This one day Jeep excursion takes you to My Tho and Ben Tre deep into the heart of the Mekong Delta with remarkable experience when driving by tranquil rural sceneries en route then explore the lives on water of locals by boat trip on Mekong River before Jeep back to Saigon.
Pick up at your hotel in Saigon (former name of Ho Chi Minh city), you will start a “photo rally of Mekong Delta” in the morning. Driving in the city in the morning can take time but you will get so close look to the local life, your senses will be turned on to feel the life of a young, dynamic city as some said “Saigon traffic is Vietnamese life, a continuous charade of posturing, bluffing, fast moves, tenacity and surrenders”
Out of the city, you will drive on the Highway Trung Luong – it goes through rice fields and villages. Although the area you passing by is close to Saigon but people still live on farming, it seems like nothing really changed in their lifestyle.
Get to Ben Tre – the Coconut Land in the noon. Take a boat trip to the canals; you will be lost in water coconut forest. This is authentic Mekong Delta and relaxing after a long drive from Saigon. Visit some local workshops where they make local products to learn more about how the locals earn living. It is very interesting to watch the local men peeling coconuts by hand. On average, each man can finish 1400 up to 1800 coconuts per day.
Cruising deeper to the canal, you then go for a walk in small roads pass by lush garden. Visit a sleeping mat workshop to take the bikes or Xe Loi on village roads to local restaurant. Taste some local specialties like elephant ear fish (a must- try dish) it is not only tasty but the way they serve it very interesting to watch too.
Jump back on bicycle to visit home of an antique collector, mostly ceramic objects. Admire his amazing collection for years before continue cycling back to the dock
Taking a rowing boat trip on tiny canals before getting back to the dock.
Meet your vehicle, drive back to Saigon in the afternoon. Tour ends at your hotel!
Driving distance: 170 km
Note: in case you do not want to ride bikes, the motor cart will be arranged to drive you on the village’s road.