Fred Bowen

    The overall trip was excellent. Especially pleased by the hotel in Hoian- SUPER! Thank you so much-


    W F Bowen




    "Thanks to you, we enjoyed our trip very much.

    Vangvieng has splendid view and is like an Utopia for us, and the hotel we stayed is very good, too.

    We also enjoyed two days' Mekong cruise in Luang Prabang.

    Anyway, Thank you very much for everything !!"



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    Osaka, Japan




    "We are delighted to recommend Lai Phuong and Vietnam Explorer Travel. She has assisted us with dozens of travel details and travel itineraries for nearly a decade to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, USA, and all around Asia. Phuong provides truly first class service from A to Z. She is also a true expert on travel routes and accommodations throughout Vietnam. We give her our highest recommendation, 5 + stars!"


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    Ann Smith

    Dear Ms Phuong,

    Thank you. 

    We had a wonderful time in Myanmar.

    The hotels were all very good, especially the Governor's residence in Yangon.

    The guides were excellent and had good language skills and very good local knowledge.

    There was so much to see our heads were spinning!!

    We had many flights and airport connections and they all went without a single problem.

    We also had a great time in Vietnam as usual! It almost feels like home. 

    Kind regards,

    Anne & Ian Smith


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    [ 4 days] Mekong short stay

    From $470 -

      From  VND 10,000,000/ per person( group of 2 privately)

      Price is correct at time of website updates ( August 2014) & can be adjusted without prior notice. 

      Only 120 km South-West from Ho Chi Minh and 3 hours of drive, we’ll escape totally from the bustling city to another world: a world of water and lush vegetation, a world that people can have a relaxed life.

    Day 1: HCMC- Cai Be- Mekong Lodge

    -09h30am: arrive Cai Be from Ho chi Minh city, greeting at Cai Be harbor and explore the lively Cai Be floating market + walking for visit the handicraft village of the local people.

    -12h00: boat trip to Mekong Lodge & check-in bungalows.

    -12h30-13h00: lunch is served in the nice restaurant with the Vietnamese day-menu.

    -From 14h00: afternoon walking or biking visit to the homes factories of candy and handicraft near by the village & sightseeing the old house and sample various tropical fruits.

    -Late afternoon participating in cooking class and diner with what you’ve cooked

    Day 2: Mekong Lodge - Cai Be- Can Tho

    Buffet breakfast in the restaurant.

    -Walking or cycling tour around the island.

    -Go to one of the orchard, free fruits picking of mango, rambutan, longan…

    -Boat transfer to Cai Be harbor and private transfer to Cantho. Your family host will welcome guest on arrival. Dinner will be served at your home stay.

    Day 3: Can Tho

    AM:Enjoy a leisure bicycle ride in village watching ricefields,bonsai & fruits gardens. Visitors will have chance to taste tropical fruits at Mr. Ba Cong's fruit garden. Lunch will be served at local restaurant whilst enjoying the spectacular view of NinhKieu whart.

    PM: visit Banglang Stork Sanctuary and finish with ancient house Binh Thuy, one of the oldest& well persevered house in the Mekong area . Dinner & overnight at Home Stay.

    Day 4:  Can Tho Departure

    Morning boat trip to visit famous floating market Cai Rang and fishing village Le Binh. By noon time, tour ends.


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    • - 1 night accommodation in twin sharing bungalow @ Mekong Lodge
    • - 2 nights accommodation in twin sharing room at home stay (Cantho)
    • - shuttle boat from Cai be Pier to Mekong Lodge/ 2 ways
    • - 3 meals( 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner) @ Mekong Lodge
    • - 2 meals( 1 breakfast, 1 dinner) @ home stay by family host
    • - 1 lunch at local restaurant ( CanTho)
    • -  boat trip to Cai Be floating market
    • -  all activities ( cooking, short biking..) as mentioned in package program @ Mekong Lodge
    • - A roundtrip transfer by private 4 seat car( Saigon-CaiBe-Cantho) 4 days/3 nights
    • - All entrance fees where mentioned
    • - 2 dinners + 2 breakfasts at Home Stay( cooked by Family Host)
    • - Local English speaking guide ( from Caibe onwards Cantho)
    • - Boat trip to CaiRang floating market, fishing village Le Binh & Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary.


    • International standard bike hike
    • Personal expenses such as extra meals, drinks, tips etc.,
    • Any services not clearly mentioned above 

    Travel Info

    The Mekong Delta is a great place to discover lush back-waterways, bustling floating markets, and one of the great rivers of the world, the “Mighty Mekong”. This short adventure dips into a way of life that has remained unchanged hundreds years. It combines exploration of the dense network of narrow canals by  local sampan  and biking on hidden paths. There is enough flexibility built in to allow you to wander where you’d like. 

    Cai Be is the typical image of Mekong Delta: floating market, orchards of tropical fruits, paddy rice of extended view, handicraft villages…and Mekong Lodge is hidden among the many gardens of mango, longan, rambutan, durian trees. 

    Mekong Lodge includes 29 private pretty Bungalows and a River View Restaurant, stretched in an area of more than 10.000 m2.To reach Mekong Lodge, the only way is by boat as it is situated in an island and lays just beside the Tien River, but never mind, boat is the most popular means of transport for local people to move from one place to other.

    Home stay means you will live with Host Family. No air conditioner but rooms have fans( toilet and bathroom can be private or common) in bungalow style with little bonsai garden in front. All meals are set menu( no buffet), local taste. A home stay experience offer visitors wonderful opportunity of practicing light exercise as biking and communications with local people as well. If you are a person who want to experience typical Mekong Delta countryside lifestyle, you will love it. 

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    Vietnam stretches south from the Chinese border along the east coast of the Indochina Peninsula. The country has a complex geography with soaring mountains, fertile delta plains, winding rivers and long sandy tropical beaches. In reality Vietnam is a country of outstanding natural beauty; some of the best beaches in Southeast Asia can be found along the coastline of Vietnam.

    Area:331,210 km2 
            128,565 sq mi

    Capital: Hanoi

    Official language: Vietnamese

    Calling code: +84

    National Airlines: Vietnam Airlines ( wwww.vietnamairlines.com)

    National Flowers: Lotus

    National Dress: " Áo Dài"  

    National Flag: red background with yellow star at the center

    National (Main) Religion: Buddhism 

    National Day: 2nd September 

    Ethnic minority Groups: 54

    Country Population: 91,949,482 citizents ( statistic 2014)

    Biggest City: Ho Chi Minh City ( formerly known as Saigon)

    Three biggest telephone service providers: MOBIFONE, VINAPHONE,VIETEL

    International Airports:  TanSonNhatAirport (Ho Chi Minh City), NoiBaiAirport (Hanoi) and DanangAirport( Danang)


    To enter Vietnam you will require a passport (with at least 7 months remaining validity after trip completion) and a tourist visa for most foreigners arrival the country except certain visa exemption cases thanks to state agreements. Obtaining a single entry or multiple entries visa for 30-day validity is easy. (Please inform us at the start if you wish a longer stay and multiple entries.)
    Visa extensions can usually be obtained once in Vietnam. Please scan or show us your original visa page. Rates vary, as does the official policy regarding extensions. Before you travel, check your passport to ensure that there is room for a visa and entry/exit stamps (at least three pages). Please check Service section for visa information.


    It makes sense that the healthier you are, the more you will enjoy your holiday in general. A reasonably good level of fitness is required for almost of our classic packages and you should be in good health. Any physical preparation will always be to your advantage. Please seek advice from a travel clinic at least 6 weeks before departure on your holiday regarding the relevant vaccinations and jabs required.  Anyone with respiratory or cardiac problems, or over the age of 70, should fully consult their medical adviser prior to booking and we may require full medical clearance/insurance plan. There is a sufficient standard of health care in the cities for treating minor injuries but more complicated treatment may require evacuation to another, nearby countries like Thailand or Singapore. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance  and accessible funds to over the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. 

    It is also important to note that brand names of various medicines vary from country to country and some products, which may be readily available back home, may not be in Vietnam. Please include the basic first aid kit pack: plasters, dressings or bandages, calamine or after-sun lotion, oral dehydration treatment (in case of bouts of diarrhea and dehydration), insect repellent and sting relief, antiseptic cream and antiseptic wet-wipes. Better safe than nothing!


    The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND) which is in notes. Currently, about 21,000 VND is equal to 1 USD. All foreigners can exchange foreign currency into Dong, but not vice versa. Credit cards ( visa, master, amex, JCB…) are accepted in most three star hotels up and some restaurants. Please bear in mind that a surcharge usually applies for credit card purchases. Visa/Master and JCB have same 3% as bank center charge but a higher fee for holders of American Express. Banks are open Monday to Friday and some open on Saturday morning. Most ATMs have an English language version.

    Vietnam can be visited year-round. Average temperatures year round range from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius. In southern Vietnam tropical conditions prevail, and there are two seasons – the wet season lasts from May to November and the dry season from December to April. Central Vietnam is usually dry from May to October and wet from December to February. October and November may experience unstable weather conditions and flooding. Northern Vietnam also experiences two seasons though conditions can change dramatically throughout the day. The winter months from November to April are usually cold and humid. The months of December and January can be particularly cool with temperatures as low as 8 degrees Celsius. Temperatures can drop to 0 degrees Celsius in Sapa (in the highlands near the Chinese border) in winter. Summer, from May to October, can be quite hot and wet with regular downpours and occasional typhoons. The hottest months are June and July in Hanoi. 


    Vietnam is still quite a conservative country. In rural areas and especially temples, overly-revealing clothing may be considered offensive. You should make an effort to dress more conservatively in these situations. Walking around a village in bike shorts is not appropriate so if you wish to cycle in just bike shorts you should have something with you on the bike to put on over the top (long loose shorts or a skirt/sarong). When visiting temples, shorts are acceptable providing they cover the knees. Singlet or sleeveless shirts are not acceptable in temples.


    Vietnam’s network is GSM compatible and will work with most carriers. In the cities, you will be able to access email, phone, fax and post offices. In big cities, most hotels from 2 star category can offer Internet cable service. Elsewhere out in the countryside, there may have Internet limitation access and the main communication will be phone. Cheap sim cards of local mobile  service providers ( Viettel, Vinafone, Mobilefone ) are readily available in the cities and pay-as-you-go recharge cards and call rates are cheap. Plus 3G service is easily available in the metropolitan centers and prepaid data package rates are affordable and reasonable. Ask our staff about getting a local phone card and number. 






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