Board boat at the pier for your morning excursion. The travel distance is 7 kms from Can Tho downtown what takes you almost 40 minutes to reach there and it might take longer time as your boat speed is depending on the river tide.
Arriving at the biggest Cai Rang floating market by sampan, your boat then turn around for catching up pretty images of the floating market at its trading time. Enjoy Vietnamese coffee and fresh fruit at the floating market on boat- one of amazing experience which will bring you close to local life styles. After breakfast, the boat follows the main river and turn into little canals for discovering authentic rural life through narrow rivers, water coconut trees and green environment. Take a short walk for seeing the rice field and country environment. Stop at the cacao plantation to see the art of making fresh chocolate and other various products from cacao fruit organically. Let’s enjoy the best chocolate milk here, yummy!
The drive lasts about 2 hours depending on traffic. The forest is known as an incredible river tunnels which is the basement among residential place in Vietnam war from 1960 to 1975 and was recognized as the Historical Monument is 1992. Visiting this area, you have a chance to experience excited moments on the sampan “ wooden boat” weaving into wild narrow canals hidden under layers of green and yellow climbing plants. Let’s imagine how wonderful it is to explore the river tunnels with a system of bomb shelters, fighting tunnels restored on the basic of ancient traces along with the remaining kitchen, meeting rooms, bomb holes over there.
After having lunch with amazing Mekong typical dishes at the forest. At 1:30 pm, the car will head Sa Dec flower village where there are many varieties of beautiful flowers for over hundred year producing flowers plants, bring them to local markets from south to north. On the way to flower village you will stop along the country way to taste some seasonal fresh fruits and experience to cross the river by local ferry, before arriving the village. One of the most typical features of Sa Dec, which is different from other flower growing villages, villagers in Sa Dec grow flowers all year round and you see flowers blooming in some specific times of years.
After having great time in provinces around Mekong, we head back to Can Tho city on country roads for catching up pretty images of stretching rice fields (in its season), garden, local daily activities along the way. Enjoy light dinner with local cuisine before drop off at your hotel at around 5:00 pm.