The Mekong Delta
Travel from Saigon through the myriad waterways of the picturesque Mekong Delta and up the Mekong by boat to Cambodia's vibrant capital, Phnom Penh
1-week Vietnam and Cambodia Tour
Our Vietnam and Cambodia tour, The Mekong Delta, is an exciting 1-week tour taking you overland and upriver through Southern Vietnam and the picturesque Delta region of Southeast Asia’s greatest river.
The tour begins in Vietnam’s bustling Ho Chi Minh City, still more commonly known by residents as Saigon, where we’ll explore some of the city’s sights, including markets, pagodas, street-life and historical sites, as well as discovering it’s fabulous cuisine. From here we’ll head south, via the famous Vietcong tunnel systems at Cu Chi, to the picturesque and evocative Mekong Delta region.
Journey by boat and land through the maze of waterways where we will visit traditional floating markets and check out local handicrafts, livelihoods and cottage industries. From the bustling river port of Chau Doc, we’ll continue our tour with a boat journey up the Mekong River to the chaotic but fascinating and fun Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.
This short trip is designed as a stand alone week tour although, for those with more time to spare and wishing to see more of Cambodia, we offer a 2-week Vietnam and Cambodia tour – Saigon to Phnom Penh – which continues from the Cambodian capital across country to the fabulous and World Heritage temple and ruined cities of Angkor.
Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.
Day 1 - Saigon - arrival and introductory walking tour
Arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), and leisurely, introductory walking tour to get a feel for this sometimes hectic, but always fascinating city. Explore the area, browse the markets and relax in cafes to watch the non-stop spectacle of the city’s traffic!
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package.
Overnight: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Transport: Walk, Meals: D,
Day 3 - Cai Be - the Cu Chi tunnels and on to the Delta
Departure from Saigon for a visit to the fascinating Vietcong tunnel system at Cu Chi before continuing south to the scenic riverside, Delta town of Cai Be with some free time to explore the area. Overnight in a converted, colonial-period villa on a river island near Cai Be Town.
Overnight: Cai Be Transport: Minibus, Boat, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 4 - Can Tho - the Mekong Delta
Morning visit to Cai Be’s traditional floating market from where we’ll continue by boat through the Delta’s myriad waterways, with the opportunity to visit some of the region’s cottage industries and fruit farms. Arrival in Vinh Long and head off for a canoe tour of the former Vietcong jungle base at Xe Quit. After lunch, we’ll drive to Can Tho – the Delta’s most important commercial and administrative centre – with time at leisure to explore this friendly, riverside town or check-out the interesting Mekong Delta Museum?
Overnight: Can Tho Transport: Minibus, Boat, Meals: B, L,
Day 5 - Can Tho to Chau Doc - floating market and sacred mountain
Early morning boat ride to check out another floating market, – one of the busiest and most photogenic of the Delta’s – before heading west to the small riverside town of Chau Doc near the Cambodian border. Visit sacred Sam Mountain and its myriad shrines and temples for sunset and spectacular views.
Overnight: Chau Doc Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 6 - Phnom Penh - by river up the Mekong
Back on the Mekong for a morning departure by boat for Phnom Penh. Lunchtime arrival, and check-in to a small, comfortable, downtown hotel. Time to stretch our legs with an introductory walking tour, taking in the historic French Quarter and the lively waterfront area as well as giving you a feel for the bustling street-life, finishing perhaps, with sundowners at the famous Foreign Correspondents Club?
Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Boat, Walk, Meals: B, D,
Day 7 - Phnom Penh - morning at leisure and end of tour
Morning at leisure, relax by the pool, do some last minute shopping or try out some spa treatments. Departure for Phnom Penh Airport at your convenience.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the ‘with flights’ package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.
Extra accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City before or Phnom Penh after your tour is available if required.
Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk, Meals: B,
The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.
Just a few of the many highlights
Situated between the contrasting cities of Vietnam's Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and Cambodia's Phnom Penh, we'll discover the picturesque and evocative Mekong Delta by river, road and on foot
- Visit the markets, street-life, pagodas and famous sites during a fascinating tour of vibrant, bustling Saigon
- Travel by boat, checking out the fascinating, photogenic and still very traditional floating markets of the Mekong Delta
- Journey up the mighty Mekong River from Vietnam's border town of Chau Doc to Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh
- Go underground at the famous Cu Chi Tunnels - the vast, former underground Vietcong base
- Explore the picturesque labyrinth of waterways and islands with traditional villages, orchards and cottage industries
- Sample the region's awesome and highly varied cuisine with the emphasis as usual on the authentic local food
Air Departures (UK)
- 11 March 19 1,475 GBP
- 8 April 19 1,475 GBP
- 4 May 19 1,475 GBP
- 31 May 19 1,475 GBP
- 24 July 19 1,675 GBP
- 12 August 19 1,675 GBP
- 1 September 19 1,475 GBP
- 9 October 19 1,475 GBP
- 1 November 19 1,475 GBP
- 24 November 19 1,475 GBP
- 23 December 19 1,679 GBP
- 12 March 19 625 GBP
- 9 April 19 625 GBP
- 5 May 19 625 GBP
- 1 June 19 625 GBP
- 25 July 19 625 GBP
- 13 August 19 625 GBP
- 2 September 19 625 GBP
- 10 October 19 625 GBP
- 2 November 19 625 GBP
- 25 November 19 625 GBP
- 24 December 19 625 GBP
Guaranteed Places Left Special Price Solo Traveller Closed
*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)
*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.
We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...
Sonnet Hotel, Saigon, (Ho Chi Minh City) view
- Smart, new and comfortable the friendly Sonnet Hotel
- Great location in the heart of Saigon City
- Convenient for our city tour as well as leisure time
Ba Duc Ancient House, Cai Be view
- Our night's accommodation on a Mekong Delta island
- A delightful old, converted French period villa
- Comfortable rooms and superb local cuisine
Kim Tho Hotel, Can Tho view
- Greta riverside location for the Kim Tho Hotel
- Our first choice in the Mekong Delta's Can Tho Town.
- Don't miss sundowners at their wonderful roof-top bar!
The 252, Phnom Penh view
- Small, boutique-style and low-key
- Quiet but central location near cafes and restaurants
- Garden setting with pool and cafe
Villa Langka, Phnom Penh view
- Lush garden setting with pool
- Very convenient central but quiet location
- Helpful, friendly and efficient staff
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
Visa Info & Notes
Vietnam; Visas are no longer required for citizens of some countries including France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK for single-entry visits of up to 15 days. For longer visits, and for visitors from some countries, a visa must be obtained before arrival in Vietnam. They are available from your nearest Vietnamese embassy at a cost of about £40 (c. $60). Further information, as well as e-visas on arrival are available on the internet, for example, www.vietnam-visa.com or www.vietnam-immigration.org
Cambodia; No visa in advance is required. A 30-day visa is issued on arrival at the border (Approx. $23 plus passport photo).
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