Experience everyday life in the Mekong Delta on a 2-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Spend the day at the floating markets of Phong Điền and Cái Răng and soak up the ancient atmosphere. Journey along small canals, visit a Cao Dai temple and more.
What to Expect
Escape the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and experience a timeless way of life in the Mekong Delta. Interact with the locals at floating markets and take part in traditional activities such as hand-weaving mats. Savor local specialties, such as fresh fish and much more.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Bến Tre - Cần Thơ
Depart Ho Chi Minh City and relax on the 2-hour drive to Bến Tre. On arrival at Hung Vuong Pier, board the boat and cruise along the Hàm Luông River, stopping at various local workshops to learn more about the local economy, including a brick-kiln where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand. Go to a workshop that processes coconuts and marvel at the skills of the coconut peelers as you learn about the different uses for each part of a coconut. Then, take a short walk around the village to see people weaving mats by hand loom, and have a go at weaving one yourself.
Then, ride a bike or hop on a motorized rickshaw for a 15-kilometer ride along quiet country roads to a house known for its collection of antique pottery. Continue by bike or motorized rickshaw to a local restaurant for a delicious lunch of local specialties, such as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp served with iced soft drinks or beers. Next, journey by row boat along the natural canals, before cruising back to Hung Vuong Pier aboard a big boat for the transfer to your hotel in Cần Thơ.
Day 2: Phong Điền and Cái Răng Floating Markets - Ho Chi Minh City
Journey by car to Phong Điền District in the morning, and hop on a boat to cruise to the unique floating markets of Phong Điền and Cái Răng. Sit back and relax as you are served morning coffee by the coffee boat, and watch the buyers and sellers trading energetically from boat to boat. Phong Điền is smaller and more of a retail market with many rowing boats. Travel back in time as you listen to the sound of bargaining, mixed with the sounds of the coffee boats, meat boats, grocery boats and ice boats.
Next, speed through the channels of the Mekong River, passing rural villages en route to Cái Răng floating market. Enjoy breakfast like the locals as you tuck into a bowl of noodle soup ordered from the local noodle soup boat. Cái Răng is much bigger and more of a wholesale market with many big and motorized boats. Experience the buzz of everyday life of the million floating traders of the region who have been earning their living on some 50,000 kilometers of Mekong Delta waterways for years. Next, visit a fruit orchard to sample tropical fruit and learn more about the locals and their lives. Return to your hotel for a short rest before the return trip to Ho Chi Minh City along Highway 1. Benefit from a short break at a local Cao Dai temple at Cai Lậy town, and watch the Noon Ceremony. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at approximately 16:00 for the end of the tour services.
- Accommodation in a 3 star hotel (double or twin room)
- Transfer by modern vehicle (7-seat car or 16-seat van)
- English-speaking guide
- Boat trips
- Entrance fees
- Meals as mentioned in the program
- Bottled water (served in the car)
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- Single supplement
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Know Before You Go
• Short, T-shirts, sandals and walking shoes are recommended
• Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet the requirements. In the event of this happening, you will be offered an alternative or full refund