The Ben Tre Side of the Mekong Delta

The Ben Tre Side of
the Mekong Delta

Experience the rustic side of the Mekong Delta. Keeping a low profile and holding on to its
traditions, Ben Tre is one of these little pearls where the sands of time move slower.
Try out their coconut candy and feel how Ben Tre has kept its authentic hue.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Also known as the “Nine Dragon River Delta”, the Mekong Delta spans across South Vietnam before it empties into the East Sea through a network of 9 distributors. Vietnam’s rice basket is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages, everywhere crisscrossed by the brown canals and rivulets, fed by the mighty Mekong River.

Only on this full-day venture, you will particularly get to know Ben Tre. A little off-the-beaten-track town, charming Ben Tre is famous for its small roads and bridges to connect communities. Nationwide, it is known for its coconut candy (called Keo Dua); many women of Ben Tre are making these sweets, and visitors can see how coconut cauldrons turn into their square shape.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Ben Tre Side of the Mekong Delta

08:00 - 17:00

An early morning departure from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City signals a day out and about themed around the rural charm and quaint little spots for impeccable insights into the Mekong. The 85-kilometre southbound journey by air-conditioned vehicle and local guide heads straight towards Ben Tre.

Via My Tho, and taking a short boat ride across the Tien River, the town keeps a languid atmosphere where boat trips from and to surrounding towns are possible, aside from leisurely strolls along the riverside boulevard. Left and right, laid-back villages, fishing farms and small family-owned factories decorate the horizon, welcoming guests from afar to show their way of living. A stop at Phoenix islet is a must; the art of making coconut rice paper and souvenir handicrafts from coconut trunk and shell has been a family tradition for generations.

Ben Tre is home to the Mekong Delta speciality “keo dua” (coconut sweets). Not only are you able to see how they are made, trying one of these national delicacies is a must for anyone visiting Ben Tre. Visitors can complement this tasteful experience by trying honey green tea and exotic fruits. Lunch is served at a local house set amongst fruit orchards and bonsai trees, where you will try delicious traditional dishes.

After lunch, enjoy a break in the garden from where several activities are organized. Complete your Ben Tre experience with leisurely wandering around fruit orchards and interacting with people, cruising small canals of the delta, and observing daily life on its waterways. We even can let you join an owner of a local orchard and join him in his daily routine by picking up fresh fruit. We head back to My Tho Pier before making our way back to Ho Chi Minh City.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All mentioned boat trips
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Ho Chi Minh City centre. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the city, harbour and the Ho Chi Minh’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the TET celebrations (celebration of Vietnamese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant. We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Due to the absence of ATM machines and credit cards payment portals, particularly on islands and inside nature reserves, we highly recommend to bring sufficient cash with you.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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