Mekong Delta Cycling, Cruising & Floating Markets

Summary:

  • Duration: 3 days 2 nights
  • Start time: 8am on the first day (customizable)
  • End time: 4:30pm on the third day (customizable)
  • Departs: Saigon - Ends: Saigon

 

Highlights:

  • Phong Dien & Cai Rang floating markets
  • Cao Dai Temple
  • Local market
  • Bike/scooter ride crossing paddy fields
  • Boat trip & sampan cruise on Mekong River
  • Bonsai garden and orchards
  • Authentic Vietnamese food
  • Local people and their hospitality
  • And more…

 

Overview:

Let’s join Water Buffalo Tours travel to some untouched regions of the Mekong Delta where you will definitely get an insight into the locals’ daily life.

A-couple-of hour- bike rides are the best way to unveil the picturesque scenery and beauty of the region’s remote villages and the locals’ daily activities. You will be amazed by the locals’ activities on the rivers, orchards and at the local markets. In addition, you will enjoy some fantastic boat rides through the narrow channels amongst the Delta’s incredible scenery.

The locals’ strong sense of ancestral worship can be felt and seen everywhere. Their hospitality and simple but healthy food will make your trip even more enjoyable.

 

Itinerary:

 

DAY 1: Can Duoc – Go Cong – My Tho – Ben Tre (L)

Pickup: 8am - at your hotel in Saigon Downtown

  • Enjoy a pleasant drive on the secondary road 50 (not the Highway 1!!) to Can Duoc market (40km) – a stunning rural market on its informal setting and friendly market goers.
  • Head for Tan Hoa (25km) with a short break to visit a local family’s legumes nursery and witness an unbelievable form of labor-intensive which has not changed over three generations!
  • In Tan Hoa, you will enjoy a stunning and easy bike ride (10km) through some remote villages dotted with coconut palm trees stretching along the paddy fields (alternatively you can choose to enjoy the ride from the back-seat of a scooter driven by our driver)
  • Savor lunch at a beach-front seafood restaurant at Tan Thanh beach (muddy beach, not for swimming)
  • Drive to My Tho pier (45km) where we will enjoy a fantastic cruise crossing the mighty Upper Mekong River, then get transferred to a smaller sampan to wind through some green, lush, picturesque and Amazon-like creek of Tan Thach.
  • Drive to Ben Tre Province and check in your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Viet Uc, 3-star riverside

 

DAY 2: Bike ride – Boat Trip – Cho Lach – Cai Mon – Can Tho (B/L)

  • After breakfast, enjoy another easy and beautiful bike ride (over 1 hour) on quiet village-paths lined with thousands of coconut palm trees
  • Embark a traditional wooden boat for a 2-hour stunning ride on Ben Tre River with breaks en route to see how locals earn their living by weaving mats, making bricks and tiles, semi-producing coconuts products and by-products.
  • Check out your hotel before enjoying lunch with local dishes
  • Hop back on your car and drive through Cho Lach and Cai Mon villages (57km) which have been well known for their bonsai and flower gardens, and fruit-trees nurseries.
  • Have a short ride on Dinh Khao ferry to cross another branch of Mekong River to Vinh Long. Drive down to Can Tho (30km) via the Highway 1
  • Check in your hotel before being free for your dinner

Lodging: Kim Tho, International, or Can Tho West Hotel, 3 star, river-view

 

DAY 3: Phong Dien & Cai Rang Floating Markets – Saigon (B/L)

  • 5:30: roll out of your bed, hop on your car and drive to Phong Dien district (15km)
  • 6:00: hop on an arrow-boat and cruise to the unique and stunning floating markets of Phong Dien and Cai Rang.
  • Sit back on your boat and enjoy the morning coffee served by a local coffee boat. You will be surely driven back to the yester-centuries by the sounds of whole world of trading going on from boats to boats.
  • Saying goodbye to Phong Dien floating market, our boat will speed up through green and beautiful channels of the Mekong River stretching along rural villages and arrive in Cai Rang floating market. This will complete a special picture of million floating traders, who have been happily living the floating life and earning their living on some 50,000km of waterways in the Mekong Delta
  • Get back to your hotel for a late breakfast, have a short rest and check out
  • 10am: enjoy a beautiful drive back to Saigon via a newly established road. This is one of the most untouched and original country roads of the region with scarce traffic and lots of photo opportunities. You will have a chance to see the signature spider-web-like irrigation system of the Delta. The route is only recently accessible due to the construction of new bridges in the area. 
  • 12pm: witness Noon Ceremony at a local Cao Dai Temple.
  • 13:30pm: stop for lunch at a restaurant with authentic local dishes.
  • 14:30pm: head off for Saigon via the Freeway

Drop-off: 4:30pm – at your hotel in Saigon where our service ends

 

Price
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6+ pax
Adults 570/pax 320/pax 300/pax 270/pax 250/pax 230/pax
Children 6-11 years N/A 240/pax 225/pax 202/pax 187/pax 172/pax
Children 3-5 years N/A 160/pax 150/pax 135/pax 125/pax 115/pax
Children under 3 Free of charge

*Rates are in USD per person

**We only run private and customizable tours

Included:

  • Hotel accommodation as specified, based on twin share room - single rooms are subject to extra charges
  • Modern air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Meals as specified: (B)= Breakfast; (L)= Lunch
  • Private boat trips and sampan cruises in My Tho, Ben Tre and the floating markets
  • All entrance fees for specified stops
  • Gearless bikes or scooters with drivers
  • Fresh tropical fruits
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day

 Not included:

  • Drinks, meals and any other incurred expenses, that are not mentioned above
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tipping – tipping is optional. If you enjoyed our guide’s and driver’s service and decided to offer a tip, we would really appreciate your effort to hand over the tip to our guide and our driver separately so they both could appropriately express their thanks to you at the same time

 

Disclaimer:

  • We offer free pickup and drop-off from District 1, 3, 4, 5, 10 and Phu Nhuan. Pickup/drop-off outside of this area and airport transfers are subject to extra charges.
  • Some of the stops can be slightly changed, depends on actual time of travel
  • For safety reasons, we do not provide small bikes for young children of 12 years and below. They will sit either on the back of your bike for the ride; or on the back seat of a scooter, in between the driver and one of the adults. The ride is safe on flat and quiet villages’ paths at the speed of no more than 25km/h
  • There will be quite a bit of driving on this tour as we need to reach to floating markets in Can Tho
  • The new road (return trip) may get bumpy at some parts. Also, it may be hard to find clean restrooms at times because the new route is not that much populated as yet. Clients should inform the guide around 10 minutes ahead if they got the call 
  • Some parts of Mekong Delta are not that green during the dry season which goes from January to late-May
  • The weather can be very hot and humid from April to early-June
  • Please bring along a good brimmed hat and sun-cream for the bike/scooter ride
  • Proper sandals are required for the wet season (May to late-November) and shoes for the dry season as you have to get on and off the boat quite a few times
  • We will visit a local Cao Dai Temple on this tour. Wearing shorts is ok, but not too short. Also, you are advised to get your shoulders covered while visiting the temple
  • While traveling with us, your luggage will be safe in the car with our driver. However, we are NOT responsible for your money, jewelries, cell phones, and any other valuable belongings
  • There will be no shopping stop on this tour!

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