Authentic Mekong River Tour
ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY:
Explore the Mighty Mekong Delta; Ben Tre, Cai Be, Vinh Long and Can Tho, cruise the many tributaries and natural creeks on Mekong River, wandering through vibrant countryside; visit real local cottage workshops, family produces local snacks, ride bicycle on beautiful countryside back roads from village to village, enjoy a wooden sampan boat rowing on small creeks and canals, stay at lovely homestay and see floating market in action before going home. On this excursion with Vietnam Backroads Travel! You will have so much fun and culture and local daily life experience as it a perfect conclusion to a fabulous 5 days/ 4 nights combined trip.
On arrival - Ho Chi Minh
You are warmly welcome at Tan Son Nhat Airport and will driving to hotel for check in. It takes about a 30 minute to Saigon city center. The rest is fee to explore Saigon city by your own.
Explore Ho Chi Minh city & See Cu Chi Tunnel
There are two activities today. In the morning, we will explore a famous Cu Chi tunnel and we then return to Saigon for a half-day city tour and free in the evening. Depart from Saigon at 7:30 am, enjoy driving through the country largest city and its lively countryside and rural villages of Cu Chi District. We first stop at local house which the family produces rice paper and rice wine. Then we continue our vehicle driving to the Ben Duoc tunnel and watch documentary film to know how Viet Cong built three levels of tunnel network! Then you will be exploring the real things; secret entrance, booby traps, fighting bunkers, hidden smoke kitchen and handmade weapon workshop underground before we relax at shooting range. After lunch in local nice restaurant by river, we return to Saigon by our private vehicle. Visit Re-unification Palace, War Remnant Museum then we enjoy walking to Notre Dame Cathedrals and Saigon Post Office before we walk down to Ben Thanh Market.
HCM – Ben Tre – Home-stay
Leave Saigon 8:00 am for two hours transfer to Ben Tre city. On arrival in Ben Tre by Ham Luong River, we pick up the bikes and do saddle adjusting; put the helmets on and we ride on small bridge to charming villages; Phu Nhuan, Nhon Trach and My Thanh. Explore charming villages, see beautiful countryside, and experience daily activities of local through villages. We will have a lunch at local restaurant in countryside. There will be many stops through lush green villages; coconut fiber factory, coconut jelly, family making coconut brooms, sleeping mates and sweet candy workshop. Explore charming villages, see beautiful countryside, and experience daily activities of local through villages. As we reach to riverside! We get on boat and cruise on natural waterway landscapes and welcomed coconut drinks on board. The cruise will stop at a brick making shop. This is a chance you witness the daily life of farmers, gardeners in countryside of Ben Tre. Check in at Mango Riverside homestay and spend the rest of today to enjoy local cocktails, beer by swimming pool.
Our guide, Ms Loan, took us a three day trip to the countryside villages, Ben Tre and many interesting places on the second day to Can Tho. We stopped along the way to pagodas, fruit orchards and villages where most plants are ornamental and bonsai trees and brick factory. It was really good for us to meet local people, to learn the technique to grow trees. Delicious lunch was arranged at home of the local but too much! We really don't want to waste food. The floating market was lively and busy. We loved it! We had an amazing time. Better than our exception. The guide was very friendly, fun and knowledgeable. Thank you. 7 - 12 January 2020