On this 11-day tour of Vietnam, enjoy a mix of cultural, biking, and beach tours. Begin in Ho Chi Minh City to sightsee and explore the Cu Chi tunnels. Then, take a 21-bike ride from the Mekong Delta to Long An, passing orchards and villages along the way. Next, take a boat along the famed floating markets in Cai Be and Can Tho, before winding down with some free time to relax by the beach and visit the temples and markets of Phu Quoc.

Highlights

  • Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by the Vietcong during the Vietnam War
  • Take a scenic 21-mile bike ride from Mekong Delta to Long An
  • Visit Can Tho, home to the busy Cai Rang floating market
  • Relax and explore the temples and shrines in beachside Phuc Quoc

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel and City Tours Ho Chi Minh
Day 3 Travel to Ben Tre Ben Tre
Day 4 Travel to Cai Be Tien Giang
Day 5 Tour Cai Be Tien Giang
Day 6 Travel to Can Tho Can Tho
Day 7 Tour Can Tho Can Tho
Day 8 Flu to Phu Quoc Phu Quoc
Day 9 Phu Quoc - Free Day Phu Quoc
Day 10 Phu Quoc - Free Day Phu Quoc
Day 11 Depart From Phu Quoc  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Vietnam!
Welcome to Vietnam!

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, meet a local guide who will accompany you by bus transport to your hotel in the center of Ho Chi Minh City. The ride takes about 45 minutes. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day and evening at your leisure.

Depending on your arrival time, consider a bike tour through the city's streets and alleys with a local guide. Stop at pancake and seafood restaurants, coffee shops with live music, and some of the best panoramic views of Back Dang Pier and the city center. Enjoy the sunset from a rooftop bar and toast to your first night in Vietnam.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel and city tours

Cu Chi Tunnel
Cu Chi Tunnel

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer by bus to Cu Chi Tunnel. This complex of underground tunnels stretches more than 155 miles and was made by the Vietcong guerillas during the Vietnam War.

Next, take a short city tour. Stops include the Central Post Office of Saigon and the Notre Dame Cathedral, a symbol of semi-colonial architecture. Then, visit the Thien Hau Pagoda, which is situated in the heart of China Town.

Following the day of exploration, the evening is at your leisure to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City at night.

Day 3: Travel to Ben Tre

Ben Tre
Bike through Ben Tre

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer by car (with bikes loaded) out of Saigon. From Mekong Delta to Long An, bike around 21 miles, cycling through fruit orchards, toward the village path to discover the village of Mekong Delta. Then, stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

Next, continue on via car to Hung Vuong Pier and board a boat that will cruise along the Ham Luong river (a branch of the Mekong), and stop off at various local workplaces to give you a visual of how the local economy works. Visit the following:

  • A brickworks, where bricks are still made by hand
  • A coconut processing workshop, where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every part of the versatile nut is turned into food and other products
  • A mat-weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a handloom—you can even have a go at weaving, yourself

The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can take a short walk to experience real Delta village life, before boarding your xe loi (a type of motorized rickshaw) and travel into the forest to stroll the fruit orchards, before reaching your accommodations for the night.

Enjoy a cooking lesson featuring local dishes, such as chicken with lemongrass and turmeric and green papaya salad.

Day 4: Travel to Cai Be

Tan Phong Island
Continue the biking tour through Cai Be

In the morning, take a scenic biking trip to Cai Be. Pass the fruit orchards en route, and observe the daily life of local people. Upon arrive in Cai Be, a small motorboat will transfer you to An Hoa Village. Check-in and take some time to refresh. Lunch is served at the onsite restaurant, which is located on the Tien riverside.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy, followed by another cooking demonstration in the later afternoon. Enjoy dinner and the evening at Mekong Lodge.

Day 5: Tour Cai Be

Visit the floating market
Visit the floating market

After an early breakfast, take a boat trip to visit the Cai Be floating market—which is now much smaller, since most of the trade moved on land. However, sightseeing is still exciting, with hundreds of people participating in the market by boat. Find rice, fresh fruits, fish, handicrafts, and more for sale.

Then, bike from Mekong Lodge to the candy and handicraft factories near the village. Have lunch and visit Ba Kiet Old House, and continue biking back to the lodge. Enjoy dinner and free time back at Mekong Lodge.

Day 6: Travel to Can Tho

Bike bast rice fields in Vinh Long
Bike bast rice fields in Vinh Long

After breakfast, take the ferry to Vinh Long. Then, start biking from Vinh Long to Can Tho. On the way, the scenery will include green rice fields and rural riverside villages.

Next, break for lunch at a local restaurant on your own. Then, continue cycling into the late afternoon, along the riverside to Can Tho.  

Following the bike tour, the evening is at your leisure to relax or explore more of Can Tho.

Day 7: Tour Can Tho

Buy produce from locals at Cai Rang
Buy produce from locals at Cai Rang

Today, visit Cai Rang—the most iconic floating market in Mekong Delta—and then take a half-day biking trip through the outskirts of Can Tho to immerse yourself in the peaceful life of the locals. Sightseeing points include more rivers and fruit orchards along the way.

Following the biking, the rest of the afternoon into the evening is at your leisure.

Day 8: Fly to Phu Quoc

Suoi Tranh waterfall
Suoi Tranh Waterfall 

The early morning is yours to enjoy in Can Tho until your guide picks you up at the hotel to transfer you to the airport for your flight to Phu Quoc. Then, transfer to the hotel in Phu Quoc by shuttle bus. The rest of the day is yours to explore Phu Quoc on your own or to simply relax by the beach and soak up the sun. A few activities and sites to see include the below:

  • Phu Quoc National Park: The park takes up more than half of the island, and allows you to spot rare wildlife and exotic plants
  • Suoi Tranh Waterfall: This 13-foot waterfall is surrounded by beautiful greenery, rock pools, and natural caves, along with plenty of walking paths
  • Vinpearl Land Amusement Park: If you’re up for a thrill, enjoy this collection of waterslides, rollercoasters, arcades and lots of dining options

Return to your hotel in the evening, and enjoy the after-hours by the water.

Day 9: Phu Quoc - Free day

Duong Dong Market,
 Duong Dong Market

Today, enjoy more of Phu Quoc at your leisure. Consider a visit to the Duong Dong Market, which is settled along Tran Phu Street, and is the largest and busiest outdoor market. Early morning is the prime time to visit, so you can watch the locals bargain for fresh seafood, meats, and fruit from the mainland. Enjoy the many food stalls that serve fresh seafood and fruit juices for low prices. The market is a great place to shop for souvenirs, too.

In addition, take a trip to the Ham Ninh Fishing Village, which allows you to view the daily life of the local fishermen and taste the local fare—tram mushroom, boiled flower crab, and cucumber soup are the delicacies, and medicinal drinks made from ginseng, seaweed, and rice wine are prominent.

Following your solo exploration, return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Day 10: Phu Quoc - Free day

Sao Beach, Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc

After breakfast at the hotel, you have another day in Phu Quoc at your leisure. Visit the nearby temples and shrines, a few of which include the below:

  • Dinh Cau Rock (Cau Temple): This natural formation besides Duong Dong Fishing Harbour houses a lighthouse, along with a Buddhist shrine—complete with a rooftop terrace
  • Sung Hung Pagoda: A joining of two shrines from the early 10th century, and the oldest on the island, look for the Goddess of Mercy statue and several Buddha statues—remember to dress a bit conservatively out of respect for the locals and monks
  • Cao Dai Temple: This temple is representative of Cao Daism, a monotheistic religion that is a combination of Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Confucianism, Christianity, and Islam
  • Su Moon Pagoda: Atop a hill east of Duong Dong Town, pay your respects, get your fortune told, and enjoy the tranquility associated with this temple built in 1932

Day 11: Depart from Phu Quoc

Farewell, Vietnam!
Farewell, Vietnam!

In the morning, enjoy some free time before you transfer to Phu Quoc airport for your departure flight home. Feel free to return to Duong Dong Market for any last-minute souvenirs. Safe Travels!

Map

Map of Active Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, & Phu Quoc - 11 Days
Map of Active Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, & Phu Quoc - 11 Days