The Mekong Delta is frequently mentioned in travel magazines with the prominence of its small villages interwoven between rivers, green rice fields and endemic tropical gardens. This tour invites you to explore the whole area and have many unforgettable experiences...
Tour guide and driver welcome you at your hotel for your transfer to Ben Tre, a beautiful region in the Mekong Delta River, famous for making coconut candy. Arrive at Hung Vuong pier, take a boat trip on the Ben Tre River to discover the daily local life. Stop to visit the brick kiln of Mr Tu Lo and discover the craft methods of making bricks. Continue your boat trip on a canal to Nhon Thanh Village. This will be an opportunity to taste the fresh fruits. Take a bike ride (or Tuk tuk) on a small path through the villages and enjoy views of the coconut ranges, rice fields and vegetable gardens.
A lunch of elephant ear fish is served in the village. A short walk helps you to discover the local life in depth. This is followed by a boat ride on the small canal shaded by the wild palm trees. For those who wish to ride a bike, you can go to Mr Sau Khanh’s house to admire his collection of ancient objects. Then, continue riding through the rice fields and meet the locals.
Transfer back to the village where you will spend a night in a homestay. Later this afternoon, you can join in preparing dinner with the host. Have dinner and stay overnight in Ben Tre.
Have breakfast at homestay, and depart to Cai Be. Visit Dong Tam Snake farm and Cao Dai temple on the way. Arrive in Cai Be, experience the rhythm of life on the legendary Mekong River with a visit to Cai Be floating market and the orchid canals. Cycle or walk on the village paths to discover the ancient and beautiful Phu Chau pagoda where serenity reigns and meet the local people.
Enjoy lunch in an open air restaurant where you can taste a famous local specialty, The Elephant Fish ear. Then enjoy delicious fruits while rowing a small rowboat in the canals shaded by the fruit trees. Continue to Binh Hoa Phuoc to visit a small local market, Bonsai garden and pottery workshop before disembarking in Vinh Long. Visit Vinh Long market and see the vast varieties of fruit, vegetables and fish. Meet our driver for a transfer to Can Tho. Arrive in Can Tho in the late afternoon. Check into the hotel and relax.
Meet tour guide and driver for a short transfer to the pier to take a boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market, the largest and most lively market in the Mekong Delta. There are so many colors and smells in the bubbling atmosphere where hundreds of sampans are filled with goods such as rice, fruits, and craft products. Everything is shown to sell from the early morning.
We leave the market and continue the boat trip through the canals and visit a fruit garden (Option - replace the garden with the nursery field by the river). Head back to An Binh Market which is full of fish, fruits and vegetables.
Have a break for lunch in Can Tho then depart to Long Xuyen, visit the ancient house of Binh Thuy (also called the orchid house) and Bang Lang Stork garden. En-route, visit the fishing nets factory and the crocodile farm. Check into the hotel in Long Xuyen and relax.
Have early breakfast then transfer to the animated and authentic floating market and village in Long Xuyen on a small tributary of the Mekong River. Discover the daily activities of people living by the river. Then take a short walk (or 1 hour biking) on Cu Lao Ong Ho Island.
After that, go back to the car for a transfer to Chau Doc. On arrival, visit Chau Doc Market and enjoy a boat trip to the floating fish village and Cham village. Return to the town for a transfer to Tra Su reserve, an exceptional biodiversity ecosystem with typical cajuput forest. This is also a famous bird park, known for a variety of species.
Return to Chau Doc to discover Sam Mountain (287m) with colorful temples and Pagodas (Xu Lady Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau temple, Tay An pagoda). It's possible to walk up to the top of mountain or take a motorbike taxi (40 000 VND/pp at your expense) to enjoy the awesome sunset over the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. Stay overnight at a hotel in Chau Doc.
Get back to Saigon via Sa Dec where we can visit Kien An Cung pagoda and Huynh Thuy Le's house from the novel by Marguerite Duras 'L’Amant – the Lover'. Discover the local market in Sa Dec which is rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish. Arrive in Saigon in the late afternoon.
NOTE: It's possible to take a high-speed boat (at 7.00 AM) to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.Pay extra $22/pax or arrange by yourself.