For most foreign people, I have talked so far, the idea of an existence of a wetland called Mekong Delta only popped up when they happened to sort out a tour outside of Saigon. This is seen as one of the best tours in Vietnam when visitors are led to the ending domain of this S-shaped country and get to know deeply about the spectacular and interesting stories that are only found in the Mekong, along with people’s unique lifestyle in a land with an immense network of rivers and canals. If you want to be a part of this country rather than just a tourist, here is one of many Mekong Delta tour options that you can choose to explore within only two days.
A rice paddy field
Arrive in Tiền Giang on the first day
Cái Bè is the very first destination to kick off your tour. This is a large district belonging to Tiền Giang, which takes you only 2 hours from Saigon. Cái Bè Floating Market is the most ideal site to visit in the morning. By having an insight of this special market, you then get to know how a local market is organized, and why dwellers happened to trade on the surface of a river rather than a regular corner on land.
Coming next are a chain of several native long-established factories. The locals’ method of creating handicraft merchandise will capture your attention. Some can be taken into account include the making of green rice, coconut candies, honey and so on. Not to mention, transforming into these artisans yourselves is going to be an interesting idea. Tasting honey tea and selecting your favorite products are what you can choose to do at the end of a visit here.
Cái Bè Floating Market
Next up, embark on Tân Phong Islet, one of the four biggest islets in the intersection of Tiền Giang and Bến Tre Provinces. If signing up for a Mekong Delta group tour or in case you are a part of a Mekong Delta cruise, chances are that you will be heading to this islet after spending half a day on the mainland. Afterward, sneak through the little canals enclosed by the shady coconut trees on both sides of the river banks. On the islet, a real image of how Mekong citizens enjoy their daily life is going to be revealed. An absolute contrasting picture of what you have normally seen back home. This is how you can experience a day in the life of a peasant, a fisher or simply a Vietnamese wife raising their kids at home, cooking in the kitchen or feeding roosters in the front yards. Other than that, visiting a greenish shady fruit garden, picking bunches of tropical fruits on your own and enjoy the absolute sweetness released from these freshly picked rambutans, durians or longans are what you can be offered next.
The making of Coconut candies
The serene space of life
After that, head straight to Cần Thơ City when the Sun starts to disappear and spend the rest of the night freely wander off Cần Thơ Downtown with your families and friends.
Return to Saigon on the next day
When breakfast time is over, you will have a chance to witness the biggest floating market across the Mekong Delta, Cái Răng. A huge area on the surface of the river is packed with full of wooden boats. Your excursion in this morning will be surrounded in the chit-chats of lady sellers and the aromatic smoke of the hot bowls of soup noodles. Even coffee, fruits of all kinds, household merchandise or electric devices can be spotted out here.
The Mekong Islet
When the Sun is at its peak, start heading to local rice noodles and rice paper factories before having lunch in a local restaurant. During the very last hours of your second afternoon, follow a local guide back to Saigon and start exploring the rest of the country as planned.
The making of rice paper
Mekong Delta group tour is what many people choose to discover this wetland in the most basic way. However, you can consider to have a private tour for a better understanding or feel free to request a customized tour to this land with your given ideas and suggestions.