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Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City to Sa Dec
via Cai Be

Today leave Ho Chi Minh and head to the upper Mekong Delta, close to Vietnam’s border with Cambodia. Join the Song Xanh, a traditional sampan, and your base for the next two nights. Later today visit the colourful floating markets at Cai Be, a local mandarin house dating from 1890 and also a chance to witness local home workshops where rice paste, coconut sweets and other specialties are traditionally made. After lunch cruise to Sa Dec along the Tien Giang River – one of the main tributaries of the Mekong River – and through quiet backwaters dotted with fruit plantations, tiny river villages and local temples. End the day at Sa Dec, a charming town of narrow streets, French architecture and numerous narrow canals. Overnight will be spent onboard the Song Xanh. (L/D)

Day 2 Sa Dec to Cho Moi
via Long Xuyen

This morning, after breakfast, leave Sa Dec and cruise upstream to Long Xuyen – a peaceful, and traditional, provincial Mekong town – passing numerous similar sampans transporting sand, rice, fruits, vegetables and fish. After lunch continue onto Cu Lao Ong, known as Tiger Island, to visit Ton Duc Thang Museum, before continuing to Cho Moi. There will be an opportunity make stops en-route to explore the beautiful countryside and local villages. Tonight, experience a traditional dinner in the company of a local family. Overnight will be spent onboard the Song Xanh. (B/L/D)

Day 3 Cho Moi to Ho Chi Minh City
via Chau Doc

After breakfast cruise to Chau Doc. Explore a narrow tributary of the Mekong where and observe the industrious local boat factories, bamboo basket makers, palm weavers and net makers. There are also some beautiful old Vietnamese temples that date from late 19th Century. Reach Chau Doc by late morning where you will disembark and return to Ho Chi Minh City by car. (B)


Extend your time in Vietnam focusing on the irreplaceable highlights of the country – Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City.

Vibrant Hanoi, a city of boulevards, colonial buildings and elegant squares is only a short flight from Siem Reap. From Hanoi the beautiful blue waters of Ha Long Bay, and its 3,000 limestone islands, are also easily reached.

Discover the beauty, history and tranquillity of nearby Laos from the dreamy riverside town of Luang Prabang to the colourful capital Vientiane.

Paradise is close at hand with the Vietnamese town of Phan Thiet and its white sandy beaches only a short journey from Ho Chi Minh City. Nha Trang is also easily reached with the beautiful Ana Mandara Resort & Spa or the secluded Evason Hideaway two of the finest options available.

Uncover the hidden minority tribes of northeast Vietnam. For the more intrepid traveller, accommodation is based around local homestays and range from three to six nights. Ha Giang, and the areas surrounding it, are easily reached by car from Hanoi.

Planning your journey: We can design a unique journey to suit you as our tours are totally tailor made. By combining your own ideas with our knowledge and experience we can help you to create your own journey tailored exactly to your requirements Once you have formulated your ideas, or if you require some general or specific advice, please call us on 01892 515966 or simply send your ideas to On receipt of your enquiry we will provide you with a full written quotation together with our suggestions and recommendations.


Prices vary according to selected airlines, hotels and season, however, an indication to the current cost of this itinerary is from £450. All prices are per person and are based on a minimum of TWO persons travelling together and sharing a twin bedded room with meals as indicated. If you wish to travel alone we will be pleased to assist you with your arrangements and can provide a proposal on request.

Note: Meal Basis (N) = No Meal; (B) = Breakfast; (L) = Lunch; (D) = Dinner

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