MEKONG DELTA – CON DAO ISLAND 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS 02H
4:30 am your day begins with a comfortable car drive from Sai Gon down to Can Tho city, approximately 3 and half an hours to arrive. Upon arrival at pier, quickly take the love small wooden boat and you are amazed with excellent feeling when it weave to the biggest Cai Rang floating market in Vietnam; In the bustle and hustle of many big boats and some small boats, let’s get morning wake-up Vietnamese coffee, along with a bow of hot noodle soup and fresh fruit. Your first meal in Mekong starts on river. Fantastic! Next, visit a noodle making base to get a deep understanding about how hard the typical Mekong noodles are made in traditional way. You have a chance to taste its specialty known as Noodle Pizza. It is time for a should-not-missed part of your journey that is sailing along narrow water ways for catching up local life styles in this region. Visit cacao garden for amazingly watch how farmer process fresh chocolate and other various products from cacao fruit in an organic system. Make a stop at rice vermicelli making base to know one more fantastic noodle types processed in traditional way. Great lunch is many local Mekong dishes in a peaceful atmosphere. 02:00 pm, we head straight to Hau Giang province on country roads with beautiful stretching rice fields in its season along the way. Check in at the home stay known as Hieutour Stay, ecological, unique and non-touristic environment. Afternoon is time for biking. Ride through the silence village on country roads along the riverside for exploring many fruits and plans with their great uses. Get back to the home stay, join the cooking activity to help local family prepare dinner and enjoy it together. Overnight at homestay.
5:00 am, breakfast before early depart for visiting Nga Nam floating market, after one hour drive. Unlike the big Cai Rang floating market with many big boats, Nga Nam deserves a visit owing to its authentic atmosphere as there are mostly small boats gathering together for trading local commodities, and almost no tourist. The next destination is Tan Long Stork Garden which is an ideal place for those who would love to get close to nature. 9:00 am we depart for Can Tho city, visit Binh Thuy Ancient House. It has long been renowned for its ancient beauty along with its unique architecture. Antiques and prominent traditional cultural features have been still deliberately preserved and promoted by descendants of the founder. After that we arrive at pier to board boat landing the beautiful Son Islet. You will be surprised at the rustic beauty of this islet where people are so lovely and friendly. Visit the floating fish farm, fruit garden with fresh fruit available for enjoying, join the cooking activity to make traditional Mekong pancake and baby pancake then have a great lunch together at this peaceful world. 3:00 pm, check in at hotel in Can Tho downtown at around. 5:30 pm begin a city tour on lovely electric car and sample typical street food offered in Can Tho town.
Enjoy buffet breakfast at hotel then check out. 8:00 am, we are ready for the morning flight at 9:50am to Con Dao, land at around 10:45 am. Car and driver welcome you at the airport and transfer for lunch then head to hotel for check in, great time for taking a nap and fill up your energy. 2:00 pm: Historical Relics tour: The Lord Building: Formerly, this house was the working place of Lord generations. you can learn about Côn Đảo history by the artifacts, antiques, photographs and materials were formed from the French colonial period to the present. Phú Hải prison: The largest of the 11 jails on the island, this prison dates from 1862. Thousands of prisoners were held here, with up to 200 prisoners crammed into each detention building. French Tiger cages: The tiger cages were deliberately constructed away from the main prison, out of sight, and only accessed by an alleyway. They were unknown to the outside world until 1970, when a US congressional aide, Tom Harkin, visited Côn Sơn and saw evidence of brutal torture of the prisoners he met there American Tiger Cages: With small and wet cell ranges were built in 1971, this prison was known as the place tortured mental and physical prisoners. This was also the first place in Côn Đảo got information about Saigon liberated. Separated Shed Place: used to livestock, mostly for cattle during French and American time. Here has a big cattle shit cell used to torture prisoners. Hàng Dương cemetery: Some 20,000 Vietnamese prisoners died on Côn Sơn and 1994 of their graves can be seen at the peaceful Hàng Dương Cemetery, located at the eastern edge of town. Sadly, only 700 of these graves bear the name of the victims. Lady Phi Yến temple: This small local temple was built in homage to Lady Phi Yến, wife of Nguyễn Ánh Lord, who was sequestered on the island. 5:00 pm: Come back the hotel, swimming, having dinner and discovering freely Côn Đảo at night.
Breakfast at hotel. 9:00am: Visit Cải Prince temple and Đầm Trầu beach. Cải prince temple: the worship place of Cảnh Prince – the son of Nguyễn Ánh Lord and Lady Phi Yến. He was thrown to the sea at the age of 5 by in the angry of his own father. Đầm Trầu beach: it is a sublime but remote 700m half-moon crescent of soft sand, fringed by casuarina trees and bookended by forest-topped rocky promontories. Afternoon: visti Vân Sơn Tự pagoda and Bến Đầm port. On the way, discover famous local names, such as: Shark cape, Nhát beach, Love peak,… Vân Sơn Tự pagoda: Founded in 1964 by Hồ Chí Minh Buddhists from Vĩnh Nghiêm pagoda, the pagoda was meant to meet the spiritual needs of the living local population as well as those who have passed away. Surrounded by green forests and mountains, Vân Sơn Tự is scenic and peaceful Bến Đầm port: it located in the south of Côn Sơn island, 14 km from the town; explore why the port was located here and the local livings. It is busy days when ferries from Vũng Tàu come to Con Dao and vice versa. The port is ideal place for anchoring to avoid storm Come back the hotel and having dinner.
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Côn Đảo market, go shopping freely. Check out. Guide and car take you to airport. End of the 5 day memorable journey.