Cai Rang Floating Market

South of Vietnam
Our Tours in a Private Vehicle with Chauffeur and Guide

Our tours take you to Saigon, through the splendid Mekong Delta and to the historic sites of Cao Daï and the Cu Chi Tunnels. For those who wish to go from Vietnam to Cambodia or the reverse, an ideal solution is the speed boat Chau Doc-Phnom Penh or reverse ; we offer you 4 tours – we are the only one to offer those tours - 2 Chau Doc-Phnom Penh and 2 Phnom Penh-Chau Doc.


GUIDED VISIT OF SAIGON (1 day)

    In the morning, visit of the fascinating Chinese district of Cho Lon, a kind of Chinatown in the west of the city. Half-a-million Vietnamese of Chinese origin, the Hoa, live there. The district name is significant; it means Great Market. Commerce dominates all the district activities. We visit the Cha Tam Church, several Congregation  temples:  Thiên Hau, Tam Son Hoi and Nghia An Hoi Quan, and the Binh Tây Market. We have lunch in a restaurant of traditional Chinese food.

In the afternoon, visit of the city monuments: the Municipal Theater, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, the Pagoda of the Emperor of Jade, and the Binh Tay Market.
 

If you wish (many photos are not for sensible persons), we visit the War Remnants Museum, which displays among many others the photographs made famous by international reporters.  If you chose that solution, there is no visit of the Central Post and the Municipal Theater for lack of time.
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Rates per person in US dollars

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers.
$120 $73 $58 $54 $50


THE CAO DAI TEMPLE OF TAY NINH AND THE CU CHI TUNNELS (1 day)

  This tour lets you discover two completely different aspects of the South: the magnificent (and very kitsch) Cao Dai Temple of Tay Ninh and the famous Cu Chi tunnels, where the Tet Offensive was organized during the Vietnam War.

Departure from your hotel around 8:00 to drive through the peaceful Vietnamese countryside, direction Tay Ninh (96 km), where we arrive around 11:00 and visit the astonishing Cao Dai Temple. We then stay on the balcony overlooking the nave, to attend the magical 12:00 mass, with its priests in bright color robes and its magnificent choir. Lunch in Tay Ninh.
 
Cao Dai Temple of Tay Ninh
 

We then drive through a scenery of plateaus and rubber plantations and arrive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze of 230 km of tunnels dug into the hard soil, and the site of years of ferocious battles during the Vietnam War. Stroll through the forest to admire the ingenuity of the camouflages and visit the war museum (the booby trap section is frightening); a very edifying historical visit! Return at your hotel around 18:00.


Rates per person in dollars

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers.
$155 $86 $64 $56 $50



We draw your attention to the fact that there are now direct flights Can Tho – Phu Quoc Island. The following programs can be amended upon request if you wish to take this flight.


THE MEKONG DELTA : VINH TRANG PAGODA – BEN TRE ISLAND (1 day)

  Departure from your hotel around 8:00 and crossing of part of the Mekong Delta to arrive in the small village of Phong, where the famous Vinh Trang Pagoda was built in 1849 amid beautiful gardens. The pagoda architecture consist of 5 buildings in an harmonious combination of local and European styles. It contains numerous precious wooden statues, including those of 18 Arhats carved in 1907 and representing the peak of the Mekong Delta sculpture period.

We then reach Ben Tre Island, the large island south of Mytho, famous for its coconut tree plantations and orchards.
   

We ride a boat on the Ben Tre River to observe the life of the local population (visit of markets, a small brick factory, coconut product factory, etc.). Continuation of the boat ride till the small villages of Cai Son and Nhon Than, where we visit a family mat workshop. Strolling through the peaceful countryside and lunch in the home of Mr. Hai Hao. After lunch, we sail through in a row boat on the canals lined with water palm trees, an perfect image of the Delta. Return to the car for the trip back to Saigon (or shorter visit to go to Can Tho and take the Can Tho- Phu Quoc flight)


Rates per person in dollars

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers.
$178 $96 $68 $56 $53



THE MEKONG DELTA : BEN TRE ISLAND - CAN THO – CAI RANG – XEO QUYT
(2 days/1 night hotel)

 
Day 1: SAIGON - BEN TRE - CANTHO

Departure from your hotel around 8 :00. We cross part of the Mekong Delta to arrive in the Island of Ben Tre. Boating on the Ben Tre River to observe the life of the local people (visit of markets, small brick factory, coconut treatment factories, etc.). The boat continues on canals to reach Cai Son and Nhon Than, where we visit a family mat workshop. Stroll in the peaceful countryside and lunch in the home of Mr. Hai Hao.
 
On the Mekong
 

After lunch, we take a rowing boat on canals lined with water palm trees. Return to the car to take the small road No. 57, through orchards and Bonsai farms ; we then take a ferry and arrive at the town of Can Tho, where we have diner and spend the night in an elegant riverside hotel.


Day 2: FLOATING MARKET OF CAI RANG - XEO QUYT - SAIGON

We start the day with the visit of the the famous Cai Rang Floating Market, where we sail among the large barges loaded with produces and the small boats of the buying retailers. Return on the road to drive to Xeo Quyt, where we visit an amazing complex of small canals and forts built by the Vietcong during the Vietnam War. Stroll through luxuriant swamps. After lunch, return to Saigon with visit of a Cao Dai temple on the road (or return to Can Tho for the Phu Quoc flight).


Rates per person in dollars

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers. Sgle Supplt.
$484 $275 $215 $189 $171 $30



THE MEKONG DELTA : SADEC – TIGER ISLAND – CAI BE – BEN TRE (3 days)

   
Day 1: SAIGON – SADEC – TIGER ISLAND

Departure from your hotel around 8:00 and we cross part of the Mekong Delta to the small town of Sadec, made famous by the French writer Marguerite Duras, who was born in Sa Dec, in her novel « The Lover ».

We visit the Lover's Mansion (Huynh Thuy Le) and the beautiful Kien An Cung Pagoda, Mandarin Quach's ancient mansion (1926), where his descendants still live.
 

After lunch in a house of the Flower Nursery District, we continue our tour until the small river town of bfrom which we take a ferry to the idyllic Tiger island (Cu Lao Ong Ho). Diner and night in a charming homestay among plants, flowers and small channels.

Day 2 : TIGER ISLAND - LONG XUYEN MARKET - CAI BE

After breakfast, we ride a bicycle though Tiger island, among palm trees, banana trees, bougainvilleas and small channels. We then go the large Long Xuyen Market. Lunch at the market, followed by the car ride to the small river town of Cai Be, where we have diner and the night in a bungalow of the very elegant Mekong Lodge Eco-Resort.
   


 
A Can Tho Canal
 
Day 3: CAI BE – BEN TRE – SAIGON

We first ride to the Island of Ben Tre. Boating on the Ben Tre River to observe the life of the local people (visit of markets, small brick factory, coconut treatment factories, etc.).

The boat continues on canals to reach Cai Son and Nhon Than, where we visit a family mat workshop. Stroll in the peaceful countryside and lunch in the home of Mr. Hai Hao. We then return to Saigon by car (or to Can Tho for the flight Can Tho-Phu Quoc).
 


Prix par personne en dollars

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers. Sgle Supplt.
$720 $415 $340 $304 $284 $76



THE MEKONG DELTA IN A SAMPAN : MY THO – BEN TRE – CAI BE – CAN THO – CAI RANG (3 days)

This tour offers you the visit of some islands of the delta the first day, followed by a 2-day cruise on the sampan Cochinchine, on the maze of canals and Mekong branches, including one diner and night on board.


Day 1: SAI GON – MY THO – BEN TRE – CAI BE

    We first ride to the Island of Ben Tre. Boating on the Ben Tre River to observe the life of the local people (visit of markets, small brick factory, coconut treatment factories, etc.). The boat continues on canals to reach Cai Son and Nhon Than, where we visit a family mat workshop. Stroll in the peaceful countryside and lunch in the home of Mr. Hai Hao.

We then take the road to Cai Be and arrive at the very beautiful Mekong Lodge Eco-Resort, which spreads its bungalows amid luxuriant gardens alongside the Tien River. Relaxation, delicious diner and night in a bungalow.
 


Day 2: CRUISE ON THE SAMPAN COCHINCHINE : CAI BE - VINH LONG - TRA ON (night on board)

Breakfast and boarding on the sampan Cochinchine. Welcome cocktail and transfer on a small boat for a complete visit of Cai Be : floating market, canals, colonial buildings, gardens and small arts and crafts workshops. Return on the sampan and sailing to Co Chien, with lunch on board. Visit by foot or bicycle through orchards, with degustation of seasonal fruits. Return on the sampan and sailing on the Mekong, cocktail, and another delicious on board diner. Night on board.

The Cochinchine


Day 3: TRA ON – CANTHO – CAI RANG - SAIGON (or possibility of flying to Phu Quoc)

Breakfast on board while the sampan sails on the Mekong towards Cantho. We board a smaller craft to visit the famous Cai Rang Floating Market, where we sail among the large barges loaded with produces and the small boats of the buying retailers. We then land in Can Tho and drive back to Saigon (or we take you to Can Tho Airport for the Phu Quoc flight).


Rates per person in dollars

1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers Sgle Supplt
$819 $525 $450 $434 $415 $295



South of Vietnam
Chau Doc – Saigon & vice-versa (3 and 4 Days)



THE MEKONG DELTA FROM SAIGON TO CHAU DOC (3 days)

Chau Doc, located on the Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong River, is a border town between the south of Vietnam and Cambodia. A speedboat joins the town to Phnom Penh in 5 hours. We propose 2 itineraries for tourists who wish to go from Saigon to Cambodia exploring the entire Mekong Delta from east to west and using that boat to cross to Cambodia. The first tour is definitely “off-the-beaten-tracks”, with one night spent in a charming homestay in the idyllic Tiger Island. In the second one, more classic, you spend one night in an elegant hotel in the town of Can Tho, the “Capital” of the Mekong Delta.

For information on our Cambodia tours, please open www.orientalbridge.com/tours-cambodia.htm


TOUR I : SAIGON – BEN TRE - CAI BE – VINH LONG - SADEC - LONG XUYEN - CHAU DOC

This exceptional tour includes spending the second night in a charming homestay in the idyllic Tiger Island and the visit of the fascinating Long Xuyen Floating Market, less frequented by tourists than the Cai Rang (Can Tho) one.


Day 1 : SAIGON - MY THO – BEN TRE – CAI BE

  Departure from your Saigon hotel around 8:00. We cross part of the Mekong Delta to arrive in the island of Ben Tre. Boating on the Ben Tre River to observe the life of the local people (visit of markets, small brick factory, coconut treatment factories, etc.). The boat continues on canals to reach Cai Son and Nhon Than, where we visit a family mat workshop. Stroll in the peaceful countryside and lunch in the home of Mr. Hai Hao.

We then take the road to Cai Be and arrive at the very beautiful Mekong Lodge Eco-Resort, which spreads its bungalows amid luxuriant gardens alongside the Tien River. Relaxation, delicious diner and night in a bungalow.
   


Day 2 : CAI BE – AN BINH ISLAND – VINH LONG - SADEC - TIGER ISLAND

    After breakfast, we go to Anh Binh Island, which we explore by bicycle. Lunch in a island homestay, followed by a boat cruise to the charming town of Sadec, made famous by the book "The Lover" by the French writer Marguerite Duras, who was born there. Visit of the Huynh Thuy Mansion, the « Blue House » of her novel and the beautiful Kien An Cung Pagoda, Mandarin Quach's ancient mansion (1926), where his descendants still live.

Lunh in a homestay in the Flower Nursery District of Sadec and car ride to the small river toan of Long Xuyen, from which to take a ferry to arrive in the idyllic Tiger Island (Cu Lao Ong Ho), where we have diner and spend the night in a charming homestay among plants and flowers.
 



Day 3 : TIGER ISLAND - LONG XUYEN FLOATING MARKET – CHAU DOC

  After breakfast, we ride a bicycle though Tiger island, among palm trees, banana trees, bougainvilleas and small channels. We then go the large Long Xuyen Market where we have lunch. We then ride to Chau Doc, where we arrive around 14:00. Visit of the town: The temple of the Country Queen (Bà Chúa Xứ), the Thoai Ngoc Hau Temple, the Tay An Pagoda, which combines Vietnamese and Indian architecture, and a Cham Mosque; Diner and night in Chau Doc.

Next morning, transfer at your charge to the pier for the navigation to Phnom Penh (boat departure at 7:30 and arrival in around 12:30).
   


TOUR II : SAIGON – CAI BE - CAN THO - CHAU DOC

This more classic tour includes the second night in an elegant riverside hotel in Can Tho and the visit on Day 3 of the famous Cai Rang Floating Market.



   
Day 1 : SAIGON – BEN TRE – CAI BE

Departure from your hotel around 8 :00. We cross part of the Mekong Delta to arrive in the island of Ben Tre. Boating on the Ben Tre River to observe the life of the local people (visit of markets, small brick factory, coconut treatment factories, etc.). The boat continues on canals to reach Cai Son and Nhon Than, where we visit a family mat workshop. Stroll in the peaceful countryside and lunch in the home of Mr. Hai Hao.
 

We then take the road to Cai Be and arrive at the very beautiful Mekong Lodge Eco-Resort, which spreads its bungalows amid luxuriant gardens alongside the Tien River. Relaxation, delicious diner and night in a bungalow.


Day 2 : CAI BE – AN BINH ISLAND – SADEC - CAN THO   

  After breakfast, we go to Anh Binh Island, which we explore by bicycle. Sampan ride to visit a garden house, a workshop of local specialities (cookies, etc..) and to taste tropical fruits. We then continue the boat ride to arrive in Vinh Long, then we go by car to the charming town of Sadec, made famous by the book "The Lover" by the French writer Marguerite Duras, who was born there.

Visit of the Huynh Thuy Mansion, the « Blue House » of her novel and the beautiful Kien An Cung Pagoda, Mandarin Quach's ancient mansion (1926), where his descendants still live.
   

Lunch in a homestay in the Flower Nursery District of Sadec and drive to Can Tho, the « capital » of the Mekong Delta, where we have diner and spend the night in an elegant riverside hotel.


Day 3 : CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET – LONG XUYEN – CHAU DOC

    After breakfast, boat ride to visit the Cai Rang Floating Market, where we sail among the large barges loaded with produces and the small boats of the buying retailers. Lunch and ride to Chau Doc. Visit of the town: The temple of the Country Queen (Bà Chúa Xứ), the Thoai Ngoc Hau Temple, the Tay An Pagoda, which combines Vietnamese and Indian architecture, and a Cham mosque. Diner and night in Chau Doc.

Next morning, transfer at your charge to the pier for the navigation to Phnom Penh (boat departure at 7:30 and arrival in around 12:30).
 


Rate per person in US dollars

  1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers Sgle Supplt
TOUR I
Saigon-Sadec-Chau Doc
$854 $502 $401 $372 $344 $20
TOUR II
Saigon-Can Tho-Chau Doc
$905 $526 $438 $398 $366 $20


THE MEKONG DELTA FROM CHAU DOC TO SAIGON (3 and 4 days)

Chau Doc is a border town between the South of Vietnam and Cambodia, located on the Hau River, one of the tributaries of the Mekong River. A speedboat joins Phnom Penh to Chau Doc in 5 hours. We propose 2 itineraries for tourists who wish to go from Cambodia to Saigon using that boat to cross to Vietnam and then exploring the entire Mekong Delta from west to east all the way to Saigon. The first tour (3 days) includes the visit of Sadec, famous for the Lover’s House of the French writer Marguerite Duras, who was born there, the regional “capital” of Can Tho and its famous Cai Rang Floating Market, and Ben Tre island. The second (4 days) includes a 2-day sampan cruise on the Mekong River.

For information on our Cambodia tours, please open www.orientalbridge.com/tours-cambodia.htm




TOUR III : CHAU DOC - SA DEC – CAN THO – SAIGON (3 Days)

 
Day 1 : ARRIVAL IN CHAU DOC


Your driver and guide welcome you at the Chau Doc Pier (arrival around 17:00). Registration at your hotel and visit of the Town Market.


Diner and night in Chau Doc.

   


Day 2 : CHAU DOC - LONG XUYEN – SADEC - CAN THO

    After breakfast, we go by car to Long Xuyen, where you visit the fascinating Floating Market, the largest in the Mekong Delta. We then cross the Song Hâu River to arrive in the charming town of Sadec, made famous by the book “The Lover” by the French writer Marguerite Duras, who was born there.

Visit of the Huynh Thuy Mansion, the « Blue House » of her novel and the beautiful Kien An Cung Pagoda, Mandarin Quach’s ancient mansion (1926), where his descendants still live.
 

Lunch in a homestay in the Flower Nursery District of Sadec and drive to Can Tho, the « capital » of the Mekong Delta, where we have diner and spend the night.



Day 3 : CAN THO - BEN TRE - SAIGON

  After breakfast, boat ride to visit the Cai Rang Floating Market, where we sail among the large barges loaded with produces and the small boats of the buying retailers. We then cross part of the Mekong Delta till Ben Tre Island.

Boat ride on the Ben Tre River to observe the local daily life (visit of markets, a family brick oven, etc.). Continuation of the navigation on channels till Cai Son and Nhon Than, where we visit a mat family workshop. Stroll in the peaceful countryside, then return to the car to reach Saigon. where we bring you to your hotel (please note that we can reserve the hotel for you).
   


TOUR IV : CHAU DOC – LONG XUYEN - CAI BE – SAIGON
(4 days with a 2-day sampan cruise)


 
Day 1 : ARRIVAL IN CHAU DOC

Your driver and guide welcome you at the Chau Doc Pier (arrival around 17:00). Registration at your hotel and visit of the town market.

Diner and night in Chau Doc.

   

Day 2 : SAMPAN CRUISE CHAU DOC – LONG XUYEN
    After breakfast, we visit the Chau Doc Market and then go to the harbor by tuk tuk to board a sampan around 11:00 for a 2-day cruise.

It starts with the visit of a traditional Cham village, and then sails down the river among myriads of sampans loaded with all kinds of goods: fruits, vegetables, fish, sand, etc. and passing alongside islands. Before the village of Cho Moi, we take a small tributary of the Mekong, with stops to observe the local daily life and several 19th century temples.
 
Lunch on board and continuation of the cruise till Tiger Island (Cu Lao Ong Ho) ; visit of a local museum and arrival in the small town of Long Xuyen end of the afternoon. Diner in an old house alongside the river and night on board.


Day 3 : SAMPAN CRUISE LONG XUYEN – SADEC - DONG HOA HIEP ISLAND

  After breakfast, we visit the Long Xuyen Floating Market, the largest in the delta, and then cruise of the Tien Giang River to arrive at the charming town of Sa Dec, famous for its colonial houses and the birthplace of the French writer Marguerite Duras. Visit of the Huynh Thuy Mansion, the « Blue House » of her novel « The Lover »; lunch on board and continuation of the visit of the town: colonial houses, temples, 18th century Communal House, etc.

We then continue the cruise via Vinh Long. We then arrive at Dong Hoa Hiep Island, famous for its orchards. Bicycle ride through the island before diner and a second night on board.
   


Day 4 : DONG HOA HIEP – CAI BE - PHU AN - SAIGON

Breakfast and visit of the Cai Be Floating Market, in front of a old church built in 1880. We then go to the Hamlet of Phu An, where you have a gastronomy lunch at the Longanier, a superb colonial house on the river bank. We then ride a car to Saigon (driver only; no guide), where we bring you to your hotel (please note that we can reserve the hotel for you).


Rates per person in US dollars

  1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 pers. 5 pers.  
TOUR III
Saigon-Sadec-Chau Doc
$656 $358 $284 $245 $221 Sgle Supplt
$20
TOUR IV
Chau Doc-Saigon on sampan
$1085 $558 $480 $471 $430 6 pers.
$426






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