Mekong tour 3 days 2 nights
Day 1: Saigon – Go Cong – Ben Tre: Visit rice fields and coconut trees (B, L, D included)
Set off to Go Cong which is 50km away from Ho Chi Minh City.
Encircled by two estuaries of Mekong River, Go Cong district (which means “peacock hills” Khmer Aih Amrak) is characterized by the infinite paddy fields. Being the land where you find the best quality rice of the country, Go Cong is the birthplace of four Vietnam’s first ladies, including Queen Tu Du (1810-1902) and Queen Nam Phuong (1914-1963). There you find numerous historical and cultural sites around:
The Royal Mausoleums of Pham Dang family. The complex includes the tomb of Pham Dang Hung, the maternal grandfather of King Tu Duc. Classified in 1992 as a national historic monument, the tomb’s style is a combination between colonial architecture & that of Annam temples which bring out a perfect embodiment of the harmonious blend between French & Vietnamese culture.
Former residence of Nguyen Van Hai, known as showing the most typical architecture of traditional houses in Mekong delta at that time. Built in 1890, the house is distinguished by its Romanesque architecture imported from France & the typical decoration of houses in Vietnam Southern with parallel sentences, animal paintings and engravings, sacred plants and objects respecting the popular belief. Many ancient things remained intact until today.
Hung Duc pagoda is not only a place of worship, but also place which offer traditional medical care such as herbs, acupuncture & massage, etc. Everything is taken care by the pagoda’s monks. Meeting up the master of the pagoda, discute with them then participating in their daily activities of drying medicinal plants.
Take a bicycle tour around Go Cong passing by the ricefields & numerous vegetable crops until reaching fisherman village Tan Dien at seaside. Having lunch with freshly caught seafood at the local restaurant enjoying stunning sea view.
After lunch, drive back to Ben. On the way back, visit Cao Dai temple. Discovery of Caodaism – a religion which respect mainly on three religions: Confucianism (moral behavior in society), Taoism (search for wholeness & serenity in both internal & external) & Buddhism (which gives an answer to the question of the existence and the future of mankind).
Arrival at dawn in a small village surrounded by coconut trees. Settle in a charming family lodge run by Trang and her family. The accomocation consists of 4 comfortable bungalows designed down to the very last details.
After enjoying a fresh coconut juice harvested from the garden, depending on the time left, participating to various activities with Trang or her family members such as using the long pole to harvest fresh coconut, taking a bike tour around the village to discover the daily life of the inhabitants of Mekong Delta including their craft and agricultural activities, small houses hidden in lush terrace and participating in food preparation of the family.
Enjoy your dinner & stay overnight at Trang’s home.
Highlights of the trip:
– Visiting colonial vestiges
– Meeting up the pagoda’master
– Cycling around the beautiful countryside scenery
– Having meals with fresh seafood
– Overnight in a charming family lodge
Day 2: Ben Tre – Can Tho (B, L included)
After breakfast, cycling through the narrow route leading to Oc oasis situated in the middle of Ham Luong river. The landscapes are breathtaking. This tour bring a good opportunity to discover the daily life of the inhabitants of Mekong Delta, their craft and agricultural activities, small houses hidden in the lush terrace.
After having lunch at Trang’s lodge, head straight to Can Tho, stop by Cho Lach, a district reknowned for growing great Bonsai trê & other various flowers.
Arrival in Can Tho at the end of the day.
Overnight at the hotel. Enjoy your free time.
Day 3: Can Tho-Sai Gon
Wake up early. Together with the loacals, taking boat tour to visit the floating market of Cai Rang while observe the vibrant daily life of the delta. Dozens of authentic traditional sampans filled with local products: rice, fruits and vegetables, handicrafts.
Cycling through villages and aside narrow canals. Stop by the lush orchards, there you have the opportunity to taste a selection of succulent fruits. Proceed to Binh Thuy to visit the antique house built from the 19th century which appeared once as a backdrop in “The Lover”.
Afternoon, journey back to Saigon.