The Mekong Delta to Con Dao Island

7DAYS -> Ho Chi Minh -> Mekong Delta -> Con Dao Island

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Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Fly to Ho Chi Minh
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnel Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Can Tho Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Cai Rang Floating Market – Ninh Kieu Boat Station – Con Son Prison Breakfast, lunch
Day 5 Hon Bay Canh Islet (Turtle) & Hon Trung Islet (Bird) Breakfast
Day 6 Free & Easy Con Dao Island Breakfast
Day 7 Con Dao Departure Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Ho Chi Minh

Welcome to your holiday with Your Vietnam Travel

Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh International Airport, either Domestic or International arrival, after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the Your Vietnam Travel's signboard with your name on it. Transfer to hotel for check in and overnight in Ho Chi Minh. 

 

Meals:

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnel

Breakfast at hotel, meet our guide at 8.00 & start visiting to the most attractive places in Ho Chi Minh City including Reunification Palace - a special national relic for its historical and architectural values of Vietnam, and the War Remnants Museum. Next, we will explore a little bit about Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office – the French building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Have a lunch at local restaurant before leaving the city for a tour to Cu Chi Tunnels - a man-made maze with the length of almost 250 kilometers. Also, the tunnels were used to serve as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for Vietnamese fighters in the long period of war. If you are interested in, you can go into the tunnels to discover the harsh living conditions of those whose were used to live there. 

After that, taste the typical boiled tapioca and hot tea before you come back to Saigon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Can Tho

08.00am meet our guide and driver at hotel lobby. 

Take A smooth one-and-half-hour bus ride through rice field scenery along National Highway 1 brings you to the beautiful rural district of Trung Luong.

On arrival at My Tho, take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to view the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.

Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, then visit the coconut candy mill and take an amazing rowing boat trip along the small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals.

Then depart to your hotel in Can Tho City. Free to leisure on your own way. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Cai Rang Floating Market – Ninh Kieu Boat Station – Con Son Prison

At: 5:45am: Depart for one of famous Floating Market in Mekong delta: Cai Rang floating market. You will on local boat around 15 minutes driving and see the busiest Cai Rang floating market. Some hundred big sized boats, small sized boats stand nearby together and create lanes with seasonal goods are loaded on boards, such as: water melons, pineapples, papayas…

To attract buyers from distance, sellers tie their goods to a pole (a long bamboo stick) to show what they sell. A stop at a big sized boat for tasting the local fruits and a local wet market will help tourists learn more about the life style of this Mekong branch.

Get back to Ninh Kieu boat station at 7:00am and have light breakfast at your own then depart to Con Dao island. 

On arrival at Con Dao Island, pick up at the harbor and transfer to your hotel. 

In afternoon, at 13:30 - 14:00: Pick up at your resort and star to visit Con Dao Prison Relic. On this trip, you will visit:

- Museum: A place to keep the memorabilia attached during the period of resistance against the French colonialists and American imperialists in "hell on earth"  

- Palace of Island Lord: Formerly the residence and working place of island lords, learn the history of Con Dao formation through artifacts, antiques, pictures and documents saved from France to the present.

- Phu Hai Prison: The place to mark the exile footsteps of hundreds of thousands of prisoners and communist soldiers 

- “French Tiger Cage”: Explore the solidly built "tiger cage" system hidden between the labyrinths of inner and outer gates to disorient political prisoners and distract observers. The most brutal forms of torture took place here.

 - “American Tiger Cage”: With narrow and damp cages built in 1971 to torture and debilitate the revolutionary spirit of Vietnamese Communist political prisoners.

- Cow Barn Isolated Area: Originally a place to raise cows and pigs with 9 solitary confinement rooms, 24 pig compartments, 2 cow sheds and 1 cow dung cellar. In 1930, the French turned the barn into a prison for female prisoners.

- Hang Duong Cemetery: The burial place of thousands of Vietnamese revolutionary soldiers and patriots through generations of imprisonment, lasting from 1862 to 1975.

- Tomb of Co Sau: Visiting the grave Co Sau  – a female hero

You will come back your resort at around 18.00. 

Overnight in Con Dao Island.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 5

Hon Bay Canh Islet (Turtle) & Hon Trung Islet (Bird)

After breakfast, at 8.00am: You will be picked up from resort to Con Dao Tourism wharf to start the visit, watching turtles laying their eggs in Hon Bay Canh Islet. Hon Bay Canh is the 2nd largest island after Con Son (683 hectares), named as Bay Canh because of polygonal shape with 07 surrounding beaches when looking down from the air. 

After 45 minutes by ship, tourists will come to Hon Bay Canh Islet, swimming with snorkels for coral view. The area of marine coral reefs surrounding Bay Canh Island is about 366 ha, making many coral species with different shapes such as: branch, table, plate, disk and block. There are also many sea creatures living in coral reefs.

Then, you will go along with the trail of mangrove forest to Bay Canh Ranger Station. On the way, tourists will go sight-seeing, find out eco-system of Con Dao mangrove forest with about 5.1 ha, comprising 24 mangrove plants which is a primitive mangrove forest created and developed on sand base mixed with dead coral. 

Then you will visit Hon Trung. Experience the amazing beauty of the swallows flying over the sky at Hon Trung. This is also the time to save the most memorable moment of the trip.

Come back to the resort in Con Dao island at noon. 

Free in afternoon to swimming on the beach. Overnight in Con Dao.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Free & Easy Con Dao Island

Today, you are free at leisure in your own way and overnight in Con Dao Island. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Con Dao Departure

Breakfast at the hotel, free at your own leisure until meeting time for transfer to airport for flight departure

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • English speaking guide [Other languages are available as well]
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers / Transportation
  • Daily bottle water on coach

Exclusions

  • Visa
  • International or Domestic flights
  • Tips or anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Ho Chi Minh

Blue Diamond

Liberty Central Sai Gon

Majestic Hotel

Con Dao Island

The Mystery Hotel

The Secret Con Dao

Six Senses Con Dao

Reviews

Angie

Malaysia

"5D4N Danang-Hue-Hoi An tour"

Lily, Hannie, Jasmine and Ricky Nguyen did a very good tour for us. Lily is very accommodating to me as Initially I was very skeptical about FB bookings... I worried about online scam but Lily assured me and proved me other wise. They are very helpful and care. Our guide, Ricky is very responsible guide ... More +

Pierre A

France

"Amazing trip to Hoi An and Ba na hills (golden bridge)"

We first went to the magical city of Hoi An, the organization went perfectly well with a driver who picked us up at Danang airport to drop us to our hotel. We visited the city and had a romantic boat trip through the city river. Lily, Jasmine, Hannie, Tom, Ricky, and Hamid were always here ... More +

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