MEKONG DELTA – CON DAO ISLAND 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS 03H - HIBMKCĐ3
7:00 am With a warm pick up at hotel lobby, we can say good bye the busy Sai Gon for Mekong region. It takes around 2 hours to arrive at pier in Cai Be to start the river cruise. Stop along the way for taking the sampan boat weaving into beautiful channels with coconut trees ranging on the bank. Visit coconut candy factory, rice popcorn factory and taste its products right there. Enjoy great seasonal fruit at a fruit garden on a nice island named An Binh in Vinh Long province. Have lunch with delicious dishes at a home stay and take a short rest there before we bring you to Can Tho city, check in at hotel and enjoy services there. 5:30 pm, you are collected from hotel and take a lovely city tour on electric car then food tour on foot around Can Tho town. Come back to hotel at 8:30 pm to have a good rest.
5:00 am welcome a great day with early pick up at hotel, board boat for visiting the largest Cai Rang floating market in Vietnam. Enjoy fantastic Vietnamese coffee, breakfast and fresh fruit right on your boat. Visit local noodle workshop to learn the process of making rice noodle by traditional way. You will be offered Noodle Pizza, the delicious specialty that is hard to find anywhere else. Next, it is time for a not-to-be-missed part to navigate through stunning little canals cover with many plants along the bank. Take a walk heading to the cacao garden for seeing the art of making fresh chocolate and various products from cacao fruit in an organic system. 10:00 am, let’s get ready for biking, on lovely bicycles, blow out the worry of Vietnamese traffic, we make our way on beautiful country path we start the cycling trip to explore more about Can Tho area. Have lunch with delicious dishes at local place then minivan drop off at hotel in Can Tho.
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.