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Mekong Delta Homestay Cultural Immersion Tour 3D2N Trip

Saigon – Ben Tre – Vinh Long - Can Tho
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Duration

3 Days 2 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

Multilingual

Overview

The Mekong 3 Days Culture Tour allows you to fully immerse yourself into the culture of Vietnamese people. The bike ride takes you through the rice fields and on secret trails, walking through the local market will connect you to the depths of local life. Having breakfast at the floating market was a lot of fun and after our guide bought pineapple for us all from one of the fruit boats. The land market was also great to see. It is used by the locals for fresh produce rather than tourists so very different from any of the other markets. You visit a real insight again into Vietnamese life.

DURATION : 3 days
TOUR TYPE/SIZE : Private
MEETING : Your hotel. Please note that we only offer free hotel pickup and drop off in District 1,3 (some exclusions apply)
ENDING POINT : Your hotel in HCMC OR Can Tho bus station (to Rach Gia/ Ha Tien/ Chau Doc) / or Rach Gia by private car (extra fee).
DEPARTURE/ENDING TIME : 07:00 AM – 5:00 PM (in HCMC on day 3)

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • + Visit Cao Dai Temple
  • + Visit a colorful local market
  • + Visit a local home and enjoy fresh tropical fruits
  • + Spend a night at an authentic homestay with a friendly host family
  • + Enjoy a beautiful boat trip and hand-rowing sampan through canals
  • + Visit Cai Rang floating market - the worthwhile floating market in Vietnam
  • + Join an interesting cooking activity and enjoy home-prepared dinner with the host
  • + Visit local homes and workshops (brick, broom-making workshops) where they make their living
  • + Enjoy a picturesque bicycle ride (2.5 - 3 hours) through rural villages with pagodas, tropical orchards and paddy fields

Itinerary

Day 1: Saigon – Ben Tre – Vinh Long (_, L,D)

7:30: Begin your journey with 2 hours drive to a picturesque little province of Ben Tre where tourists are still a scarce species and locals are open and friendly.

We will make a short stop on the way to visit a beautiful and spiritual local Cao Dai Temple a unique architectural style that reflects its blended traditions and belief. Upon arriving Ben Tre, we get boarded to our boat for a cruise on the Mekong River to watch local daily life then to a hand-rowing sampan to wind through some green, lush, picturesque canals between lines of nipa palm. Reaching a local home where you will enjoy fresh tropical fruits which is well-known in the Mekong area. Continuing on our Mekong discover, we’ll travel by Xe Loi (motorised cart). Your local guide will explain how the local people make their living at the coconut-processing factory. As we meander down the Mekong, we’ll have a chance to visit local villages in the area and learn more about the traditional lifestyles, culture, and customs of people who call the Delta their home. For lunch, you will served by home-prepared dishes of the delicious Vietnamese food.

After lunch, we continue your journey by car (around 2 hours) to an untouched area of Vinh Long called Tra On. We will take a local ferry to reach the homestay you will be greeted by the friendly host family. After having a short break, we will get ready to cook the dinner with the host and enjoy delicious home-prepared dishes as well share stories about life on the Mekong Delta. Stay overnight at the homestay.

Day 2: Vinh Long – Can Tho (B,L,_)

7:00AM We start off by a boat trip, enjoy the fresh air on the Mekong River, we stop at a colorful land market in Tra On for view of trading customs as well watching the friendly market goers buying their food for the incoming meals then have your breakfast at the market like locals.

After breakfast, we will have a stunning bicycle ride as your guide will take you weaving through the canal trails and orchard paths into the charming villages with paddy fields, pagodas and meeting friendly, welcoming people (around 2,5 – 3 hours, including visits a long the way).

Finish the bike trip, we come back the homestay when your delicious lunch is ready. We take it easy after lunch by relaxing on the hammock.

Soon we will have to say goodbye to our friendly hosts (at around 3pm) for our trip to for Can Tho. We will travel a like a local by taking a local wooden boat (about 1,5 hour), you can get on the top of the boat and enjoy fresh air when the weather is cooling down (if it’s not rain) the nice & cool wind is blowing on your cheek while you are watching the daily life activities along the Mekong river.

As the name of the tour implies, you will be immersed yourself the delta way of life. This why we choose the local boat instead of car for this route. (however, traveling by CAR can be requested, if you do not like going the boat).

Will arrive in Can Tho at around 5pm, you will check-in to your hotel and have free time to explore the city in the evening (DINNER is NOT included for this evening).

Day 3: Can Tho - Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L,_)

6:00 Start your day early to enjoy peaceful fresh air in Mekong Delta, we take a short walk to Ninh Kieu Wharf, then get boarded on the boat to visit the Mekong Delta’s most intimate and best floating market, Cai Rang – the biggest wholesale market floating market in the Mekong Delta. You will be able to observe authentic trading customs on boats, seeing daily life on rivers where big boats are lined up with colorful products fruits and vegetables such as pineapple, dragon fruit, water melon, yam, and cabbage on the top of their boat. Look at what’s tied to the long pole above the boat to figure out what they’re selling to smaller traders. Then let’s enjoy an authentic Vietnamese breakfast like rice noodle “Bun” or “Hu Tieu”. It is very interesting to have your breakfast in the middle of the river and try to manage the chopstick and soup bowl while you are on a boat or floating restaurant. (optional, breakfast at the hotel is also included, you can choose either one at your desire).

After your stomach is filled up, we continue our trip to visit a tropical fruit orchard and then enjoy fresh fruits which is well-known in the Mekong area. Finish our exploring river life, the boat will speed to send us back to Ninh Kieu Wharf. Our car will pick us for a trip by car to Binh Thuy Ancient House, a 150 year-old residence typical for elite class of mid-19th century in Mekong Delta. Having lunch on the way before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City.

This tour either ends in Ho Chi Minh City at your hotel around 5pm (default) OR ends in Can Tho (around 1pm) which you can continue to your way to Rach Gia for Phu Quoc / Chau Doc for Phnom Penh by water way.

Included/Excluded

  • + Free hotel pickup and drop off in District 1,3 (some exclusions apply),
  • + Homestay in Vinh Long, (Double / Twin Share / Communal room)
  • + Meals (cater vegetarian, food allergies, etc): 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • + 2 small bottles of water / passenger
  • + Transportation( Car, boat, bike)
  • + English speaking guide
  • + Entrance fees and activities
  • + Tropical fruits
  • - Bus to Rach Gia/ Ha Tien/ Chau Doc,
  • - Tips/ Gratuities for tour guide & drivers,
  • - Personal expenses,
  • - Insurance.

Tour's Location

Saigon – Ben Tre – Vinh Long - Can Tho

FAQs

** NOTICE **
The tour includes a short cycling trip that suits for the children from 12 years or above. For safety reasons, we do not provide small bikes for young children who are under 12 years of age, as local traffics behavior is quite different from the West or developed countries. Children are under 12 are REQUIRED to sit on the back of the bike. In some exceptional cases, the Western children (ages from 9-12) are taller the average Asian children, she/he can ride a bike her/himself.
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