The “rice bowl” of Vietnam, Mekong delta is carpeted with rice paddies, floating markets, crisscross rivers and canals. Ben Tre, popular known for coconut, attracts visitors to its fresh-aired environment of large green coconut & fruits gardens. Let Apricot Cruise show you the specialties of Vietnam’s riverine region.
- Explore untouched Ben Tre areas by commercial tourism with in-depth local experiences.
- Cruise through the waterways of the Mekong River on Apricot Cruise
- Enjoy a rowing boat along beautiful water palm creek
- Observe the slow life pace of the Mekong Delta
- Savor tropical fruit and local drink
- Enjoy a tasty lunch with typical Vietnam Southern dishes
After driving around 3 hours from bustling Saigon, arrive in Ben Tre. Here, ride a rowing boat through the crisscrossing canals; relax while observing the slow pace of Mekong Delta life.
Then board the Apricot Cruise, featuring a new boat design open on all sides to allow the river breezes to flow freely. Meandering down the Mekong, you’ll have the chance to observe local life on the riverbanks from comfort on your cruise: the people and stunning landscapes, while your attentive crew serves cold drinks and seasonal fruits. Heading to the area’s biggest wholesale coconut market, you will see lively activity on trading boats departing and arriving filled with coconuts; various products made from coconut are on sale and you can capture nice photos of the busy atmosphere there. Stop at a family owned coconut processing business to gain insight into local traditional methods to peel coconut skin, get the coconut, dry the coconut husk, and see how the locals utilize every bit of the coconut.
When you are back on board, cruise farther along the river on the Apricot cruise. Hop on the mainland, and you will see how local’s peel the coconut husk with simple tools. Next, take a tuk-tuk ride to meet a local family making coconut-leaf swabs. Meet our friendly host, chat with them and find out how they can gather coconut leaves and make a swab; it is a fun, hands-on experience!
Your excursion continues with a relaxing bike ride on lush green rural roads. Cycle through peaceful villages, meet friendly & smiling locals saying hello and feel the tranquil scenes of rural life. On arrival at Mr. Ba’s house, his hospitable greetings and tasty local cakes will make you immediately feel at home. His family is happy to share with you the local cake making procedure. Join them and try to make one on your own under their enthusiastic instruction. Enjoy tea with honey and dried coconut while chatting with them about their daily routine, the local culture, customs and why you don’t let a local fortune-teller tell you what is supposed to happen in the future.
Lunch is served with Mekong specialties at Apricot Riverside restaurant. Relax, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere before transferring to the pier where the waiting driver will take you back to Saigon.