The Mekong Delta's high population density and extensive agricultural lands have not left a lot of space to nature. There are a handful of nature reserves and bird sanctuaries however and Tra Su's proximity to Chau Doc makes it very accessible.
Tra Su is home to a rich array of bird and other wildlife that live among the canals and cajaput trees (tea trees) - all planted since the end of the Vietnam War.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ben Tre - Can Tho
Start from Ho Chi Minh City and depart for My Tho and visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Then, take a boat along the river to see the typical stilt houses and fruit plantations of the area. Proceed to Tortoise Island and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Continue by boat under the shade of the water coconut trees and visit a family business that epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle. Take a row-boat along the creeks, and then stroll through the fruit plantations and village. Continue to Can Tho for your overnight stay.
Day 2: Cai Rang Floating Market - Tra Su Sanctuary – Chau Doc
Start with an early morning boat trip to Cai Rang Floating Market and marvel at the mounds of fruit and vegetables on display as you experience the market at its busiest time of day. Cruise through the small channels to visit a rice noodle making village, and then break for lunch. Proceed to Chau Doc and venture into the Tra Su Cajuput Forest to visit a wild bird sanctuary. Discover the diversity of the splendid canals deep in the forest as you look for storks, cranes and other tropical birds. Return to Chau Doc to check in to your overnight accommodation.
Day 3: Chau Doc – Ho Chi Minh City/ Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Option 1: Back Ho Chi Minh City
Following breakfast in the early morning, go for a short walk before pick-up at the river bank. Journey to the fish farms and floating village of the Cham community, before taking the bus to back Ho Chi Minh City. End your trip.
Option2: Exit to Phnom Penh
Following breakfast in the early morning, go for a short walk before pick-up at the river bank. Journey to the fish farms before traveling by speed boat to Phnom Penh, where your tour ends.