Overnight discovery of rustic Mekong
About this experience
Set at the confluence of the Can Tho and Hau river, and crisscrossed by tributaries, canals and waterways feeding life into the region like veins, Can Tho is the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta. Thanks to its tremendously fertile soil, Can Tho is one of the largest agricultural producers in the Delta, often referred to as Vietnam’s rice basket, and has a poetic beauty with well-off villages nestled under shade of coconut trees.
Floating markets may easily be the best attraction in Can Tho, since it is a full display of vivid local life on water. Cai Rang and Phong Dien Floating Markets are two of the major markets, not only in Can Tho but also in the Mekong Delta. Weaving the wooden boat in between ships heaped with fruits and vegetables and smaller boats selling anything and everything from banh mi and noodle soup to lottery tickets; this experience will provide you with further insight into a livelihoods and culture fully dependent upon the river. There’s nothing quite like flagging down a floating cafe and enjoying a strong, sweet cup of Vietnamese coffee while watching the sale of 20 kilos of dragonfruit.
With overnight tour packages, you will have more time to soak in the rustic natural beauty and get in touch with local people to fully experience the landscape, people and culture of the Mekong Delta. Notably, you will get to stay in Mekong Rustic Homestay, a beautiful homestay operated by a responsible travel company and situated in abundant fruit gardens which emphasize the beautiful but seldom visited rural areas on this side of the Mekong River.
Your positive contribution
Improve Community’s Standard of Living and Encourage Cultural Exchange
By choosing this tour, you directly support conservation of local communities living around Mekong Delta, while driving employment opportunities and income for families of Cai Rang and Mekong Delta’s surrounding area. The program provides community members with practice skills in the hospitality trade and with tangible assets such as quality Rustic and homestay facilities. The tourism skills and hard assets allowed local community people to more effectively participate in the tourism chain value.
Our travel programs encourage all travelers to bring with them their favorite novel with their personal thoughts written in the books to donate to schools. These are words of hope and form the basis of cultural exchanges between differing nations. Books could be given to our team members at registration, and the team shall consolidate them and distribute to the schools quarterly. School children in Cai Be and Mekong Delta will benefit from this travel program. The books encourages literacy rates and hence allows the children or future leaders of the world to make informed life choices as their knowledge, imagination, and horizons broadens.
- Visiting Cai Rang floating market
- Cycling to visit blacksmith family and learning how to make knife manually and communicate with local people
- Learning more about the local culture and life of Mekong people by staying at their homestay and working with them
- Joining the local activities under the guidance of local people
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city – Can Tho (L/D)
You will arrive Can Tho for check-in and lunch. In the afternoon, you will cycle to visit a blacksmith family who has been working for 50 years and made thousands of knives.
After learning their blacksmithing experience, you will continue to visit some local activities and communicate with local people to share culture with them while enjoying fresh fruits on the orchards garden.
The 3rd stop will be the traditional house where 3 generations reside. This is where you can learn how to make the special banana cakes with local people and later you can enjoy your work.
Late afternoon, you will be back to the bungalow for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh city (B/-/-)
In the early morning at 05.30 a.m, you will take a boat to Phong Điền floating market – where locals sell tropical fruits from their garden – and have an opportunity to talk to the sellers on their boats. Then you continue to cruise through a beautiful small canals to reach Cai Rang floating market – the biggest wholesale tropical fruits floating market.
After experiencing the floating market, you will visit a local family who produce handmade noodles through 3 generations and you can try to make noodles with them. A light breakfast will be served in a local restaurant next to a beautiful and quiet canals.
Getting back to your bungalow to take a quick rest, at 12:00 p.m you will check out and you will drive to Ho Chi Minh City. End of tour.
✓ Local English speaking guide
✓ Water vehicles as indicated in the itinerary (Boat, sampan, ferry)
✓ Attraction entrance fees
✓ All meals as indicated in the itinerary (B – breakfast, L – Lunch, D – dinner)
✓ Accommodation in Can Tho
✓ Welcome drinks and fruits
✘ Hotel pick-up/drop-off from Ho Chi Minh City
✘ Personal Expenses
✘ Insurance and VAT
✘ Other activities and services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Starting time: 9 a.m
- Meeting point: xxx. If you book our bus transportation, please provide us with your hotel’s details.
- What to bring:
- Personal items: sunglasses, camera, hat, sunscreen
- Comfy & casual clothes
What's the weather like?
- The region has two main seasons: the wet and the dry.
- The wet season runs from May to October.
- The dry season lasts from December to April. The average annual temperature ranges between 27°C and 28°C.
Where does the tour start?