ITINERARY BY DAY
DAY 1: SAIGON – BEN TRE – CAN THO (-/L/-)
At 08:00 am depart from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City for Mekong delta day tour in the area referred locally as ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’ to discover Mekong Delta local life. After two hours for driving we will reach Ben Tre City, then take the boat to contemplate Mekong River.
Stop over at brick-kilns to see hand making bricks process will be the first highlight of this Mekong delta day trip. With large of clay resources around Mekong Delta and full of natural fuel such as rice husk, char coal and mud coal, local people have fulfilled demand of bricks in constructions.
Slowly keep boating to green and quite canal to enjoy peaceful atmosphere of countryside in Mekong Delta – Great frame to photograph of local daily activities on the land and water: coconut produce’s process, fishing, and farming.
Stop over to try and see how to make coconut candy – a favorite treat of southerners, closely followed by banana candy. The two traditional candies originated in Ben Tre.
Back to the boat to Cai Sơn and Nhơn Thạnh creeks then short walk on the village’s road to visit the village, where is widely known for its long-standing sedge mat-making craft. These beautifully-colored mats are used for sleeping on.
Getting to different experience by taking local transport like bike or motor cart (local named “Xe lôi”) to cross rice fields and vegetable plantation then stop at local ecological restaurant for lunch.
Coconut Boat in Mekong Delta
After having delicious lunch featuring such local specialities as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp at a local family/homestay, take another short walk to boat station for rowing-boat along water-coconut creek. Ge back to big boat waiting at the other side of Cái Cối creek, get back AC bus for the journey Can Tho (100km) and check in your hotel.
Lodging: Hau Giang Hotel, 3 star with river-view, deluxe
Note: 4-star accommodation (Victoria Can Tho Resort) is available. Please contact us for more information and cost.
DAY 2: FLOATING MARKETS – SAIGON (B/L/-)
5:30 am: roll out of your bed, hop on your car and drive to Phong Dien district (15km). Upon arrival, hop on an arrow-boat and cruise to the unique and stunning Mekong floating markets of Phong Dien and Cai Rang. Sit back on your boat and enjoy the morning coffee served by a local coffee boat. You will be surely driven back to the yester-centuries by the sounds of whole world of trading going on from boats to boats.
Saying goodbye to Phong Dien floating market, our boat will speed up through green and beautiful channels of the Mekong River stretching along rural villages and arrive in Cai Rang floating market. This will complete a special picture of million floating traders, who have been happily living the floating life and earning their living on some 50,000km of waterways in the Mekong Delta. Get back to your hotel for a late breakfast, have a short rest and check out of the hotel.
11:00 am head off for Saigon (170 km) via the highway 1 and the freeway with breaks en route for a short visit to a local Cao Dai Temple at Cai Lay town and witness its mysterious and colorful Noon Ceremony at 12:00 pm.
13:30 pm: stop for lunch at a restaurant with authentic local dishes. After lunch head off for Saigon via the Freeway. Drop-off: 4:30 pm – at your hotel in Saigon where our service ends.