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Mekong Delta Essentials

Private & Any time
Mekong Delta Essentials will bring you to the most untouched parts of Mekong Delta. Enjoy boat and bike ride with best interacting to locals
Depart at: Sai gon
Finish at: Saigon
Tour destinations: Saigon - Ben Tra - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Saigon

TOUR BRIEFING

Day 01: Saigon - Ben Tre day boat trip (L)
Day 02: Ben Tre – Cai Be  (L, D)
Day 03: Cai Be - Vinh Long – Saigon (B, L)
 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Saigon - Ben Tre day boat trip

Depart from Saigon around 8am and head south to Ben Tre province, famous for its coconut production and quiet, peaceful waterways.
On arrival, take a Xe loi ride through the local village of Huu Dinh to enjoy the green fields and gardens. Continue with a short walk to Huu Phuoc Bridge then board on the boat, enjoy a welcome drink and tropical fruits while cruising.
The cruise will first stop at a Coconut processing family owned business. Here you will learn what Ben Tre is known for and the hundreds of uses of each single coconut. Return to your boat and cruise across the water to a brick making factory. Enjoy a casual cycling trip that will take you to visit a local rice noodle factory which produces Hu Tieu noodles, one of the most popular Vietnamese dishes in the region. After your visit taking a short walk to one of our friends, Mrs. Huong, who lives with her 3 children and grandson – they live on fishing, shrimp, and fruit orchards. Enjoy fresh fruits and tea and then board a rowing sampan taking you through a lush narrow canal, displaying the tranquil nature of the region. 
After our team rows you through the quiet canal, reconnect with your Day Cruiser and enjoy a cruise to a private riverside restaurant. Relax and have a walk around the lush garden setting.  
Then continue your cycling trip to My Long to visit Mr. Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Then visit the nearby house of Mr. Hung, who is a famous sticky rice maker in the village. You can also feed his stock of catfish and walk through his fruit garden.
After the visit, the boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre city for your homestay. Check in your homestay and enjoy cooking time with the host.
Meals: Lunch.
Accommodation: homestay in Ben Tre

Day 02: Ben Tre - Cai Be – Homestay

After breakfast with the host, we say goodbye and take a short transfer to the Cai be pier, where we are about to discover some upper part of Mekong stream.
The program will start with a visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy, and pop-rice, pop-corn ... 
It is so interesting to visit the handicraft village where you can see how they make some special products: making rice-net for spring rolls, fish sauce & soy sauce, sewing coconut leaves for cottage roof...The optional lunch will be served at local house 
After lunch, the rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish. 
Have some fruits and tea when enjoying the traditional music at Ut Trinh home. Check in Ut Trinh homestay (or other homestays on An Binh Island). 
One more option for you if you like biking! It will be so amazing to bike on village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta... Cooking some dishes with the owners. We enjoy dinner & overnight at homestay.
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: homestay at a local house.

Day 03: Cai Be - Vinh Long – Sa Dec – Saigon 

Have a breakfast and walk along the village to enjoy the fresh air in the morning. Boat trip to visit the brick kilns where you can see how the local people create beautiful potteries from clay. 
Our boat will go along the floating village. We will learn how to farm catfish on Mekong river.  Also, we can visit Vinhlong market in the town. This is the best choice for you to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, vegetables...The cruise will end at Vinh Long city
Around 4PM, transfer back to Saigon City. End of the tour "Mekong Delta Essential" in the late afternoon upon Saigon arrival.
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Not Available

 

Why this Tour?

  • Wonderful and amazing Mekong delta
  • Extremely honest and friendly locals
  • Homestay in ancient house and green gardens
  • Fantastic Mekong sampan ride into small canals

Rate Valid Dec 2017
(5% OFF in May-Sep)

1 person: US$ 560 pp
2 persons: US$ 325 pp
3-4 persons: US$ 285 pp
5-6 persons: US$ 195 pp
Single Supplement: N/A
Note: PP = per person.
Based on 3-star room standards
(Request room upgrade)


What is Included

  • Visa Approval Letter
  • Twin/double sharing at 3-star room standards
  • Private car A/C transfer
  • Private English speaking guide (on spot)
  • Homestay permission and expenses
  • Boat trips as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast & meals as mentioned
  • All entrance fees.
  • Bottled waters in touring days
  • Service charges & taxes (what this?)

What is NOT Included

  • Pre/post accommodation
  • Visa arrangement and fee
  • Drinks during the meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Others not mentioned

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