Explore the countryside and waterways at the heart of the Mekong Delta with chance to observe the unique trading way at Cai Rang floating market, the biggest one of its kind in the Delta and gain an insight into the life of local farmers as you venture deep into the labyrinth of waterways and lush islands. Your tour will mostly be done by boat, the most popular transportation mean in the region and spiced up with some soft adventure elements such as countryside biking and kayaking. Enjoying a boat trip to explore a lush island on Hau River with some countryside biking. Take a boat trip to visit a Khmer pagoda and vegetable nursery suspended garden by the river.
Day 1: HO CHI MINH CITY - CAN THO - ISLAND TOUR (B/L/D)
- Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh and drive to Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta located on the southern bank of the Hau River, one of the two largest branches of the mighty Mekong. The city is often dubbed as the “Capital of the Western Region” also known as the “Rice basket of Vietnam” contributing more than half of the nation’s rice production.Upon arrival in Can Tho, drop off your luggage at the hotel and then transfer to Ninh Kieu quay to embark on an island tour with cruise on the motorized Mystic Sampan. Lunch will be served aboard. Tour activities in the afternoon include a bike tour and visit to some local homes with a short break in a garden where you can taste some seasonal fruits and coconut milk. Tour around the southern part of the island back to the initial house between orchards, gardens and the river afterward catch a local ferry and get back to Can Tho by road transportIn the evening, have dinner at Sao Hom restaurant, then you will have free time to explore the night market. Pick up at Ninh Kieu quay at 20:30 hrs for transfer back to the hotel. Those who want to have a deeper exploration of the Can Tho nightlife will arrange their own transportation back to the hotelAccommodation at hotel in Can Tho.
Day 2: CAN THO - FLOATING MARKET AND KAYAKING (B/L/-)
- Floating markets are the highlights of the Mekong Delta and the one in Cai Rang is the biggest. From very early morning hundreds of boats gather to trade agricultural produce brought in from all over the region. So as not to miss the chance to see the market in full swing, an early start is recommended. From your boat you will see the local farmers trading their products directly on the water as they have done for many centuries.Return to the hotel for breakfast and then transfer to the countryside of Can Tho, about 10km away from the city centre, for a kayaking tour. It would take you up to two hours sliding on the water at your rhythm and have a look at the life on the banks.Back to the city for lunch at Nam Bo Restaurant and then drive to Binh Thuy district to visit the famous Binh Thuy Temple and the beautiful old house of the Le family. Afterward transfer back to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisureAccommodation at hotel in Can Tho.
Day 3: CAN THO - KHMER VILLAGE AND SUSPENSION GARDEN - HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L/-)
- The countryside around Can Tho City still keeps many hidden treasures that will surely take visitors by surprise. This morning you will take a boat trip cross Hau River to visit a village of the Khmer ethnic minority people where you will be amazed by the glamour of their pagoda, a real hidden treasure with beautiful sculpture works. The tour will then take you to see a unique way of farming where local people are tending to their suspension vegetable gardens along the river banks.Return to the hotel to check out and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City with lunch at restaurant en routeUpon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, drop off at your hotel. Optional airport transfer is available at a surcharge. Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City is not included.