The Mekong Delta also known as The Rice Bowl of Vietnam produces more than a third of the country’s annual food crop from just ten percent of its total land mass. Touring the paddy fields and floating villages of the Mekong Delta is like stepping into the pages of a high school geography textbook. Our carefully crafted private tour will bring you further afield to the Mekong regions of Ben Tre and Vinh Long, away from the touristy hub of My Tho which is frequently visited by most group tours. Explore the labyrinth of waterways and canal trails on hand-rowed sampan and bicycle, savour simple but tasty Vietnamese cuisine and enjoy an authentic homestay experience with a local family. Attend an exciting history lesson by climbing into the underground Cu Chi tunnels in Ben Duoc which played a crucial role in the Viet Cong warfare against the Americans. Started in 1948 as a bomb shelter against French air strikes, it ultimately developed into an amazing underground tunnel complex of military command centers, hospitals, schools, living quarters, etc.
SINGAPORE – HO CHI MINH
Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh international airport, you will be picked up by our friendly tour guide to the Cu Chi Tunnels (approx. 2 hrs. drive). There are 2 different tunnels systems in Cu Chi; Ben Duoc and Ben Dinh. Unlike the touristy tunnels of Ben Dinh, the tunnels of Ben Duoc are not re-sized for foreigners and therefore more authentic. Maneuver your way through the tunnel complex which was used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots for guerrilla warfare against the Americans as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, and ammunition stores and living quarters for the fighters. Try out the local specialty – cassava – an important crop that sustained the population during the war. “Earn” your marksmanship with M16 or AK47 at the shooting range. Therefore you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. In the evening, your guide will bring you out for a sumptuous dinner of authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
Overnight: Hotel at Ho Chi Minh
HO CHI MINH – BEN TRE – VINH LONG (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, you will embark on a two hours’ drive through scenic rural landscape to the coastal province of Ben Tre. Mekong Delta also known as the “Rice Bowl of Vietnam” is Vietnam’s largest granary and one of the greatest fertile plains in the world. Take a refreshing break and enjoy some juicy tropical fruits at a traditional dwelling by the delta. Thereafter you will explore its winding tributaries on a hand-rowed sampan. Continue your journey by car to your homestay at the picturesque province of Vinh Long. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese home-cooked lunch prepared by your friendly host. After lunch, you will proceed for a leisure 2-3 hours bicycle ride through the canal trails and orchard paths into pretty villages with paddy fields, pagodas and friendly villagers. In the evening, enjoy a tasty home-cooked dinner and interact with your host to find out more about their life on the Mekong Delta.
Overnight: Homestay in Vinh Long
VINH LONG – CAN THO– CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET – HO CHI MINH (B, L)
Bid farewell to your host and proceed to Ninh Kieu Pier at Can Tho (approx. 45 min drive) where you will be transferred to a boat to visit the floating market of Cai Rang (approx. 30 min boat ride). Every morning, hundreds of boats of various types and sizes gather here to sell and buy agricultural products like fruits and vegetables and processed specialties such as fish sauce, candies, or died fishes. Do not miss out the floating restaurants that serve hot Vietnamese coffee and local dishes like Pho, Bun Rieu (crab noodle soup), Goi Cuon (spring rolls), Com Tam (rice with barbecued meat), etc. Thereafter you will visit the exceptionally well preserved Ancient House of Bin Thuy which offers a peek at how the upper-class of upper-class of the Mekong Delta lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There will be a lunch stop en-route to Ho Chi Minh (estimated arrival time is 5pm). In the evening, visit the famous Ben Thanh Night Market where you can immerse yourself in the bustling Saigon nightlife.
Overnight: Hotel at Ho Chi Minh
HO CHI MINH – SINGAPORE (B)
After hotel breakfast, your guide will bring you around Ho Chi Minh City for more sightseeing and shopping. Some of the major sights are War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, etc. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
- All land transport including airport transfers
- All hotel accommodations in Ho Chi Minh
- One night homestay in Vinh Long
- Bicycle rental in Vinh Long
- English speaking guide
- All meals indicated in above itinerary
- Entrance fees to all places of interest indicated in above itinerary
- Return international air ticket
- Travel insurance
- Vietnamese VISA (ASEAN citizens are VISA-free up to 30 days)
- All meals not indicated
- Tips for guide and driver
- All expenses of a personal nature
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Our adventure through bustling Hanoi, breathtaking (figuratively & literally) Sapa and unbelievably stunning Halong Bay was an absolute blast. iwannatravel could not have arranged it any better. This was all done up in two days as we made a very last minute decision to fly out to Vietnam instead of our original plan (Surabaya, Indonesia). Despite the last minute change, iwannatravel went the extra mile to ensure that our Vietnam adventure well planned. Through the entire trip, iwannatravel also touched base with us to ensure that we were doing ok. If you are looking for hassle-free and fun-filled adventure, look no further already!
– Shawn & Tricia on a 5D4N trip to Sapa & Halong Bay in Oct 2016
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone’s safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT’s first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mount Fansipan & Halong Bay in Mar 2016)
The whole organisation was prepared smoothly prior to the trip. The ample of times attending to the enquiries and the notes given had definitely been useful. For transport, guide (and driver), food, activities, accommodation - they were pleasant. The van provided was spacious especially the legroom, and even had enough room to store our bag packs. The guide and driver were very accommodative, for an instance, stopping the van to allow us take some photos before proceeding to the trail head. Additionally, both tried their best to attempt to make conversations in English. As per food and activities, it was great. The food complimented the next activity well, an example, we were provided rice instead of noodles on the day before our summit push and back to the trail head. It was essential since we had to have plenty carbohydrates for the long trek ahead.
– SR (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Oct 2017)
First, we would like to thank hs for coming up with the itinerary of the places that we wanted to visit and always being prompt and patient in answering our queries. This trip turned out to be one of the best trips ever! Our guide, Bayu, was simply wonderful. He speaks good English and we enjoyed our conversations with him. During the hike, he frequently stopped to ask if we were okay and if we needed a rest. He would also ask if we had any other places in mind that we would like to visit around the vicinity. In all, we felt very well-taken of throughout the entire trip. Our fondest memory was the day when we had cup noodles around a campfire together with him during the early hours of dawn at King Kong Hill. It was truly unforgettable. Bayu also offered to help us take photos during the trip and we were really thankful for that. Our driver, Bayu (same name as our guide) had superb driving skills. We were really amazed at how he was able to navigate and drive through narrow and winding roads under foggy weather conditions. Throughout the trip, both of them made us feel very safe and comfortable. We did not have to worry about anything. It was really such an enjoyable trip. A big thank you to our guide, Bayu, and our driver, Bayu! 🙂
– Eunice (Group of 2 on an 5D4N Ijen, Mt Bromo, Batu in June 2017)
We always have a wish that to have a wonderful trip with a lot of fun and laugh, and so we stop dreaming and start planning. No doubt IWT is our best choice with no regretted. First of all, we wanna thank you to our tour guide Ms Vinda, a young lady with always have a cute smiling. She is very friendly, knowledgeable, understanding and patience lady. She care a lot of us, and make sure we are not injure while hiking, but manage to reach to the top. Due to some of my friends is lack of exercise and felt exhausted, especially Ijen and Mt Bromo, she keep accompanied us and make sure 4 of us are in good condition to continue. She keep reminding us some sleepy area, and hold our hand if needed to ensure we are not fell down. She also giving us a lot of info about some interest places were going and we'll communication. She always standby to be our photographer, even some time our pose is funny. She willing to share her photos and videos with us. Thanks ya. And most importantly that she notice 1 of my friend didn't wear a suitable shoe to waterfall, she immediately take off her shoe and let my friend to wear, and help to carry my friend shoe and walk with no shoe herself...so embarrassing. She treat us ginger tea while we feel cold, Indomee after hiking and dragon fruit along the way to Surabaya. Bring us to minimart to buy our secret stuff. Lastly, we should say that~Ms Vinda, thank you so much. We are enjoyable the trip and this is really amazing. We highly recommend her as a tour guide and wish her all the best. Thumb up 👍
– May (Group of 4 on a 4D3N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in May 2017)
Guide Syami was amazing! Very patient and extremely helpful towards my parents (55 and 50 year old folks) . His guidance really helped my parents with their hike. Shared his knowledge on the mountain and the wildlife there. Perfect.
– Farhana (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Ophir Camping Trip in Apr 2017)
Very nice group, glad I made some good friends. Thanks to the organisers who took us for dinner near a vegetarian friendly place.
– Rajan (Group of 12 on an Open Mt Ophir Trip in Mar 2017)
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂
– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)
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