Life in the Mekong, Caibe Floating Market - Daytrip
This trip is for those who are in Ho Chi Minh City and would like to take a day out to the Mekong Delta, Cairang Floating Market. Or for those who come to Saigon by a cruise ship.
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Experience Vietnam, off-the-beaten path, to the heart of the Mekong Delta. Tour the local villages and cruise along the river for a rewarding and a truly unforgettable impression on this full-day excursion.
Depart the ship/ your hotel in Saigon upon arrival for the two hour journey along a well-paved road to the Mekong Delta area. The mighty Mekong River, originating in Tibet and flowing through several countries before its 120-mile (193-kilometre) course through Vietnam, divides into nine river mouths, aptly called the Nine Dragon Delta by locals. This flourishing region is criss-crossed by numerous natural and man-made canals serving the local traffic.
Cai Be Floating Market
Following the drive through villages and small towns, arrive at a branch of the Cai Be River. Here, board a local long boat for an interesting ride past villages and lush vegetation to the floating market. Cruise between the many boats from which vendors sell their wares. Rising above the busy Cai Be village, you can spot the bell tower of a Catholic church built in the 19th century when the French tried to spread Christianity in the delta region.
Scenic Canal Cruising
Continue cruising along the river and through smaller canals to Tan Phong Island. Observe local sampans full of fruits and flowers being rowed to the market and children on their way to school. The scene offers some great photo opportunities and vivid impressions of life along the canals. Cross the Mekong River and stop for a visit at a local farm. Stroll through a garden of bonsai, flowers and fruit trees and then enjoy a refreshing cup of tea with your host.
Next, the boat brings you to a local restaurant for a tasty meal of spring rolls and freshly caught Mekong fish. After dining, re-join the journey back to the hotel in Saigon or the ship.
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