The Island Lodge
Location: Viet Nam
The Mekong Delta is perhaps the most scenic river in Asia and certainly the most vibrant. The Delta is made up of nine rivers that form this huge and fertile region and produces enough rice to feed the whole of Vietnam as well as being a focus of fruit production, with lychees, pineapples, jackfruits, bananas and coconuts which grow in abundance. As a result, the plains are carpeted in an almost luminous green. Here, fishing boats, tourist boats, house boats and markets float upon the rivers and streams that criss-cross the landscape.
In Vietnam’s towns, you will be absorbed into the bustling commerce, in the countryside of the Delta, the pace of life slows right down. Watch buffalo wallow in rice paddies, coconut- and fruit-laden boats slowly wade through the soupy Delta waters. Travel through mangrove forests teeming with bird life and float past the remains of Viet Cong bunkers and Buddhist temples.
Tour The Mekong Delta In Luxury With Les Rives
This Mekong Delta two day tour lets you go deeper into the palm jungle of the Mekong to see more of the traditional rural life of this fascinating area. Visit local farms and houses to learn how people live along the river. Shop at a bustling riverside market overflowing with Delta produce and then take in a brick atelier, a coconut candy and a weaving mat workshop. As part of this tour you will also explore small canals of Ben Tre by boat and visit both a Buddhist pagoda and a Cao Dai Temple.
During your tour, your Les Rives chef will serve you a traditional Vietnamese lunch which includes fresh spring rolls, caramelized pork, chicken with ginger, and the Mekong Delta delicacy, Elephant Ear fish. After having a traditional lunch, you will arrive at the beautiful boutique hotel The Island Lodge, where you can relax by the river with a glass of wine, chill at the pool or take a bike ride on the peaceful alleys of the Unicorn Island full of shady fruit trees. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner specially cooked for you by a French chef.
The next morning, a nutritious breakfast is followed by another day of exploring. Visit Cai Be floating market to see how locals run their trading business on the river; take a rowboat trip along small canals of the Delta surrounded by thousands of coconut palms. After a traditional lunch at the floating restaurant, you will visit a brick atelier and various workshops to learn how Vietnamese still use old family technologies to make so many things with their hands. Take an exciting trip by “xe loi”, a traditional transport popular in small villages.
The end of the trip is an adventurous speedboat trip back to Saigon. After arriving at the city pier, Les Rives van will bring you to your hotel.
Why Les Rives?
Les Rives only operate small group tours and time their tours to avoid the larger bus crowds. A luxury speedboat is so much better than taking a bus! Not only is taking a speedboat quicker, but you get to experience scenic, traditional Mekong River life as you travel. They have friendly, knowledgeable guides with excellent English and who love their job, so you can be sure of a superb experience of life in the Mekong Delta.
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