Option 1: Ho Chi Minh city – My Tho – Ben Tre
8:30AM Departing from your hotel for My Tho city by air-conditioned car. In My Tho, boarding the motorboat at a pier and cruising on the Mekong River. Here, overlooking floating houses where fishes are farmed beneath the house (viewing from the motorboat).
Continuing the journey on the river until reaching Con Thoi Son (Unicorn Island), from here taking a horse cart to reach a performance site where Vietnamese traditional music (Dan ca tai tu) – A folk art form from Southern Vietnam accredited by UNESCO in 2013 as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity) can be heard and seasonal tropical fruit can be tasted (included).
Afterward, being on a small hand-rowing boat (the main mean of transportation in My Tho & Ben Tre) and slowly cruising through a small creek with beautiful overhanging coconut trees. Lives from both sides of the creek can be observed.
Before heading to lunch, passing through bee-keeping farm and enjoying honey tea, a typical Mekong house can be viewed here. Then, it is lunch time after a short walk.
After lunch, boarding the motorboat and heading to learn coconut candies making process from a workshop. Sample of candies can be tasted.
03:00PM Returning back to bus and going back to Ho Chi Minh City.
My Tho – Mekong River
Option 2: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be – Vinh Long
Cai Be Floating Market