SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA – SAIGON DA NANG – HOI AN (B, L)
Depart from Saigon at around 8 am and head to Ben Tre” the coconut island and fruit basket of of the South West”. On arrivals, you will be greeted by our local guide at Balai Bridge. Take a short walk through a lush shaded garden to Mrs Ba Dung Pier where you will board our Coco River Cruise.
Enjoy your welcome drink with fresh coconut juice while cruising along the canal and head to Huu Dinh village. You will continue on a rickshaw trip on the village path through rice paddies and coco garden to get to Ca Ro dyke. Stop for a visit at a local house of Mr Hoang who and his wife live on making incense sticks for living. As incenses are used in most temples and local homes those work ship Buddha and ancestor. The local believe that burning incense in the house to keep it cozy. And they also believe that burning incense when they pray to god or ancestor, that holy smoke will transfer their words and god will understand. This traditional job had been existed for many decades.
Afterwards, take a rowing sampan through a beautiful small canal and enjoy the tropical scenery with its tranquility. Along the way, you will see the daily activities from the locals.
Getting back to your boat, refresh yourself with honey tea and fruits on board and continue cruising to visit another local business, a coconut processing place as Ben Tre has been famous as a coconut land and its products.
You will be amazed of how useful the coconut is to local life here from coconut fibers, oil, candies, wood etc. This plant plays an important role in the local economy.
Then you will continue the cruise to a local restaurant for lunch. Enjoy the Mekong Delta specialty and relax before head back to your boat to get back to brick processing.
After the visit, the boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre city where your car is ready to take you back to Tan Son Nhat airport for flight to Danang, departing in the early evening (flight time to be advised)
On arrival, you are picked up and transfer back to your hotel in Hoian (no tour guide)
Stay overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Saigon to Ben Tre: 80km, it takes about 2 hours by car