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I. Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour

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Population in the Mekong Delta is mostly Kinh people. This area was formerly a part of the Khmer Empire, which was the largest concentration of Khmer population outside of Cambodia. The Khmer live mainly in Tra Vinh, Soc Trang while Cham people live in Tan Chau, An Giang. Besides, Chinese people usually live in Kien Giang and Tra Vinh. The seventh migration to the South of Vietnam led to the harmony between cultures, races, and life. This also brought about changes in the people’s view of life in the Mekong Delta. In general, men here are more open, relaxed, and freer than those who live in the North of Vietnam. After all, when you go to the Mekong Delta Tour, you have to embrace new ways of thinking and customs in order to be in harmony with the natives. From Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta Tour will take you to the heart of the Mekong Delta so that you can see how people live on the Mekong River and find out how their lives are linked to the river. You can also have a chance to blend in the crowded atmosphere in floating markets or experience the life in the Mekong Delta as a real local.

1. Suggesting duration for your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour  

For the Mekong Delta Tour – Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour, you can spend from 2 to 3 days traveling if you only want to experience the local life and have a depth knowledge in only a destination. Besides, if you want to combine many destinations and understand their custom in a variety of ways, your suggesting duration is 5 days or more.

2. Where to go and what to do in your own local living tour to Mekong Delta

a. Floating markets in Mekong Delta

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Having a complicated network of rivers and canals with the operation of the boats here in day and night, the floating markets in the Mekong Delta Tour were formed from a long time and created a typical river culture. When you arrive at this place, you will see that the floating markets on the river are the most beautiful and impressive pictures. There are many floating markets in Mekong Delta, such as Cai Be Floating Market in Tien Giang Province, Tra Vinh Floating Market in Vinh Long Province, Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho Province, Thoi Binh Floating Market in Trem River, Ca Mau Province, … Each market has the specialty of each locality.

Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho City

Cai Rang Floating Market often has bustling buyers and sellers along with hundreds of boats and small boats in the early morning. On weekdays, the time this market works is from 3:00 to 9:00. In Tet Holiday, they meet almost all day. In this market, in addition to agricultural products like fruits which are often seen, visitors can also enjoy delicious specialties in the Mekong Delta Tour and join a cafe or pub on the floating market. This is a must-have destination whenever there is a Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho City.

Phong Dien Floating Market, Can Tho City
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In Can Tho, in addition to Cai Rang Floating Market, people also know Phong Dien Floating Market, the busiest selling point among all of the floating markets in Mekong Delta Tour and also attractive to visitors each time traveling to Can Tho. Phong Dien is located at the confluence of three rivers, where the Can Tho River separates from the Hau River, about 17 kilometers in the Southeast of Can Tho City. This floating market usually bustles from around 4:00 and to 8:00. If the products of Cai Rang Floating Market are mainly agricultural products, Phong Dien Floating Market has more diversified products, such as boats, roofs, knives, hoes, and so on. In addition, the market also sells food such as duck noodles, vermicelli noodles, barbecue noodles, porridge heart, duck salad,…

Phung Hiep Floating Market (Nga Bay Floating Market), Hau Giang Province

In the southern Hau Giang, Phung Hiep Floating Market was also formed and known as Nga Bay Floating Market because it is located on Phung Hiep Cross, where there are seven rivers meeting each other. Phung Hiep Floating Market is located about 75 kilometers from the center of Hau Giang Province and 30 kilometers from the South of Can Tho City. Phung Hiep Floating Market concentrates on hundreds of boats carrying goods to trade from handicrafts to various kinds of items such as snakes, turtles, geckos, pendants …

Cai Be Floating Market, Tien Giang Province
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In the South of Hau Giang Province, Phung Hiep Floating Market was also formed and known as Nga Bay Floating Market because it is located on Phung Hiep Cross, where seven rivers meet. Phung Hiep Floating Market is located about 75 kilometers from the center of Hau Giang Province and 30 kilometers from south of Can Tho City. Phung Hiep Market concentrates hundreds of boats carrying goods to trade from handicrafts to various kinds of items such as snakes, turtles, geckos, pendants …

Long Xuyen Floating Market, An Giang Province

Due to the demand of the people living in the An Giang River, Long Xuyen Floating Market was formed. About 2 kilometers from the city center, Long Xuyen Floating Market is not as popular as other markets, but here visitors can still feel the culture of the floating market, which is very special in the South. This floating market has lots of colorful vegetables such as canola and squash; and fruits such as bananas, grapefruits, oranges, and tangerines. Visitors can visit the floating market all day because this market is opened from the morning to the midnight.

Nga Nam Floating Market, Soc Trang Province
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In Soc Trang area, Nga Nam Floating Market has long been famous. This floating market is located in Nga Nam Town, Nga Nam District, Soc Trang Province. Nga Nam Floating Market is in the intersection of five rivers in Ca Mau, Vinh Quoi, Long my, Thanh Tri, and Phung Hiep. Nga Nam Floating Market still boldly imprints the cultural characteristics of the floating market in the South. Thanks to this market, the exchange of goods of three provinces: Soc Trang, Hau Giang, and Bac Lieu are easy to be done. This floating market contributes to the flow of goods from the market to the remote areas of the Southern Hau River and Ca Mau area.

However, Nga Nam Floating Market has not been a convenient road to attract tourists to visit because the market mainly gathers local people with the need to buy and sell goods. Therefore, although this market still retains the wild nature, it keeps the soul of the South Markets.

Ca Mau Floating Market, Ca Mau Province

Ca Mau Floating Market is located at the end of the Ganh Hao River, in the heart of Ca Mau City. Ca Mau Floating Market is not less exciting than other floating markets in the Mekong Delta Tour. There are hundreds of boats and small boats containing full of goods for trading in Ca Mau Floating Market. No one knows when this floating market was formed. Ca Mau Floating Market only focuses on wholesale and retail of fresh agricultural products, such as vegetables and fruits for traders. Anyway, the beauty and characteristics of the river still attract visitors to visit the Ca Mau Floating Market despite a short time of travel.

b. Tan Phong Island, Tien Giang Province

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Tan Phong is an island located in the Tien River, Cai Lay District, Tien Giang Province. Due to the alluvial sediment and fresh water all year round, Tan Phong has a favorable location for the economic development of the garden as well as the aquaculture and fishing. With an area of over one thousand hectares and a fresh climate, Tan Phong has long been a destination of ecotourism.

If you travel to this island from Monday to Friday, you will also have a chance to make friends with the cute and gentle local students on the island. You can stop at a home of a local farmer to enjoy a cup of tea and local specialties like banana candy. You can try to spit the fruits in the host’s garden and talk to him to understand how local farmers take care of their garden

c. Thi Tuong Lagoon, Ca Mau Province

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Thi Tuong Lagoon is one of the largest natural lagoons in the Mekong Delta, located between Tran Van Thoi District and Phu Tan District of Ca Mau Province. The lagoon is nearly 2 kilometers wide with many blocks on the floor, each house is about 10 meters apart. The gap is the boundary of each fishing village. Here, the ecological environment has very wild and cultural features, which is associated with the history of the lagoon. Coming here, visitors are immersed in a peaceful scene with the cool water and surrounded by small villages, creating a picture of a charming countryside. You can also listen to the stories told by the local people living on the lagoon.

3. What to eat in your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour

a. What to eat in floating markets of Mekong Delta

Tasting breakfast in the early morning: Among the immense river, a fast soup bowl, a bowl of goat noodles with hot crab, and a cup of bitter coffee will be the experiences that make you unforgettable. When the sun has not yet appeared, the boats carrying goods are moving to the market. These are also the boats carrying visitors to explore the river. In the early morning, it becomes crowded with many items, including vegetables and fruits, such as sweet potato, squash, gourd, longan, cassava, and rice. Everywhere in the river, eating and drinking activities are difficult for tourists. You just need to sit still and call any boat having the dish you want to try, you can be able to enjoy the rich flavor here. Many people who have a habit of drinking coffee in the early morning will not be hard to find a cup of coffee in here. The menu of drinks is also very diverse, such as soy milk, black coffee, milk coffee, coconut milk, and tea.

Price:
Food: From VND 15,000 to VND 90,000/person
Drink: From VND 5,000 to VND 35,000/person

Besides: When you come to the floating markets, you can not only enjoy the beautiful river view but also buy attractive agricultural products like the fruits brought from the gardens. There are many impressive services on the boat, such as drinking coffee, experiencing the pubs floating on the river, and eating fast food.

b. What to eat in Tan Phong Island, Tien Giang Province

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Rambutan: There are bunches of rambutan red roses alternating the green foliage. The gardeners have changed the farming techniques so that many people got rich by rambutan in this island. The rambutan not only brings economic revenue but also helps Tan Phong become one of the ecological tourist sites orchards of Tien Giang. There are two forms for visitors to visit the orchard: going to the garden and eating or agreeing to buy a certain amount of fruits before entering the garden to visit. In fact, guests can only just go to half the garden which is filled with fruits, but the interesting thing is to manually cut the fruit on the tree to enjoy the difference from eating fruits brought to market.

Price: From VND 5,000 to VND 20,000/kg

Grapefruit: This is one of the famous specialties of the Mekong Delta, people in Tan Phong Island use good soil to grow this fruit for export.

Price: From VND 10,000 to VND 15,000/kg

c. What to eat in Thi Tuong Lagoon, Ca Mau Province

Fresh seafood: Coming to the market, you will enjoy fresh seafood like fish, shrimp, crabs, oysters, blood oysters, which are fresh and then processed on the spot. The best food is the fish hotpot, which tastes delicious and has a unique flavor. Have you ever dreamed of being in the middle of the immense lake, eating seafood and enjoying the melody of the smoothly talented voices from the singers here? Let’s come here and try.

Price: From VND 50,000 to VND 300,000/person

4. Suggesting transportation for the Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour

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a. Getting to the floating markets by boat

Traveling to these destinations, you can alternate between trips that you will be transferred to go into small canals, wading through the water rafts to shore up on foot or biking to visit the islets rich in the river.

Price: From VND 5,000/person to VND 10,000/person

If you are fond of privacy and can afford to spend a lot of money, you can choose your own boat for two people or a small group. If not, going to the larger boat is a good choice.

b. Getting to Tan Phong Island by ferry

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To get to Tan Phong, you only take 10 minutes from the ferry terminal located in Cai Be. Then you will be immersed in the fruit garden. There are four ferry terminals to Tan Phong and most visitors choose Hiep Duc – Tan Phong ferry terminal to go to this island.

Price: From VND 5,000/person to VND 7,000/person

c. Getting to Thi Tuong Lagoon by motorbike, car or boat

Thi Tuong Lagoon is in Ca Mau Province, which just takes you 2 hours to travel to Ca Mau by boat. Besides, Thi Tuong Lagoon is located 40 kilometers from the center of Ca Mau City. Today, the road is clear, so you can travel by motorbike or car to Thi Tuong Lagoon. Nowadays, these ways to travel become easier than before because the road was restored and widened.

Price for a boat: From VND 3,000/person to VND 10,000/person

To rent a motorbike or car to travel yourself, you can contact your tour provider for more detailed information.

5. Suggesting itinerary and type of accommodation suitable for your own local living tour to Mekong Delta

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival. Travel to Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho Province. Then, move to Tan Phong Island, Tien Giang Province and stay overnight in Tien Giang

Accommodation:
Homestay: From VND 140,000/night/room/2 adults
3-star hotel: From VND 250,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 2: Visit Cai Be Floating Market in Tien Giang Province. Then, travel to Thi Tuong Lagoon in Ca Mau Province. Stay overnight in Ca Mau.

Accommodation:
Homestay: From VND 150,000/night/room/2 adults
3-star hotel: From VND 270,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 3: Join Ca Mau Floating Market. Then, return to Ho Chi Minh City and end up this trip.

6. Reference price and tips to know for your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour

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Reference price for a Mekong Delta Tour – Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour: From VND 1,200,000/day/person ( not including the accommodation fee )

Tips to know when joining a Mekong Delta Tour – Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour :

  • When buying tickets to visit floating markets: Normally the fare for a 45-minute trip is about VND 150,000 for 4 people and VND 200,000 for groups of 9 people. There is no need to buy tickets early if you go self-service because the ship is quite crowded. In addition, many travel companies or hotels in Mekong Delta Tour often sell tours for tourists whose price is about VND 120,000/person, departing at 5:00 and 7:00. The plus of the tour is cheap, so you can pay if the group travel is crowded. Then you can sit on a large boat. In return, you must depend on the seller’s time and the schedule of the cohort. 
  • For a fun and perfect trip you need to prepare, research and book services: If you are busy, you can contact a reputable travel company and address your request. The travel company will advise and help you choose the most suitable program. If you have time, please research the route, schedule travel through tourist information sites, representative offices of shipping companies in major cities (if any). Most cruise lines offer online booking, and you can also call directly for advice if needed

II. Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Religious Tour

1. Suggesting duration for your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Religious Tour  

It usually takes you 4 days if you want to travel to most of the religious destinations in the Mekong Delta Tour. If you want to combine with other spiritual destinations, such as Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, it may take you at least 5 days to discover the religion here.

2. Where to go and what to do in your own religious tour to Mekong Delta

a. Ratanarayai Temple, Kien Giang Province

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Ratanarayai Temple has the architectural style of the Khmer style. The main hall is decorated solemnly. On the altar of the Buddha, there is a relic of the Buddha from the patriarch of India from 1957. On the morning of May 3, 2009, the pagoda, together with the Kien Giang Buddhist Association Provincial Committee, the Association of patriotic teachers of the province held the inauguration of the main hall and lecture hall (Sala).

b. Siamese Pagoda, Bac Lieu Province

This is a Khmer temple in Bac Lieu, built in the 19th century on a 50,000 m² campus. Going through the green trees cool from the highway, visitors are surprised by the pagoda which is decorated with many motifs, along with the carved lines and unique sculpture.

c. The Buddhist Sanctuary (Nam Hai Buddha), Bac Lieu Province

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The Buddhist Sanctuary (Nam Hai Buddha) in Nha Mat Ward, Bac Lieu City was built in 1973. Nam Hai Buddha is the most outstanding architectural – cultural – spirituality in Bac Lieu. Every year, thousands of visitors come to visit, enjoy and express their respect.

Besides, you can combine with Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh in Cambodia to understand how these destinations influence the religion in Mekong Delta. Angkor Wat is a complex of temples in Cambodia and also famous for being the largest religious site in the world, gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple in the late twelfth century. In addition, you can travel to Phnom Penh and visit Wat Preah Morakat, also known as the Silver Pagoda or the Emerald Buddha Temple, which is a famous Cambodian temple. The reason why it is called the Silver Pagoda is that the temple has 5329 pieces of silver on the floor, each piece of silver is handmade. The temple has a cultural function and preserves a religious relic rather than a worshiping function, containing more than 1,600 valuable objects.

3. The food you have to taste once in your Mekong Delta  Tour: Private & Tailor-made Religious Tour

a. What to eat near Ratanarayai Temple, Kien Giang Province

Fish noodles: This is a typical dish and popular in Kien Giang. In each region, there are many unique features to the taste, but in Kien Giang, this food is eaten with fresh shrimp. This dish is sold in many places, you can find near Ratanarayai Temple in Kien Giang.

Price: From VND 20,000 to VND 30,000/person

Pipe cake: It is a Khmer snack but has existed as an integral part of the daily life of the river people. The name of the tube was caused by the molding of a cylindrical cake, about 10 centimeters long. This food is not available on the market, but you can easily find in the stalls near the temple. The main ingredients are glutinous rice flour, chopped coconut, pineapple leaves, and sesame.

Price: VND 5,000/person

b. What to eat near The Siamese Pagoda and The Buddhist Sanctuary (Nam Hai Buddha), Bac Lieu Province

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Bun ( Rice noodle soup ): There are many kinds of Bun in Bac Lieu that you can easily find their restaurant near the temple. If you are wondering what Bac Lieu food is best to eat, the spicy beef rice noodle is the answer for you. When you can eat spicy food, you will want to eat twice or three times by the delicious taste from the water. Bun with Leo soup in Bac Lieu is a simple dish but the reality is that you have to try to taste the deliciousness of it. A bowl of Bun is enough to make you full. Bac Lieu rice noodle fried grilled meat rolled is famous throughout the region, which not only is just fragrant delicious but also has a taste well.

Price: From VND 20,000 to VND 35,000/person

Banh Xeo: This is also available and each place has its own characteristics of spices as well as raw materials for processing. Banh Xeo is an interesting snack in Bac Lieu that many young people like, with the ingredients including cassava, onions, prawns and green beans, Bac Lieu pancakes are crispy and crunchy.

Price: From VND 10,000 to VND 50,000/person

4. Suggesting transportation for the Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Religious Tour

You can both use car and boat to have a flexible trip depending on the terrain. To move between two provinces, using a boat is a good choice for you to discover the beauty of the rivers here. To save time, using a car is highly recommended for you, especially when you come to the province you want and transfer to the temple or pagoda.
For renting a car, please contact your tour provider for more information.

Price for traveling by boat: From VND 7,000/person to VND 15,000/person

5. Suggesting itinerary and type of accommodation suitable for your own religious tour to Mekong Delta

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival. Travel to Ratanarayai Temple, Kien Giang Province and stay overnight in Kien Giang.

Accommodation:
Homestay: From VND 240,000/night/room/2 adults
3-star hotel: From VND 620,000/night/room/2 adults
4-star hotel: From VND 1,400,000/night/room/2 adults
5-star hotel: From VND 2,500,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 2: Visit Siamese Pagoda and The Buddhist Sanctuary (Nam Hai Buddha), Bac Lieu Province. Stay overnight in Bac Lieu.

Accommodation:
3-star hotel: From VND 420,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 3: Return to Ho Chi Minh City and end up this trip.

6. The reference price and tips to know for your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Religious Tour

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Reference price for a Mekong Delta Tour – Private & Tailor-made Religious Tour: From VND 1,150,000/day/person ( not including the accommodation fee )

Tips to know when joining a Mekong Delta Tour – Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour :

  • What to wear: Mekong Delta Tour special places are so tempting. Visitors intending to come here should dress neat, polite, speak lightly and avoid loud sounds to lose the religious peculiarity of the temple. For women, you should wear long clothes and avoid wearing short or dress to show your respect to the temples.
  • Should we take the gifts from the temple?: Many people have the habit of bringing the gift from the pagoda or temple to home, but this is not recommended. Sweets, matches, lighters can be taken but not brought back to the altar.
  • What to pray: According to the Buddhist concept, the Buddha only blesses peace, a shelter for sentient beings, not degrees on the career or your fortune. If you want to pray about these lines, you should go to the temple worshipping the gods following the tradition here.

III. Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Hick Tour

1. Suggesting duration for your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Hick Tour  

The cuisine in Mekong Delta Tour seems so diverse with rich flavors and different methods of cooking. You should spend from 3 to 5 days if you want to understand deeply the cuisine in here. Mekong Delta Culinary Tour is considered to be one of the best Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam. Don’t miss the chance to taste the street food, especially sweet food, one of the typical attractiveness that tourists all love when traveling here.

2. Where to go and what to do in your own hick tour to Mekong Delta

a. Cai Mon Garden, Cho Lach District, Ben Tre Province

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Ben Tre is famous for not only the king of a coconut land also a large fruit bowl of the South West with all kinds of delicious fruits such as durian, rambutan, grapefruit, mango, longan, plum … One of the places not to be missed by visitors when coming to Cho Lach District is Cai Mon Garden, Vinh Thanh Commune. Here, visitors will be attracted to the red ripe garden, red mulberry garden, mangosteen, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.

b. Con Phung Tourist Garden, Ben Tre Province

If you love the cool scenery of the Mekong Delta, Con Phung is one of the ideal attractions that you can not ignore when traveling to Ben Tre. Con Phung, also known as Tan Vinh Islet, is a floating islet between the Tien River, Ben Tre Province. This is considered the ecotourism and most attractive tourist garden in Ben Tre that children should visit once. Coming to Con Phung, you will be seated on the boat watching the river to enjoy the sweet coconut water or roam on the small boats wading through the canals full of green coconut, horse carriage or motorbike to explore the scenery. village.

Coming to Con Phung, you can participate in activities organized by people here. Water ball is a game that young people enjoy the most fun and exciting adventure. From 1 to 2 people, you will get into the ball, then the ball will be pumped into the gas and drop into the water. Besides, bottle feeding is another fun game at Con Phung, with just a bottle with less fish food then visitors can experience this game offline.

In addition to enjoying the fruits, you can also visit the coconut candy factory to witness the process of making candy, which is quite interesting with many activities, such as cutting candy, packaging candy, and canning candy. Besides, you can also have a chance to taste the specialties here such as fried sticky rice and shrimp boiled with coconut water.

c. Ancient Logan Garden of Bac Lieu Province

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From Bac Lieu City, going along the path of Cao Van Lau Street to the south about 6 kilometers, you will see the garden spreading over 11 kilometers from Hiep Thanh to Vinh Trach East. Everybody knows that the South West is the land of the orchard and this is the most special vineyards of the Mekong Delta, known as the Centennial Orchard. Stepping into the garden, picking up the delicious bunch of longans and enjoying the rustic garden meal are the things that can satisfy you. In the midst of cool winds, you can sit in the garden to eat specialties, you also hear the melody of the singer singing for you.

d. Lai Vung Tangerine Garden, Dong Thap Province

Visiting Lai Vung Tangerine Garden, you will have a feeling like being in a pink tangerine paradise, which was created more than 100 years ago. Thanks to climate, water, soil, the pink tangerines here always give more round and succulent fruits than other tangerines. The season when the tangerines boom is at the end of the year. At that time, visitors can travel to the garden and experience harvesting as real tangerine farmers.

3. What to eat in your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Hick Tour

a. What specialties to eat in Cai Mon Garden, Cho Lach District, Ben Tre Province

Fresh fruits in the garden: The durian garden, the rambutan garden, the garden of bonbon fruit, strawberry, mangosteen, orange, mango, grapefruit, … make this place the kingdom of the fruit bowl. It is very interesting to visit the garden of Cai Mon that visitors coming to the garden can enjoy the local fruit and choose to buy them as a gift to relatives.

Price: From VND 8,000/kg to VND 40,000/kg

b. What specialties to eat in Con Phung Tourist Garden, Ben Tre Province

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Fresh fruits and especially coconuts: There are many kinds of fruits typical in Mekong Delta, from durian, mango, to jackfruit and banana. But, the thing that makes tourists feel interested in is tasting the coconut water whose flavor is lightly sweet and fresh.

Price: From VND 5,000/kg to VND 35,000/kg

Con Phung fried sticky rice: This is an exciting meal from the very first look! Something strange and bulky as a yellow ball full of charm and appeal. Fried sticky rice is cooked from sticky rice and seasoned with sugar and cooking oil. When enjoying, people usually choose chicken or spring rolls as a side dish, if there is a little bit of beer to sip it is even better.

Price: From VND 10,000/person to VND 30,000/person

Ben Tre Coconut Candy: Ben Tre is a land that is dubbed the country of coconuts. The coconuts are grown here with a very extraordinary development. It is competitive to be able to develop coconut candy products in all parts of the country, and further to promote the flavor of the homeland to the international.

Price: From VND 20,000/product to VND 100,000/product

Boiled shrimp with coconut milk: This is simple and easy to make, which has an unforgettable aroma to infinity. The shrimp are bright red, juicy, and soft. The special feature that makes it hard to fade this dish is the shrimp boiled with coconut water, which should be absorbed all the aroma. You can feel the sweetness of the tongue after eating.

Price: From VND 20,000/person to VND 50,000/person

Fried gourami: One of the seafood that tourists love to eat when traveling to Con Phung is the gourami. The fresh fish when fried gold in the frying pan aroma will fascinate many tourists coming here.

Price: From VND 35,000/person to VND 60,000/person

c. What specialties to eat in Ancient Longans Garden of Bac Lieu Province

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Longans: The longans are light yellow, thick, aromatic, sweet, and crispỉe than the other varieties in the garden. People growing longans here have towered up to the old roots in the garden and given birth to a new kind of longans. Over the years, new varieties have been successfully bred to the garden.

Price: From VND 10,000/kg to VND 30,000/kg

d. What specialties to eat in Lai Vung Tangerine Garden, Dong Thap Province

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Tangerines: It has its own distinguishing features, unlike the tangerine with little green pea, few seeds, nor orange-like crust with large round, this tangerine is in a moderate size, has an orange color and looks beautiful. Eating a piece, you will immediately see the sweetness in the tongue, a bit sour mix, creating a difficult to forget.  Thanks to the climate, water, soil, the trees here always give more fruit, round, watery fruits than other tangerines. Most of the tangerine that the buyers see selling from the North to the South, all originate from the Lai Vung area.

Price: From VND 20,000/kg to VND 35,000/kg

4. Suggesting transportation for the Mekong Delta Tour:  Private & Tailor-made Hick Tour

a. Getting to Cai Mon Garden by motorbike or car

Cho Lach District is about 40 kilometers from the center of Ben Tre. To go to Cho Lach, tourists can go from central Ben Tre City, crossing Ham Luong Bridge, direction Highway 60, go about 4 kilometers to the intersection Tan Thanh Binh – Mo Cay. Then continue to turn right, go along provincial road 882 to connect with national highway 57 about 10 kilometers away. To rent a motorbike or car, you can contact your tour provider for more detailed information.

b. Getting to Con Phung Tourist Garden by bus, private car or motorbike

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Public transport ( Shuttle bus ): From Saigon to Ben Tre, you go to the Mien Tay Bus Station to catch the car. However, this type of transport is less popular with tourists, as they usually buy a one-day tour, which is provided by tour operators at a cost of about VND 300,000/person, including fuel and vehicles.

Price: From VND 20,000/person to VND 50,000/person

Personal transport ( Private car or motorbike ): From Ho Chi Minh City, you can run in the direction of Phu Lam or Nguyen Van Linh or Trung Luong expressway for about 1 hour. For more detailed information, you can contact your tour provider for more information.

c. Getting to Ancient Logan Garden by boat and car/motorbike

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To travel to Bac Lieu Province, you can both use a shuttle bus or boat. For this, the tour provider will discuss with you to find out the most convenient way. To travel to the longan garden, you can continue to use shuttle bus or rental motorbike. The former lagoon garden runs 11 kilometers along the route from Nha mat Ward crossroads to Siamese Pagoda and about 8 kilometers from Bac Lieu City by road. If you want to experience the beauty of the roads, you can drive yourself.

d. Getting to Lai Vung Tangerine Garden by boat

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Situated on the back of the Hau River, the pink tangerine is very luxuriant, thin, less nutty and delicious than other regions. To travel to this garden, you can use a boat due to the terrain of the route leading to this. The company you choose will contact the boat rental service and choose the best one for you.

Price: From VND 10,000/person to VND 20,000/person

5. Suggesting itinerary and type of accommodation suitable for your own hick tour to Mekong Delta

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival. Travel to Cai Mon Garden and Con Phung in Ben Tre Province. Stay overnight in Ben Tre.

Accommodation:
Homestay: From VND 300,000/night/room/2 adults
3-star hotel: From VND 520,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 2: Visit Ancient Logan Garden in Bac Lieu Province and stay overnight in Bac Lieu.

Accommodation:
3-star hotel: From VND 420,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 3: Travel to Lai Vung Tangerine Garden and stay overnight in Dong Thap Province.

Accommodation:
Homestay: From VND 220,000/night/room/2 adults
3-star hotel: From VND 270,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 4: Return to Ho Chi Minh City and end up this trip.

6. Reference price and tips to know for your Mekong Delta  Tour: Private & Tailor-made Hick Tour

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Reference price for a Mekong Delta Tour – Private & Tailor-made Religious Tour: From VND 1,500,000/day/person ( not including the accommodation fee )

Tips to know when joining a Mekong Delta Tour – Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour :

  • When choosing luggage to travel: If you participate in the game “fishing ditches”, then the garden will provide you with appropriate clothing and tools. You also have to be careful when going to the water, prepare life jackets, do not take boats do not ensure safety. 
  • When visiting Coconut candy factories: The garden is famous for the villages producing coconut candy, such as Ben Tre, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, … You should not miss the chance to directly participate in the process of candy wrapping, do nuggets, or hand-made roll out. 
  • Don’t forget to hear Southern Amateur Music: If you choose to travel the garden, you do not miss a special activity, which is listening to the songs sung by the locals here. Many people are fascinated by the singer, by the girls and boys in the West, and the lyrics singing from the heart, their emotions. It seems that hearing the voice of the garden people in natural space makes the song better, deep into the human soul than it is.

IV. Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Wildlife Tour

1. Suggesting duration for your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Wildlife Tour

A wildlife tour in Mekong Delta, one of the best Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City, may take you more time than other tours. In this tour, to understand better and have a deep knowledge about the wildlife in Mekong Delta, you should not only see the scenes here but also listen to the tour guide and discover the nature yourself. The recommended duration for you is 4 days.

2. Where to go and what to do in your own wildlife tour to Mekong Delta

a. U Minh Ha Forest, Ca Mau Province

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U Minh Ha National Park is located in Khanh Binh Tay Bac District and Tran Hoi District of U Minh. Most tourists coming to Ca Mau also want to go to U Minh Forest that has been shown on film many times. You can enjoy the food in the South of the forest, which is also an unforgettable feeling for all visitors when coming here. You can also try the grilled fish rolled the rice paper rolls, hotpot with vegetables, mango, and avocado, which make you still want to eat more and more.

Coming to U Minh Ha Forest, you can take a boat to visit the mangrove forest. If you are lucky to visit the national park by boat in the wet season, you can have a chance to experience this trip. In the dry season, when the weather is too dry to use a boat, this form of tourism does not work. If you want to make sure, you should call before going offline.

b. U Minh Thuong National Park, Kien Giang Province

U Minh Thuong National Park is famous for its red water coloring in canals and ponds. Visitors traveling to the forest of U Minh Thuong will be wondering about the color of water. The red water is due to the color of the leaves falling down and decaying.

c. Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary Farm, Ben Tre Province

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Vam Ho Bird Park is located in Tan my Commune, Ba Tri District. In Vam Ho, there are 35 families of which there are scorpions, flies, white storks and cauldrons. Along the banks of the river, the road to Vam Ho has many kinds of plants such as guava, chopsticks, cassava, beans, sugarcane,… Most plants are coconuts. In addition to the bird’s nest, there is a closed farm, with many fruit trees planted naturally and completely clean.

d. Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary, Bac Lieu Province

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About 6 kilometers from Bac Lieu City, Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary is the home to many waterfowl species, typically leeches, herons, cauldrons, cobbles, and black spots. Birds often gather in the rainy season from May to October. Coming to Bac Lieu Bird’s Garden, the most interesting activity is standing on the tall tower with the tree to admire the scenery below.

e. Gao Giong Eco-tourism Area and Tram Chim National Park, Dong Thap Province

As a “small shrubbery”, Gao Giong is located in Hamlet 6, Gao Giong Commune, Cao Lanh District. Visitors coming to Gao Giong will feel the peace and enjoy the trip on the canoe through the canals. Rather than picking up the dawn as the majority, you can start exploring in the afternoon to enjoy the wonderful scenery. In addition, the floating season is also when the lotus blooms. You should travel by boat in the middle of the lotus field to be able to feel the full beauty of this place.

3. What to eat in your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Wildlife Tour 

a. What to eat in U Minh Ha Forest, Ca Mau Province and U Minh Thuong National Park, Kien Giang Province

Salted Nem: This is a dish made from fish sauce mixed with thin boiled pork, papaya almost ripened, chili, galangal, hearing, sugar, and salt. The incubation period is about 3 or 5 days. It is usually made on holidays like Tet.

Price: From VND 20,000/person to VND 35,000/person

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Ta Pi Lu: It is made of sliced raw vegetables, vermicelli, fish or sliced pork, and often eaten in the rain season. The name “Ta Pi Lu” comes from the Chinese. This is almost like a hotpot. This material is then dipped in a pot of boiled water and cooked with fresh coconut milk. You can use rice paper to roll fish with a variety of vegetables, roasted peanuts, coconut dredged, noodles with fish sauce.

Price: From VND 30,000/person to VND 40,000/person

b. What to eat in Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary Farm, Ben Tre Province

Organic products in the farm: Visitors can experience tranquil countryside in Vam Ho Bird Sanctuaries Ecotourism, a closed western farmhouse. In this closed farmhouse, fruits are available, planted naturally and completely clean. In addition, the unique point is that all the dishes here are made from the raw materials on the farm. Along the banks of the river, the road leading to Vam Ho is rich in plant species such as guava, chopsticks, cassava, beans, sugarcane, rice, soursop,…

Price: From VND 30,000/person to VND 100,000/person

c. What to eat in Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary, Bac Lieu Province

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Seafood: With the advantage of more than 56 kilometers of coastline, this land is famous for many kinds of fresh seafood, attracting visitors from the first set foot. The specialties that you should not miss are sea crabs roasted, sauteed fried with seaweed, sauteed with coconut,…

Price: From VND 30,000/person to VND 120,000/person

Radish cake: You can visit Bac Lieu Market near the bird sanctuary to enjoy another specialty that is radish cake. The cake is made of white flour mixed with a little pure white radish powder and rolled out like a wet cake. The cake is also eaten with small dried shrimps or shredded peanuts, and lean meat with some minced pulses.

Price: From VND 10,000/person to VND 30,000/person

d. What to eat in Gao Giong Eco-tourism Area and Tram Chim National Park, Dong Thap Province

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Cooked fish in Gao Giong: Gao Giong is also the largest freshwater fish farm in the Dong Thap Muoi area. The annual output is up to over 30 tons, especially the kinds of perch, snakehead fish, sliced fish … Besides, there are also many kinds of vegetables, creating an attractive landscape. Coming to Gao Giong, visitors often enjoy the special dishes of this place such as grilled fish with lotus leaf, deep-dipped leaves with tamarind sauce, wild salmon with sour cream, and coconut with vegetables. This point is one of the reasons why Gao Giong has attracted many visitors to visit in the recent years.

Price: From VND 35,000/person to VND 200,000/person

Seafood in Tram Chim National Park: If you go in the floating season, there will be many delicious dishes, such as crispy fried anchovy fish, crab hotpot, and dried fish salad. You can go to the Green Tree Restaurant, about 20 meters away from the Tram Chim Center or enjoy at a stopover at the station.

Price: From VND 25,000/person to VND 170,000/person

4. Suggesting transportation for the Mekong Delta  Tour: Private & Tailor-made Wildlife Tour 

a. Getting to U Minh Ha Forest by motorbike or shuttle bus

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Motorbike: You follow the route: National Highway 1A – Ca Mau Bridge – Ngo Quyen – Vo Van Kiet, which leads to U Minh Ha Forest. If you do not know the roads, you should ask people living along the roads. To know more detailed information, you can contact your tour provider.

Shuttle bus: From Ho Chi Minh City to Ca Mau, there are bus services such as Lien Hung, Mai Linh, Giap Diep, Phuong Trang, Ngoc Ha at the Mien Dong Bus Station, Mien Tay Bus Station or An Suong Bus Station. After coming to Ca Mau Bus Station, people should catch a taxi to U Minh Thuong Forest.

Price: From VND 180,000/person to VND 200,000/person

b. Getting to U Minh Thuong National Park by boat and by motorbike/car

 

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By boat: From Rach Gia City, visitors can reach U Minh Thuong by waterway. Visitors should come to Tac Cau – Xeo Ro Ferry Terminal, then take a boat on the Cai Lon River to U Minh Thuong National Park.

Price: From VND 30,000/person to VND 50,000/person

By motorbike/car: If traveling by road, following the National Highway 61 about 37 kilometers, tourists will go to the Cai Lon River. From here, you only take about 15 minutes to travel on Cai Lon River to U Minh Thuong National Park. For renting a motorbike or car, you can contact your tour provider for more details.
Price: From VND 10,000/person to VND 20,000/person

c. Getting to Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary Farm by motorbike/car

The bird sanctuary is located in Tan My Commune, Ba Tri District, Ben Tre Province. From Ben Tre City, you should follow the provincial road 885, go to Ba Tri Town and turn to Tan Xuan Falls to Vam Lake, about 52 kilometers. You should contact your tour provider to know more about this.

d. Getting to Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary by motorbike/car

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From the city center, you can cross the Kim Son Bridge (Quay Bridge) and follow the road named after musician Cao Van Lau to the direction of the Mat House about 3 kilometers, then turn right. You have to go about 3 kilometers over the channel 30/4 by a bridge to come to Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary, located in Hiep Thanh Commune, Bac Lieu Town. You should contact your tour provider to know more about this.

e. Getting to Gao Giong Eco-tourism Area and Tram Chim National Park by motorbike/car

Gao Giong is located in Hamlet 6, Gao Giong Commune, Cao Lanh District. You can go to Giong Gao by the following route: From Cao Lanh City, you should move to Tan Nghia Commune and from Tan Nghia to Gao Giong, you have to go to the commune, you will see the signpost at the junction 3. From the junction 3, going about 3 kilometers further, you can run slowly and start traveling the bird sanctuary right now. You should contact your tour provider to know more about this.

5. Suggesting itinerary and type of accommodation suitable for your own wildlife tour to Mekong Delta

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival. Travel to Vam Ho Bird Sanctuary Farm, Ben Tre Province and stay overnight in Ben Tre.

Accommodation:
Homestay: From VND 300,000/night/room/2 adults
3-star hotel: From VND 520,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 2: Visit Gao Giong Eco-tourism Area and Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Province. Stay overnight in Dong Thap.

Accommodation:
Homestay: From VND 220,000/night/room/2 adults
3-star hotel: From VND 270,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 3: Travel to Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary, Bac Lieu Province and stay overnight in Bac Lieu.

Accommodation:
3-star hotel: From VND 420,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 4: Travel to U Minh Thuong National Park, Kien Giang Province and stay overnight in Kien Giang.

Accommodation:
Homestay: From VND 240,000/night/room/2 adults
3-star hotel: From VND 620,000/night/room/2 adults
4-star hotel: From VND 1,400,000/night/room/2 adults
5-star hotel: From VND 2,500,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 5: Visit U Minh Ha Forest in Ca Mau Province. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and end up this trip.

6. Reference price and tips to know for your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Wildlife Tour

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Reference price for a Mekong Delta Tour –  Private & Tailor-made Religious Tour: From VND 1,800,000/day/person ( not including the accommodation fee )

Tips to know when joining a Mekong Delta Tour – Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour :

  • If you go in the rainy season, you should remember to wear long clothes because there are so many mosquitoes
  • Your skin should be applied cream to avoid burning insects
  • Bring hats, hats, sun umbrellas to cover the rain
  • Call ahead if you want to experience the feeling of exploring the woods
  • In U Minh Ha forest, there is no camping place, no guest house service. Therefore, you should not choose this as the final destination in the day.

V. Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Sightseeing Tour

1. Suggesting duration for your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Sightseeing Tour  

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Mekong Delta is famous for not only its feature of a floating area with the friendly local people and diverse culture but also many beautiful sights spreading all over the region. If you are looking for the beauty of nature and culture, or just simply want to relax and enjoy spectacular sceneries, you can join this trip. The suggesting duration is in 4 days, which is enough for you to see most of the beauty in this lovely delta.

2. Where to go and what to do in your own sightseeing tour to Mekong Delta

a. Silver Stone Island, Ca Mau Province

Silver Stone Island in Ca Mau Province is a beautiful island cluster of 3 islands located close to the coast. According to many information, this island in Ca Mau Province is over 180 million years old. The island has great potential for ecotourism. From Ca Mau City, it takes travelers 90 minutes to visit Silver Stone Island by motorbike. If you like to travel by waterway, from Ca Mau City, you have to travel over 40 kilometers further to Khanh Binh Tay Commune. The island has many beautiful sceneries for visitors to visit. It can be said that Silver Stone Island is one of the beautiful tourist sites in Ca Mau. In addition to visiting the beauty of the island or cultural attractions, you should not miss the fun activities such as fishing squid and diving into the sea to catch the little oysters clinging to the rock under the water.

b. Ca Mau Cape, Ca Mau Province

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Ca Mau Cape is a piece of land protruding to the South China Sea in the South of the country, which has a very sacred meaning for our people. It takes you about 3 hours to travel, therefore, from Ca Mau City, you should depart early in the morning. Once you are satisfied with the scene with the unique photos, you can go to eat in seafood restaurants to enjoy the delicious dishes of Ca Mau such as salted crab salads and turtle roasted salt. Delicious dishes will make the trip more interesting.

c. The wind field and Bac Lieu Dandy’s House in Bac Lieu Province

From Bac Lieu City on Cao Van Lau Road to the sea, Vinh Trach Dong Commune, there is a new wind power plant, which was completed in earlier 2017. The distance from the city center to the factory is about 20 kilometers, but from a distance of tens of kilometers, you can see the rotary turbine propeller rotating as the giants in the sky. This is a favorite spot for many young people coming to Bac Lieu.

Located at 13 Dien Bien Phu Street, Ward 3, Bac Lieu City, the house is famous for its French-style design and materials from France, which is considered to be the most imposing house in the South-East of the early 20th century. Visitors come here to learn architects and the history of Bac Lieu Dandy’s life. This is really a destination that any visitors to Bac Lieu want to set foot.

d. Thap Muoi Lotus Field, Dong Thap Province

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Thap Muoi Lotus Field is located in Thap Muoi District and a suitable place for those who want to find the airy space and country style. Coming here, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of the mellow immense lot of lotus field. Besides, you can also enjoy the local flavors such as lotus tea, lotus roast chicken, lotus baked, and lotus cooked with fish.

3. What to eat in your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Sightseeing Tour

a. What to eat in Silver Stone Island, Ca Mau Province

Seafood: Coming to Silver Stone Island and Khoai Island, you will be filled with fresh seafood such as squid, shrimp head, oysters … along with the spicy beef. You can also organize a BBQ party with friends and relatives. A plus point for eating at Silver Stone Island is that the price of seafood here is quite cheap, such as the price of oysters is only from VND 1,500/kg to VND 2,000/kg and the price of shrimp is about VND 1,500 VND/kg.

Price: From VND 1,000/kg to VND 10,000/kg

b. What to eat in Ca Mau Cape, Ca Mau Province

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U Minh Hotpot: The main ingredient of U Minh’s hotpot dish is salted fish sauce. Fish sauce is skilfully baked, seasoned sweet powder and sugar to eat. In addition to adding a little bit of lemongrass, the original citronella is also added into the hotpot. To make the hotpot flavor, people put in a little milk instead of sugar. Hotpot is made with many kinds of meat or fish as you like. The most delicious are eels, fish roes, large snakehead fishes or white catfishes.

Price: From VND 50,000/person to VND 70,000/person

Scrambled egg with squid: It is crispy and yellow, having cinnamon rolls, beautiful and characteristic aroma inside. This dish is served on the table with herbs and rice paper. You can also add fish sauce or salt with lemon pepper. This specialty offers the softness of the vegetable, the softness of the rice paper, the spongy plastic, the fat of the egg, not mixed with any food.

Price: From VND 10,000/person to VND 25,000/person

c. What to eat in the wind field and Bac Lieu Dandy’s House in Bac Lieu Province

Tam Cake: It is one of the characteristics of the West. The cake is made from rice flour stirred, then steamed and served together with slurry, pork, and lean meat, peanuts, cucumber, raw vegetables.

Price: From VND 10,000/person to VND 30,000/person

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Sour and sweet three-striped crab: Three-striped crab belongs to crab families but on the back, there are three lines. Chefs must select crabs and then wash, cut off the apricot, the tip of the claw. Then, it is soaked with boiling water for about 15 minutes, picked out to cut it small and seasoned.

Price: From VND 20,000/person to VND 50,000/person

d. What to eat in Thap Muoi Lotus Field, Dong Thap Province

Lotus in Dong Thap is famous for its population and beauty. Coming here, visitors not only admire the vast lotus fields but also have the opportunity to enjoy many delicious dishes from lotus, such as lotus root, lotus seed, salt lotus, lotus leaf, lotus leaf steamed rice, lotus shrimp stir-fried, and lotus soup with pork stew.

Price: From VND 20,000/person to VND 45,000/person

4. Suggesting transportation for the Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Sightseeing Tour

a. Getting to Silver Stone Island by boat or car/motorbike

By car/motorbike: If you drive a motorbike, you can drive along Ngo Quyen Street to the intersection with provincial road 961, turn left until you reach Khanh Binh Commune. Here you can run through the bridge connecting the mainland with Silver Stone Island to reach the desired attractions. You can contact your tour provider to know more detailed information.

By boat: You can follow the Tac Thu Line about 40 kilometers to Silver Stone Island.

Price: From VND 20,000/person to VND 40,000/person

b. Getting to Ca Mau Cape by speedboat

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From Ca Mau City, you can go to Ca Mau High-Speed Ferries, Phan Boi Chau Street, Ward 8, Ca Mau City. Guests can contact the Executive Committee to see the departure time to Ca Mau Cape at any time to suit the schedule of visitors; or you can go to the Expressway and go there because the speed to Ca Mau Cape is about 1.5 hours each time (starting from 05:00 and ending at 15:00). This is also a way to make your trip become a fun and more interesting Mekong Delta Tour – Speedboat Tour.

Price: VND 140,000/person

c. Getting to the wind field and Bac Lieu Dandy’s House by car/motorbike

From the center of Bac Lieu City, you can follow Cao Van Lau Road to the sea, in the area of East A Sea Village, Vinh Trach Dong Village, then you will come to the wind field. The distance from the city center to the factory is about 20 kilometers, but from a distance of tens of kilometers, you can see the rotary turbine propeller rotating as the giants in the sky.  Besides, to come to Bac Lieu Dandy’s House, you can go to 13 Dien Bien Phu Street, Ward 3, Bac Lieu City, Bac Lieu Province. You can contact the tour provider for more information.

d. Getting to Thap Muoi Lotus Field by car/motorbike

Lotus field is peaceful in a rural area of My Hoa Commune, Thap Muoi District, about 39 kilometers from Cao Lanh City. The road to this place is also very convenient, not crowded as you often see in other tourist areas. If you go from Ho Chi Minh City to here, you can go towards An My Town, passing My An Bridge and turn left to reach the lotus field.

5. Suggesting itinerary and type of accommodation suitable for your own sightseeing tour to Mekong Delta

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival. Travel to the wind field and Bac Lieu Dandy’s House in Bac Lieu Province. Stay overnight in Ben Tre.

Accommodation:
3-star hotel: From VND 420,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 2: Visit Thap Muoi Lotus Field, Dong Thap Province and stay overnight in Dong Thap.

Accommodation:
Homestay: From VND 220,000/night/room/2 adults
3-star hotel: From VND 270,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 3: Travel to Silver Stone Island and Ca Mau Cape, Ca Mau Province. Stay overnight in Bac Lieu.

Accommodation:
3-star hotel: From VND 300,000/night/room/2 adults
5-star hotel: From VND 1,260,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 4: Return to Ho Chi Minh City and end up this trip.

6. Reference price and tips to know for your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Sightseeing Tour

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Reference price for a Mekong Delta Tour – Private & Tailor-made Religious Tour: From VND 1,800,000/day/person ( not including the accommodation fee )

Tips to know when joining a Mekong Delta Tour – Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour:

  • Wear a life jacket while on a riverboat.
  • Make more anti-mosquito repellents and itch if you have allergies.

VI. Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Swimming Tour

1. Suggesting duration for your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Sightseeing Tour  

Having the coastal line with the length of 73.2 kilometers with many islands, Mekong Delta Tour attract tourists not only by the beauty of the local life but also the spectacular beaches. Coming here, you can play in the sands and blend in the cool water to help you relax and get out of the stress. You can spend from 3 to 5 days depending on your liking to make your Mekong Delta Tour –  Private & Tailor-made Swimming Tour from Ho Chi Minh City be greater.

2. Where to go and what to do in your own sightseeing tour to Mekong Delta

a. Khai Long Sea Tourist Area, Ca Mau Province

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Khai Long is one of the most attractive coastal ecological tourism of Ca Mau. There is a long sandy beach, blue ocean, and the calm sea. The mangrove ecosystem creates a cool space suitable for relaxing relaxation. From Khai Long Beach, tourists can also enjoy the beautiful Khoai Island. In addition, there are more houses, restaurants, lakes and entertainment activities to serve the increasing demand of tourists.

Coming to Khai Long, visitors can also discover many interesting activities. Because of the rich mangrove ecosystem with its vast nature, you can join in catching shrimps and finding snails running aground in the water. Then, if you want to sail in the mangrove forest, you can try being a fisherman. When you need to relax, you just need to lie down on the hammock and drink coconut water.

b. Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province

Phu Quoc Island is famous for producing the fish sauce. This was once a wartime prison, which has been becoming not only the most prominent tourist destinations in Kien Giang but also in Vietnam with many attractive tourist attractions. Coming to Phu Quoc Island, you can not only play in the sand and the sea but also have a chance to travel to many famous destinations, such as Vinpearl Phu Quoc and Ham Ninh Fishing Village. Besides, night squid fishing is one of the funniest activities when coming to Phu Quoc Island. The Mekong Delta Tour to Phu Quoc is also a favorite tour for foreign tourists.

c. Bac Lieu Beach, Bac Lieu Province

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With 156 kilometers of coastline and important estuaries such as Ganh Hao, Nha mat, Cai Cung, Vinh Hau, and Bac Lieu, you can drop off in the sea-house, taste the seafood in Bac Lieu, take a deep breath in the cool sea atmosphere. Bac Lieu Beach does not have white sand beaches such as Nha Trang, Vung Tau … but there are mudflats to bring the fresh sea specialties.

3. What to eat in your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Sightseeing Tour

Seafood: Coming to the beach, the most famous food is seafood. It is not hard to find seafood on the 3 beaches mentioned. The feature of seafood in the Mekong Delta Tour is that its price is reasonable, even cheaper than you might think. Nothing is better than sitting on the sand of the beach, enjoying the seafood, and listen to the wave sound.

Price: From VND 5,000/kg to VND 20,000/kg

Besides, when coming to Phu Quoc Island, you should not miss the chance to buy Phu Quoc fish sauce. The main difference between Phu Quoc fish sauce is the characteristic cockroach, completely natural, not by coloring like other places. It is incubated in a wooden container for up to 12 months.

4. Suggesting transportation for the Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Sightseeing Tour

a. Getting to Khai Long Sea Tourist Area by shuttle bus or car/motorbike

There are 2 ways from Ho Chi Minh City to Khai Long Tourist Area, Ca Mau.

By shuttle bus: People come to the Mien Tay Bus Station or the Mien Dong Bus Station to take a bus to Ca Mau. After picking up Ca Mau you catch a taxi to Khai Long Sea Tourist Area.

Price: From VND 180,000/person to VND 200,000/person

By motorbike/car: You can drive to Highway 1A, go through Quan Lo – Phung Hiep, and continue to reach Hong Bang Park. Keep turning to Nam Can and you can come to the sea. To rent car/motorbike, you can contact your tour provider for more details.

b. Getting to Phu Quoc Island by shuttle bus, hydrofoil or airplane

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By shuttle bus: If you are from Ho Chi Minh City, the car will certainly be the most affordable means to travel that is not too time-consuming. Tourists or business travelers have to drove to the pier in Kien Giang, then take the train to the island. The travel time will be just over 6 hours for travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Rach Gia, Kien Giang.

Price: About VND 120,000/person

By hydrofoil: You can go to Phu Quoc by hydrofoil from Rach Gia Port (Rach Gia City, Kien Giang Province) and Ha Tien (Ha Tien Town). To go to Phu Quoc, the schedule of visitors will last from 1 hour to 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Price: From VND 200,000/person to VND 350,000/person.

By airplane: This is the fastest and most expensive way. You can depart from Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc Airport. It takes you nearly an hour to travel.

Price: From VND 400,000/person to VND 1,300,000/person

c. Getting to Bac Lieu Beach by car/motorbike

The road to this beach is easy to find so that you should not be afraid to lose your way. Taking the ancient house of Bac Lieu as a central landmark, you can ask people in Bac Lieu or you can find Cao Van Lau Road. Keep going to the end of the road (about 10 kilometers), you will see Bac Lieu Beach. For renting a motorbike/car, you can ask your tour provider for more information.

5. Suggesting itinerary and type of accommodation suitable for your own swimming tour to Mekong Delta

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Source: Adventure South NZ

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival. Travel to Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province and stay overnight in Phu Quoc.

Accommodation:
3-star hotel: From VND 600,000/night/room/2 adults
4-star hotel: From VND 1,020,000/night/room/2 adults
5-star hotel: From VND 1,900,000/night/room/2 adults
4-star resort: From VND 1,700,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 2: Spend 1 day discover the nature and famous destinations on Phu Quoc Island. Stay overnight in Phu Quoc.

Accommodation: Refer to Day 1

Day 3: Travel to Bac Lieu Beach, Bac Lieu Province and stay overnight in Bac Lieu.

Accommodation:
3-star hotel: From VND 300,000/night/room/2 adults
5-star hotel: From VND 1,260,000/night/room/2 adults

Day 4: Visit Khai Long Sea Tourist Area in half a day. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and end up this trip.

6. Reference price and tips to know for your Mekong Delta Tour: Private & Tailor-made Swimming Tour

Mekong Delta Tour
Source: Kuoni

Reference price for a Mekong Delta Tour – Private & Tailor-made Religious Tour: From VND 2,100,000/day/person ( not including the accommodation fee )

Tips to know when joining a Mekong Delta Tour – Private & Tailor-made Local Living Tour:

  • You should shower in crowded places so that you can get help if you are in a hurry. Before getting into the water, you should run or exercise on the beach to avoid cramping.
  • Before going to the beach, you should prepare at least 2 swimsuits. Shorts, skirts, short sleeves will make you feel cool, refreshing. You should wear sandals instead of shoes because the legs will be cool.
  • In addition to carrying eye drops and cotton buds to clean your ears and eyes, bringing shower gel and shampoo are also useful and makes your trip more complete. Traveling with small children, you should bring some dry food or water to eat after bathing because many activities will make children hungry sooner than we think.
  • Young children should not be bathed long after cold water. Instead, you should let the children bath in the pool or play on the sand.


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