A visit to Mekong Delta is one of the best ways to experience Vietnamese countryside. A visit to some of the main places along the Tien and Hau river, will give you a unique insight into Vietnamese culture. In this region, you will also have time to enjoy the peaceful life in rustic gardens, and explore the famous floating market on Mekong delta.
Included: Meals: 2 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner
Accommodation: 1 night in 3-star hotel with private bathroom in Can Tho and homestay in Ben Tre
Entrance fees: All entrances fees are included in the trip according to itinerary
Transport: Private car/mini bus, bicycle and boat according to itinerary
English speaking tour guide: Included for the entire tour according to itinerary Not included: ● Travel insurance
● Tips to guide and driver
● Drinks and personal expenses
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
· Take in life along the Mekong River and enjoy the atmosphere of the beautiful, natural seaside
· Experience local life unfold where everyday tasks such as fishing, farming and production is taking place.
· Pay visits to local floating markets where sellers and buyers are bargaining and exchanging their goods from their boats
· Cycling to explore the area and see the daily life of the locals.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Can Tho. (180km)
Pick up from your hotel at 08:00 – 8:30 AM and depart for Cai Be. This trip provides a look at a wide variety of the life and scenery of the delta. On the way, you can see green rice paddy fields stretching towards the horizon. After arrival in Cai Be, we take a sampan cruise to visit a rice paper-making workshop, pop rice cake and visit Mr Vo's ancient house. Known as one of the most ancient houses in the Southern of Vietnam, the house was built over 100 years ago. Then we will have a motorized boat trip through cannels, stop at a local home and enjoy the local tropical fruits and listening to folk music.
After that we will change to a small rowing boat and move in a small cannel. Have lunch on island before we return to the pier. From here, we drive to Can Tho town. On arrival, we check in the hotel.
Have dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Can Tho.
Day 2: Cai Rang floating market – Ben Tre. (121km)
After early breakfast, at 07:00 you will move to visit Cai Rang Floating Market - the biggest and busiest wholesale floating market of Vietnam where not only local people but people from all over the Mekong delta come to exchange their farming products. Then we will visit a rice husking mill and rice noodle making shop to more thoroughly understand the Mekong delta life. Come to local home Mr 10 Cuong to visit a Cocoa garden. Here, we have time to enjoy a cup of cocoa milk while the host introduces the way to grow cocoa tree and produce chocolate by handmade.
Then we leave Can Tho and drive to Ben Tre. Have lunch on arrival. Then we will move to visit a coconut processing workshop. You will see each period to make production from coconut fruit and make biological fertilizer. Check in homestay. You will attend a cooking class, learn how to make simple local dishes and have dinner with some dishes it make by your hand.
Overnight at homestay in Ben Tre.
(B, L, D)
Day 3: Ben Tre Biking - Ho Chi Minh City.
After breakfast at homestay, we get bicycles and start biking to a morning local market. It's best place to buy fresh vegetable and fruits after that biking around vegetable farm and shady paths. Discover the real life in village, visit coconut candy workshop and local Cao Dai temple (8 km). Get along riverside to go back the town. (3km) and have a look at many kinds of fruit for sale displayed on the sidewalk in town. Stop at farmer house for seeing mat weaving. Riding to Mr Sau Khanh ??s house to see ancient ceramic set. Many antiques are from dynasties and French period.
Turn back homestay for relax. Cruise to Ben Tre Pier. Stop to visit a brickyard to see how local people make brick by hand. Get on land and visit Ben Tre museum to indicate Ben Tre people's revolutionary struggle and vestiges of the American War. We will have time to see Ben Tre market before driving to Ho Chi Minh City.
End of the trip.
Key: Breakfast = B, Lunch = L, Dinner = D
Boat trips on Mekong Rivers, visiting the local, floating markets.
Child age: 3 – 9 years old. Infant below 3 years old.
Child price: See under “rates”. Infants are free of charge
This tour is recommended for: all ages
3-Star hotel with private bathroom and homestay with shared bathroom
Car/minibus, bicycle and boat
2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner
All year, however heavy rain may be expected during the rainy season (May-October)
This product may be affected by Vietnamese TET (New Year) – normally in Jan/Feb. Specific dates are blocked in the booking calendar if and when not bookable.
What can you expect during TET? The lunar New Year is very important to the Vietnamese. The days are spent together with family and relatives in private homes to celebrate. Expect the streets to be fairly empty and life at street level to be very limited.