Planning a Trip
To cope with necessary logistics in the Mekong Delta, use a tour agent, who can offer everything from day trips to long adventure tours and longer homestays. Cycling the delta has become a popular option, we are now offering a cycling option that takes you along the dusty paths that line the area's canals and that link rice paddies between small towns. Again, even on a bike, go with a tour operator to avoid the crowded roads in the region and get to the back of beyond. Many tours conclude in Chau Doc, and travelers make their way to Phnom Penh from there -- and more and more travelers are punctuating their Mekong Delta adventure with some toes-in-the-sand time on Phu Quoc Island. Tour operators are flexible and can accommodate any special plans.
Typical Itineraries -- The trip below is the upcoming creative itineraries on bus, boat, bike, feet tours. Custom itineraries offer myriad deviations from these now well-tracked paths, including options for homestays with rural families, as well as more-off-the-map destinations like An Huu – Sadec – Can Tho – Chau Doc - Phnom Penh.
Many travelers make their Mekong Delta trip a one-way adventure, going on to Cambodia overland from the town of Chau Doc. For information about this and tours that will take you directly to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.
Tours can also be extended to include some beach time at Phu Quoc Island, which lies just off the coast of the delta to the west, near Chau Doc. You'd have to overland (by car or local bus -- ouch) from Chau Doc to the coastal town of Rach Gia and then go by boat or a very short flight to Phu Quoc. There are daily flights between Phu Quoc and Saigon.
Start in the early morning from Saigon, with a visit to the quite green villages then hug big Mekong River to Sadec the town of The Lover and Flowers. The trip to Sadec Market is done by boat, with stops at fruit garden, rice paddy and rural villages -- including a walk over a shaky "Monkey Bridge" across a canal -- and the first day ends in the city of Sadec, where you'll spend the night.
On the second day, take a full day boat trip, biking, trekking - with plenty of stops and photo ops at places like a rice vermicelli factory, a raw-rice-processing plant, and rural orchards, as well as arrive in Can Tho for the next day of visiting the large Cai Rang Floating Market - before returning to Saigon in the evening (around 7pm) or driving to Chau Doc for departure to Phnom Penh by speed boat.
If you take a tour to Chau Doc and Phnom Penh, you will have time to visit the floating houses and ethnic Cham villages near Chau Doc. You'll then travel up little Sam Mountain, a little knob of a pilgrimage peak that gives you a great vantage over the wide, flat delta, and then you return to hotel for an overnight. This trip is little adventure and hidden tour that offerred by Cool Travel – www.vietnamholiday.eu