In a region that water is much more than land; people don’t use cars or motorcycles much. Instead, they use boats. Interestingly, they also do daily trading on boats. Absolutely no ground or any forms of man-made structures involve! Cai Be Floating Market is typical.
Immersing into seasonal picturesque flat rice fields and learn about daily activities on the Cai Be floating market. Taste the local specialties, visit interesting family businesses, such coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn mills; deeply explore the local village through handlebars; paddling the canal system by kayak; explore the local floating market at its nicest time and most exciting of the day.
Day 1: HCMC – Cai Be – Can Tho (L)
6:30 AM Pick at and begin the trip to Cai Be by car/van. You will move through Trung Luong Expressway to the destination. Upon arrival in Cai Be, have a boat ride to remaining site of a very renowned wholesale floating market on Tien River many years ago. This site entitles you to know something about the local trading habit that has changed due to the age of the modern society when more terrestrial transportation and high-technique of agriculture have dominated everywhere. There, you can realize how diverse the area is and how rich orchard gardens are, which makes it the basket of fruit in the lower part of the Mekong River.
Ramble in small villages where you will uncover the beauty of Ba Kiet ancient house and get to know about the indigenous culture. Make a short visit to a small family business where the locals are making coconut fudges and crispy rice popcorn. Savor delicious fresh fruit and feel slow rhythms of Southern Vietnamese folk music – a kind of music entwined with the life and culture of the Mekong Delta people.
Paddle through small canals – an exciting experience since you can look around, unwind and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of the Upper Mekong Delta. Additionally, after arrival in Tan Phong Island, let yourself immerse in the tranquility of nature.
At the lunchtime, you not only enjoy luscious food, but also get closer to the locals as it is a chance to learn how to prepare Vietnamese specialties. The meal is cooked by your own and served in the heart of the local garden. Take a cycling trip along the village path through orchards. Meanwhile, have some short stops to meet local people who help you understand more about the daily life in the Mekong Delta.
Transfer to Can Tho. Overnight at hotel/homestay in Can Tho.
Day 2: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – HCMC (B/L)
After breakfast at the hotel/homestay in early morning, take a leisure boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River) then visit to Cai Rang floating market which is the liveliest one in the whole of region.
Walking trip to visit the fruit plantation and local noodle factory.
Visit Binh Thuy communal house and Munir Ansay Pagoda - a Khmer pagoda, renowned for its unique structure.
Have lunch and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
***Please note: Drop off time is subject to traffic, weather...so the finished time could be later than expecting.
- Hotel 3*(twin/double share): Hau Giang hotel, Anh Dao Mekong hotel, Saigon Can Tho
- Hotel 2* (twin/double share): Hau Giang 2.
- Homestay with dinner
+ Time pick up is 6:30-6:45 AM, customer must be present at the lobby on that time. ( the time of pick up depends on your accommodation’s exact position).
+ The exact pickup time in the above prescribed ranges varies according to the position of the customers’ hotels or the pickup points required. Because of the traffic rule, the hotels/accommodations which located in the alley will be not served the pickup service.