Mekong Delta Homestay Experience

Mekong Delta Homestay Experience
From US$140 pp
Duration 2 Days 1 Night

TOUR INFORMATION

Delve into local life with a memorable homestay in the Mekong Delta. Stay on a river island, helping the hosts prepare traditional dishes and joining in their daily activities. Embark on a cruise through the many tributaries of the Mekong to witness local craftsmen at work and to see vibrant markets, walk along the famous Monkey Bridges that link the villages together and wander amongst vibrant tropical fruit gardens.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation as specified, based on twin/double share room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bike ride to visit local villages
  • English speaking local guide

What’s Not Included

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

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ITINERARY BY DAY

DAY 1: SAIGON – VINH LONG HOMESTAY (-/L/D)

At 08:00AM depart for Vinh Long this morning, where we explore the local market before taking a boat to the Mekong Delta islands. At the market, there are lots of things to photograph, including tropical fruits, vegetables, fish, shrimp, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rodents, and farmers selling their produce.

The boat brings us to the brick kilns where we can watch how the locals fashion lovely ceramics from clay. Next, we alight at a nursery garden where we may savor various seasonal fruits and homemade wine rice. Following that, we row a boat deeper into the countryside on smaller canals to enjoy some quiet time, observe traditional homes built of wood and palm trees, and interact with the local farmers as they go about their daily business.

Following lunch at a local residence, we settle into our homestay where we enjoy fruits, tea, and traditional music. Following up on our afternoon’s activities, we went riding around the village paths where we saw local farmers, farms, residences, real life, and the traditional methods used in the Mekong Delta to gather fruit.

Later on today, we take part in a cooking class with the proprietors, engage in conversation with them, and unwind in a tranquil homestay. In a Vinh Long homestay, spend the night.

DAY 1: CAI BE TOWN – SAIGON (B/L/-)

We rise early this morning for a quick breakfast before taking a boat to the vibrant floating market in Cai Be. The best hours to visit this oldest floating market are daily from 6 to 8 am.

After the market, we can visit nearby workshops to observe the production of pop-rice, popcorn, rice paper, and coconut candy. Prior to returning to Ho Chi Minh City, we also stop by a handicraft village where products like fish sauce, soy sauce, cooking salt, and rice nets for spring rolls are made. Our waiting vehicle will transport us back to our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City when the boat returns us to Cai Be town.

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2 thoughts on “Mekong Delta Homestay Experience

  1. Hippy Linda Hippy Linda says:

    Wonderful insight into the culture of the river people

    This was so different to anything we’d seen before about markets. To see the locals trading food and goods from their riverboats was a wonder. This is a must see at any time – but be ready for a very early start to the morning as the market is at its best just after sunrise.

  2. A must see

    Floating markets are rapidly disappearing this is a must. Have you ever seen a floating petrol station? You will do here. We went on a day tour and it was the highlight of our trip. The mahkon is currently suffering droughts and going here opened our eyes to this extremely different way of life and has invested us in keeping up with the news for how Vietnam is helping these people who are struggling with the water situation. It’s a beautiful peaceful place where the people are genuine and kind. They will try to sell to you but without hassling you and are happy just to talk.

    Try do a trip here and tag it in with an island visit. We went on a Tuesday and it wasn’t overly touristy or rushed. It felt like a lazy day enjoying our surroundings.

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