7:00 am Good bye Sai Gon for a great Mekong Day Trip. Pick you up at hotel in Sai Gon center, our comfortable car brings us to the beautiful coconut hometown of South Vietnam, Ben Tre province. The drive takes about 2 hours which allows you to eyewitness local activities of people along the way. We will stop en route for visit a famous pagoda Vinh Trang. It is a should-not-missed destination thanks to the unique architecture, which will definitely leave an impression in your mind about its beauty.
On arrival at pier, boating on Ben Tre river – one of tributaries of Mekong river- is along mangrove tree from town to country. Witness lively activities in morning as fishing, coconut cargo boats carrying on river…. Stop at traditional brickwork to see how to make bricks by hand. Turn on Cai Son canal winding through coconut jungle, visit coconut workshop, have a look stages of coconut processing from husk off, prize out to peel out by hand. Go on small waterway and stop at local house to see feeding bee, enjoy honey tea. Walking along canal to coconut candy workshop, have a look them making candy by hand, try some sweet, enjoy some fruits and listen to local music as well. Go on by boat, and walk to farmer house who making sleepmats. Cycle rural tracks OR drive tuktuk through coconut grove, vegetable plains (cucumber, bitter melon…). Keep going by row boat on shady palm tree canal and stop for lunch at riverside restaurant. Boating back to pier by motorboat. Tour ends. You are dropped off by car in Can Tho city at around 4:00 pm depending on traffic. Have local dinner before we check in at hotel for a good rest.
5:00 am pick up at hotel and board boat for your river excursion. On a lovely sampan, we cruise on the Mekong River and visit Cai Rang floating market at its busy time. What a fantastic feeling to see how traders keep balance while trading agricultural product on their boats. Visit local noodle making base to learn the process of making rice noodle by traditional way. You will be offered Noodle Pizza, the specialty that is hard to find anywhere else. Then the wooden boat will head to small, long and narrow canals to explore the countryside and local life style of people around. Visit a cacao plantation to learn the process of making fresh chocolate, cacao wine, cacao powder and other various products in organic system.
Your journey is continued by a nice cycling trip. Cross the river on local ferry, we start exploring the local daily activities of people living far away from the crowd of Can Tho city. Enjoy peaceful moment when biking through small village on magnificent path.
Have lunch with delicious Mekong food offered at a nice view restaurant. Private car picks you up and departs for Saigon downtown. The drive lasts about 3 and half an hour depending on traffic and you are dropped off in Sai Gon at around 5:00 pm. It is same price for either ending in Sai Gon or Can Tho.