Head off from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and drive 2.5 hours to the beautiful Mekong Delta region to embark on a relaxing cruise on a converted rice barge called Le Jarai. First stop is Ben Tre where you will visit a family-owned enterprise that uses age-old techniques to hand produce bricks, burning rice-husks for fuel. After a short journey by local boat through the winding arroyos in the shadow of coconut trees, stop at a local processing site and discover how this fruit is treated to separate oil, flesh and husk. Sample the coconut sweets which are a local specialty and take a short stroll through a rustic village in a relaxing creek side setting before stepping into a local farmer’s house to see traditional matt weaving by hand.
Hop off the boat and on a tuk-tuk to drive through rural Vietnam, passing rice paddies and local life of the Mekong countryside to a pagoda where you can learn about the role of traditional communal temples in Vietnamese village culture. Back onboard the boat Le Jarai, and as you cruise along, there will be a demonstration of authentic Vietnamese cooking, and the chance for you to try your hand at preparing some dishes yourself before sitting back to enjoy a three-course lunch served by the friendly and attentive crew. Relax and soak up the scenery while gliding the open waterways on the way back to Ben Tre. From here you will be driven to the city of Can Tho, the economic hub of the Mekong Delta, and on to your chosen hotel.
Overnight in Can Tho