A Day Ben Tre - Discover The Local Life - Full Day
Today’s tour will begin at 08:00. Leave the buzz of Ho Chi Minh City behind and drive through the countryside for this tour to Ben Tre. Situated at the edge of the Mekong Delta, Ben Tre is the perfect starting point for this insightful excursion.
The adventure begins with a ride on the back of a xe loi, a local motorized cart. Bounce along back paths through coconut groves, lush rice paddies and fruit farms a picturesque canal. Step aboard the ‘Mango Cruise’ and cast of for a glimpse of Delta scenery. Sip a freshly picked coconut as the boat winds through the maze of canals.
Stop at a small brick workshop where locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Observe this labour-intensive process, then return to the boat and cross the An Hoa River. Hop onto a bike for a short ride through Phong Nam, a typical delta village. Visit a local house to see coconut processing by hand and learn how every part of the coconut is used. Continue cycling through gardens and stop to visit a ruou dua factory, observe the process of making the coconut spirits.
Then get a closer look at delta life with a visit to a family home. Enjoy the tropical fruits and honey tea in the garden and hear how the family relies on fishing and farming to make a living. After this unique immersive visit, climb into a sampan boat and row through a hidden maze of small, sun-dappled canals gaining an insider’s perspective on daily river life.
Having worked up an appetite during the morning’s touring, take a break at Mango Home Stay restaurant to enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch. Afterwards, take leisurely walk past green gardens to the house of Mr Sau Tuong. Have a chat with him and watch as his wife makes crispy rice paper, the most famous specialty of this village.
Armed with a camera-full of amazing images and unforgettable memories, return to Ho Chi Minh City by car. (L)
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