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How to discover Mekong Delta tour in Vietnam within 2 days

A bustling trading scene of Cai Rang Market

If you are wondering about what to do in the South Vietnam after escape from the hustle Saigon, let’s check out this post for an interesting suggestion of 2 day Mekong Delta tour.

The trip may take you through the most highlights of the Mekong tour; including My Tho (Tien Giang), Ben Tre province, Can Tho city and Sa Dec town.

A boat trip to the fruit orchard and local workshop of My Tho & Ben Tre

In the morning, we leave Saigon at 08:00 then depart to My Tho for 1.5 hours. This is a gateway to the Mekong Delta area; that connects Saigon and the delta by land and water making itself the first and must-see place in Mekong. The next destination within today is small town Ben Tre – the “Kingdom of coconut”; which is only a ferry/ boat ride away from touristy My Tho. It offers a rustic and idyllic green land that may lure any tourists.

 

Enjoy the lush Mekong Delta on a small hand-row sampan

Enjoy the lush Mekong Delta on a small hand-row sampan

Here are the highlights of this day trip:

  • Enjoy the scenic sceneries bordered by green rice fields along the highway.
  • Take a leisurely boat ride along the Mekong river, see the floating houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank
  • Have lunch in the orchard garden on the Unicorn/ Tortoise islet famous for the rich alluvial soil

 

Enjoy a local meal at the Tortoise Islet

Enjoy a local meal at the Tortoise Islet

 

  • Cruise on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals
  • Taste the seasonal fruit & honey tea while listening to the sound of “Southern Vietnamese folk music” which is performed by locals.
  • Visit a family business of delicious coconut candy making with a plenty of hand-on experiences
  • Go cycling to the peaceful village and learn more about the rustic daily lifestyle of Mekong Delta inhabitants (if time allows).

After the fascinating trip to both provinces ends, you will go directly to Can Tho City in the next 2.5 hours to check in your hotel. Then you can get some relaxation then discover the Ninh Kieu Pier by night; and prepare for the next day of sightseeing with full energy.

Cai Rang floating market – the biggest wholesale market of Vietnam in bustling Can Tho

Good morning Mekong Delta on the second day of your trip! Today you will wake up early to visit Cai Rang floating market. Its name is the most famous among all of floating markets in the Mekong river system. This special custom of locals has been long gained by the dense network of rivers; as well as the demand and the habit of trading goods and produce. It makes the fantastic Cai Rang a must.

Getting on the boat from Ninh Kieu pier for a 30-minute boat ride, you reach the busiest part of Cai Rang market; where local traders in their extremely lively and crowded atmosphere. It is impressive to see the buying and selling scene of the freshest fruits harvested from the local farms; or even processed specialties like fish sauce, dried fish and sweetened candie, etc. Don’t miss out the local breakfast served from the small boats for sellers and shoppers; which will be a tasty experience while visiting Cai Rang floating market.

 

A bustling trading scene of Cai Rang Market

A bustling trading scene of Cai Rang Market

In the midst of bustling trading scene, the boat may take you to a family’s traditional rice noodle house – Hu Tieu in Vietnamese, one of dishes you should not miss in your Mekong Delta tour. It makes use of the abundance of rice in the Mekong Delta – well known as the “rice basket of Vietnam”. Soon you will be impressed by way the noodle is made by locals.

 

A step of a hu tieu making procedure at Cai Rang Floating Market

A step of a hu tieu making procedure at Cai Rang Floating Market

The trip is more interesting when you try making the rice paper by yourself; from pouring the rice powder liquid to the steamed cook; frying the rice paper on the bamboo racks; and putting the rice paper into the machine to cut into noodles. Finally, enjoy the bowl of fresh noodles before leaving the boat trip is a great way to fulfill your day in the floating market.

Cruise back to Ninh Kieu wharf at 08:30, you check out the hotel and get ready for the next part of Mekong Delta tour by heading to Sa Dec town.

A visit to ancient house and beautiful flower villages of charming Sa Dec

Once known as the “garden of Cochin China” in colonial times, Sa Dec – the capital city of Dong Thap Province. It is just 40 km away from Can Tho is a nice and quiet town overlooking Mekong river.

This is a list of activities in Sa Dec that you may enjoy:

  • Get acquainted with daily activities as farmers farm their fields: rice fields, and vegetable farms, fish farms
  • Visit bricks and tiles kilns and the manufacture of earthenware pots on a bank of river
  • Walk amongst the ever blossoming and colorful Sa Dec flower village namely Tan Qui Dong thanks to the rich soil fertilized by the delta river. Especially during the two weeks before Tet (New Year) festival, tourists will be treated by thousands of ornamental trees and flowers.

 

Colorful flowers bloom in Sadec flower villages

Colorful flowers bloom in Sadec flower villages

  • Visit the old house Huynh Thuy Le – a beautifully renovated construction of a Chinese trader family that belonged to the main character of the novel “The Lovers” by French novelist Marguerite Duras.

After the trip in Sa Dec ends in the mid-afternoon, your transfer is ready to return you to Saigon for roughly 3.5 hours, we finish the 2-day trip in mighty Mekong Delta tour with the memorable moments of beautiful natural and valued cultural features of the Southern part in Vietnam.

These suggestions will not be as typical and familiar as you may know such as Mekong At A Glance 2 Days tour. Therefore, you can ask your travel consultants for a customized tour. I believe this trip will be a new option to utilize your time budget with extra activities to offer for the most amazing Mekong Delta tour Vietnam.

Happy traveling!

 

Linh Chu – Travel Expert