Cruising through Cai Be floating market which used to be one of the biggest wholesales floating market in Vietnam, with thousands of local barges of local snacks, exotic fruits and fresh vegetables. Through multiple facets of comfort, experience the Can Tho region and its rural life that is so closely tied to its river.
The additional surcharge applies for bookings on Christmas, New Year & Tet (Lunar New Year).
Depart from your hotel for the 2-hour drive to Ben Tre, the Kingdom of Coconuts in the Mekong River Delta. Upon arrival, you will visit a local business to see how locals pare the coconut shells, learn about the benefits of coconuts, and its importance to the locals’ life.
Afterward, embark on a traditional wooden boat and start sailing along Binh Chanh river, to stop at an activated charcoal factory before crossing Mekong river to Tam Hiep island.
Next, we board a small rowing sampan to go along the narrow canals which lead to local houses deep in the delta. Here we meet a veteran who took part in the flight to against Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, to have a chat with him while tasting some tropical fruits.
Later, we cycle through the fruit orchards and visit the creepers farm to learn about local herbal jelly before concluding the excursion with a home-cooked lunch by a local family, and then cruise back to the mainland and transfer to the largest city in Mekong Delta - Can Tho.
Check-in at your hotel and free at leisure.
In the early morning, board the local boat trip for the visit at Cai Rang floating market where dozens of boats laden with fruits, vegetables and fish from all over the Delta jostle for trade. Return to the mainland and visit to Binh Thuy Ancient House, originally conceived as a place to worship their ancestors, the home was built by two generations of the Duong family, finally finished in 1911. It is also an outstanding example of Western and Oriental architectural elements and was famously used in the movie “The Lover”. Check-in hotel (early check-in subject to availability) and rest for a while.
In the afternoon, walk around the local market followed by Tinh Do Cu Si pagoda and Munirang Say Khmer pagoda. Return to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast at your hotel, check out and spend the 3hr drive northwest towards Chau Doc. Located on the border with Cambodia, Chau Doc enjoys a unique cultural mix between Vietnamese, Cham and Khmer ethnic groups. Upon arrival. Check-in hotel and have lunch at your own expenses.
In the afternoon, transfer to the outskirts of Chau Doc for the visit at Tra Su Nature Reserve which is home to many unique water birds and colonies of bats and is best explored by motor boat and rowing sampan through spectacular living carpets of water plants. Return to the city and make a stop at the local house where you can witness how all parts of the palm tree were used by the original Cambodians to make palm juice, palm sugar and more. Drive back to the center and arrive at your hotel in the early evening. Overnight in Chau Doc.
After breakfast, board the local ferry along Chau Doc River (a tributary of the Mekong River) for the tour on the other side of Chau Doc city. Observe the peaceful river sceneries including the visit to the floating fish farms and a Muslim Cham village who were the generation of Cham Pa kingdom, an empire that stretched from Hue to the southern of Vietnam from the 7th to 18th centuries. Walk around the village to see the local mosque, witness the differences in Cham-style stilt homes as well as their modest colorful style of dress. Return to Chau Doc centre, check out and drive back to Saigon (or transfer to the local pier for the extension in Cambodia). Estimated arriving Saigon in the evening.