Overnight discovery of Cai Be in Mekong Delta
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.
With overnight tour packages, you will have more time to dip 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 and responsible travel company situated next to Cai Be Floating Market among 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 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.
MEKONG RUSTIC 2 DAY TOUR
- Experience the tremendously lush beauty of the Greater Mekong
- Hop on a boat to visit Cai Be in-land 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 on Tan Phong isles
- Savor your self-picked tropical fruits at one of the most abundant orchards on Mekong river while listen to Don Ca Tai Tu (a type of traditional folk performance in the South of Vietnam);
- Row in a sampan along the canals under the green canopy of napa palm trees
- Roll on your sleeves to get dirty with ‘ditch fishing hook’
- Stay overnight at peaceful bungalows surrounded by many lush orchards and join in local daily activities: taking care of the orchards, picking fruits, prepare and cook a family meal
- Make your own “Jack-fruit leaf cake” in Ms. Phuc’s garden who has her three generation ancestors making traditional cakes
*Total cycling time: 30 – 45 minutes
* Total length of boat trip: 2 hours
Day 1: HCMC – Tan Phong isles (L/D)
Arriving early in the morning at around 11:00 a.m, you will be visiting the first stop-over Cao Dai Temple in Cai Be which is symbolizing for the local unique religion and then 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 based on the river sources. We can buy some fresh tropical fruits on the local seller’s boats and engage in the conversation with them.
Leaving the market, continue on boat to head to your private bungalow on Tan Phong isles surrounded by lush tropical fruit gardens. There you check in, enjoy tea and welcome fruits and a Southern style Vietnamese lunch prepared by the host family.
After break time, get yourself active by joining us catching the ditch fish on the canals for your dinner. After getting some fishes for your dinner, you can prepare and cook a family meal with the host in the late afternoon. Have a chill relaxing night in the Mekong Rustic garden while you have your own free time. Sleep overnight at your private bungalow surrounded by tropical orchards in the host family garden.
Day 2: Tan Phong isles – HCMC (B)
After breakfast, we cycle around the peaceful Tan Phong Isles. Stop at a local farmer’s house to savor a cup of tea and local banana candies specialties. Enjoy your self-picked 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. Keep cycling to the conical hat (nón bàng) workshop and maybe bring home some products made from dried water hyacinth as a souvenir. Have a short rest before saying goodbye to the friendly host, we check out at 11:30 and leave Tan Phong Isles. The ferry will take you back the wharf to depart to HCMC. End of tour.
✓ Local English speaking guide
✓ Water transport as indicated in the itinerary (boat, ferry, or sampan)
✓ Bicycles as indicated in the itinerary
✓ Activities indicated in the itinerary
✓ Meals as indicated in each day (B – breakfast; L – Lunch; D – dinner)
✓ Welcome drinks & fruits
✓ Attraction fees
✘ 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.
Homestay option: Locally designed with Vietnamese rustic architecture, the homestay will bring you cozy atmosphere and relaxing feeling inside natural site. It has private balcony with garden view, a clean bathroom with individual controlled hot water system. Facilities: fan, writing desk, slippers, wifi, etc.
Bungalow option: Elegantly designed with the authentic and local rustic architecture, the bungalow will bring you cozy atmosphere and relaxing feeling inside natural site. It has private balcony with garden view. Facilities: double bed, bathroom with individual controlled hot water system, fan and individually controlled air conditioning, slippers, umbrella, complimentary tea and coffee, wardrobe, wifi
- 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?