Travel west to the fertile Mekong Delta region to explore the intriguing district of Cai Be in Tien Giang province.
After a 2.5hr drive from Ho Chi Minh City, hop onboard a small boat at Cai Thia local market. Meander along the Cai Thia canal to visit the Cai Thia Church, My Luong Temple, and the brick factory. Carry on by boat to a local house and see how women here still make traditional rice paper.
Next stop, Tan Phong Island! Glide on a row boat deeper into the peaceful countryside through smaller canals to arrive at a local home and enjoy homemade cakes and hot tea. Following this light break, cruise toward Cai Be district where participants’ taste buds will delight in a special lunch of local dishes served on board.
Afterwards, float on towards the Cai Be Floating Market and weave through barges full of fruits and vegetables. Optional stops can be made at local workshops where voyagers can observe the processes for making coconut candy, pop-rice, pop-corn, and rice wine.
After paying a visit to the rice paper workshop, enjoy a biking trip (1hr, optional) to explore the famous village of Hoa Loc on small beautiful roads. SAS voyagers will see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and get to know a bit more about the activities of local farmers. Take the opportunity to strike up a conversation and learn their methods for catching fish or picking fruit. Those that prefer not to ride can simply enjoy a leisurely walk around the village.
The trip will end back at Cai Be pier in the late afternoon, from whence the group will return to Ho Chi Minh City.
“It was very laid-back, and it was an opportunity to see a different side of Vietnam from what you see in Ho Chi Minh City.”
– Rachel C. Spring 2017 Student Voyager
“The bike ride was beautiful and a lot of fun. Going down the rural streets and along the delta, saying hi to all the kids that we passed was amazing.” – Cassandra T. Spring 2017 Student Voyager
Remember to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the biking tour.
A hat, sunscreen, and bug spray is recommended.