Highlights of Cai Be - Mekong Delta in One Day
About this experience
Blessed with favorable fertile soil and temperate climate, Tien Giang province is called not only the rice bowl of the Mekong Delta, but also known for being the largest fruit producing area in Vietnam. Located two hours from Ho Chi Minh city, Cai Be is a charming small rural district of Tien Giang and the gateway to Vinh Long province and the whole Mekong Delta region. The district has long been well-known for the floating market of its namesake which lies in the Tien River, adjacent to three provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Ben Tre.
Together with Cai Rang, Phung Hiep, Phong Dien Floating Markets, Cai Be Floating Market stands out as one of the noticeable and influential markets in Mekong Delta. Although its origin is still unknown, the market is believed to form in the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century. 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.
This one-day program brings you to all the highlights of this area, from colorful fruit and vegetable gardens, traditional crafts to an old French church and a traditional house. It is an ideal option for those who wish to fully experience the landscape, people and culture of the Mekong Delta. Join us for a unique and authentic rustic experience in the agricultural heartland of Vietnam.
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 Tan Phong, Cai Be 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.
- Experience the tremendously lush beauty of the Greater Mekong.
- Hop on a boat and visit Cai Be inland and floating market.
- Cruise the Mekong River and see what life is like on the Delta.
- Visit Cao Dai temple, Cai Be cathedral, the ancient house, traditional handicraft workshops and Mekong Rustic homestay 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.
- Row in a sampan (flat-bottomed wooden boat commonly used as close inshore or river fishing boats) along the canals under the green canopy of napa palm trees.
8-hour itinerary (exclusive of travel time to/from Cai Be)
*Total length of boat trip: 2hrs
*Total length of cycling: 30-45 minutes
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 will hop on a boat to visit Cai Be inland and floating market to observe the daily life of local people who live mostly on the resources available in the river. You can buy some fresh tropical fruits from the local seller’s boats and engage in the conversation with them. Leaving the market, we will row on a sampan, 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 Cai Be wharf, the ferry takes you to a nicely decorated homestay on Tan Phong isles surrounded by lush tropical fruit gardens. There, you will have a short break, enjoy some tea and welcome fruits prepared by the host.
After break time, you will 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.
Stop 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 listen 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. Then, we will make a stop at a nice local restaurant to have a Southern style Vietnamese lunch.
Leave Tan Phong Isles to get back the pier and depart to HCMC at 17:30. End of tour.
✓ Local English speaking guide
✓ Water transport indicated in the itinerary (boat, ferry, or sampan)
✓ Entrance Fees
✓ Vietnamese Lunch
✘ 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: as indicated in each program
- Meeting point: Cai Be – Tan Phong local ferry in Cai Be town. 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?