ITINERARY BY DAY
DAY 1 – HO CHI MINH CITY – ARRIVAL
Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City, our guide and driver will be waiting to meet the family and to provide transport to the hotel for check in. After checking in at the selected accommodation, the remainder of the day is free at leisure. A range of activities can be arranged such as city tours, cooking classes, museum visits and so on.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 2 – HO CHI MINH CITY – CAI BE – OVERNIGHT CRUISE
Depart bustling Ho Chi Minh City in the morning for the 2.5 hour drive south to the Delta town of Cai Be.
The brilliant colors and bustling scenes of the Delta markets will delight both kids and adults alike.
Arrive in Cai Be around noon and board the Bassac. A welcome drink will be waiting on arrival, followed by an introduction to the ship and crew. Depart towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang River and enjoy lunch on the upper deck while en route. Rest on the deck while the ship branches into the Cho Lach Canal for 30 minutes, passing through the traffic of sand and rice barges, past fruit drying facilities and around wooden ship building yards.
To fully appreciate life in the Delta, pay a visit to a village on the banks of river Mang Thit. Explore an orchard or rice field nearby.
Back on board the Bassac, a complimentary drink will be served. Sit back and enjoy the sunset overlooking the Mekong’s magical waterways.
Dinner will be served whilst the Bassac cruises the Mang Thit River towards the Bassac’s anchorage for the night, downstream from the little market of Tra On.
Overnight aboard the Bassac Boat.
DAY 3 – CAI RANG – CAN THO
Enjoy breakfast on board (from 0630) whilst the boat cruises past Tra On towards Can Tho. Upon arrival in Can Tho, check out of the boat and transfer to a smaller boat to explore the Cai Rang floating market.
Here, during the early morning market hours, larger sized boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave in and out of. The main items sold here are fruit and vegetables; each boat has a long upright pole at its bow from which samples of the goods for sale are hanging. The waterway becomes a maze of boats packed with produce depending on the season – mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even floating pho vendors.
Return to land and have lunch in Can Tho.
This afternoon, spend time cycling around the quiet lanes and dirt paths of Can Tho. Biking is the perfect way to discover the countryside with the family. The roads are flat and the sites are amazing: cottage industries, small farms harvesting or planting rice, hidden temples and lots of friendly locals who are keen to interact with visitors.
Transfer to a small hotel in Can Tho, a cozy, modern and comfortable place to stay after a long day’s explorations.
Overnight in Can Tho.
DAY 4 – CAN THO – HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE
After breakfast, the morning is free at leisure to further explore Can Tho independently or to relax and enjoy the swimming pool and facilities at the charming riverfront resort.
Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City in the early afternoon (transport provided). The journey takes around 4-hours.
Upon reaching Ho Chi Minh City, our driver will provide transport to the hotel or to the airport for the departing flight. (Accommodation tonight is not included – at own arrangements).