Route: Cai Be Floating Village
The Mekong Delta tour in southern Vietnam is a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands, home to floating markets, pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies. Boats are the main means of transportation, and tours of the region often start in nearby Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) a bustling town in the heart of the delta...
- 6:30 AM: Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city. Depart for Cai Be by car/van via Trung Luong Express Highway, stopping to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields (Seasonally).
- 9:00 AM: On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motorboat to visit the Cai Be Floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation, accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music.
- 11:30 AM: Keep cruising to canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta tour. Arrive in Tan Phong island, the green pearl where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy your cooking experience and learn how to prepare special Vietnamese dishes. Food cooked by yourself and fresh river food served in the heart of the garden. Relax on the hammocks to get back your energy.
- 14:00 PM: Cycle around the village path with fruit orchards and bonsai garden. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong delta.
- Meet our local guide and transfer to the island for the overnight homestay experience with the local people. After meeting your homestay hosts, you're free to walk around the house and village to explore the countryside. You will prepare your own dinner (Vietnamese dishes) with help from your host. Overnight homestay with your hospitable island hosts.
- After breakfast, you will be visiting Mr. Ba Duc ‘s ancient house. Its one of several houses preserved in a harmonious combination of two architectural styles: Vietnamese and French, whose shape is unique to the colonial period.
- Today, you will also visit a rice husking mill to learn about the procedure for rice production. Mekong Delta tour is popular for its own unique charm. In Cai Be, a lot of materials are still hand-crafted, such as "Cham La", the coconut leaves used to weave the roofs of homes. If you want to see how bricks are made, you'll see it here.
- After lunch at a restaurant serving local cuisine, you will be taking back to HCMC by Van/Bus. Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh city around 4:30 PM.