Day 1: Saigon – My Tho – Ben Tre – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Homestay (L/D)
Depart at 8: 30am from Saigon to My Tho, MekongRiverBoatTrips’s guide take you to explore part of Mekong River by cruising along the river to see the local fishing port where hundreds of fishing boats anchoring to unload fishes. Get to visit an orchard island where you can experience how people make their living from fruit trees. Enjoy tasting seasonal fruits and honey tea while listening to amateur local artists playing Tai Tu music (kinds of typical southern music).
Spend some minutes rowing through densed palm trees – canal. Get to visit another islet for a short walk in a peaceful asmosphere and shade of fruit trees. Cruising more to a garden restaurant on the side of a canal for lunch.
Drive to Vinh Long and stay at farmer house Orto Cai Beto Ba Ð?c’s house – a colonial restored house, which has been built from 19th Century and renovated in early 20th Century modestly hidden in the freshly green color of 2.5ha orchard garden.
Few minutes walks in its garden, for sure, will help you release all of stressfull things before joining the typical Vietnamese set menu dinner (prepared by the host family). It is a great chance to join with the owner to cook your food especially the crispy spring-roll. Occopy your owned cosy bed, enjoy the feeling of ease and relax.
Day 2: Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho (B/L)
Simple breakfast & relax in the house. The program will start with the visit of Cai Be colourful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how rices paste, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn are made. It is so interesting to visit the handicraft village where you can see how they make some special products: making rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage proof…
A delicious lunch will be served at an ancient house over 170 years old or under the shade of local orchards on the An Binh Island.
After lunch, the rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an apportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta.
One more stop can be made at the nursery garden where you can learn how to have some high quality fruit trees. This is the best choice for you to contact the real famous farmers – Mr Tiger & his son who are very sucessful in Vietnam agriculture. We will enjoy some kinds of fruits from his garden & home made rice wine when listening to the traditional music. The cruise will end at around 15: 30pmin Vinh Long town. Drive to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho. Dinner on guest’s account.
Day 3: Can Tho – Ha Tien (B/L)
After breakfast, take a boat trip to see Cai Rang, the biggest floating market in Mekong Delta. See the living market with the farmer in the South. Enjoy the fruit in garden. Return to dry land in time to visit the ancient house of the Duong family. Leave Can Tho for Ha Tien via Thot Not, 45km to the north of Can Tho. Visit to Thot Not Stork Sanctuary. Watch from a viewing tower above the treetops as thousands of egrets, herons and cormorants arrive to roost in the branches. Continue on to Ha Tien. Overnight at hotel in Ha Tien. Dinner on guest’s account.
Day 4 : Ha Tien Sight Seeing (B/L)
After breakfast, a full day tour including visit to Phu Dung Pagoda, also called Phu Cu Am Tu, was founded in the mid-18th century by Mac Cuu’s second wife. the next visit is Thach Dong cave pagoda, also known as Chua Thanh Van, there is a stele of Hatred commemorating the massacre of 130 people here by Khmer Rouge on 14 March 1979. Continue to Mui Nai beach & see Cambodia boulder.
Afternoon to Hong Chong to visit Hang pagoda, the big attraction in Hon Chong. Visit to Duong beach from the busy end of the beach, you can see Son island, several hundred matters offshore, it is said to be shaped like a father embracing his son. Back to Ha Tien. Overnight in Ha Tien.
Day 5: Ha Tien – Chau Doc (B/L)
After breakfast, leave Ha Tien and head southwest to Chau Doc, on the Cambodian border, deep in the Mekong Delta. And transfer to hotel on arrival. In the late afternoon drive up Sam Mountain to watch the sun set over the Cambodian border. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight in Chau Doc.
Day 6: Chau Doc – Sadec – Saigon (B/L)
After breakfast take a boat to visit the unique farms where fish are bred in wooden cages suspended under floating houses on the river. Continue by boat to visit a village of stilt houses belonging to the Cham minority where colorful traditional textiles are woven on old wooden looms. Return to dry land in time to leave Chau Doc for Saigon.
Break the journey at Sadec, a delta town famous for its cultivation of exotic fruit and flowers, to visit the orchards and garden of Mr. Tu Ton. Continue to onwards to Saigon by road. Transfer to hotel on arrival in Saigon. Dinner on guest’s account. End of Services.