ITINERARY BY DAY
DAY 1: CAN DUOC – GO CONG – MY THO – BEN TRE – CAN THO (-/L/-)
At 7:30 am, our private tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and start the journey to Mekong delta. We will drive you on the secondary road 50 (not the Highway 1!!) to Can Giuoc (30km), from here we start to have the feeling of the countryside in first province in Mekong delta with 13 provinces. The landscape along the way is green just makes you stay calm and relax from the hustle Saigon.
Then To take another short drive (15km) to Can Duoc market – a stunning rural market on its informal setting and friendly market goers. Here you have a chance to communicate with friendly local people who are doing the business for their living in this market. Then heading for Tan Hoa town (25km) with a short break to visit a local family’s legumes nursery and witness an unbelievable form of labor-intensive which has not changed over three generations. Also, you can learn the technic how chili peper is grown from the local people in this nersery.
Upon arriving deep in Tan Hoa town, enjoy a stunning scenery of rice paddy field for scooter ride (you are on the back of our safe driver – Safe Helmet on) to go on small village paths covering by Coconut trees. The scooter ride will give you the opportunity to take many pictures in rural village of Xom Ray and Trai Ca. You will learn our rice process from start to finish and Visit Rice husking factory too.
After that, we drive you to Tan Thanh muddy beach (one out of nine Mekong river esturies) not for swimming but you can take a walk on boat bridge for beautiful photos. Then have late lunch with fresh Seafood by local waterfront restaurant.
After lunch, we transfer you to My Tho city for another highlight of the day which is our boat trip to visit Ben Tre – kingdom of coconut in vietnam. We stop you at coconut making factories to see how coconut candy is made by local traditional ways. Then take the horse cart to a local restaurant to take the small boat drive along the shady canal with the palm leaves of water coconut in Tan Thach.
Next, we take to boat drive passing many floating fish farms and islands in upper mekong river to boat station in Ben Tre near by Rach Mieu bridge and get back AC bus for the journey Can Tho (100km) and check in your hotel.
Lodging: Hau Giang Hotel, 3 star with river-view, deluxe
Note: 4-star accommodation (Victoria Can Tho Resort) is available. Please contact us for more information and cost.
DAY 2: PHONG DIEN & CAI RANG FLOATING MARKETS – CHAU DOC (B/L/-)
5:30: roll out of your bed, hop on your car and drive to Phong Dien district (15km)
6:00: hop on an arrow-boat and cruise to the unique and stunning floating markets of Phong Dien and Cai Rang. Sit back on your boat and enjoy the morning coffee served by a local coffee boat. You will be surely driven back to the yester-centuries by the sounds of whole world of trading going on from boats to boats.
Saying goodbye to Phong Dien floating market, our boat will speed up through green and beautiful channels of the Mekong River stretching along rural villages and arrive in Cai Rang floating market. This will complete a special picture of million floating traders, who have been happily living the floating life and earning their living on some 50,000km of waterways in the Mekong Delta.
Get back to your hotel for a late breakfast, have a short rest and check out of the hotel.
10:00 am: drive to Long Xuyen (50km) and witness a mysterious Noon Ceremony at a local Cao Dai temple
Drive to Tri Ton and then to Tra Su Conservation (70km)
Enjoy lunch at a local family with beautiful homely-made dishes
Embark an arrow-boat to unveil the breath-taking scenery and the wildlife habitats of this sensational and unique conservation. It is a-thousand-hectare mangroves-forest surrounded by paddy fields!
Enjoy a short troll around the conservation on your own and climb up the observation deck for a spectacular view of the conservation
Drive to Chau Doc (23km) and check in your hotel
Dinner is independent – your guide can assist you with this
Lodging: Victoria Nui Sam Lodge, 4-star boutique with stunning view, deluxe
DAY 3: FLOATING FISH FARMS – DONG THAP MUOI – SAIGON (B/-/-)
8:00 am: embark a wooden sampan to wind through hundreds of massive floating fish-farms where hundreds of local families have been living in their floating home and breeding fish under the home’s foundation. You’ll see why this local province of An Giang could export more fresh-water fish than any other parts of Vietnam!
Drive back to Saigon (220km or around 5 hours) via Dong Thap Muoi region with two interesting local ferry’s rides. This remains the most untouched and the most beautiful drive in the region and is one of Vietnam’s and the world’s largest rice-bowls!
There will be some short breaks en routes for photos opportunity and snacks with tropical fruits
Drop-off: 3pm – at your hotel in Saigon where our service ends