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 – TRA SU CONSERVATION – CHAU DOC (B/L/-)
5:30: 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.
10:00 am: drive to Long Xuyen (50km) and witness a mysterious Noon Ceremony at a local Cao Dai temple. After that, drive to Tri Ton and then to Tra Su Conservation (70km)
Tra Su Cajuput Forest
Enjoy lunch at a local family with beautiful homely-made dishes. Upon arrive at Tra Su conservation, embark an arrow-boat to unveil the breath-taking scenery and the wildlife habitats of this sensational and unique conservation. It is a-thousand-hectare mangroves-forest surrounded by paddy fields!
Enjoy a short troll around the conservation on your own and climb up the observation deck for a spectacular view of the conservation.
Drive to Chau Doc (23km) and check in your hotel. Dinner is independent – your guide can assist you with this.
Lodging: Victoria Nui Sam Lodge, 4-star boutique with stunning view, deluxe
DAY 3: FLOATING FISH FARMS – DONG THAP MUOI – SAIGON (B/L/-)
8:00 am: embark a wooden sampan to wind through hundreds of massive floating fish-farms where hundreds of local families have been living in their floating home and breeding fish under the home’s foundation. You’ll see why this local province of An Giang could export more fresh-water fish than any other parts of Vietnam!
Drive back to Saigon (220km or around 5 hours) via Dong Thap Muoi region with two interesting local ferry’s rides. This remains the most untouched and the most beautiful drive in the region and is one of Vietnam’s and the world’s largest rice-bowls!
There will be some short breaks en routes for photos opportunity and snacks with tropical fruits. Around 1:00 pm stop for lunch at a local restaurant with authentic Mekong Delta dishes. Drop-off: 4:30 pm – at your hotel in Saigon where our service ends.