Mekong Delta Discovery – 3 days: Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and the rich culture of Mekong Delta region and spend time to explore the local floating market at its nicest time and most exciting of the day. Enjoy the atmosphere, the calm and quietness of the nature of the wetland forest and have a homestay experience with the locals.
ItineraryDay 1: Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Ben Tre - Can ThoStop At: Ben Tre, Ben Tre, Ben Tre Province, Mekong DeltaLeave Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields (seasonally). On arrival at My Tho, visit the 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 to have lunch in the orchard garden. Then take 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 towards 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.Option 1 : Stay in a hotel in Can ThoCheck into your hotel on arrival at Can Tho. Free to explore the city on your own in the evening. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Can Tho.Option 2 : Homestay (D)Transfer by motor boat to a small village in Cai Rang district. Check into your riverside cottage. In the afternoon, go cycling or trekking around the village to experience the rural lifestyle of the Mekong Delta people. Time to self-cooked dinner and enjoy it together with the local host. Enjoy an evening of traditional folk music with your neighbors. Overnight in your riverside cottage. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Can Tho - Chau Doc - Tra Su Sanctuary Stop At: Chau Doc Floating Market, Chau Doc, An Giang ProvinceTaking a very early morning boat trip (5:30am usually recommended) to visit the Cai Rang floating market which is wholesale market of fruit and vegetable at its busiest at this time of the day. Keep cruising through the small channels system and visit a rice noodle making village. Experience the “Monkey Bridge” in the Delta. Head towards Phong Dien for the smaller, quieter floating market (optional for private tour). Break for lunch. Proceed to Chau Doc and continue the tour to visit Tra Su - 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, florals and fauna in abundance created an amazing haven for wildlife. Taking a motorized boat followed by a rowing boat deep into the forest through the lovely channel of waterways, a short walk to the observation tower to enjoy the panoramic view or the area. Back to the town, on the way back stop by to visit Sam Mountain, the Cave pagoda (if time permitted). Hotel check in. Overnight in Chau Doc. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Chau Doc - HCMStop At: Chau Doc Market, Chau Doc, An Giang ProvinceAfter breakfast, take a nice boat trip through the floating village to visit a fish farm to see how the Mekong Delta people raise fish in their floating houses. 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 or your hotel. Mekong Delta Discovery 3 daysDuration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.