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Saigon: Private One Day Tour to Cai Rang Floating Market

1. Saigon: Private One Day Tour to Cai Rang Floating Market

You will start your tour at 5.00 AM when your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Saigon. You will enjoy a light breakfast in your private car as you look out at the stunning views of paddy fields lit by the morning sun. After three hours of driving, you will reach the market, a bustling and colorful array of people selling their wares in the water from boat-to-boat. Afterward, you will be taken to a workshop where you will be shown how to make “Hu Tieu”, a traditional noodle dish.   Leaving Can Tho City, you will head to Cai Be for a cooking class. A local chef will teach you some cooking techniques, and you will prepare a delicious lunch. You will hear about different flavor combinations and cooking styles around Vietnam and will learn about the lives of the locals. You will have some time to rest in the nearby comfortable shady hammocks before taking a bike ride through village roads to visit some handicraft workshops. You can take in the beautiful tranquility of village life and if you are lucky, may hear some South Vietnamese music as you pass by.  You will then be transported back to Saigon by car and will arrive at your hotel at around 5.00 PM. 

From Hồ Chí Min: Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Market 2-Day Trip

2. From Hồ Chí Min: Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Market 2-Day Trip

Get picked up at your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City and head to My Tho by bus. Your onboard tour guide will tell you everything about the culture of the locals while you can sit back, relax and enjoy the landscapes and scenery of green rice fields. Stop at the Vinh Trang pagoda on the way. Continue to My Tho and take a boat trip along the Mekong River. During the cruise, see fish cages and floating houses. The boat will take you to a small canal, where you can escape the busy town. The cruise through the coconut trees-lined canal will take you to a coconut island in Ben Tre.  Disembark and explore the village on foot. Visit local families and learn how to make sweets at a candy shop. You can enjoy fruits, honey tea and wine while listening to traditional music. Discover varieties of fruits, flowers, trees, and native houses. Enjoy a traditional lunch. Next, travel by ferry and bus to Can Tho, the heart of the Mekong Delta. Stay overnight in the hotel. The next day, after breakfast, take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river.  Proceed to visit the Cai Răng floating market, which is the liveliest in the whole region. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. Next, you will roam through the village, see fruit gardens and visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles-making shop.  Then, head back to the riverside for lunch before traveling back to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will arrive in the afternoon with unforgettable memories.

Mekong Delta: My Tho, Can Tho, and Ben Tre 2-Day Tour

3. Mekong Delta: My Tho, Can Tho, and Ben Tre 2-Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 8 AM by your private car and tour guide, drive for 2-hours out of Saigon to My Tho City, known for its lush orchard gardens and traditional folk music.  Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to see 4 islets which are represented as four mythical animals in Southeast Asia: Dragon, Kirin, Tortoise, and Phoenix. At Kirin islet, visit a honey bee farm and a coconut candy workshop where you can taste the local specialties and see how the delicious sweets are made by hand. Walk through the orchard gardens to taste some seasonal tropical fruits and listen to some folk music. Relax on a rowing boat cruise as you journey through a mangrove palm canal then continue your trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village to experience the way locals traveled in the 19th-century. After eating lunch at a beautiful riverside restaurant, head back to Can Tho City and enjoy free time in the evening to explore. Stay overnight at your hotel.  On the second day, you have 2 options to meet your guide: at 5 AM or 7 AM. If you choose 5 AM, then you can have breakfast after coming back to your hotel from the floating market. If you choose 7 AM, you should have breakfast before meeting the guide. Even though Cai Rang Floating Market is open all day, the perfect time to catch the lively atmosphere is at around 6 AM. Cruise along the Hau river from Ninh Kieu Wharf. Try tropical fruits or even a hot rice noodle soup for a light breakfast. Stop at a chewy noodle workshop to learn more about other kinds of Vietnamese noodles.  On the way back to Saigon, stop in Ben Tre province, known as the coconut kingdom, for a 7-10 km bike ride. Pass through tropical fruit gardens and mangrove palm scenery. Visit a countryside market and meet the friendly locals. Finally, head to a coconut garden and try your hand at harvesting the fruit yourself. Enjoy a typical home-grown lunch before departing for Saigon. 

From Ho Chi Minh: Cai Rang Floating Market Private Day Tour

4. From Ho Chi Minh: Cai Rang Floating Market Private Day Tour

Depart Ho Chi Minh City early in the morning at around 5:30 AM and relax on the 3-hour drive to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta. Navigate the water channels by boat and make your way to Cai Rang Floating Market to join the hustle and bustle of the locals. Discover how an authentic vermicelli soup dish from Vietnam is made before wandering through the village and meeting some of the locals. Learn how to cross a "monkey bridge" built from a single stem of bamboo. Taste exotic fruit from an orchard garden and visit a rice mill to learn how rice is processed. Journey by boat to Ninh Kieu for a delicious lunch by the river before the return drive to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving back at around 5:30 PM.

Mekong Delta and Floating Market 2-Day Small Group Tour

5. Mekong Delta and Floating Market 2-Day Small Group Tour

Discover what life is like in the Mekong Delta and explore the rivers by sampan boat. Stay at a local homestay or hotel in Can Tho, and visit the largest floating market in the region. Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho (L) Depart Ho Chi Minh City and travel in air-conditioned comfort to My Tho to board a traditional sampan on arrival. Cruise around the beautiful Dragon, Phoenix, and Tortoise islands, and stop at Unicorn Island to walk the village paths and enjoy tropical fruit fresh from the orchards. Listen to authentic folk music performed by the locals, visit a fruit plantation, and then make your way along the Thoi Son canal by sampan. Stop to visit family business and a bee-keeping farm, savor honey tea, and go to a coconut candy workshop. Cycle around Tan Thach village in the afternoon and meet the locals to experience everyday life in the Mekong Delta, or relax on a hammock and enjoy the cool breeze. Proceed to Can Tho for your overnight stay in a centrally located hotel. Day 2: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L) Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River, and then visit Cai Rang Floating Market. Walk to see the fruit plantations and visit a local noodle factory. Marvel at Visit Binh Thuy Communal House and the Khmer temple of Munir Ansay Pagoda. Return to Ho Chi Minh City after lunch at the end of your amazing experience.  

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Mekong Delta 2days 1night with Mr: No refund Alex :The 2 days Mekong Delta Tour with our guide Alex was awesome! We've seen so many things in just two days. The rowing boat trip was a bit short but besides that everything was great. We had such great time, experienced real local daily life, saw so many places, learned so much about Vietnamese history, culture, mythology and had delicious food. Alex really knows what he's doing and how to be at the right places at the right time. If you get easily offended or annoyed by getting told a lot of jokes Alex is the wrong guide for you. Otherwise you will have a marvelous time!! Totally recommend doing the tour with Alex :)

It was a really interesting tour, seeing the floating markets was the most interesting activity for me. Our guide Ben told us many interesting stories about life and people in Vietnam and we could ask everything we wanted to know. Tasting all the fruits was amazing!

We booked a group tour. Everyone cancelled the tour but us so we ended up having a private tour:) Our tour guide Sang was awesome! The floating market is a must but all the other activities were remarkable.

It was incredibly versatile and we have experienced so much that it is difficult to reproduce everything. To be able to immerse yourself properly, 2 days are a must-have.

Ben is the best guide ever. I was impressed by his knowleadge, english and eargness.