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Savory Saigon and Mekong Delta - 6 Days

Savory Saigon and Mekong Delta

Vietnam · Private Tour · 6 Days
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Discover the heavenly cuisine of Saigon as you indulge in mouthwatering treats in memorable street-food tours, and dine in lavish colonial mansions. Finish this epic trip cruising the Mekong Delta. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Saigon
Day 2 - Saigon
Day 3 - Saigon → Ben Tre
Day 4 - Ben Tre → Can Tho
Day 5 - Can Tho → Saigon
Day 6 - Saigon

What is included

  • Private transfers and transportation
  • 4 nights accommodation at luxury hotels with breakfast
  • 1 night at homestay with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Activities mentioned in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees at all visiting sites
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days
  • Welcome pack

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in this program
  • Drinks and water at included lunches and dinners
  • Tips and personal expenses
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day
1
Saigon

Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, your guide will come to meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

Saigon Art Experience  

This afternoon, visit the ochre-colored Fine Arts Museum to learn more about the past, present and future of the arts movement in Vietnam. Head to Ben Thanh Art & Frame Gallery to admire contemporary artworks. Then drive to the private museum of the art collector Duc Minh, which displays striking works of young artists and provides an overview of the flourishing Vietnamese arts scene. Drop by Apricot Gallery, home to the top-rank artists from the master generations to up-coming stars. Apricot, which specializes in oil and silk paintings, won the heart of art lovers by its genuine and qualified masterpieces.


Gala Dinner at Ambassador’s Restaurant

Follow our trail through an alley dotted with colonial era mansions until you reach a gate, behind of which an enchanting home awaits. The US Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Henry Cabot Lodge, lived in this stylish residence from '60-'65 and today it has been restored to its former glory. Perfectly suited to social gatherings for up to 40 persons, guests will enjoy a cocktail reception complete with traditional dance performances in the intimate courtyard. A sophisticated Vietnamese meal will be served in the magnificent dining room and is accompanied by live music to create a memorable atmosphere.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
2
Saigon

Private cooking class at Saigon Culinary Art Center

After breakfast, a local chef will accompany you to the vibrant central market and guide you while selecting the fresh vegetables, spices and other ingredients. Proceed to Saigon Culinary Art Centre for your private hands-on cooking class. Here you will see familiar images from traditional Vietnamese kitchens such as clay stoves or garde-manger. Receive a detailed explanation of the ingredients and utensils often used in the Vietnamese kitchen. This cooking class offers the flavor of Southern Vietnamese cuisine.


Half day city tour

Saigon is the country’s commercial center and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. Enjoy a city tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris (it is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel. 

Continue your visit with the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, revealing the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Further, drive to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight of the American war through the local’s eyes. Then sit down at a street coffee shop for a break to observe the daily life of the locals, and have a little personal chat with your guide over a cup of coffee. Your guide will give you some interesting tips such as how to cross the road without breaking a sweat or to say a few simple words in Vietnamese as well as offer an insight of the local’s daily lives.


Vespa Street Food Evening Tour

With all its hustle & bustle, Saigon is a city on the move! Discover what this thriving and exciting metropolis can offer in terms of street food, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Early this evening, meet your Vespa driver at the hotel lobby. Then be driven to the local Zoom coffee shop for a welcome drink and briefing about the trip. Start the journey with en-route stops including dinner and drinks at Saigon's best authentic street food, and a Vietnamese- style coffee shop. Drive to District 4 to taste various snail dishes which are very popular in Saigon. Then it’s back to District 3 to sample a southern Vietnamese specialty, Banh Xeo (rice pancake with pork and prawns). Finally, head to a local Vietnamese style coffee shop and enjoy a local coffee.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
3
Saigon → Ben Tre

Mekong Delta full day tour

After breakfast, depart Saigon and drive south to Ben Tre province. Situated in the Delta of Mekong River, Ben Tre is famous for its tropical fruit gardens and traditional handicrafts made of coconuts. Board your private local boat and start your cruise, for a glimpse at the agriculture river life. 

Your first stop is a brick kiln to see how the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Then cruise further to a coconut workshop where you can learn about the multiple uses of coconut in the daily life. Back on board for another short cruise to a small family-run mat workshop. Get involved learning how to make sleeping mats under the instruction of the friendly mat-makers. Afterward, get on tuk-tuk (or hop on a local bicycle and ride of 3 km) and travel along the narrow shady village roads to admire the tranquility of the Mekong villages. 

Arrive at the Garden House of a tropical fruit farmer and enjoy a walk around his orchard. Chat with the farmer whilst tasting fresh seasonal fruits in his garden. Continue your trip around these sleepy villages. If requested, take an optional stop en-route at a small wooden chopstick workshop. Then enjoy a rowing sampan trip through the idyllic water palm creek to a riverbank local restaurant for lunch with Mekong Delta specialties. Check in homestay. 

Overnight at Duyen Que homestay.

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Saigon → Ben Tre107 km 2h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
4
Ben Tre → Can Tho

Mekong Delta full day tour

Enjoy a home-made breakfast, then take a bike ride passing rice fields and vegetable gardens to a local market where you can see daily activities of the locals. Then continue to visit a nearby rice paper workshop

Continue biking through the shady village roads, and make a stop at Mr.Sau Khanh’s house – a farmer whose hobby is collecting antiques such as ancient ceramics and sculptures. Enjoy some tropical fresh fruit and have a chat with him. Then get back to your homestay to check out. Have lunch at a local restaurant. 

After lunch, a short walk takes you back to the car and continue to drive to Can Tho. Arrive in Can Tho at your hotel where you will be free at leisure this evening. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the local restaurant in Can Tho.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Ben Tre → Can Tho145 km 3h 10min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Victoria Can Tho Resort

Superior Can Tho

day
5
Can Tho → Saigon

Cai Rang floating market tour

This morning, rise early and get a unique taste of life in the Mekong. After breakfast, board a local boat and explore the colorful Cai Rang floating market, where many boats laden with fruits, vegetables and fish jostle for trade. Sellers advertise their wares by crying out across the waters or tie their goods to a tall pole attached to their boat so that buyers can see from a distance what is being sold. This memorable experience makes for many excellent photo opportunities. Relax and enjoy the cruise back to the hotel where we will freshen up before we check-out and return to Saigon. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant along the way. Arrive in Saigon, transfer back to your hotel. Free at leisure. 


A O Show & Dinner at The Dining Room

Late this afternoon depart from your hotel to see A O Show - a combination of arts highlighting the peaceful country life and poetic scenery of Vietnam. The show is special in the way it contains episodes of Vietnamese traditional folk games, dances and circus acts performed against the background of traditional and modern music combined with artistic lighting. Bamboo pipes and baskets are used throughout the performance as set decorations and traditional daily activities of villagers and festive celebrations are demonstrated by performers and musicians in farmers’ clothing. After the show, enjoy beautifully decorated dishes of innovative Vietnamese cuisine in a different approach at Dining Room restaurant. Transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Can Tho → Saigon171 km 3h 18min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
6
Saigon

Private walking street-food tour with local foodie

Amongst all the cities of Vietnam, Saigon is best well known as a food paradise with amazing street-food. After breakfast, start to explore the best cuisines today with our local foodie. Meet up with the local foodie at your hotel at 9:00am, transfer by private car to Vuon Chuoi market where you can taste fresh and made on demand Banh Khot and Bun Cha Hanoi with a drink of your choice. 

Continue walking around the small alleys to discover local life and habits, listening to your foodie’s explanation of Vietnamese food practices, as well as taking a look at a traditional medicine shop. Stop en-route to enjoy an unusual delicious Banh Mi (fresh bread) with eggs, bacon, pickles vegetables and hams, served with Vietnamese Tra Da (ice tea) or hot tea. 

Also pass by a wholesale flower market where you can observe the bustling flower trading activities here. Have lunch with Bo La Lot or Bun Thit Nuong in a local canteen with drinks. Wrap up the enjoyable street food tour with your stomach full and head back to hotel.

Then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Ben Tre
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Duyen Que Homestay

Can Tho
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Victoria Can Tho Resort

Superior

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018$1615
1 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019$1687
1 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019$1628

Photos

Gala Dinner at Ambassador's Residence, Saigon
Vespa Food Tour, Saigon
Cai Rang Floating Market, Mekong Delta
Leaf Steamed Cake
Gala Dinner at Ambassador's Residence, Saigon
Old Post Office, Saigon
Pottery & Brick Workshop, Mekong Delta
Street Food Tour, Saigon

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