Lunch will be served during the cruise, and you can rest on the upper deck or around the bar
  • 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 colourful fruits and vegetables
  • Enjoy a visit, and 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.

Mekong Cruise - Tra On - Cai Rang - Can Tho –HCM City

  • Breakfast is served at 6.30 am as the Bassac navigates its way through Tra On floating market, in the direction of Can Tho
  • After arrival at Cai Rang floating market, you leave your cabin, and transfer to a lighter boat to visit the market, on radiating canals, and discover the people whose life is maintained around these wonderful markets on water
  • Navigate the smaller waterways that will lead you to a colonial house and orchard planted with durian, oranges and mangosteen, where you can taste these exotic fruits. This part of the tour will allow you to enjoy the peaceful setting in which some people live in the Delta region
  • After landing at the pier in Ninh Kieu, Can Tho, you enjoy a stroll around the covered market in Can Tho before the journey back to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon
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Ho Chi Minh – Cao Dai – Cu Chi tunnel

  • A pleasant morning drive through the countryside, observing picturesque scenery local people and village life, to Tay Ninh Province, to visit the Cao Dai Temple and see the melding of the secular and religious philosophies from East and West, known in Vietnam during the early 20th century, including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Vietnamese spiritualism, Christianity and Islam. A very colourful experience
  • Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant (not included)
  • After lunch we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an unbelievably complex system of tunnels built by the Vietnamese resistance fighters which helped their efforts to repel the Americans during the war. Some tunnels were 2 or 3 stories deep, with hospitals, sleeping quarters and storerooms underground and have been enlarged to allow tourists to enter them
  • We return to HCM City late in the afternoon
  • Overnight in HCM City
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Ho Chi Minh – Free time and Departure

  • Enjoy your free time until it is time to transfer to airport for your onward flight.