This tour brings you back to a bygone era to follow the footsteps of one of France’s most celebrated writers, Marguerite Duras. Born and raised in Vietnam to French parents, Duras’ most acclaimed work ‘L’Amant’ is set in old Saigon and the laid-back town of Sa Dec, where she lived until the age of 17
Mekong Delta, the fertile land with friendly smiles and lush tranquil gardens is waiting to embrace any visitor coming to it. Just after a 2-hour drive southwest from Saigon, you already have a chance to discover the Mekong Delta’s unique market and also the symbol of the region, Cai Be floating market.
Relaxing on our wooden charming boat and explore the bustling floating market while enjoying the tropical fresh fruits on board is really wonderful experience that you will never forget. You will find lots of floating vendors lining up their boats in the middle of the stream with their agricultural products hung on bamboo poles.
Continue our boat trip to explore deeper about the local life by visiting the town’s business and craft factories before reaching an ancient Mandarin house where a home hosted lunch with Mekong’s specialties are served.
After lunch, enjoy a leisure sampan ride before we transfer you back to the local pier to continue your trip to Sa Dec.
Upon arrival at Sa Dec, check-in the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le, the "house of the Chinese” described in novel L’AMANT. You will have chance to listen to the romantic love story of the owner with the novelist Marguerite.
Enjoy your the dinner at the historic house.
Overnight at Huynh Thuy Le’s house
After breakfast, you will visit Kien An Cung Pagoda, which is typical for Chinese architect when they moved here. Walk to visit Trung Vuong Primary School where mother of Marguerite Duras taught.
Continue to visit Sa Dec market with all kinds of tropical fruit, vegetable, fish, and other agriculture products, fisheries.
After check-out the house, walk along the quiet and peaceful roads to visit the colorful Sa Dec Flower & Bonsai Village, one of the most famous flower planting places in Vietnam.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to Saigon.
+ 1 night stay at Huynh Thuy Le ancient house
+ Private air-conditioned transportation
+ Local English speaking guide during the program
+ Admission fees as per itinerary
+ Lunch as indicated in the program (food only, without drinks)
+ Private boat trip on Mekong River
+ Bottled water & cold hand-wipe as refreshment during transfers
+ Accommodation in Saigon
+ Meals not mentioned in the itinerary and drinks during meals
+ Travel & Trip insurance
+ Other expenses which are not clearly mentioned in inclusive services
+ Gratuities to guides and drivers (suggested USD 10 / person / day)