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Duration: 1 day (7.30am – 5pm)
Location: Bến Tre – Mekong Delta
Transportation: Van – Boat – Sampan – Tuktuk – Cruise – Van
Le Jarai Cruise is a wonderful Mekong Delta Tour and a great way to escape from the bustling Ho Chi Minh City. This is a one-day Mekong Delta tour package with many activities with different modes of transportation. departing around 7.30am, the best time to avoid traffic jams, as you will travel for more than 2 hours by van or car. Leave the city with it’s skyscrapers and closely packed buildings behind as you head into the vast expanses of green rice fields (there are 3 seasons of rice in the Mekong Delta. We’ll tell you all about those in another article).
Your car/van runs across Rach Mieu Bridge, the bridge connecting the two banks of a tributary of the Mekong River. When you see coconut forests and just coconut, that’s when you came to Ben Tre. Stop at a rice husk brick kiln. The people here will show you how to make bricks and tiles manually. After that, we move to the cruise ship to take you around the small rivers to see factories producing coconut fiber and coconut candy. The cruise ship runs slowly to allow us to enjoy the 2 river banks, hidden behind rows of water-coconut trees.
After traveling by large boat, a rowboat takes each couple to the small canal, and we walk for about 10 minutes to the matriarch’s house. If you are feeling creative, try weaving mats with the landlady before taking an adventure in the Vietnamese version of a tuk-tuk. Finally, we will board Le Jarai with a glass of fresh fruit juice of sweet tropical fruits grown locally. Tale part in a cooking class, trimming vegetables to decorate your own platter. Enjoy a leisurely 2 hours lunch with the standard menu of the Mekong Delta, while the cruise runs along the tributaries of the Mekong. It is a is truly wonderful and unique feeling, dining and sightseeing in this incredible place.
Back to the pier, The van will take you back to city or next destination. This ends the Mekong Delta Tour.
Duration: one day trip (7.30am – 5pm)
Location: Cai Be – Tien Giang
Transportation: van – Cai Be Prince Cruise – Sampan – Walking – Van
As with Le Jarai Mekong Delta Cruise, the trip will start at 8am from the bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Actual time for journey is over 2 hours and 30 minutes, depending on traffic density. Moving farther away from the City, the Mekong Delta is far more interesting, so it’s worth the drive. Gliding through the green rice fields, through the fruit-laden gardens, you will see and understand the abundant source of fruit coming from here.
Although you have to travel a long journey, Cai Be Princess welcomes you with wonderful scenery: the boat is very different from the conventional cruise ships, with the silhouette of the Mekong girl in a green blouse, under the leaf cone. The cruise takes you to explore the main tributary of the Mekong, close your eyes and enjoy the gentle floating sensation and the breeze and aromas from the vast port of the river.
A tray of tropical fruits awaits you on board, so relax, lie back on the loungers and enjoy the sweetness and freshness of this who cruise experience. After that, you will move on to a small canoe. A gentle boatman steers you along the canal to experience life along the banks of the canal.
Back to Cai Be Cruise, the boat driver will bring you to the Cai Be floating market. The latest update from Sagomeko 2019, Cai Be floating market is smaller and more sparse than before, but is the nearest market that you can visit on a one day Mekong Delta Cruise. You will find vessels carrying local produce such as sweet potatoes, tapioca, pineapple, pumpkin, watermelon, etc. Notice how they use bamboo sticks to hang an example of what they are selling high above the boat as a form of advertisement. Each ship is a family, the lives floating on the peaceful Mekong River.
Cai Be Princess – Mekong Delta Tour brings you to a typical old house, one of the rich French colonial houses, in stark contrast to the makeshift ships. The old family house of the Pham family is ancient at nearly 100 years of age: see the precious wooden display items, copper censer, mother-of-pearl caskets, bonsai rows, … Don’t forget to walk in the grounds and don’t miss the fruit garden here, a perfect example of the richness the Mekong offers.
The cruise continues, stopping by a family of craftsmen, where everything is made with natural ingredients: coconut candy, rice paper, glutinous rice wine, poprice, … Buy some gifts from here to take home, souvenirs for your loved ones. Great! And you are supporting local families directly.
These are just 2 detailed Mekong Delta tour itineraries, reviewed by Sagomeko that we think you might enjoy. There are many attractive and suitable options for all kinds of budgets such as: Mango Cruise, Mekong Queen Cruise, Gecko, Mekong Eye, Indochine, etc. Have you ever experienced one of these other Mekong Delta Cruise services? Please let us know if you have and whether you would recommend them. Your opinion means a lot to us.
In addition, you can combine a cruise schedule with an extra 1 night stay at a homestay in Vinh Long or visit Can Tho. From Can Tho, you can also book a flight to Phu Quoc, a beautiful and mysterious island in the Mekong Delta, with beautiful sandy beaches and the clearest turquoise blue bays.
Which program will you choose? Please do not hesitate to share your experiences and thoughts with us. We welcome your feedback so we can help other travelers have the best holidays too.