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The Mekong Delta (“Nine Dragon River Deltas”) is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The Mekong Delta forms both the far southern region of Vietnam and one of country's two main rice bowls. Dominated by the Mekong River and its many tributaries, the surrounding lands are comprised of low lying rice paddies and the rivers are bordered by dense mangroves and palms. The tributaries of the hectic Mekong River highway provide a comprehensive network of canals and channels acting as on and off ramps to the main thoroughfare. For the independent traveler, these rivers and tributaries can be the best method to explore the Mekong Delta at a leisurely pace and offer the opportunity to experience the truly unique Mekong River lifestyle.

 

DAY 1: SAIGON - MY THO, BEN TRE - CAN THO

You will be met and picked up at the hotel lobby by our well-experienced guide. A one-hour drive through Eastern – Western Avenue to Trung Luong Highway will lead you from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho City the capital of Tien Giang Province – the closet city of Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City. Once exit the Highway, 30- minute stop to straight your legs and relax before arriving at the Pier. Embark on the boat along Tien River, 01 of the 02 largest rivers in Mekong Delta. Many stops will give you opportunities to approach and experience the local livings.

Visit the local Bee Farm where you experience how they feed bees and get honey as well as the benefit of honey and royal jelly. Visit the local Coconut Candy Factory, not only giving the drink or milk for candy. All parts of the coconut palm are useful; the local people will show how they convert the coconut trees to kitchenware, kid toy and souvenir.

A horse cart will carry you along the village lane is a great experience that should not be missed. Take a leisure walk through the local orchard. The alluvia from Mekong River are a gift from Mother Earth to this land which makes it become one of the largest fruit planting of Viet Nam.

Finally, experience a paddle boat takes you through the Nipa palm canal. Before the rising of the modern vehicle, this is the most popular transportation in this lowland area.

Head to Can Tho City and stay overnight there.

 

 

DAY 2: CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET - BINH THUY ANCIENT HOUSE (Breakfast)

Early depart for Cai Rang Floating Market where locals go to buy and sell a variety of fruits vegetables from boats of all sizes and which is the most original ones and bustling places of the region. Sellers tie their goods to a tall pole so that buyers can see from a distance what they are selling. Seat on local trading boat, witness boasting activities in market, find out local life in stilt house along river.

Back to hotel for breakfast, then transfer to visit Binh Thuy Ancient House – a typical landmark of Can Tho City.

Rest of the day is free at leisure. Stay overnight in Can Tho City.

 

DAY 3: MY KHANH VILLAGE - TRUC LAM PHUONG NAM PAGODA - SOC TRANG

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to My Khanh Village to enjoy more than 20 fruit species and see many attractive and diversified games such as:

  • Traditional games, alligator fishing, …
  • Traveling by horse-drawn car, riding pedicab, boating…
  • Visiting traditional handicraft villages (making rice wine, rice paper, and enjoy hot sticky rice wine).
  • Visiting ancient southern house to feel about life of Vietnamese upper class people and farmers in 1930 – 1945.
  • Participating in pig race, dog race and monkey performance at 12h00 và 14h00 every day.

Visit Truc Lam Phuong Nam Pagoda to spray for good luck.

Head to Soc Trang City and stay overnight there.

 

 

DAY 4: SOC TRANG – CHAU DOC

Enjoy breakfast at hotel and your free at leisure time before check out.

Head to Chau Doc and stay overnight there.

 

DAY 5: MUSLIM CHAM VILLAGE - CHUA XU LADY TEMPLE - CAJUPUT FOREST

Enjoy breakfast at hotel. Then, visit a village of Cham ethnic people, Muslim mosque and towel weaving. And then continue to visit Chua Xu Lady temple at Sam Mountain. The temple is among one of the holiest place in Vietnam and every year Vietnamese followers will make their pilgrimage to her place. According to old tales, she brings a lot of luck, health and happiness to those who pay respect at her temple.

Leaving Chua Xu Lady temple and going on to Tra Su cajuput forest which is renowned for not only its almost-untouched natural beauty but also its sanctuary of flora and fauna. Taking a boat trip into the forest and harmonizing oneself with nature. The impressive pictures of cajuputs, the fragrance of flowers and the music-like noise of birds, insects and animals will definitely make travelers do not want to leave. From the observation post, the forest can be seen with an area of nearly 900 ha, home of many birds and animals, including some rare ones.

Rest of the day is free at leisure. Stay overnight in Chau Doc City.

 

DAY 6: CHAU DOC – LONG XUYEN - SADEC

Enjoy breakfast at hotel and your free at leisure time before check out.

Stop by Long Xuyen City to take a short rest before heading to Sadec City

Rest of the day is free at leisure. Stay overnight in Sadec City.

 

 

DAY 7: SADEC FLOWERS VILLAGE - L'AMANT ANCIENT HOUSE – SAIGON.

Enjoy breakfast at hotel and transfer to visit Sadec Flowers Village. For over 100 years, Sa Dec Flower Village located near the Tien River has been well known as the land of thousands of varieties of exotic flowers and strange plants. Coming to the flower village of Sa Dec at anytime of the year, tourists seem to be lost in a fairyland, full of colors and aromas of diverse flowers and plants, namely dahlia, hydrangeas, orchids, areca, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis and African marigold. The village also boasts several varieties of roses with different colors of red, violet, pink, white and orange.

For those charmed by Marguerite Duras’ acclaimed novel “The Lover” (L’amant), or the subsequent Jean-Jacques Annaud film of the same name, Sa Dec in Dong Thap Province is a must-see. Who interested in “The Lover” novel can trace its roots to Sa Dec. Anyone who has seen the film will recognize the setting when they visit the small town dotted with old French villas.

Transfer back to Saigon.

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