“We really enjoyed our tour with Hieu’s Tours. We booked an early morning (4:30 am ) tour to the floating markets that included a visit to a cocoa plantation and a rice noodles factory. Our tour guide, Huy, was really great – he was friendly, nice, knowledgeable and has very good English. Our boatman was also really great, including making some great “art” pieces (flowers, grasshopper) from bamboo. The trip to Phong Dien is a little long – 1.5 hours, but will worth it. You start in complete darkness and as you ride the riverside start to light up and more and more people and boats emerge. The market itself is interesting as boats comes and go as locals pick up their fruits and veggies from the bigger selling boats”. Reviewed by Tomer
Then transport to boat station to get on your boat for exploring Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets. The distance between Cai Rang floating market to Phong Dien floating market is about 17km by river system and it takes almost 1 and half hour to reach there in Phong Dien floating market location. It might taks longer time as your boat speed is depending on river tide.
Weave into the floating market to explore the way local people there exchange the product right on their boats also have typical breakfast with typical rice noodle fork soup at Phong Dien floating markets. You will enjoy them and the whole view of the floating market at the same time right there. After breakfast, back to the wooden boat and entry into small and long canals with nice and peaceful environment. Take a short walk around the country roads to explore the local life styles. Visit cacao plantation where you can know how to make fresh chocolate and wine from cacao fruit in an organic system. Everything from the cacao trees to the product such as cacao bean, chocolate, cacao wine are made by an ecological processing system with organic fertilizer and no chemicals.
Back to your boat after visiting and tasting amazing fresh chocolate stuffs are made from cacao fruits, then you visit the local rice noodle factory to learn how local people make noodle by hands in traditional way. You also can have a chance to taste its special food called Noodle Pizza. Back to the downtown at around 11:30 am.