The “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is carpeted with rice paddies, floating markets, and crisscrossing rivers and canals. Ben Tre, popularly known for coconuts, attracts visitors to its fresh-air environment of large green coconut & fruit orchards. Join us, experience the slow pace of delta life, meet very friendly locals, feel the generous hospitality and blow away the stresses of modern life.
- Explore Ben Tre and the lush beauty of the Mekong Delta.
- Cruise through the waterways of the Mekong River on Apricot Cruise
- Meet local families, hands-on weaving coconut-leaves-swabs, and making local traditional cakes
- Relax on a rowing boat along beautiful water palm creeks
- Enjoy a tasty lunch with typical Vietnam Southern dishes
After a 2.5-hour drive from bustling Saigon, we arrive Ben Tre. You then board Apricot Cruise, a new boat design open on all sides to allow the river breezes to flow freely. Meandering down the Mekong, you’ll have a chance to observe from the comfort of the Apricot Cruise as local life plays out on the riverbanks: the people and stunning landscapes, while your attentive crew serves cold drinks and seasonal fruit.
Hop back on the mainland, see how locals peel off coconut husks with simple tools. Next, a tuk-tuk ride will take you to a local family making coconut-leaf-swabs. Meet our friendly host and gain insight into local traditional methods to make a swab, a hands-on and fun experience.
Continue with a relaxing bike ride on the lush and green rural road. Cycle through peaceful villages, meet friendly & smiling locals saying hello and feel the tranquil scenes of rural life. Next, relax on a rowing boat as you wind your way through the crisscrossing canals observing the slow pace of Mekong Delta life. Then a short walk on a narrow village lane brings you to Mr. Ba’s family. His hospitable greetings and tasty local cake will make you feel immediately at home. His family members are happy to share the local cake making procedure. Join them, try to make a local cake on your own under their enthusiastic instruction. Enjoy tea with honey and dried coconut while chatting with them about their daily routines, 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 and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere before transferring to the pier where the waiting driver will take you back to Ho Chi Minh City.
*** Option: Meet the veterans: (After having lunch at Apricot restaurant)
Lunch is served with Mekong specialties at Apricot Riverside restaurant. Relax, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere before walking to meet the family of a local veteran who participated in the American War (1974 – 1978). Chat with them, listen to their stories, learn something about the different perspectives from American and Vietnamese sides, and feel the peaceful pace of life in the delta today. Upon saying goodbye to the family, transfer to the pier where your driver will be waiting to take you back to Saigon.