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Discover the natural and cultural splendor of the Mekong Delta on a private 3-day tour from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City. Cross the border that separates Cambodia and Vietnam and enrich your knowledge of the country’s distinct cultures and magnificent natural landmarks. Climb to the vertiginous peak of Sam Mountain; delight in the exotic bird species that inhabit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary; and browse stalls brimming with enticing produce at the Cai Rang floating market. Luxuriate in standard or deluxe accommodation each evening and enjoy a selection of authentic meals throughout your tour.

  • 3-day Mekong Delta private river tour from Phnom Penh, led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Ride a speedboat to Chau Doc, located on the border of Cambodia and Vietnam
  • Hike to the peak of Sam Mountain for 360-degree views
  • Ride a boat to a mosque serving the minority Cham community
  • Search for egrets, storks and a variety of wildlife in the cajuput forest and wetlands of Tra Su Bird Sanctuary
  • Glide through the Cai Rang floating market and end in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Relax in standard or deluxe hotel accommodations, and enjoy included breakfasts and lunches

Relish personalized attention from your professional guide on this private 3-day tour from Phnom Perth to Ho Chi Minh City. Experience a range of exhilarating activities including hiking to the peak of Sam Mountain, riding a speedboat to Chau Doc and browsing exotic food stalls at the Cai Rang floating market.

Upgrade from standard to deluxe accommodation to enjoy the luxurious facilities of the 4-star Victoria Resort and pleasure your palate with breakfasts and lunches inspired by Cambodian and Vietnamese culinary classics.  


Day 1: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc (L)After pickup from your city hotel, you’re driven by private vehicle to the harbor in Phnom Penh where you’ll transfer to a speedboat. You’re whisked away to the Cambodian border, stopping for a passport and visa check (see the Important Information tab for details) before arriving in Chau Doc after about four hours.
After lunch, make an afternoon visit to Sam Mountain, an important pilgrimage site frequently visited by people from throughout the Mekong Delta. On a private tour with your guide, marvel at dozens of pagodas and temples around Sam Mountain before you're driven to the 755-foot (230-meter) summit. Reaching the peak is the highlight, with views overlooking Cambodia and the rice fields of Chau Doc on the other side (weather permitting).
You'll spend the night in your choice of hotels:
The 3-star Chau Pho Hotel is located 15 minutes from cultural attractions such as Lady Chua Xu Temple and Tomb of Thoai Ngoc Hau. Bright and spacious rooms are fully equipped and provide sweeping views.
The 4-star Victoria Chau Doc Resort, located on the banks of the Bassac River crossing, features a colonial style with low-rise French architectural design and blends perfectly with its natural surroundings.
Overnight: 3-star Chau Pho Hotel or 4-star Victoria Chau Doc Resort
Day 2: Chau Doc – Can Tho (B, L)After breakfast, pay a morning visit to a local market overlooking the confluence of three rivers. Then, take a boat to the Chau Giang district where a tiny mosque serves the local Cham community.
Learn about this minority ethnic group, which once dominated coastal Vietnam from the 2nd to the 9th centuries, and perhaps see their silk weaving at work in the village. You'll visit a beautiful Khmer temple and some floating houses that double as catfish farms.
Next, depart Chau Doc town for an eco-tour in the Tra Su Cajuput Forest and Bird Sanctuary. This 2,088-acre (845-hectare) protected nature reserve is an ecological haven with its forest of cajeput trees and wetlands providing habitat for waterfowl, bat colonies, and various bird species including storks, egrets and cormorants. Keep an eye out for turtles, snakes and freshwater fish in the meandering canals.
From here, journey to Can Tho to check in to your choice of accommodation:
At Nguyen Shack Homestay, a peaceful riverside retreat nestled in a secluded village just 15 minutes from town, five bamboo bungalows overlook a large tropical fruit garden. Rooms are equipped with a minibar and a private balcony with sofa seating area. You have use of a complimentary rental bicycle to explore nearby attractions, rice fields and floating market.
The 3-star Saigon Can Tho Hotel offers attentive hospitality and personalized service as well as spacious rooms with wood flooring. Located in the heart of town, it's close to shopping and entertainment with Ninh Kieu Quay within walking distance.
The luxury 4-star Victoria Can Tho Resort blends colonial-style architecture with natural beauty. Enjoy an elegant room with balcony views over the river, pool or garden. Close to town, this quiet resort lies on the banks of the Hau River, set amid lovely gardens.
Overnight: Nguyen Shack Homestay, 3-star Saigon Can Tho Hotel or 4-star Victoria Can Tho Resort
Day 3: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)After breakfast, you'll leave bright and early to visit the Cai Rang floating market in the Mekong Delta. In order to get close to all of the activity, hop on a small boat and dart through the water between the floating stalls as you watch vendors sell their wares.
After lunch, you’re transferred to Ninh Kieu harbor in Ho Chi Minh City, where your tour ends in the afternoon.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Mar 2018

My dear fellow travelers
I've just arrived in Ho Chi Minh after a privat 3-day Mekong Delta tour. I have to say very clearly that I am disappointed about the whole experience. I am disappointed for the following reasons.

- There was no plan, time table or anything that would give me some information about the whole trip. I was picked up at the hotel and that was it. I had to ask the people there about my ship and all...
- I've tried to reach the tour organization because I've changed my pick-up-location. I wrote several emails and I had to wait for 4 days for any answer.
- I think the price-value relation was really poor. They sell the whole trip as a 3-day tour. Sorry to say that but the first day was the normal ship cruise you can book in PP for 25 dollars. The picked me up around 5:30 pm, brought me to the hotel, we had dinner afterwards. That was day one . That is really not much private activity if you ask me. Day two was okay. But then day 3 started at 6 am and we were back at the hotel at 10 pm. The driver brought me to Ho Chi Minh and that was day 3!!! Come on guys. I don't like to use the word scam but it goes in that direction, I am afraid...
- The dinner on the second day wasn't included! I know, you can eat very cheaply in Vietnam for European standards. But when I pay 600 bugs I really think the dinner should be included...
- The driver could't speak English at all. As long as I was with the Vietnamese guide, that was not a problem. But on my way to Ho Chi Minh City we stopped for lunch. The driver was somehow pissed and pushed the whole time hurry.

- The guide was really sweet and really tried to give me a better feeling about the whole trip
- The hotels were nice compared to back packe standards...
- The program on the second day was great.

I have to point out that I am always organizing everything on my laptop during my travels or directly at the booking agencies. I really thought this trip would be something special but after 2 days only day 2 was a whole day I have to say that it wasn't worth the money. Everything could be organized by myself for - lets say - 150 bugs. The prices for the means of transportation are so low and I think a 4 star hotel room is not really necessary.

So I would recommend this trip to people that have much money, no time or talent for organizing and do need a 4 star hotel room. For the rest: you can do a personal trip with a private guide for much less money...

, Apr 2017

Not sure where to even begin on how to rate this trip.. knowing what we know now..,I would have never booked 'the tour'..
I've come to learn Viator is really just a middle man taking a cut . Not one of our guides works for them. The guides were contacted by a 2nd or 3rd party off of trip advisor and had no knowledge of Viator. The 'guides' are all freelance and get a call/job from the 2nd party based on bid.So your not getting a Viator travel guide your getting a local guy with a vehicle who takes you to a few places that he gets some benefits from if you buy there stuff.along with his bid price and guilts you into a good tip because 'he's so poor' or has a daughter in the hospital etc etc .you get the picture.The country is beautiful but beyond the major cities not much to see or at least we didn't see much. Our understanding of the tour was supposed to be boat travel and village/community visits . Instead we traveled for hours in someone's vehicle our guide borrowed.,Just to spend 20 minutes at a temple.For what we received out of the 1029.00 could have been had for half the price had we done a little homework . Unfortunately you don't know ,what you don't know.

, Apr 2017

The tour itself was a 4/5. Positives - our tour guide was great, interesting activities, the Victoria hotels were amazing, took us to hotel in hchm. Negatives (2/4) not enough information before given VIATOR get your act together, tour didn't start until after midday on first day so very rushed.

, Mar 2017

There are some nice things about the tour, but we felt it was 1 day too long and definetely we felt we overpaid for what it was worth it.
There was too much time spent in transfer, lack of information, we didn't get the option for the morning boat to Vietnam so we lost the first day.

, Jan 2017

Fantastic tour. We were a party of 6 and opted for the luxury hotels which both exceeded expectations.
The only hiccup was that the local powerboat company showed up 4 hours early in Phnom Penh and this led to a rushed start.
After the boat ride we met the tour guide in Vietnam and the real tour began. Everything was well planned and went smoothly.
Vietnam is a beautiful country and the local people are extremely friendly.
This tour is highly recommended.

, Dec 2016

Our guide Tun was very helpful and knowledgeable. He was also patient and always read to extend assistance to our needs. The view at the bird sanctuary was extremely beautiful and tranquil. The floating market was an experience too, where we get to eat the various fruits and even noodle soup. We purchased the deluxe accommodation and it was worth the value. The only upsetting incident was on the first day in Phnom Penh, where the agent asked us to get our own Tuk Tuk and find our way to the harbor, after he couldn't find us in the hotel. Even though he paid the Tuk Tuk fees, we were expecting to be picked up by a vehicle.

, Apr 2016

Our guide picked us up after we crossed the border after a nice speedboat-cruise from Cambodia. We immediately got a good feeling from the guide and the driver. They took us to eat at a local restaurant, then some temples and markets. Really nice evening with the locals. Beautiful hotel for the overnight stay, on Nui Sam mountain overlooking the rice fields! Next day, we had more boat safaries, visiting fish/crocodile farms,bird sanctuary, local tribes and more delicious food. Super nice accommodation in Can Tho, overlooking the city! 5 stars!! Went to floating market, noodle-factory and a snake farm!optional

, Nov 2015

The trip was not to our expectations. The guide did not have enough insight and were not assertive.
We got too little information about where we were going, and homestay stay should have been informed earlier It was not 3-stars which we had booked - we had not chosen such an option if we knew what this was.

, Apr 2015

This tour was excellent. it provided us with a memorable experience of life on the Mekong Delta. Hotels chosen for us were excellent and the tour guide was amazing and spoke fantastic english. As there were only two of us the price was high, however the experiences provided made it worth it!!

, Apr 2015

A fantastic tour! Even though we started in a bad way the company and the tour guide did its best to make it the best trip possible. I would like to thank my tour guide N.T. and San for making this trip a memorable one. Mr. Toni also did his best to surprise us on our anniversary day which made it more special. A 5 star for this company and would likely to recommend this to other people.

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