Cycling through Tan Phong Island & Explore Phong Dien floating market
About this experience
Blessed with favorable fertile soil and temperate climate, Tien Giang and Can Tho are the largest agricultural producers in the Mekong Delta, often referred to as Vietnam’s rice baskets. The region is characterized by floating markets, colorful fruit and vegetable gardens, traditional craft villages lying gracefully under the green canopy of coconut trees, well-preserved old houses from French colonial time.
Phong Dien and Cai Rang Floating Markets are the two biggest markets in Mekong Delta. Diving in the bustling vibe and chaotic atmosphere of the market, your mind will soak up the rhythm of life on water, while your eyes will be wide open before the vastness of the Mekong River. 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.
This tour brings a combined program with destinations from both attractive provinces of Tien Giang and Can Tho. You will have chance to to fully experience the landscape, people and culture of the Mekong Delta on two wheels. Join us for a unique and authentic rustic experience in the agricultural heartland of Vietnam.
- Cycle your way through green shades of fruitful gardens
- Experience the tremendously lush beauty of the Greater Mekong.
- Visit a bustle Cai Be inland local market
- Visit Cao Dai temple, Cai Be cathedral, traditional handicraft villages and fruit gardens on Tan Phong isles.
- Savour your self-picked tropical fruits at one of the most abundant orchards on Mekong river while listening to Don Ca Tai Tu (a type of traditional folk singing performance)
- Enjoy a boat trip to Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets
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.
*This itinerary is for those who love cycling with 4 hours of total cycling.
Day 1: HCMC – Tan Phong Isles – Phong Dien (L/D)
Arriving early in the morning at around 9:30 AM, you will be visiting two religious architecture: Cao Dai Temple and Cai Be Cathedral.
After that, you visit Cai Be inland market by bicycle, buy some fresh tropical fruits there and engage in conversations with the local vendors. Then, continue to visit the ancient and French colonial houses in the town.
Leaving the town, you will be go on a local ferry from Cai Be to Tan Phong Isles and then we will row on a sampan, a type of a local boat, along the canals under the green canopy of napa palm trees (this part of the tour will depend on the tides of the Mekong river).
Back on the wharf, you will be cycling to a nicely decorated homestay in Tan Phong isles surrounded by lush tropical fruit gardens to have a lunch break, with tea and refreshments prepared by the host.
After break time, cycle around the peaceful Tan Phong Isles. Stop at local kindergarten if it is a school day (optional) to make friends with the kids in a village school and at a local farmer’s house to savor a cup of tea and local banana candies specialties.
Enjoy your self-picked tropical fruits at one of the most abundant orchards on Mekong river while listening to Don Ca Tai Tu – an Intangible Cultural Heritage recognized by UNESCO.
After saying goodbye to the friendly host, we keep on cycling to the bang conical hat (nón bàng) workshop (optional) before leaving Tan Phong Isles to get back to the pier and depart to Can Tho by your own transportation for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Can Tho floating markets (B/-/-)
In the early morning at 05.30 a.m, you will take a boat to Phong Dien floating market – the local market where they pick the tropical fruits from their garden to sell there 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.
Next stop is a local family who has hand-made noodles through 3 generations. Here you will learn how to make noodles. After a light breakfast on local restaurant beside beautiful and quiet canals, you will be back to homestay at 10:00 a.m
After a short break, you will check out at 11:30 a.m to take a ferry back to the wharf to depart to HCMC. 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
✘ Transfer from Cai Be town to homestay in Can Tho
✘ Personal Expenses
✘ Other activities and services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Starting time: 9 a.m
- Meeting point: Cai Be – Tan Phong local ferry. 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?