Ben Tre, situated in the Mekong Delta region, Ben Tre exchanges city scenes for lush rice paddies and fruit farms. At the pier, embark on a fascinating motorboat excursion past stilt houses, fish farms and scenes of countryside living.
An additional surcharge applies for bookings on Tet (Lunar New Year).
Depart from your hotel on a 2 hours’ drive to Ben Tre, located in the Mekong River Delta and known in Vietnam as the Coconut Kingdom. Upon arrival, visit a local industry where the locals make an array of products from coconut, learn here about the many benefits of this fruit and its importance for the regional economy. Afterwards, embark on a traditional wooden boat and sail along Binh Chanh river. A short stop at an activated charcoal factory will be made before continuing to Tam Hiep island.
Up next, you will board a sampan (traditional rowing boat) to traverse a network of canals that divides a patch of river islands. The tranquil route leads to the local house, where you will meet a veteran who participated in the fight against Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge regime. Have a chat with your host while tasting some tropical fruits. Later, we will have some bicycles ready to ride through the the small island village and visit a creeper plant farm, which produce is used in the confection of a local herbal jelly. A home-cooked lunch will be served in a local home. Overnight in Ben Tre.
Depart from your hotel and head to the port to start sailing along the Ben Tre river. Our first visit will take us to a nearby coconut candy workshop to observe the process of making this delicious hand-made treat. A short walk will take you to another local business where workers still make red ricks the traditional way. Return to your private boat and proceed to Phuoc Thanh community house, well-known for its well preserved 19th century charm. From the house, cycle through the countryside passing fields and fruit orchards, until you reach the local restaurant where a tasty lunch will be served. Afterwards, row through narrow canals lined by nipa palms before finishing the last leg of your trip with a tuk tuk ride to the pick-up point from where you will drive back to Saigon.