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Saigon: Explore the Mekong
An early morning departure takes you to the bustling river market of Cai Be on the Tien River. This floating market dates back hundreds of years and remains an incredibly important part of life on the Mekong Delta. Several hundred rafts and boats specialising in fruit and vegetable can be seen moored by these riverbanks, displaying their wares on long poles to attract customers who float by in smaller boats. Here you can also spot floating restaurants, bars and even gas stations!
After stocking up on your fruit and veg there is an optional stop at a local workshop where you can see the production process of some local specialities, such as rice paste, coconut candy, and popcorn, before continuing your journey down the Mekong. Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the floating market, you will navigate by row-boat down smaller canals where you can enjoy the serene surroundings of the countryside, passing traditional houses and farmland along the way.
Disembarking the boat in the afternoon there will be the chance to eat lunch in a local village, taste some seasonal fruits, and enjoy the tunes of traditional Vietnamese music. Following this is a cycle ride through village paths and farmland where you can gain deeper insight into the way of life here. Your tour of the Mekong Delta will end in Vinh Long where you will then be transferred back to Saigon.
Cai Be Floating Market – bustling river market with several hundred fruit and vegetable vendors moored to the riverbanks
Local workshop – see how local specialties are made, such as rice paste, coconut candy, and popcorn
Cycle ride – explore village paths and farmland on a bicycle
River cruise – enjoy a relaxing cruise of the Mekong Delta on a rowing boat, passing by local villages and farmland along the way
Local Village – eat lunch in a local village and listen to traditional Vietnamese music
Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle
Included sightseeing fees as detailed in the itinerary
Mineral water and towels
Private boat trip of the Mekong Delta
Led by a local English speaking guide
Return transfers from designated start point
International flights and visa
Hotel pickup outside of District 1, 2 or 3. If outside of these districts, free pick up can be arranged from the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$6-10 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
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