Join a group eco tour to the epicenter of the Mekong Delta. Can Tho is the largest city in the region and feels like a veritable metropolis after a few days exploring the backwaters. As the political, economic, cultural and transportation center of the Mekong Delta, it’s a buzzing town with a lively waterfront and an appealing blend of narrow backstreets and wide boulevards that make for some rewarding exploration. It’s also the perfect base for nearby floating markets, the major draw for tourists who come here to boat along the many canals and rivers leading out of town. We look forward to guiding you.
Day 1 Saigon – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho – Overnight Homestay (L,D)
At 7:30 – 7:50 AM, you meet our tour guide and driver at the hotel lobby. We offer free pick-up services if you stay in hotels in District 1 only.
Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrival at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Have a short cycling tour (applied for private tour/if time permitted) then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music” performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho.
Home-stay with dinner is arranged.
Day 2 Cai Rang/Phong Dien Floating Market – Saigon (B,L)
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to visit Cai Rang floating market (& Phong Dien is optional), which are the liveliest in the whole region.
Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a “Monkey bridge” which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh city by bus the last stop is to see how incense sticks are made. End of the trip at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.