You will be picked up from the hotel and driven south, where you will soon see green rice fields. The climate here allows the farmers to plant and harvest three crops a year.
Before you reach the Mekong Delta, you will visit the local temple, Cao Dai, which is home to a religion that combines Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and Christianity.
You then arrive in the charming town of Cai Be, which was once famous for its floating markets on the Mekong itself. From its source, the Mekong River runs 4,500 km through six countries to the delta at the coast to the south of Ho Chi Minh City. The delta is known as the rice bowl of Vietnam and is – as the name suggests – a lush place, covering an area of about 40,000 m². The size of the area covered in water depends on the season and precipitation.
In Cai Be, you board a private boat, which sails you around the delta. Along the way, you will see the locals fishing and selling their wares on land. You may also see locals sailing past with watermelons, coconuts and pineapple. You sail on through the narrow canals between the green coconut palms, also known as water coconut trees. You arrive at a small rice paper factory, where you see how it is made from scratch.
The day continues with a walk around the village, giving you a feel for how the locals live. You will visit a family that makes roofs out of coconut leaves, and other people who weave everything from blankets to bags and table mats.
You board a sampan, which is a traditional boat, and sail further down the charming delta before enjoying a late lunch at a local house. You are also given a demonstration of how to make one of the most popular Vietnamese specialties, banh xeo, a Vietnamese pancake typically filled with vegetables and fresh herbs as well as meat or tiger prawns.
After lunch, the boat sails back to Cai Be, and you then return to Ho Chi Minh City.
We recommend that you book the excursion from home, either when booking the tour or at least 3 weeks before departure if you want to be absolutely sure that there is space for you. The excursion can also be booked by the guide at the destination, subject to availability.
|Per person: £92|