During this tour we will follow these activities:
08:30 AM depart from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City for the area referred locally as ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’ to discover Mekong Delta local life.
Ride on the back of a xe loi, part two-benched cart and part motorcycle, as a driver navigates back paths through coconut trees, lush rice paddies and fruit farms to the boat awaiting in a picturesque canal. Step aboard and begin the private “Mango Cruise” for a glimpse of Delta scenery enjoying fresh coconut juice en route. Stop at a small brick workshop where locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand and observe their ancient process.
Back on the boat, cross the An Hoa River to start a 4 km bicycle trip exploring Phong Nam village riding along flat lanes. Visit a local house to see coconut processing by hand and learn how every part of the coconut is used. Continue cycling to a “hu tieu”, a rice noodle factory, to watch the noodle making process. Rice noodles are a main ingredient in one of the most popular breakfast dishes in the region, Pho. Take a 03 minute walk to Mrs. Huong’s home. Her family lives on fishing, shrimp and farming. Enjoy the tropical fruits and honey tea in her garden before taking a smaller sampan with a rower to explore a hidden maze of small, sun-dappled canals gaining an insiders perspective on daily river life not seen using larger vessels.
Continue by the “Mango Cruise” boat to Mango Home Stay restaurant to enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch on the garden terrace. After a relaxing lunch, take a leisurely walk past green gardens to the house of Mr Sau Tuong, Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and learn how to make rice paper which is the most famous specialty of My Long village.
Continue to a nearby house of Mr Hung, a famous sticky rice maker in the village to feed his stock of catfish and walk through his fruit garden.
Late afternoon the boat will be waiting at the small, private pier to return to Ben Tre city for transport back to Ho Chi Minh.
Note : Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) are subject to supplementary charges.