We explored 2 markets one in Cai Rang and then a more traditional market with only a handful of tourists. This experience gave us an insight into the culture of the farmers and the selling of their produce in the floating markets. We really enjoyed eating the beautiful soups, fruit and our favourite the sticky rice snack. After trying our hand at processing rice vermicelli we shared in a lunch fit for a king whilst sitting in a bamboo covered area by a waterway. We also enjoyed the overnight homestay where we explored the local area by bicycle. Reviewed by Wendy
The tour is an idea for exploration the insights of Mekong Delta region with unique experience to stay closer and closer with local people at non-tourist village. Beside discovering authentic floating markets with river life on river. The travel distance is 180km what takes you 3-hour drive to reach Can Tho city as knowing the heart of Mekong Delta.
Board boat at the pier, visit Cai Rang floating market, the biggest floating market in Vietnam. What a fantastic way to know how locals do trading on the water! Enjoy Vietnamese coffee, typical breakfast purchasing right at the market; climbing up to a fruit boat for enjoying fresh pineapple, so nice! Visit a local rice noodle factory to learn how Mekong people make noodles by hands in traditional way. Enjoy its specialty Noodle Pizza right there. At around 10:00 am, we get back to the boat and travel around 1 hour to reach the real local, ecological and non-touristic Hieutour Home Stay located in a peaceful area in Hau Giang where people still try to earn their living by agricultural production. Enjoy your lunch with delicious foods at the homestay. Immerse yourselves in the peaceful and relaxing environment by swinging yourselves on amazing hammocks around the homestay.
Are you ready for exercise? Join the fantastic Kayaking in magnificent jungle lined tributaries. Enjoy your great moments paddling and relaxing under the shade of coconut trees along the bank; immerse yourselves in a peaceful rural life of South Vietnam. Gather together at the homestay then take the bicycles for the trip around the area. Cycling on the country roads along the riverside for exploring may kinds of fruits and plants with their great uses. Furthermore, it is along the river side with fresh air and cool environment which will bring you a peaceful feeling of local people here. Stop along the way for having coffee at local coffee shop, catching typical images of locals here such as growing trees, wrapping fruit, washing clothes. You may catch up simple but lovely images of local students who come back home from school on bicycles or on foots and chatting with each other on the way.
Check out at the home stay then at 5:00 am we depart for visiting Phong Dien floating market on the boat, leave your luggage on the boat. When arriving at Phong Dien floating market, we will move to the local small wooden boat for your real experience the local life of people here who still get used to adding boats as part of their life. A very different authentic sight will come to your view with local rowing and motorized boats gathering here for trading local agricultural product. The floating market is very small but peaceful which will give you another feeling compared to the big market. Enjoy the beautiful sunrise if it is in good weather. Weave into the floating market to explore the way local people there exchange the product right on their boats. Our sampan boat then head to small, long and narrow canals to see the daily activities of people living around there. Take a short walk around the countryside to enjoy the peaceful environment there. After around 30 minute walk, we stop to visit the Cacao Garden where you will get to know how to make fresh chocolate and wine from cacao fruit in an organic system. Let’s enjoy the best Mekong chocolate milk here.
After the whole morning exploration, private car and driver picks you up and transports back to Sai Gon. Along the way, we stop for a visit at the best-known temple in Mekong Delta region. Have lunch with delicious dishes at a local restaurant before drop off at your hotel at around 3:00 pm. You don’t know how much values of the tour will bring to you and your family? Book it now so you won’t regret.