Mekong Delta Local Life - 5 days
An opportunity to take an in depth look at Vietnamese culture and life within the world renowned Mekong Delta over 5 days. Get a feel for the vital role the Delta plays in local society with its waterways, farming and food production. Having been settled for thousands of years, there are still examples of old buildings including places of worship and houses displaying a range of architectural styles.
Take the opportunity to experience some of the Delta’s famous floating markets which display the seasonal produce available in the region. Also travel by various means, bike, boat, on foot and by vehicle to get an up close ‘feel’ of the region so vital to Vietnam as a whole. If you wish get some hands-on experience catching fish, picking fruit and veg and helping with the preparation of your meals. Homestay accomodation and genuine local cuisine adds to the authenticity of this wonderful cultural tour of on of the planet’s most important food production areas.
You will get to stay in a variety of accommodation options from village homes, hostel, lodge and beautiful resort.
- Capture the local life at Nga Nam floating markets
- Learn about fishing farm in Chau Doc
- Explore the maze of small canals in Tra Su Cajuput forest
- Cycle through peaceful villages in Ben Tre
Depart from your hotel in Saigon and head South to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta.
On arrival, take a “xe loi” (motor – trishaw) ride through the local village to enjoy the green fields and gardens. Get on your boat and begin the boat trip through small canals with beautiful tropical scenery. The cruise will stop first at a brick making shop and on An Hoa River where you switch to a sampan through narrow canals and enjoy the peacefulness of the region.
Travel on to a local family’s orchard where you will enjoy fresh fruits and tea before heading on with your bicycle and ride on village roads past green gardens and local houses. Visit a family who still carry on their traditional family business, sampan boat building. Continue your cycling trip to My Long and visit Mr. Sau Tuong. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife while enjoying a 5 course lunch of local specialties.
Relax and walk around the garden after lunch, and then visit the nearby house of Mr Hung, who is a famous sticky rice maker in the village. Head back to your homestay to catch fish in the pond and pick your own vegetables, and in the early evening join a cooking demonstration with the family.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast will be served at the homestay, then take a boat trip to Tai Phu canal and stop to visit a coconut processing workshop before riding bicycle to to the busy local market of My Long.
Remark: if you do not wish to take too much bicycle riding, we will arrange “Xe Loi” (a motor-trishaw) instead with surcharges at the moment of booking.
Continue to Cau Hoa to visit the local Phuoc Long Tu Temple and War Memorial. Then travel to Phong Nam Village and your boat will take you to Ben Tre where your driver takes you to to Soc Trang.
Located near the mouth of the Bassac River, Soc Trang has the highest Khmer population of any province in Vietnam and is among the lesser visited provinces on the Mekong Delta.
Stop for a visit at the Kh’leng Pagoda, which features a similar architectural style as temples in Siem Reap. Built in 1533, it was originally made of wood with a roof thatched with palm leaves. The pagoda was later reconstructed with brick, and the doors and windows are ornamented with Khmer motifs in bright colors. Those interested in ancient Khmer texts, Khmer language and culture can take some time to interact with the monks at the Pothi School teaching Khmer language.
Continue your drive to Nga Nam.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Thanh Hiep Hostel
As Nga Nam is still not a popular tourist destination, the infrastructure still remains less developed. The accommodation we suggested is the best possible option in town, though the facilities are very basic and the staff may not speak English. Please consult your guide for any assistance you may need.
In the morning you’ll visit Nga Nam floating market and take in beautiful, authentic scenes of daily life of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. Located at the confluence of five canals which flow from five distinct regions, Nga Nam floating market is the meeting place for trading boats and traders. Starting before dawn and winding down at 9 or 10 am, before the heat of the day, it features fruits, vegetables and other local products bought and sold from vessels anchored along the banks of the river.
One thing you’ll notice here is what is called “Cay Beo” – on each boat stands a long bamboo pole and tied to the top is a sample of what they are selling. It is cheap and effective advertising!
After early tour, have a breakfast at local restaurant then back to hostel for check out.
We will then continue to the west to Chau Doc (transfer takes about 4-5 hours), please consult our guide if you want to have some short break en route.
Draped along the banks of the Bassac River, Chau Doc is on the primary river route between Cambodia and Vietnam. A likeable little town with long-standing Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities, Chau Doc’s cultural diversity is apparent in the mosques, temples, churches and nearby pilgrimage sites you will see, which makes it a fascinating place to explore.
Upon arrival, check in hotel and have some refreshment. If you wish, our guide will take you to visit the nearby Lady Chua Xu temple located on Sam Mountain which is built in 1820, this is very important religious site for local people.
The rest of evening will be free at your own leisure at the resort located by the side of Sam Mountain.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Victoria Nui Sam Lodge – Superior Room
This morning, you will transfer to Tra Su Cajuput forest – This nature reserve covers a massive area that is home to the rich and diverse species of water birds, fishes, reptiles, bats and some endangered species. The lush vegetation, flora and fauna in abundance created an amazing haven for wildlife.
Upon arrival to Tra Su, you take a boat deep into the forest through the lovely channel of waterways. Fill with peace and tranquility, Tra Su forest will certainly bring you a time to clear your mind and enjoy the harmony of nature and wild life. End up your wonderful trip with a short walk to the observation tower to take in the panoramic view or the area.
Back to hotel for check out then you will transfer to Can Tho (about 3 – 3.5 hours).
Later this afternoon, you will take a local ferry to reach a peaceful village. Ride along the river and take time to observe the typical Mekong delta scenery.
Back to hotel and the rest of day free at your own leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Victoria Can Tho Resort – Superior Room
This morning, step on board a boat to visit Cai Rang floating market. The market is not busy as its glory day in the past but still buzzing with lovely scene of traders from all the Mekong Delta come and trade on their local products. Local and tourists can enjoy boat noodle or coffee from many floating kitchen. Prepare some small changes and sample some fresh food from one of many pineapple boats, mango boats…
After the morning market, take your time to pack and relax before driving back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Your driver will drop you in city center or head to airport for your onward flight to another destination.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tour Price Includes:
- 04 nights’ accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast (check in and check out around noontime)
- All transfers with air-con vehicles and the mentioned boats trip
- English speaking guide
- All entrance fees as program
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) as indicated in the program
- 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only
Tour Price Excludes:
- Airfares (international and domestic)
- Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
- Visa to Vietnam
- Mineral water beyond that supplied
- Early check in or late check out
- Optional excursions and activities
- Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
- Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
- Peak season surcharges if any
- All not mentioned above