SAIGON - BENTRE - CANTHO - CHAUDOC - HATIEN - PHU QUOC Island
DAY 1: SAIGON – BEN TRE – CAN THO (L)
Pick up at your hotel in Saigon then take about two hours drive to Ben Tre. On arrival at Hung Vuong pier - the boat will cruise along the Ham Luong river (a branch of the Mekong) and stop off at various local workplaces to give you a picture of how the local economy works, including a brick-kiln, where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand; a coconut processing workshop, where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products; and a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom – you can even have a go at weaving yourself!
You will then hop onto a bicycle for a 15 km fun ride through the quiet and beauty country lane with some difference kinds of gardens such as coconuts; cassaba melon; cucumber; colocynth along the roadside to Mr Khanh’s local house where you can contemplate a antiques pottery collection. Then get back on your bike and cycle to visite rice field. Stop at riverside restaurant for a delicious and filling lunch, featuring such local specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp, washed down with some cold drinks or beers. After lunch, it’s time to board on a rowing boat for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. Back to Hung Vuong Pier, take a way to Ham Luong, Co Chien ferry for Can Tho. Check in hotel
DAY 2: CAI RANG & PHONG DIEN FLOATING MARKETS – TRA SU CONSERVATION - CHAU DOC (B)
5:00am: hop on our car and drive to Phong Dien district (15km) and board on an arrow-boat and cruise to Phong Dien floating market. It is just stunning! What you need to do here is just sit back and watch the whole world of trading, mainly fruits and vegetables, going on from boats to boats as it has been going on for hundreds of years. Phong Dien is more of a rural and retailed floating market with many small and rowing boats. As our boat edges through the market, you will be surely driven back to the yester-centuries by the sound of bargaining, rowing, motoring mixed with the sound from the coffee boat, meat boat, grocery boat, ice boats…. Saying goodbye to Phong Dien floating market, our boat will speed up through many channels of the Mekong River stretching along rural villages and arrive in Cai Rang floating market (12km toward Can Tho)- it is much bigger and is more of wholesaled market with many more big and motored boats. And this will complete a special picture of around a million floating traders in this region who have been happily living a floating life and earn their living on some 50,000km of waterways in the Mekong Delta. Next stop will be a local fruit orchard where you can enjoy some kind tropical fruit as well as understand more about the local life. Then back to your hotel for a late breakfast, have a short rest, check out and head to Long Xuyen (50km) and continue our journey to Tri Ton (60km) with a quick break to visit a beautiful Theravada Khmer Buddhist Temple of Xvayton. A short drive to Tra Su Conservation, board on an rowing-boat (depends on water level) or take a short walk (4km) to unveil the breath-taking scenery and the wildlife habitats of this sensational and unique Conservation. It is a-thousand-hectare mangroves forest surrounded by paddy fields! Drive to Chau Doc (20km) and check in hotel
DAY 3: CHAU DOC – HA TIEN – PHU QUOC (B)
This morning you will have an early breakfast before transfer to Ha Tien for Super Dong Express Boat to Phu Quoc island. The departure time is at around 8:00am and you will arrive in Phu Quoc at around 4 pm. Service ends at Ha Tien pier by 1pm