The roughly oblong-shaped province of Vinh Long sits on a long Mekong Delta island. Lush and heavily cultivated with both rice and fruit orchards, the province is criss-crossed with canals and tributaries all flowing into the teeming rivers that form its borders. It’s not surprising that the name Vinh Long translates to “eternal prosperity”. Most travelers will spend their time in the ...
The roughly oblong-shaped province of Vinh Long sits on a long Mekong Delta island. Lush and heavily cultivated with both rice and fruit orchards, the province is criss-crossed with canals and tributaries all flowing into the teeming rivers that form its borders. It’s not surprising that the name Vinh Long translates to “eternal prosperity”. Most travelers will spend their time in the provincial capital. While a small town, almost points of interest in Vinh Long town sit in the northeast corner where the Co Chien river meets the Long Ho canal. This part of town is also a popular place for locals to sit back, have coffee and “banh mi” (Vietnamese-styled sandwich) while the chocolate brown river waters roar past. This area also hosts a large wet market that borders a bustling market, some special shops and plenty of small restaurants. Vinh Long is used as a base for those visiting the floating market at Cai Be (which is actually in Tien Giang province) and is known for its homestays on An Binh island to the north. While just a trickle of foreign travelers come through, the boat trips here are more reasonable and the homestays offer a terrific opportunity to experience Mekong Delta life firsthand – it’s worth stopping here. The Vinh Long tourist office can organise homestays and boat trips but both are significantly more expensive than organising something on a more freelance basis – walk up to the ferry to An Binh island and don’t be surprised to be approached for a homestay or boat trip at modest prices. While the tourist office advises, “Using an outside operator carries no insurance would be very bad idea”, we didn’t find any problem happening. Joining this trip, you will have a chance to discover the real Mekong Delta experiences where you can watch beautiful landscapes, ride local sampan. Vinh Long offers some of the most interesting boat trips in the Mekong Delta – to the Cai Be floating market, coconut workshops, fruit orchards or even overnight in home-stays. Vietnam Eco Travel organzational the best trip and we care about your trip!
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Pick up at Hotel: 7:30 – 8:00
Drop off at Hotel: About 16:00
Depart from Ho Chi Minh city to Mekong Delta. Upon arrival on the harbor in Vinh Long, you will visit Tien Chau pagoda called Di Da Temple in the past. It was severely destroyed and restored, then changed official to the name “ Tien Chau” Pagoda. This is one of the most attractive pagoda in Mekong Delta which was recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Information as a national art and architecture heritage on December 12, 1994.
After that, you will discover local brick, pottery workshops and the biggest nursery garden in Mekong Delta. You will learn more about local life and natural scenery along the way by walking or cycling. Then you have lunch at a garden restaurant. Arrive toMekong Delta Homestay, you have chance to prepare dinner with the homestay family if you like.
Overnight at Mekong homestay in Vinh Long
Have breakfast at Homestay before a rowing sampan ride through An Binh Island to vistit an ancient house, some local workshops, and Cai Be floating market. Here you can see the other boats and building at the water’s edge.
The floating market now is not as busy as it was in the past. Though it is still very interesting to see boats full of fruits, flowers and souvenirs, to discover how people at Mekong Delta selling vegetables out of the water. After that, you will be back to Saigon and break for lunch served at Mekong Restop Eco-restaurant on the way.
· AC mini-van.
· English speaking guide.
· Home-stay accommodation with enjoy cooking with local people to prepare your dinner.
· Meals (1 breakfast, 2 lunches).
· Mineral water ( 2 bottle/ day).
· Boat trips.
· Fresh fruit, tea, entrance fees.
· Personal expenses
· We suggest a small, lightweight daypack for cameras, spare film, drinking water and comfortable walking shoes.
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