7:00 AM - We will pick you up from your hotel for a two-hour drive to the picturesque and friendly Ben Tre Province where you’ll be one of the rare foreigners who make it here.
We will make our first stop at a beautiful Cao Dai Temple whose unique architectural style reflects the religion’s blended traditions of Christianity, Buddism and Taoism. Our next stop will be a local market, one of the largest of its kind in the region, and watch from robust trading activities going on to everyday family grocery shopping.
We will then board a cruise going down the Mekong River to watch the daily going-one of the locals, and then switch to a hand-rowed sampan to go through the smaller canals (the equivalent of a back street in the city), lined with lovely local palm trees, to a local home where you can enjoy a variety of tropical fresh fruits.
After this, we will switch to Xe lôi (a motorized cart, a form of local transportation that is more comfortable than the traditional ox-pulled cart) and continue our exploration. Ben Tre Province is The Coconut Producer of Southern Vietnam. As such, our tour would have been missing if we didn’t take you to a coconut-processing factory and explain to you how the locals make a living from coconuts and the variety of products that come from coconuts (who knew coconuts have so many uses?). Aside from coconut, there are many other traditional ways in which the Delta provides for its inhabitants and we’ll go explore some more of them.
For lunch, we will serve up wonderful “home-cooked dishes of the delicious Vietnamese food”. And don’t worry if you’re a vegetarian, let us know and your needs will be accommodated. After lunch, we will come to the highlight of our trip – a 40-minute cycling trip through the charming shaded village roads among the friendly, welcoming residents.
This tour ends when you arrive back at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at around 5:00 PM.