5:00 am guide and minivan will pick you up at your hotel in Can Tho downtown then go to the boat station to board boat and be ready for a great morning river trip. Arrive at the biggest Cai Rang floating market by sampan and tour around for catching up pretty images about the floating market at its trading time. Enjoy Vietnamese coffee and fruit at the floating market on boat, which will bring you close to local life styles. Visit a local noodle factory for learning the whole process of making rice noodle and you are able to make it by yourself too. Have breakfast with its typical food called Noodle Pizza. .
Minivan transports to Ben Tre know as home of coconut trees in Mekong Delta. Head to Ben Tre province, the country’s largest producer of coconuts. On arrival in Ben Tre, stop at local home, enjoy your great lunch with delicious Mekong foods. After a good rest, join the exciting Kayaking. Paddling a kayak through canal with the shade of coconut trees beside bank across many bridges and admiring the area’s natural beauty of village that have become a favorite activity for visitors. Start biking through beautiful small village, cross the river on ferry with locals. Make a nice stop at coconut processing workshop. It is amazing to see how locals process coconut manually and how they use every parts of coconut fruits from skin, husk, white meat, water, etc. in their daily life. Get into the little ferry overlooking a large beautiful part of river with coconut trees along the bank. Come back to homestay, check out and ready for your boat excursion. In the early evening, we join the cooking class at homestay to learn how to cook typical Mekong dishes and have a warm dinner together before having a good rest in peaceful environment.
7:00 am enjoy breakfast at your homestay. By boat, we make a 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. 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.
After getting back to pier, private car bring us to visit a chocolate homemade factory where “Mr Old Chocolate” build up his business not only to help cacao farmers sell cacao fruit but also to bring Vietnamese cacao product out of the world. You have great chance to visit the cacao garden and see the whole process to make various cacao products in organic system. Sample a little dark chocolate and milk, amazing taste! You are dropped off in Sai Gon center at around 4:00 pm depending on traffic.