Any advice on 2-3 day tours that take you into the Mekong Delta would be great. We are well travelled and enjoy adventurous and cultural experiences. Best quality accomodations are not necessary and tours that take us mostly to shops and markets isn't what we are looking for. Any advice on tour companies from Saigon or Can Tho?
Also, can anyone recommend a good place to stay in Can Tho. I know many small places on Can Tho won't be on the Internet but directions, names or descriptions of a good place will be helpful.
If you're well travelled it is more fun to do it on your own, just take a bus in Saigon to Can Tho.
Back in 2006 we stayed in a basic guesthouse (Hien II, $6) in Can Tho, and on the waterfront we rented a private boat ($13/pers) to go to the floating markets. We left at 5.30 am (important to leave early!) and once in the 'market area' we could board the larger boats to meet the people.
Afterwards we toured the smaller canals, in total this trip lasted 8 hrs.
I would take a bus to Can Tho or even My Tho and then get a motorbike and drive it down to Can Tho which was one of the highlight of my Mekong Delta journey. Regardless of what you do I would advise doing it yourself as it is much more rewarding and enjoyable. Safe Travels.
I would agree with rico907...Do it yourself and enjoy the experience... This is what you can do, as I did . and I saw much more than what you would get out of a tour.
From HCM City, I took bus from Cholon bus station to Vinh Long (135km),passing by My Tho, and stayed in a GH in VL (not mentioning the name here). Hired motor bike guy to take me around, including Temple of Literature & Cai Be market. Also went to Binh Hoa Phuoc village, nice Vietnamese food, and traditional music . Place steeped in nature.
Next I took mini bus to Can Tho, and spent much of my time in a boat visiting floating marts, etc. I also visted Cao Lanh as I wanted to go to Tam Nong Crane Ground (breeding ground of red-headed, bare-necked cranes) and also the The Rung Tram forest b4 heading to My Hiep where I took a motorised boat to get into the Xeo Quit base - a former Viet Cong base in the Mangrove Forest . I exited to Vietnam into Cambodia via Chau Doc, where I stayed for a day to visit the ‘Bone Pagoda’ in Ba Chuc, which houses a collection of skulls of Vietnamese people killed by the Khmer Rouge during 1975 and 1978.
Of course,.. Mekong Delta has more to offer, depending on time availability..
I never take tours but because I only had 4 weeks in Vietnam I took a 3 day tour round the Mekong. Had a great time, saw heaps, good accommodation and cheaper than I could do alone. I used Sinh Tours of course from Saigon