“We did the 3 Floating Market Tour and really enjoyed it! On the first Market, we were the only Tourists. Our Guide Mario did a perfect job, he explained everything we wanted to know and he was really sympathic. We would absolutely recommend the tour.” Reviewed by Anita
The tour itself is a great choice for any visitors who would love to get the real experience with authentic floating markets, especially Nga Nam floating market is much more local then others. The market located in the intersection of 5 different river channels. All boats gather together at the central of the river before receiving the sunrise and they move to the only one of five channels for continuing their trading and exchanging goods.
Pick up at hotel and say goodbye with the splendid Sai Gon, we make our way to Soc Trang province, which takes about four and half an hours by minivan. At pier, we board the local sampan, visit Nga Nam floating market. The market deserves a visit owing to its authentic atmosphere as there are mostly small boats gathering together for trading local commodities, in a very less touristy environment. We will serve you breakfast with what Mekong should offer: noodle soup, drinks & fresh fruits.
8:00 am, minivan brings you to a land of forest & local bird sanctuary. Upon arrival, surprisingly enjoy the rural landscape; take the boat trip cruising on the long narrow channels. The place shows its charming beauty with a lively green color of plants, the featured color of water bringing itself alluvium to enrich our homeland. Hundreds of bird live here which are easily to be seen in early morning or late afternoon. Experience time on a lovely tiny electric car going through the jungle area, fantastic!
11:00 am, reach a local homestay located in deep countryside of Hau Giang province. Let’s join a funny cooking activity to help local family make spring roll, prepare for a warm lunch. In the afternoon, get ready then we start our rural adventure through biking on the country roads along the riverside for exploring many fruits and plans with their great uses. 5:00 pm, spend time relaxing at homestay, you can give a hand in helping local family prepare dinner. Overnight stay at homestay.
Breakfast at homestay then private speed boat brings you to Phong Dien province where the Phong Dien floating market is located. You then transfer onto the small wooden boat and be ready for great river excursion. Visit the small local Phong Dien floating market where famers in the surrounding areas gather every day for mostly retailed trading. Get a panoramic view of the market by climbing up to the tower nearby where you are offered great morning Vietnamese coffee, fresh fruit and local snacks are purchasing right from the floating market. What a wonderful experience and an amazing image to overview how the river-life is. Unique experience and unforgettable memory ever. Continue your day with the boat sailing in stunning small channels with green trees along the way, giving you wonderful relaxing moments.
Make a nice stop at local cacao garden which is a great place to explore the secret in making natural chocolate, wine, powder from cacao fruit. Enjoy hot or ice chocolate milk in the peaceful environment of the garden. Pay a visit at biggest Cai Rang floating market where you find almost big boats anchoring on the big river to trade local commodities. Get onto the trading pineapple boat to taste incredible super fresh pineapple chopped by the boat trader.
After your 2 day 1 night exploration 3 authentic floating markets and rural life of Mekong Delta people in different landscape during your journey, At around 12:00 noon private car brings you back to the downtown of Can Tho city or Sai Gon downtown. The travel distance back to Saigon downtown is 180km what takes you around 3 and half hour drive to reach there and it might takes longer time is depending on the traffic condition.