You will be met and greeted by our tour guide upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City, which is formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a sprawling metropolis that is home to over 10 million people and a fast-paced city full of contrasts as street vendors selling fruit and vegetables can be seen next to glitzy western-style bars and boutiques. Saigon’s history is only 300 years old. In 1859 the city was captured by the French and became the capital of Cochin China. From 1956 until its dramatic demise in April 1975 it was the capital of the US-backed Republic of Vietnam. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is very much the heart of Vietnamese business and entrepreneurs. And yet the city still retains its connections to the past, particularly in Cho Lon, Saigon’s Chinatown. Here dozens of elegant temples and pagodas can be seen. The French also left their mark with some fine colonial-era buildings such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.
07:30 Leave Saigon City for Cai Be - The excursion starts from Cai Be town pier at around 10.30 am. Upon embarkation on your sampan you will be welcomed by your crew. Visiting bustling Cai Be floating market, cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables and then we will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the Mekong delta best sights. On the way, stop will be made at some local home factories to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other regional specialties are made. Lunch at "Le Longanier" restaurant, a superb Indochinese house located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations. After lunch, your sampan will proceed to Sa Dec - known as a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people. We will then cruise on a small beautiful canal through water jacinth plantations… You will take a small rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a local tiny village and fruit plantations. Further on the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisan bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit. You will disembark a the local market place. Before sunset, we will have a very interesting visit at a splendid ancient house or “Nha Co” dating from the early 19th century. After being greeted by the owners, we will cater a candlelight dinner for you, an unforgettable experience in a very unique atmosphere. Overnight aboard.
The day will begin with a guided visit of Sa Dec charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses and Chinese temples. You will also visit the local market and the Trung Vuong primary school where well known writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood…(see her famous novel “The Lover”). Back on board your private sampan for your second day cruise in the delta. While your sampan will proceed upstream on the Mekong river to Long Xuyen, a delicious lunch will be served on board. Long Xuyen is a peaceful typical provincial town lying on the Mekong’s banks, dotted with an attractive floating market… In the afternoon, excursion to “Ong Ho” island to visit the museum of Ton Duc Thang, second president of Vietnam. At the end of the day, we will organize for you an exciting evening with your dinner arranged at a local ancient house. You will be able to share experiences with family members and learn about traditional southern lifestyle, a highlight of your journey to be kept for long time in your memory. Back on board your private sampan for the your second night on the river. The sampan will slowly cruising during the night back to Can Tho.
Have breakfast served onboard and then we will transfer you back to Saigon City. The rest of time is at leisure.
Morning flight to Dalat. Pick up and drive to hotel located in the city. Dalat is a picturesque town in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, well known as a local honeymoon destination because of its cool weather. Express check-in at Ana Mandara Villas Dalat - Sprawled across 35 acres of lush parkland, this five-star resort hotel is home to 17 fully restored French-style villas that cradle 65 elegantly furnished guestrooms. Within the resort you’ll also find several treats to indulge in. Touring to visit the city essential sites in the afternoon. At leisure and stay overnight at hotel in Dalat.
Option 1 (Easy Trek): Stroll through the pine forest and hike to the top of Pinhatt Mountain (1,700 meters) for a view of beautiful Tuyen Lam lake. Enjoy a boat ride across the lake to visit Vietnam most beautiful pagoda. A good mix of pine forest, coffee plantations, and jungle on this trek. Moderate 4 hour walk with one strenuous uphill climb.
Option 2 (Bike & Hike): Bike the lake trails and hike to the top of Pinhatt Mountain. This mixed activity combines a great off road ride on single track through pine forest with a hike up to one of the best lookout spots in Dalat. We bike from Dalat down to Tuyen Lam Lake, ditch the bikes before hiking up the mountain, have lunch and then ride back up to Dalat.
Option 3 (Kayaking): A trip to the Highlands wouldn`t be complete without exploring the beautiful lakes in the region. Nothing beats the stunning views of mountains and forests from the serenity of Tuyen Lam Lake. Head deep into the jungle on small rivers and tributaries that feed into the lake. Our flat water kayaks offer the stability of a canoe and the speed of a more traditional kayak. Get out into areas that are accessible only by water and see some of the natural beauty and wildlife Vietnam has to offer. Back to hotel and you will enjoy sauna and then therapeutic treatments to refresh before a romantic candlelight dinner will be arranged for you at Le Petit Dalat Restaurant – our signature Dalat Spa Resort restaurant offering delicious Vietnamese and fusion cuisine fares, and a fine selection of wines or we will set up a private dinner right in your villa`s balcony or at the villa dining room.
This ride to Nha Trang starts with a 45 minute transfer 33 kilometers to the north east of Dalat on a new road and through the newest national park in Vietnam (Bidoup Nui Ba). It offers fantastic cycling in the highlands as well as down a 28 kilometer pass to the coast. The first section of the ride starts in pine forest and rolls through the hills with beautiful views of farms, countryside and Nui Ba Mountain. There is one final 3 kilometer climb to the top of the pass before some serious downhill. The 28 kilometer, uninterrupted downhill section is the longest section of continuous downhill we offer. After reaching the bottom of the pass we have a picnic style lunch by the side of the river. Faster riders may have lunch at the top of the pass before the downhill. The section of riding after lunch offers a beautiful sampling of country living in Vietnam, passing through small villages and farms. This section of riding, although pleasant, can be challenging as the hills roll continuously. Average riding distance is 70 kilometers with an option to ride more, or less. The support vehicle can be used at any time by tired riders and is used to also transport luggage and provisions.
Our special honeymoon package includes romantic dinners in different locations and unique activities, excursions for honeymooners.
Stay at your leisure to enjoy with beach or hotel's pool, optional to water activities like diving, snorkling or islands tour.
Take morning flight back to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to connect your flight back to home. End of service.
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