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6 Days Mekong Delta – Central Highlands

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From lowlands to highlands, see the changes in scenery and the lifestyle of the local people along the way. You will have time to enjoy the nature in the National Park and meet the friendly hill-tribe people; try coffee in the Café Kingdom and spot the beautiful colorful creatures on the Son Tra Peninsula.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      hiking, playing with elephants, sightseeing, spotting wildlife
    • Activity Level Road Trips
      3/8
    • Group Size Large Group
      1-20
    All about the 6 Days Mekong Delta – Central Highlands.

    Itinerary at glance

    Day 1: Saigon Arrival
    Day 2: Mekong Delta
    Day 3: Yokdon National Park
    Day 4: Elephant’s time – Transfer to Kon Tum
    Day 5: Kon Tum – Hoian
    Day 6: Spotting langurs in Son Tra Peninsula

    Information:

    Types of road: highway, paved mountain roads
    Vehicle types: pick-up cars & Jeeps
    No of passengers on a car: 01 – 03
    No of vehicles: 01 – 10
    Driving distances: 1000km

    Accommodation:

    • Hotels: western breakfast
    • Guesthouse: blanket, pillow, mattress and mosquito net provided, western toilet, hot shower

    Meals: local foods (fish, pork, beef, chicken, egg, vegetable…)
    Activities: hiking, sightseeing, playing with elephants, spotting wildlife
    Group size: 01 – 20
    Duration of trip: 04 days
    Guides: 01 – 02 guides/group

    Self-driving information/requirements:

    Minimum driving age: 22
    IDP (International Driving Pass)
    Manual or automatic: automatic
    No of passengers on a car: 01 – 04

    1. Day 1 Saigon Arrival

      Meet your tour guide and private car at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel in the city center. Be at leisure for the rest of the day to relax after a long flight, or explore the city by yourself.

      Stay: Hotel

    2. Day 2 Mekong Delta (B/L)

      A day for discovering the authentic Mekong Delta with lots of activities to join, such as cycling, visiting local factories, meeting local people and tasting local cuisine in Ben Tre Province, also called “the coconut kingdom”. Afternoon arrival back in Saigon.

    3. Day 3 Yokdon National Park (B/L/D)

      Leave Saigon in the morning on National road 14 (a part of the historic Hochiminh Trail), the chosen route for getting to the central highlands. Upon reaching the Yok Don National Park center in the afternoon, we rest for a while before attending a hosted meal in the village. This cultural meal will be your first experience with the minority tribe in the central highlands.The central highlands region is home to a large population of ethnic minorities, such as the people of Malayo-Polynesian languages (Jarai and Ede) and the people of Mon-Khmer languages (Bahnar and K’hor). These minority groups for a long time used to make up the majority of the region’s population. Over the last few decades however, the Kinh (or Viet) became the majority with over 87% of the country´s population. You will have a meal and share stories, hearing about their unique traditions and culture and tell tales from your own country.

      Stay: Guesthouse

    4. Day 4 Elephant time - Transfer to Kon Tum (B/L)

      Today, you will get up early to join in an exciting activity; following the locals, you will go to the forest to find the elephants. On their day off, the elephants are set free in the forest. It could take time to find them, wandering freely in the forest. Once you find them, you and the mahouts (the elephant trainers) will walk them to the river. It´s time to play with the giant, but very friendly animals. You will give them a bath and play with them in the river.

      After this unique experience, you return to the guest house, check out and leave for Buon Ma Thuot City. The central highlands are the home of the coffee plantations in Vietnam – so in the city, you will visit the one and only museum of coffee, to learn about and try the best local coffee. Lunch will be served here.

      Following the lunch, you will be transferred to Kon Tum City.

      Note: Depending on the arrival time, you could also visit the famous wooden church. Built in 1913 by a French priest, the wooden church is a well-known site in Kon Tum. The church was built using hundreds of cubic meters of high-quality wood and the whole structure stands one meter above the ground on wooden pillars – just like the houses of the surrounding hill-tribes.

       Stay: Hotel

    5. Day 5 : Kon Tum – Hoian (B/L)

      Today you will enjoy the scenic ride along National road 14, part of the Hochiminh Trail, to Hoi An. It is a less trafficked road, so you have time to witness local life and enjoy the scenery with some parts of the road running through the forest. You will drive past some historical sites which relates to the Vietnam War, such as Dak To, Ngoc Hoi, Dak Glei and Kham Duc. But the most impressive parts today is the Lo Xo Pass and driving along Ngoc Linh Mountain.

      Reaching Hoi An ancient town in the afternoon, you are free to enjoy your own time to explore the old streets lined with Chinese traders’ homes. Wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen and tailors, and the most impressive site – the beautiful 16th century Japanese Bridge. A unique fusion of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture is well displayed in Hoi An. This place is perceived as Vietnam’s most tourist-friendly town.

      Stay: Hotel

    6. Day 6 Spotting langurs in Son Tra Peninsula (B/L)

      We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning or afternoon, the Jeep will take you to Son Tra Peninsula.  You will start your trek at the foot of Monkey Mountain.

      Highlight: The tour will be escorted by an expert, who has been working in an international conservation project in Son Tra for 5 years – no one there knows better what route to take.

      When the hike finishes, the Jeep will pick you up and drive around the peninsula, following some forgotten roads, to see some historical relics, so that you will not miss any corner of the peninsula.

      Stay: Hotel

    • Hotels: western breakfasts
    • Guesthouse: clean, blanket, pillow, mattress and mosquito net provided; western toilet; hot shower

    Meals: local foods (fish, pork, beef, chicken, egg, vegetable…)

    Guesthouse at national park
    Hotel in Kon Tum
    Room at Yokdon National Park
    Room in Hoian
    Room in Saigon
    The cafe of hotel in Kon Tum