Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be – Tan Phong – Ancient House Homestay
Day 2: Cai Be – Cruising on Mekong River - Ho Chi Minh City
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be – Tan Phong – Ancient House Homestay (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)
Around 07.00 Am in early morning, our tour guide and tour bus will pick you up at your hotel and depart early for Cai Be. On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motorboat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. We will stop to visit local some workshops including pop-rice, rice-paper, coconut candy producing, honey tea, snake wine… to see how local people here utilize rice, coconut and other agriculture materials and turn them into delicious products. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation, accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music.
Keep cruising to a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Arrive in Tan Phong Island, join to a cooking class. Enjoy your cooking experience and learn how to prepare special Vietnamese dishes. Food cooked by yourself and fresh river food served in the heart of the garden. Relax on the hammocks to get back your energy. In the afternoon, you will cycle around the village path with fruit orchards and bonsai garden. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong delta.
Meet our local guide and transfer to a beautiful ancient house for your overnight homestay with the local people. The homestay is basic accommodation but well equipped, comfortable. After meeting your home stay hosts, feel free to walk around the house and village to explore the countryside. For the dinner, you will participate in cooking traditional dinner with Vietnamese dishes with help from your host. Overnight at homestay with your hospitable island hosts.
If you are not comfortable with homestay experiences, you can upgrade your stay to Mekong Ecolodge for your stay overnight (With surcharge). The experience of living like locals is lifetime memorable.
Day 2: Cai Be – Cruising on Mekong River - Ho Chi Minh City (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Enjoy your breakfast at home-stay with beautiful tranquil atmosphere. After breakfast, say good bye to our host and we will hop on the boat and start explore the area. We will be visiting Mr Ba Duc's ancient house, a well preserved house in harmonious combination of two architectural styles: Vietnamese and French. Stop by a rice-husking mill to learn about the procedure for rice production. Stop by a small handcrafted workshop of "Cham La" to see how the local use the coconut leaves and weave them into the roofs of homes.
We continue cruising on beautiful Mekong River with green scenery along the bank and daily life of locals from the cruise. The cruising trip is nearly 2 hour will be a peaceful relaxing time and exciting experiences with scenery along the riverbank. Arrive at Sau Ca local house, enjoy warm welcome from the host and cheer a rice wine cup with the host. Enjoy an exciting walk around the huge fruit garden of the host and learn more about exotic local tropical fruits. Enjoy lunch served at local house; you will head back to HCMC by Mini Van/Bus around 4:30 PM.