Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Cai Be, Mekong, and Ancient Houses
- Pickup available
- Duration: 10 hours
Depart from Ho Chi Minh City at 7:30AM, observing the green paddy fields stretching towards the horizon throughout the 3-hour journey. After arriving to Cai Be, enjoy a boat ride to the remaining site of a well-known wholesale floating market on the Tien River. Whilst at this site, learn about hoe the local trading habits have changed throughout time due to modern society and advancements in technology. Travel through small villages in which you will learn about the indigenous culture, before making a short visit to a small family business where the locals make coconut fudge and crispy rice popcorn. Additionally, visit a small bee farm to enjoy some honey tea. Savor delicious fresh fruit and feel slow rhythm of Southern Vietnamese folk music – a kind of music entwined with the life and culture of the Mekong Delta people. Once at Tan Phong Island, paddle through small canals. This is an...
Following a pickup from your hotel, depart to Cái Bè on a 3.5-hour ride by bus. On arrival in Cái Bè, board a motorboat and visit the area of the former Cái Bè floating market. Explore the network of canals and experience the hustle and bustle from the water on the Mekong Delta. Visit one of the ancient houses at Dong Hoa Hiep village to learn about the indigenous culture in the Mekong Delta. Then make your way to a small family business where the locals are preparing coconut fudges and crispy rice popcorn. Savor fresh fruits and listen to traditional southern Vietnamese folk music, a type of music intertwined with the life and culture of the Mekong Delta people. Then, explore the canals of the Upper Mekong Delta and visit the local house of Tan Phong Island for lunch and learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, cycle along the village path amongst beautiful orchar...
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The tour offers a large Variety of Locations, views, activities, impressions = much more than I expected for just two days. We saw the amazing Mekong River + beautiful landscape. I could take some nice Pictures at the Floating market and, by night, in Can Tho. We learned about traditional work, e.g. how to produce noodles from Rice, and so on. We did some very touristical activities, which I do not like soooo much (e.g. sitting in a horse drawn carriage for a distance, I usually would walk) - but by the end, it was not too much of this. Our guide did not talk too much :-) and he was very busy to make us happy.
Very well organised trip. ‘Peter’, our Vietnamese guide, was excellent. He was very polite, helpful, friendly and spoke good English, and was easy to understand. (Prepare for a 2.5 hour coach journey from HCMC to Mekong delta/Cai Be floating market. But we stopped at a very nice refreshment station en route). . We did so much in one day - handling bees/drinking snake wine/preparing our own Vietnamese-style lunch plus extra food which never stop coming from the kitchen!/kayaking/ watching a traditional Vietnamese performance/and a fun bike ride at the end.
Thanks to the great Xuyen (guide) and the warm families we were able to visit, we were able to experience traditional handicrafts and authentic family life in the Mekong Delta. A really formative and grand excursion. Thank you and always happy.
The guide was knowledgeable with a warm, bubbly personality. It was a great day out with lots of activities planned and executed very, very well.