Essence of Mekong Life

8 Days 7 Nights

The essence of Mekong Life brings you a whole new spectacle of Vietnam’s daily life and magnificent nature.
Ho Chi Minh City welcomes you with a fancy Saigon River cruise. On the next day, you will have the chance to explore the historical Cu Chi Tunnels. Take an orientation walk through the French-styled buildings in Ho Chi Minh City and marvel at the glamorous architecture.

In Ben Tre, wander the village path following the Mekong river to immerse in the rich local life. Can Tho await you with its bustling floating market and romantic Ninh Kieu Wharf.

Get ready to be amazed by the diversity of wildlife in Tra Su Bird Sanctuary before you explore the maze of Tra Su Forest on a thrilling boat trip.

Discover Ba Chua Xu Pagoda in Chau Doc, which is well-known for the tale of the goddess that protects and bless the people with good harvests and happiness.


Savor the luxury dinner buffet on the amazing Saigon River night cruise
Relive the brave Southern resistance soldiers life in the incredible tunnels of Cu Chi
Explore the elegant French architecture in Ho Chi Minh City
Experience the serene Mekong village life in Ben Tre, the Land of Coconut
Venture the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary to see wonderful bird species in the well-preserved natural habitat
Great opportunity to go on a spiritual adventure to the ancient temples of Chau Doc


DAY 1: Xin chao, Vietnam

Arrive in Tan Son Nhat Airport, and your guide will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Relax after your flight with a complimentary drink.

At night, the private car will take you to the Saigon River pier, where the luxury cruise awaits. Experience a lavish dinner buffet with the mesmerizing city night backdrop. Afterward, enjoy your favorite cocktail on the deck or sit back for an amazing traditional music show.

Meal (s): D

DAY 2: Explore the Incredible Cu Chi Tunnels – An Orientation Walk to the Nostalgic Buildings in Ho Chi Minh City

A hearty breakfast buffet will be served in the early morning. Today, you will start the Cu Chi excursion with an exciting speedboat. The friendly guide will escort you while exploring the unbelievable underground Cu Chi Tunnels that withstand the 1940s war against the French.

After lunch, you will return to Ho Chi Minh City. The evening itinerary will take you to the glamorous French-styled architecture: the sacred Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Old Post Office with its remarkable dome, and the timeless Ho Chi Minh City Hall. Relive glorious historical events at the War Remnant Museum.

Meal (s): B/L

DAY 3: An Exotic Getaway in Ben Tre

Freshen yourself up with a cup of Vietnamese coffee before leaving for the day trip at Mekong Delta. A signature sampan will be waiting to take you to Ben Tre, home of the famous coconut candy. The crew will bring you tasty local dishes while the sampan follows the pristine water.

Bark the boat at Mekong Homestay. Check in to your bungalow sheltered under countless coconut palm trees and follow your host for an insight into the local fishing.

Get ready to bask in the delicious aroma as you make “Banh xeo”, the Vietnamese pancake made of coconut rice milk and fresh bean sprouts. Feast on the homemade dinner with caramelized pork, steamy fish soup, crispy spring rolls, and many more dishes in the cozy atmosphere.

Meal(s): B/L/D

DAY 4: Last Day in Ben Tre – The Poetic Ninh Kieu Wharf

Enjoy your breakfast in the fresh morning air. You will cycle on the track lined with rustling coconut palm trees, passing by the colorful market stocked up with local ingredients such as meat, daily catch of fish, homegrown vegetables.

Stop by the coconut basket workshop to learn a few tips about braiding techniques from the skillful artisans. Then, get on the ferry to visit the island of Oc and immerse in the tranquil Mekong life. At the local fish farm, you will learn about “Ca Tra” and “Ca Basa”, the two popular catfish.

Take memorable photos with your host and continue on to Can Tho in time for lunch break. In the evening, you will have the chance to wander in the colorful local market. Later on, tour Ninh Kieu Wharf, which was once the core trading port famous all over six Southern provinces.

Meal (s): B/L/D

DAY 5: Discover Can Tho Untamed Nature

Today, you will have an exclusive experience of the hustle and bustle of the Cai Rang floating market that has seen the growth of Can Tho in the past 100 years. From tropical fruits to local specialties such as fish sauce, dried salted fish, everything is traded smoothly by the vendors on the boat.

Continue on to Chau Doc in the afternoon. After lunch, you will visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, the well-preserved home of a diversity of birds and other wild animals. Settle down on the rowing boat to venture the marvelous Tra Su Forest.

Meal (s): B/L/D

DAY 6: The Ancient Temples in Chau Doc

Get energized with a fulfilling breakfast and head to Sam Mountain, the magnificent landscape surrounded by boundless lush rice fields that is a sanctuary for pilgrimage in Vietnam. You will have a lunch break after checking in the hotel that offers a view of the marvelous mountain.

The evening itinerary will take you to Ba Chua Xu Pagoda. This temple was built in 1820 by the foot of Sam Mountain, and it is dedicated to the goddess who bless the land with peace and good harvests. Afterward, your spiritual adventure continues at the local Khmer temples.

Meal (s): B/L/D

DAY 7: A Leisure Day in Ho Chi Minh City

Don’t miss your chance to shop for the signature fish products from the vendors at the foot of Sam Mountain. You will return to Ho Chi Minh City and have the rest of the day for yourself to unveil what the city has to offer.

Meal (s): B/L/D

DAY 8: See you again, Vietnam!

Your journey to discover the Mekong life in Vietnam has come to an end. On this last day, relish a fulfilling plate of broken rice and a cup of Saigon milk coffee. Pack your cherished photos and board the flight home. Vietnam will see you again soon! Farewell!
Meal (s): B/L

Accommodation, cruises, train in the chosen category stated in the itinerary
Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in the program
All land transfer by air-conditioned vehicles
All entrance fees and sightseeing fess as mentioned in the program
Local English-speaking tour guide
All local taxes and service charges
Visa approved letter if needed
24/7 support
Drinks are not mentioned in the program
Not mentioned international, regional and domestic flights
Personal expenses
Visa fee
Tips for tour guide and driver
Personal Insurance (Highly recommend)
Optional tours and extra services
Other services not mentioned in the program