See the highlights of Vietnam's Mekong Delta on this three-day adventure through rivers, canals and mangrove forest. Your journey will take you to the hub of the delta Can Tho and the sleepy riverside town of Chau Doc, to discovery why the region is world - famous for fishing, rice farming and tropical biodiversity. Visit a small homemade coconut factory, cruise on a converted rice barge and take a sampan ride though the waterways of an ecological reserve.Route: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ben Tre - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Tra Su SanctuaryDeparture time: 07:45 am | Duration: 3 days 2 nights | Transportation: Bus, boat
Day 1: HO CHI MINH - MY THO - BEN TRE - CAN THO (L)Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrival at My Tho, visit VinhTrang 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 water coconut trees along natural canals, 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 the fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho. Overnight in the hotel (family home-stay with dinner can be arranged on request). Free time to visit the bustling Can Tho market.Day 2: CAN THO - CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET - CHAU DOC - TRA SU SANCTUARY (B, L)Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets (& Phong Dien is optional), which are the liveliest in the whole religion.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 pass a "Monkey bridge" which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Visit the orchard garden. Stop for lunch.Proceed to Chau Doc & visiting Tra Su, getting to the wild birds Sanctuary, cruising with a small boats to explore the arrays of splendid canals deep into the forest, watching storks, cranes and other tropical birds. On the way back stop by to visit Sam Mountain, the Cave pagoda (if time permitted). Finally, return to the Town, check in hotel and spend overnight in Chau Doc.Day 3: CHAU DOC - FISHING VILLAGE - HO CHI MINH (B, L)After breakfast will be served, we will cruise boat through the floating village to visit a fish farm to see how the Mekong Delta people raise fish in their floating houses. After that, you have also chance to visit the Cham minority with their traditional weaving village, followed by a local Islamic Mosque.Trip back to Ho Chi Minh city. End at the office.