MEKONG HOMESTAY – CAN THO FLOATING MARKET

Code
SBSG10
Tour route
HO CHI MINH CITY – BEN TRE – LONG ISLAND – MINH ISLAND – VINH LONG – CAN THO
Duration
4 days / 3 nights
Start/End
HO CHI MINH CITY / CAN THO
Tour type
City Breaks

Explore the floating markets of the Mekong on a 4-day tour. This tour gets you up close and personal with rural life as lived in the legendary Mekong Delta. You will interact with villagers and cycle along rural trails, as well as cruise the quiet channels of Can Tho by boat. 

Day 1 HO CHI MINH CITY – BEN TRE – LONG ISLAND (Lunch/Dinner)

Drive to the South of HCMC to get to Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong River. Take a boat to see lively activities along river as fishing, water transferring……. Stop at brickwork to see how to make bricks in handy traditional style by printing and baking. Visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to village. Take a walk to family workshop making sleep-mats and enjoying some fruits and tea. Take a cycle or motor-cart (xe loi) riding under tree shades, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on really life and find out about tropical culture from Peasants. Lunch at “Green Coconut” riverside or Hai Ho’s house. Take rowing-boat along water palm creek and boat back to Hung Vương Pier where you will rejoin the car and transfer via Ham Luong Bridge on country road to Mo Cay, from where you take a ferry to LONG Island, non-touristic area. This is famous for orchard and sedge field as well as sleeping mats. Then boat or bike to the homestay. This is the unique homestay on this Island. Check in, make friend with the members of the family. You will have a chance to practice making pancake – the speciality of the Mekong people. When enjoying your dinner, you can see « dog dancing » – the movement of the pet before receiving food. After having diner, we have a warm conversation with local poeple about their life. You can ask about the culture, people, history of this Island. They do not mind to answer some personal questions. Overnight in a private room at a local house.

Day 2 LONG ISLAND – MINH ISLAND (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

You will be waked up by the country music of the cock. After having breakfast, we start an interesting day to explore the island where there are beautiful landscape, friendly local people, ancestral jobs… Biking or trekking along the village to visit the sedge field which used to make the sleeping mats. Also, we will see the whole process to cut, slice, dry  sedge (a kind of grass / weed) and wave the sleeping mats by hand.

After lunch we catch a local ferry to mainland where your private car will take  you via Vung Liem to Vinh Long, we will see a vast expanse of ricefield with an opportunity to see the whole process of harvest. Arrive in Vinh Long we take a boat trip to MINH Island. The delta doesn’t get more lush than Minh Island, actually a mesh of islets joined together by a maze of channels and waterways. Orchards of citrus fruits, longans and other exotic Asian fruits abound. You’ll have dinner at a local house and overnight there.

Day 3 MINH ISLAND – VINH LONG – CAN THO (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Enjoy a half-day exploration of the island by bike, by sampan and on foot. A great place to mosey and visit local homes and orchards, and join in activities such as gardening, fishing, etc. Have lunch at a local home. Afternoon is the time to leave the island and head back to land by boat. On arrival in Vinh Long, wir rejoin the car and transfer via Ba Cang to Can Tho where we will stay overnight.

Day 4 CAN THO – HO CHI MINH CITY (Breakfast/Lunch)

Boat trip in early morning on Lower Branch of Mekong River to visit Cai Rang floating market and enjoy life activities of local people on the river. The landscape is very beautiful: hundred sampans with full of rice, fruits and handicraft products…they are here to exchange their products. We will then visit the central market and explore the local activities. After leaving the market, we are going to visit a luxuriant orchard of Mr Ba Cong and enjoy fresh fruits which are picked by you. Transfer back to Hochiminh City. Stop to see a Cao Dai Temple in Cai Be town and have lunch enroute. Following your tour head back to Ho Chi Minh City. End of the tour.

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