An air conditioned bus will take you from Ho Chi Minh City to the town of Cai Be. Here you’ll get on a boat to sail through the Mekong Delta in a small group. On the way, you’ll visit a very popular floating market where traders sell their fresh fruit and vegetables from their boats. It’s a really colourful and memorable experience.
Next, you’ll continue on in smaller boats through a maze of small and broad shadow-filled canals. Along the way, you’ll get a glimpse of the daily life on the Mekong. Set sail through villages and past hardworking farmers in the many rice paddies that line the Mekong Delta. You’ll arrive at one of the many An Binh islands (Vinh Long) in the Mekong Delta. After lunch, you’ll go sight-seeing across the island on foot or by bike, visiting several family businesses that cultivate Vietnam’s most important exports – rice.
In the afternoon, you’ll sail for approximately 3 hours until you reach Can Tho just as the sun will begin to set. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as low water levels, this part of the trip will be conducted by minibus. You’ll spend the night in a comfortable, modern hotel in the centre of Can Tho.
This morning, you’ll continue with a visit to Cai Rang floating market in the Mekong Delta. In order to get close to all of the activity of the market, you’ll hop on to a small boat and sail between the floating stalls. The market is full of small boats darting through the water as vendors sell their wares.
During the next part of your trip, you’ll travel overland to Chau Doc. Many people make a living from catching fish here, with personal fish farms under their floating houses. You’ll take a small boat to these farms and may even get the chance to feed the fish. Make sure you stand back though or you will be sure to get wet!
Near the border with Cambodia you’ll find a Cham village, where you’ll find descendants of the ancient Champa kingdom, which was once located in Central Vietnam. After this stop, you’ll travel back to Chau Doc by boat, arriving around sunset. You’ll spend the night in a hotel near the centre of town.
Today it’s time to leave Chau Doc and travel into Cambodia by speedboat. Once you reach the Cambodian border, the boat will stop to arrange your visa, which is approximately 25 USD per person. You’ll arrive at the Phnom Penh harbour in the early afternoon around 1pm where your Vietnam to Cambodia trip comes to an end. It’s easy to arrange a transfer to your hotel with one of the many tuk-tuks waiting at the harbour.
From here you can continue on your Cambodia journey with our Passage through Cambodia module which will take you through Cambodia to Thailand and includes highlights such as the mystical Angkor Wat and the Killing Fields.