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From HCM: Mekong Delta & Cai Rang Floating Market 2-Day Tour

1. From HCM: Mekong Delta & Cai Rang Floating Market 2-Day Tour

Day 1. HCM City - MY THO - BEN TRE - CAN THO Around 7:45am. Get picked up at your centrally located hotels in Ho Chi Minh City and head to the Mekong Delta by bus. Your onboard tour guide will tell you everything about the culture of the locals while you can sit back, relax and enjoy the landscapes and scenery of green rice fields. Stop at the Vinh Trang pagoda on the way. Continue to My Tho and take a boat trip along the Mekong River where you can escape the busy town. Enjoy a sampan ride through the coconut trees-lined canals. Disembark and explore the village on foot. Visit local families where you can enjoy fruits, honey tea and wine while listening to traditional music performed by the villagers. Enjoy a traditional lunch. In the afternoon, travel to Can Tho, the heart of the Mekong Delta. Stay overnight in the hotel. Free time to explore the city at night. ------------ Day 2: CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET - HO CHI MINH CITY Start early at around 6:00AM to visit the famous Cai Rang Floating Market. The market is most vibrant in the early hours of the morning. Witness the hustle and bustle of boats selling fruits, vegetables, and various local products. During your boat tour, make a pit stop at one of the boats selling vermicelli and coffee. You can choose to buy and enjoy these local delicacies while soaking in the unique atmosphere of the market. Continue your boat tour to visit a Rice Noodle Factory. Here, you can witness the traditional process of making rice noodles. We'll also take some time to explore a bustling local market, where colorful stalls are brimming with fresh produce, spices, and vegetables. Around 9:00AM to 9:30AM: Return to your hotel for check-out, enjoy breakfast and freshening up after the morning's activities. After that, begin your journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. En route, make a stop at the 10 Vo ancient house. Explore this historic Vietnamese house, learn about its architectural details, and gain insights into local traditions and customs. Try your hand at making traditional Vietnamese pancakes, known as "bánh xèo." This hands-on experience will give you a taste of the local culture. Enjoy a delicious local lunch. If you have the energy, take a leisurely bike ride around the area, exploring the picturesque surroundings and interacting with the local community. After that, make your way back to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive approximately at 4:00pm.

Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta & Floating Market 2-Day Group Tour

2. Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta & Floating Market 2-Day Group Tour

Discover what life is like in the Mekong Delta and explore the rivers by sampan boat. Stay at a hotel in Can Tho, and visit the largest floating market in the region. Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Can Tho (L) 07:30: Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and start the trip to Cai Be. Upon arrival in Cai Be, have a boat ride to the remaining site of a renowned wholesale floating market on the Tien River many years ago. This site entitles you to learn something about the local trading habit that has changed due to the age of modern society when more terrestrial transportation and high techniques of agriculture have dominated everywhere. There, you can realize how diverse the area is and how rich orchard gardens are, which makes it the basket of fruit in the lower part of the Mekong River. Ramble in small villages where you will uncover the beauty of an ancient house and learn about the indigenous culture. Make a short visit to a small family business where the locals make coconut fudges and crispy rice popcorn. Savor delicious fresh fruit and feel the slow rhythms of Southern Vietnamese folk music – a kind of music entwined with the life and culture of the Mekong Delta people. Paddle through small canals – an exciting experience since you can look around, unwind, and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of the Upper Mekong Delta. Additionally, after arrival on Tan Phong Island, immerse yourself in nature's tranquility. At lunchtime, you not only enjoy luscious food but also get closer to the locals as it is a chance to learn how to prepare Vietnamese specialties. The meal is cooked on your own and served in the heart of the local garden. Cycle on the village path through orchards. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong Delta. Visit Ba Kiệt’s ancient house. Take a boat ride back to Cai Be and meet your bus for the trip to Can Tho City. Proceed to Can Tho City and overnight in Can Tho. Day 2: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L) Have breakfast at the hotel. Take a leisurely boat ride to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River). Then, visit the Cai Rang Floating Market, the most vibrant floating market in the area. Enjoy a walking tour of the local noodle factory. Visit Munir Ansay Pagoda, a Khmer temple, famous for its unique structure. Then, go by boat to visit the fruit plantation and enjoy seasonal fruit. Return to Ho Chi Minh City after lunch at the end of your experience.

Ho Chi Minh City: 2-Day Mekong Delta & Floating Market Tour

3. Ho Chi Minh City: 2-Day Mekong Delta & Floating Market Tour

DAY 1: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho 7.30 am: The car and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. One the way, you can stop for taking a photo and enjoying the nice scenery of green rice fields, the peaceful Vam Co Dong river. 9.30 am: Visit Vinh Trang pagoda – the biggest pagoda in Mekong Delta. It best reflects the soul of Mekong River Delta with a unique structural style. After that, we take a leisurely boat ride along the river to enjoy fresh air and escape the busy town. See the typical stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Go to Tortoise islet for lunch in the orchard garden with local fresh specialties. Then, the cruise through the shadows of the water coconut trees will take you to Ben Tre. Come to visit the traditional house: enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea with lemon when listening to the Southern Vietnamese folk music (performed by the locals). Visit a family business to learn how to make coconut candy. Go for a walk through the fruit plantation and villages to enjoy the natural scenery, observe the pastoral life and take nice photos. Arrive to Can Tho. Overnight in the hotel. Free time to visit Ninh Kieu Wharf, Can Tho Market or taste the delicious local dishes. DAY 2: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City 7.00 am: pick you up in hotel in Can Tho after breakfast. You will take the boat trip to along on the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River and visit the amazing Cai Rang floating market. You get to experience water commerce from the large cargo vessels to smaller sampans weave. Try some of the amazing, unique local food and to take a closer look at life on a boat. After exploring the floating market, you will wander around the village, see the orchard garden and try your best to cross a Monkey bridge which is built by only one bamboo tree. Besides that, you have a chance to experience how to they make rice vermicelli noodle. Stop for lunch before the return journey to Ho Chi Minh City. 5.00 pm: Arrive to Ho Chi Minh City. End of the tour. Say goodbye and see you again.

HCMC: Cai Rang Floating Market & Mekong Delta Private Tour

4. HCMC: Cai Rang Floating Market & Mekong Delta Private Tour

Start with the pickup from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and depart for Cai Rang Floating Market early in the morning at around 5:00AM and relax on the 3-hour drive to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta. Arrive at Cai Rang Floating Market, The market is most vibrant in the early hours of the morning. Witness the hustle and bustle of boats selling fruits, vegetables, and various local products. During your boat tour, make a pit stop at one of the boats selling vermicelli and coffee. You can choose to buy and enjoy these local delicacies while soaking in the unique atmosphere of the market. After exploring Cai Rang Floating Market, we travel back to Cai Be - a picturesque town located on the Mekong Delta, and start your Mekong River adventure. Embark on a traditional wooden boat for a serene cruise on the mighty Mekong River. As you journey along, you'll witness the local way of life and the lush landscape. Transfer to a smaller, more traditional sampan boat, allowing you to explore the narrow canals and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Mekong Delta. Paddle along the small canals with coconut palms lining both sides, creating a serene and picturesque setting. Arrive at a local home to enjoy traditional music performed by the villagers. We will also visit a ancient house to enjoy a lunch there. After that, relax and bid farewell to the Mekong Delta and start your journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. We take you back to your hotel.

Mekong Delta Tour 2-Day (SaDec – Can Tho - My Tho - Ben Tre)

5. Mekong Delta Tour 2-Day (SaDec – Can Tho - My Tho - Ben Tre)

DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY - SADEC – CAN THO 7:30am, travel by coach to Sadec. Arrive in Sadec, we will visit: Sa Dec ornamental flower village is 3km from the center of Sa Dec city, with an area of 313ha, with 1,968 households. The strength of flower village is that it has two sides adjacent to the Tien and Sa Dec rivers, convenient for transportation by waterway and road. Happy land Hung Thy Sa Dec tourist area is a rustic tourist resort created in Sa Dec flower village, with aim of developing Hung Thy into a tourist place associated with river nature. Have lunch at restaurant. Kien An Cung Pagoda, also known as Ong Quach Pagoda, is located in Ward 2, Sa Dec, Dong Thap Province. Kien An Cung Pagoda was built by a group of Chinese in Fujian to Workshop ancestors, unite community, meetings, discuss trading and exchanging information and in 1924 and completed in 1927. Huynh Thuy Le Ancient House was built by Mr. Huynh Cam Thuan – Huynh Thuy Le’s father. Back he was a famous merchant in Sa Dec port. The house was made mostly of wood and in shape of a traditional Southern house. In 1917, the owner reconstructed it by adding solid bricks in gaps of wooden pieces inside. That is reason why house looks French outside but Chinese inside. Phuoc Kien Pagoda is not only known for the legend of a crane or a turtle, but also famous for its "giant lotus nia". you will visit La Sen Pagoda to admire this unique ...Next we travel to Can Tho. Check-in hotel, have dinner. Stay overnight. DAY 2: CAN THO - MY THO - BEN TRE - HO CHI MINH CITY Breakfast, 7:00 am, we board a boat and travel for about 40 minutes to get to our first spectacular landscape- Cai Rang floating market… This is the largest of its type in whole Mekong delta. During this visit, you have a chance to board a merchant boat that sells pineapples which come from Can Tho City. We continue to visit a noodle and a rice paper factory. Next, we visit My Tho. You move to boat to visit Phoenix Island for visiting and learning about coconut religion. Have lunch at restaurant. Board a wooden motor boat to Unicorn Island. On this boat along the river’s bank, you be passing through natural creeks, interesting fisherman's port; stilt houses. We take you to a bee farm where you have a chance to taste a tasteful cup of authentic honey tea. We get on small row boat. Enjoying fresh air along canal and beautiful water coconut tree scenery. You cruise a canal whose 2 long sides are seasonable orchards. We cruise to a village where sweat smell coconut candies are in the air. To satisfy your curiosity, we get to a village that has many small shops that make coconut candy and handcrafted items from coconut trees of mekong delta. One of boat’s stops during this trip is at a seasonal fruits garden where you can enjoy many different types of tasty tropical fruits while checking out the folk music that is typical to only the people in Southern Vietnam. 18:00 - 19:00, we arrive in Ho Chi Minh City.

'Cai Rang' Floating Market 2-Day Tour With Biking & Boating

6. 'Cai Rang' Floating Market 2-Day Tour With Biking & Boating

One of the most exciting highlights of the Joy Journeys Mekong Delta tour is the visit to Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest floating market in the region. Here, you'll have the chance to witness firsthand the bustling activity of vendors and shoppers as they exchange goods and haggle for the best prices. With a maximum group size of 10 people, you can be sure that you'll receive personalized attention from your guide and have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and interact with locals. Joy Journeys also places a strong emphasis on supporting local communities and promoting sustainable tourism practices. By visiting local villages and participating in cultural activities like cooking classes, travelers have the opportunity to learn about and support the rich cultural heritage of the Mekong Delta. In addition, Joy Journeys partners with local guides and service providers to ensure that a fair share of the tour fees goes back into the local community. Waking up in the early morning to start the boat ride to the floating market with the amazing atmosphere to watch the sunrise is an extraordinary experience that all of our guests enjoyed during this tour. Overnight at Bamboo Eco Village or Mekong Silt Ecolodge is also the highlight of the tour when the 'resort' is located in front of Mekong river. All of the rooms are designed with care to touch the authencity of the Mekong Delta. This is where you will have your dinner, breakfast and cooking class for 'Banh Xeo' on the second day.

Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho | Private transfer

7. Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho | Private transfer

Experience the ultimate convenience and comfort with our exclusive private transfer service from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho. Our personalized transport offers a seamless journey tailored to your needs, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable travel experience. With professional drivers at the helm, we guarantee safety and efficiency throughout your trip. Itinerary & Features: Depart from your preferred location in Ho Chi Minh City aboard our private vehicle equipped with modern amenities. Enjoy the scenic route as we traverse the vibrant landscapes between these two bustling cities. Our experienced drivers navigate the journey expertly, making occasional stops upon request for refreshments or sightseeing opportunities. Feel free to ask for local insights and tips along the way, adding depth to your travel experience. Activity Conclusion: Upon reaching Can Tho, our service concludes at your designated drop-off point – whether it’s your hotel, a specific address, or a central location. You'll disembark at your chosen destination, ready to explore Can Tho's attractions, markets, or continue your journey hassle-free. Bid farewell to our courteous team, enriched with memories of a comfortable and exclusive travel experience." This description aims to highlight the convenience, personalization, and ease of travel while ensuring customers know what to expect throughout the journey and upon arrival at their destination.

Can Tho: Floating market and authentic small canals

8. Can Tho: Floating market and authentic small canals

At 5.30 am, our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel (if it is in the city center) or meeting point and then take you to our boat where you will start your tour. It takes around 40 – 45 minutes to arrive at the Cai Rang floating market. On the way, you will have a chance to watch the sunrise which makes you understand why it is special, famous and attracts many tourists every year. At Cai Rang floating market, our boat driver will drive the boat slowly around the floating market for 1-2 rounds so that you can enjoy observing how local people trade products on their boats and enjoy the bustling atmosphere. There are hundreds of boats with many kinds of fruits, roots, and veggies such as pineapples, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, watermelon, etc. You will experience sitting on boats and having breakfast on the floating market which is a must-do when you visit the place. A miniature society will be shown in front of you through the image of the bustling Cai Rang floating market. At 7.30 am, you will keep boating over to a noodle local house where you make your own rice paper and noodles guided by local people. Heading to authentic small canals – one of the tenth most beautiful small canals in Can Tho and also known for its peacefulness, unlike the busy tourist spots. It takes more than an hour on the canals which are very long and peaceful. Our boat driver will stop driving, but paddling slowly so that you can immerse yourself in nature with many green trees and bird songs which make you so relaxed and enjoy the fresh air. You will see many fruit orchards along the canals and some local houses where local people are living. Sometimes you will see local people wave at you and say “hi”. Then back to the hotel.

The Largest, Authentic Floating Market & Organic Chocolate

9. The Largest, Authentic Floating Market & Organic Chocolate

-Discovery Cai Rang floating market, we will see trading of local merchants at the largest floating market in Vietnam. Goods exchanged include fruit and vegetables of the region such as pineapple, watermelon, sweet potato, and mango. Along with this trade of fresh produce, there are also floating restaurants and cafés, offering delicious noodle soup and strong Vietnamese coffee: the perfect combination to start the day. - We will then cruise into the jungle and small, yet complex canal system, which provides a serene home to diverse flora and fauna. Allow yourself time to relax and meditate on this part of the trip, which offers a tranquil contrast to the hustle of the market. This landscape is typical of the Mekong Delta, allowing a glimpse into river life. -We will visit Cocoa farm to know how to cultivate and produce handmade chocolate. Also, we will drink and enjoy organic chocolate on this farm. -Besides, we will visit a noodle village in order to see how to make local noodle in the traditional way, and we will learn how to make noodle by hand. -Finally, we will have the opportunity to walk among villages in the local community. Your welcome will be full of warmth and generosity. Pick up: Vincom Plaza Xuan Khanh-209, 30 Thang 4 street, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho city.

Can Tho: Floating Market, cacao farm and small canals

10. Can Tho: Floating Market, cacao farm and small canals

Explore the biggest floating market of Vietnam, and the great crisscrossing canal system by going to small canals in the countryside. Experience how locals make chocolate and rice noodles. Surely, you won’t be disappointed. At 5.30 am: Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel (if it is in the city center) or meeting point and then take you to our boat where you will start your tour. It takes around 40-45 minutes to arrive at the Cai Rang floating market. On the way, you will have a chance to watch the sunrise on the Mekong River. At 6.15 am: You will experience sitting on boats and having breakfast on the floating market which is a must-do when you visit the floating market. You will keep boating over to a local noodle house where you make your own rice paper and noodles guided by local people. At 8.15 am: Heading to authentic small canals – one of the tenth most beautiful small canals in Can Tho and also known for its peacefulness, unlike the busy tourist spots. Our boat driver will stop driving, but paddling slowly so that you can immerse yourself in nature. You will see many fruit orchards along the canals and local houses where local people are living. At 9.45 am: Arriving at the HANDMADE chocolate farm immersion. After the small canals, we will walk 10 – 15 mins to the cocoa plantation. There is one only man in Vietnam who makes chocolates with his own technique and recipe which will definitely impress you. Then back to your hotel at around 11.30 pm – 12.30 pm.

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4.3
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This was great for us, a french family of 5 (3 children). We were the only non-vietnamese in this tour which we found great to interact with vietnamese people 3 days in a raw. We made friends, vietnamese are so warm and welcoming, we couldn’t beleive how nice vietnamese are. Google translate is your best friend 😁. The guide (Dat) was really nice, made explanations in vietnamese first then English just for us. In Days 2 and 3 there was lots of driving, but honestly the weather was so hot (38deg) that we couldn’t hold more than 1.5h outside anyway between 11h-16h, so thank you for the good bus aircon ! Food was always pure vietnamese, fish a, meat, water cooked vegetables. Big breakfasts. I really recommend if you want a vietnam culture experience. Not if you expect an american type high luxury tour

PA travel company and their guide Grace did an amazingly well organized tour. Guide spoke very good English and showed me the floating market,rice noodle making place,the fruits growing farm and the monkey bridge. Breakfast and coffee at the market was authentic Vietnamese. Tasted multiple fruits in an another boat Floating through many small canals was very beautiful overall had a wonderful time thanks to Grace

My family enjoyed this tour very much! Our guide Bac was excellent!! He was incredibly warm and engaging. He was very knowledgeable and informative, even when asked about things not related directly to the tour. He seemed genuinely interested in getting to know everyone on the tour and wanted to be sure we were all having a good time. Can't recommend him enough!!

We had a great time in the Mekong Delta. Our guide Vang (Nelson) was amazing and provided so many insights to Vietnamese people, culture and history. During the drop-off at our hotel, I forgot my backpack on the bus - Vang called no 5 minutes later and stopped again at our hotel to bring back my backpack. Thanks a lot again for everything!

Excellent trip!! I would suggest it to everybody wants to visit south of Vietnam! The guide Harry was wonderful and always smiling, his colleague Tri provided us with a lot of info and Khiem the driver was so professional! They guided us in amazing places and they treated us as family!