This is the 4 days 3 nights tour doing by options: Guided Self-drive, Pillion passengers, Mekong riders, Cars. It departs from Saigon to the center of Mekong delta in south Vietnam, visit all the hidden parts of the countryside and the old Cambodian land. It will end at the border where you will continue to Phnompenh by a boat trip.
Duration: 4 days – 3 nights.
Travel options: Guided Self-drive. Pillion passengers. Vietnam riders. Cars.
Departure locations: Saigon.
DAY 1: THE COCONUT RELIGION – 180 km
In only 20 minutes, our tour leader will help you to travel from the busy center of Saigon to the countryside by the small roads, then travel about 50 km by the off roads through the rice fields. Along the way, you can see the dragon fruits farms, the 200 years old temple, do 4 boat trips to explore the countryside in My Tho and Ben Tre. This route is not in any guide-books. You will do homestay with a local family in the countryside in Mekong Delta. Enjoy the special cooking class and traditional Vietnamese dinner.
DAY 2: THE OLD CAMBODIAN LAND – 150 km
Travel by the small roads from Tien Giang to the old land of Khmer Krom; they are ethnic Khmer who inhabit Kampuchea Krom, an area in southern Vietnam that was once part of the Khmer Empire. Among the Khmer Krom the belief is held that they are the descendants of ancient Funan, the core of Suvarnabhumi, which covered a vast extent of Southeast Asia including present day Cambodia, southern Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Malaya, Sumatra and other parts of Indonesia. Do the boat trips to explore this region, visit the 1,000 years old Cambodian temples, visit the Cambodian villages. Stay overnight at the 2* hotel at the city or do homestay at Cambodian village.
DAY 3: THE FLOATING MARKET – 100 km
You will travel by the small roads through the Cambodian villages and the old temples to the west of the Mekong delta. Along this road you can visit: the Bat temple, the 500 Clay-Statues temple, the Phung Hiep floating market. Do homestay with cooking class and enjoy traditional Vietnamese dinner with locals in the countryside of Mekong Delta.
DAY 4: CAMBODIAN BORDER – 180 km
Wake up at 6 am for the boat trip to explore the famous floating market; farmers from the region bring their goods, fruits and vegetables mainly, to the markets and sell them to local dealers. These dealers sell the products to shops in the neighboring towns and to wholesale dealers from the big towns. In the picture you can see a local farmer with fruits for sale. All big boats have a pole. Each wholesaler hangs the goods he buys / sells on this pole. This way, people on small boats know where they have to go from a certain distance. On the floating markets you do not only find people buying and selling goods, you also find floating restaurants, floating bars, floating gas stations, and many other floating shops. Canals are here the easiest and fastest way of transportation.
Continue to travel by the small roads to the border – this road is not in any guide books; we do not use the normal highway or big roads with busy traffic. On the way, you can visit the Victim Memorial of the Khmer Rouge when they came and killed over 4,000 Vietnamese people at the local villages in Southwest Vietnam, in 1979. Arrive in Chau Doc and check in your hotel. End tour.
From US$ 50 – US$ 90 – US$ 150 – US$ 250 – US$ 450 per day / per person
Price Includes (the different prices will depend on these options):
– The Japanese motorbikes & our drivers & the third-party insurances (for the Pillion passengers only)
– The 100cc – 125cc semi-automatic, 125cc – 150cc – 250cc motorcycles & petrol (for the Guided Self-drive)
– Licensed and Professional tour leader with good English
– All the visiting fees, boat trips
– Helmets, rain ponchos (if needed), bag covers
– 3 nights x accommodations: 2* – 4* hotels, resorts, home stay (all are twin / double / private rooms)
– 3 x breakfasts x 4 x lunches x Vietnamese foods x our set menu / per person
– The extra costs to transfer all the bikes & guides & riding gears from / return home before & after the tour
– Company tax
– Personal meals, drink, and any other extra requirements
– Insurances, any Damage Costs, support vehicle for luggage (for the Guided Self-drive only)
– Seasonal surcharges