Private Vietnam Tour (Saigon, Mekong, Phu Quoc, Bao Loc, Dalat, Mui Ne)
From the borders to China and Burma down to its river mouth in the South China Sea, the Mekong River flows through five countries. Here it is the cradle of life, the ” Mother of Water”. The Mekong Delta with its multiple channels is the word’s biggest floating market. The Delta’s magic makes the trip an unforgettable experience. Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf of Siam offers deserted beaches, pristine tropical rain forest and extended pepper plantations. Other highlights on this Private Vietnam Tour are the laid-back beach resort of Mui Ne, the mountain health resort Dalat and the vibrant metropolis Saigon.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport
VRT – 01
* Accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
* All transport and transfer with new 13-seat Mercedes
* Breakfast and Lunches in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available
* Fully escorted English speaking tour guide at the places
* All entrance fee and permission
* Domestic flight tickets, including domestic airport taxes.
* International flight tickets and airport tax
* Visas and visa fee
* Drinks and other meals
* Gratuities and personal expenses
* Camera fees (if any)
TOUR COST per Person (in US $)
All inclusive in Twin or Double Room / Meal (Daily Breakfast and Lunch)
Particularly suitable for uncomplicated tourists with low requirements
Guesthouses and 2-Star Hotels, clean rooms w. window, A/C and bathroom
Private 16-Seat Minivan (Mercedes)
Soft berth, 4-bed compartment w. A/C (Ratraco Train to Lao Cai)
Particularly suitable for tourists with high requirements
3 and 4-Star Hotels (International Standard)
Private 16-Seat Minivan (Mercedes)
Soft berth, 4-bed compartment w. A/C (Livitrans to Lao Cai)
Particularly suitable for sophisticated tourists
4-Star Hotels (5-Star Hotels extra charge) or best Hotel on site
Private 16-Seat Minivan (Mercedes)
Soft berth, 4-bed compartment w. A/C (Victoria Train to Lao Cai)
Day 1 Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Arrival in Saigon. Transfer to the hotel. A first encounter with the bustling city.
Day 2 Saigon (city tour)
In the morning we explore the city on foot: Notre Dame Cathedral, Main Post Office, City Hall, Ben Thanh Market. We have lunch together with the kids of the Cau Kho Youth Centre (founded by a French Dominican monk). The home for street kids shows us another side of Vietnam. After lunch we visit the war museum.
Day 3 Cu Chi tunnels
Today’s the Private Vietnam Tour takes us to Cu Chi, the tunnel systems of the Vietcong. To reach the tunnels we take a motor boat (Saigontourist) on the Saigon River. After our tour through the tunnels, a bus takes us back to Saigon. Our dinner at the Royal Court will be accompanied by a traditional music and dance performance.
Day 4 Cholon - My Tho (Mekong Delta)
In the morning we explore Cholon, the Chinese quarter of Ho Chi Minh City. Here we visit the old Chinese temple Thien Hau and Binh Tay Market. Then we travel to My Tho, a small friendly town at the Upper Mekong. Here starts our four-hour trip to the four river islands “Dragon”, “Phoenix”, “Unicorn” and “Tortoise”. We visit family businesses producing coconut candy, honey, rice wine and silverware from coconut wood. We savor exotic fruits directly from the tree and listen to traditional songs. We stay overnight in Chuong Duong Hotel** set at banks of the Mekong.
Day 5 My Tho - Vinh Long
In the morning we go on a boat trip on the Upper Mekong. In Vinh Long we stroll through the colorful fruit and vegetable market. We stay in Cuu Long Hotel** located right at the Mekong.
Day 6 Vinh Long - Can Tho
Prior to lunch a small boat picks us up and takes us through the channels to the Lower Mekong. Slowly we approach Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta. Hotel check-in and short city tour on “xe loi”, the local motorbike taxis.
Day 7 Can Tho - Cai Rang - Chau Doc
In the morning, a sampan boat brings us to the floating market of Cai Rang. Later on we float through the contributory channels of the Lower Mekong and visit a rice noodle factory. In the afternoon a motor boat brings us to Chau Doc, a small town near the Cambodian border.
Day 8 Chau Doc
In the morning we climb the 234 meters high Nui Sam Hill. Many pagodas and temples line this pilgrims’ trek to the top. From up here we look over the wide rice fields up to the Cambodian border. In the afternoon, sampan boats take us to the fish farms in the floating houses, a main specialty of Chau Doc. We watch the fishermen at work. Then we take a boat to Con Tien Island. On a walking tour we visit the Cham people, one of the minorities in the Mekong Delta and who are renowned for their weaving art even outside Vietnam.
Day 9 Chau Doc - Rach Gia (180 km) After breakfast we go by bus to Rach Gia at the Gulf of Siam. We stay at a simple hotel.
After breakfast we go by bus to Rach Gia at the Gulf of Siam. We stay at a simple hotel.
Day 10 Phu Quoc
This morning, Vietnam Airlines brings us to Vietnam’s biggest island: Phu Quoc in the Gulf of Siam. Check in into the hotel at the island’s west coast nearby Duong Dong, the main city and famous for its fish sauce throughout Vietnam. We spend the afternoon at the beach or the pool.
Day 11 Phu Quoc
We explore the island on motobikes. Passing by pepper and cashew nuts plantations the track leads us deeper and deeper into the jungle. At pristine Cua Can Beach, we have a light lunch and swim in azure blue waters and we go on to Ganh Dau fishing village on the north coast. If the local army commander allows, we make a short boat trip along the palm tree lined coast.
Day 12 Phu Quoc
Today we explore the southern tip of Phu Quoc. We ride our rented motobikes along the 40 km still undeveloped west coast to An Thoi. We visit the bustling river market of the small fishing village. On a fishing boat we go out into the open sea and dive into the emerald-green water. On the return trip we stop by marvelous Bai Sao Beach, everybody’s favourite due to its white powder sand.
Day 13 Phu Quoc - Saigon - Bao Loc (250 km)
Today we say farewell to the island. Return flight to Saigon to continue our Private Vietnam Tour. Upon arrival we board a bus that brings us to the Central Highlands. The interesting journey takes us past Tri An Lake. On the way to the Dambri Waterfall near Bao Loc, we explore tea, coffee and mulberry plantations. Picnic in the open nature. Those who dare can discover the surroundings on the back of an elephant. We stay at the government-owned Viseri Hotel**.
Day 14 Bao Loc - Dalat (100 km)
Journey to Dalat, lying at 1475 meters above sea level. Hotel check-in. After our arrival we browse through the flower market. Coffee break at the lake.
Day 15 Dalat, “City of Eternal Spring”
In the morning we make a trip to the meditation pagoda Thien Vien Truc Lam, located in a beautiful mountain setting at the shore of a crystal clear lake. During the two-hour boat trip we listen to nature’s silence. On a small island we can ride around the pine woods on the back of elephants. The new cable car brings us back to the parking space. In the afternoon we take a train on the last railway route to nearby Trai Mat village. Here we visit the Mosaique Buddhist Pagoda. Return trip by train through the vegetable fields.
Day 16 Dalat - Mui Ne
An exciting journey on the winding pass road brings us down to the south-central coast. On the way we visit well-preserved Cham towers from the 14th century. We go on to Phan Thiet, a small town with a picturesque harbor. 12 kilometers down the road we arrive at the fantastic beach spot of Mui Ne. We stay at one of the countless resorts.
Day 17 Mui Ne
In the morning we go on a walking tour along a river and through a canyon. Afternoon: free time.
Day 18 Mui Ne - Saigon (200 km)
Early birds can watch fishermen taking in their nets and lend a hand themselves. After breakfast we go on a tour to explore the red sand dunes. A short walk in the dunes and a visit to the fishing village are among today’s highlights. After a last swim in the crystal-clear waters of the South China Sea, we return to Saigon (four hours). Hotel check-in.
Day 19 Saigon - Return Home
Free time. Transfer to the airport. Return flight home. End the Private Vietnam Tour.