6 days tour from Mekong Delta to Phu Quoc Island

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The ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the delta is carpeted in a dizzying variety of greens. It’s a water world that moves to the rhythms of the mighty Mekong, where boats, houses and markets float upon the innumerable rivers, canals and streams that criss-cross the landscape like arteries. The bustling commerce of its towns contrasts sharply with the languid, almost-soporific pace of life in the countryside. Here buffalo wallow in rice paddies, coconut- and fruit-laden boats float slowly along the mud-brown waters, and two-wheeled exploration of the narrow lanes is amply rewarded with a true taste of rural hospitality (and delicious river fish). Elsewhere, mangrove forests teem with a wealth of bird life and bristle with the remains of Viet Cong bunkers, ornate Khmer pagodas and Buddhist temples reaching for the sky, while off-coast islands offer white-sand beaches and tropical hideaways to some, and pirate havens to others.

About Phu Quoc, which is fringed with white-sand beaches and with large tracts still cloaked in dense tropical jungle, the island rapidly morphed from a sleepy island backwater to a must-visit beach escape for Western expats and sun-seeking tourists. Beyond the resorts lining Long Beach and development beginning on the east coast, there’s still ample room for exploration and escaping. Dive the reefs, kayak in the bays, eat up the back-road kilometres on a motorbike, or just lounge on the beach, indulge in a massage and dine on fresh seafood.

Phu Quoc is not really part of the Mekong Delta and doesn’t share the delta’s extraordinary ability to produce rice. The most valuable crop is black pepper, but the islanders here have traditionally earned their living from the sea. Phu Quoc is also famed across Vietnam for its production of high-quality fish sauce (nuoc mam).

>> Tranquil to Phu Quoc Beach

General Information

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho (L)
Day 2: Can Tho – Long Xuyen – Chau Doc (B, L)
Day 3: Chau Doc – Ha Tien (B, L)
Day 4: Ha Tien – Phu Quoc Island (B)
Day 5: Phu Quoc Island (B, L)
Day 6: Phu Quoc Island – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Transportation by car.

Chau Doc via Victoria Hotel and Resort

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho (L)

Pick up and drive to Cai Be. Take a boat cruise to on Mekong river to visit Cai Be floating market. On the way, stop by some local home factories to observe how Com (pop rice cake), coconut candies and other regional specialties are made. Visit An Binh Islet and go through the maze of palm shaded canals. Stop over at an orchard and enjoy a typical Vietnamese lunch at a local home. Afternoon, transfer to Can Tho. On arrival, visit the 130-year old house and Binh Thuy communal house. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 2: Can Tho – Long Xuyen – Chau Doc (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning, take a boat cruise to visit Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets. Visit an orchard to view daily activities of local peasants and taste local fruits. Transfer to Long Xuyen with a stop at Thoi An bamboo basket-weaving village. Lunch. Take as cycling via O Mon fairy to Ong Ho Islet. Visit blacksmith’s, frog breeding farm and local homes where the families produce incense stick. Leave Long Xuyen for Chau Doc. Overnight in Chau Doc.

Day 3: Chau Doc – Ha Tien (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning, take a boat cruise on the river and get to know of the feeding of catfish in their natural river habitat at floating houses. Visit Chau Giang Hamlet, Lady Xu Temple, Thoai Ngoc Hau Temple and Tay An Pagoda. Lunch. Then, transfer to Ha Tien. Overnight in Ha Tien.

Day 4: Ha Tien – Phu Quoc Island (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning, visit Mac Cuu Temple. Join a speed boat trip to Phu Quoc Island. Pick up on arrival at An Thoi seaport and transfer to your resort. Relax on the beach and enjoy resort facilities for rest of the day. Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 5: Phu Quoc Island (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning, visit local workshops of fish sauce and pepper. Visit fishing village of Ham Ninh. Lunch. Afternoon, visit a pearl cultivation farm to get to know the way the locals culture saltwater pearl and produce pearl products. Take sunbathing on the beautiful beach of Bai Sao. Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Ho Chi minh city via Butnghien.com

Day 6: Phu Quoc Island – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Relax on the beach and enjoy resort facilities. Transfer to the airport for flight back to Ho Chi Minh City. End of service.

Notes: B – Breakfast / L – Lunch.

Tour Guide

All of our experienced and friendly Tour Guides speak excellent English or French. They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

What to take

Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, small day pack for cycling, walking and hiking. We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat.

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