A Cai Lay View of the Mekong

A Cai Lay View
of the Mekong

Void of mass tourism, where villages are only connected through narrow paths and waterways,
biking and boating are the sole means to get to places where time stands still. Cai Lay
in the Mekong Delta is one of these charming regions, ready to be explored.

WHY THIS TOUR?

One day may not be enough time to explore ‘Nine Dragon River Delta’, as the Mekong Delta is known for in Vietnam. A myriad of waterways, often covered with mangrove forests but revealing an aquatic world beyond the main Mekong River, will reveal itself as a brand new world. Various towns, each with its unique character, have emerged alongside the river banks and we head for this day of adventure to Cai Lay.

What makes this huge area inside the Mekong area such a treat to visit, is that it is one of the more idyllic, charming regions where the local community thrives of keeping traditions alive, thus rarely fail to thrill visitors from around the globe. Biking, boating and walking will be a few of the things you will undertake with your guide and simply enjoy what this primitive enchantment will reveal.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Cai Lay View of the Mekong

08:00 - 17:00

Your English-speaking guide welcomes you at your booked hotel in Ho Chi Minh City from where you quickly head out in a southern direction, away from the always hectic but exciting life of the former Vietnamese capital.

The town of Cai Lay is situated approximately 2 hours outside of this major city and the drive will give visitors a good insight into what’s happening in the daily life of Vietnamese communities. Within 2 hours, we expect to arrive at Cai Lay, part of the Tien Giang region, and one of the Mekong Delta’s strongest assets for tourism merits in the Mekong Delta. Travelling by boat on the maze of waterways and canals is also a way to truly explore the delta, particularly when you embark on a traditional wooden boat that offers plenty of 360-degree views of this green part of Vietnam. After a short boat ride, we hop on our bikes; an almost perfect means to get ‘behind the scenes’ of what often remains hidden; villages where you will meet locals greeting you with a smile and a ‘Xin Chao’ as you paddle on, passing orchards, small cottage industries and soaking in the atmosphere.

The bike ride will be a leisurely one with enough stops for photos!! With so much water around, parts of this visit will include sampan sailing where agile locals paddle you around through shady and tiny canals. The final strokes move you to a local town, where a home-cooked lunch waits for you, filled with Mekong Delta specialities.

It is time to slowly make your way back to Ho Chi Minh City after wandering around the hosts’ lunch address – your car will be only a short walk away from you and brings you back over Highway number 1 to Ho Chi Minh City and your booked accommodation.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All mentioned boat trips
  • Use of a well-maintained bicycle during the tour, complete with helmet
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local family’s home is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Ho Chi Minh City centre. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the city, harbour and the Ho Chi Minh’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the TET celebrations (celebration of Vietnamese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • Customers booking this this leisurely bicycle tour may expect some light hills, unequal terrain and/or some bike carrying along the way.
  • A minimal degree of fitness may be needed to enjoy this excursion to the fullest.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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