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Mekong Family Cooking - 3 Days

Mekong Family Cooking

Vietnam · Private Tour · 3 Days
Private Tour

Cruise the alluring Mekong Delta on a traditional sampan boat. Enjoy a home hosted lunch by a dear local family, cycle around riverside gardens, and visit traditional rice paper, bricks and coconut workshops. 


Day 1 - Saigon → Cai Lay → Cai Be
Day 2 - Cai Be → Ben Tre
Day 3 - Ben Tre → Saigon

What is included

  • Private transfers and transportation
  • 2 nights accommodation at luxury hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Activities mentioned in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees at all visiting sites
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in this program
  • Drinks and water at included lunches and dinners
  • Tips and personal expenses
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Saigon → Cai Lay → Cai Be

Upon arrival Tan Son Nhat airport, your guide will come to meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

Boat tour around Cai Lay an Cai Be

Your guide will come to meet you and transfer you to Mekong Delta. Along the way notice lush rice paddies and fruit farms emerging alongside the highway. Upon arrival in Cai Lay, board a charming wooden boat to enjoy countryside scenery and river life. Then stretch your legs a bit and hop on a bicycle for a short ride of about 7km (over easy, level terrain) along narrow village lanes, past fruit orchards and local cottage industries. Locals will often greet you with a hello or "xin chao" as you pedal by.

Arrive at the home of a tropical fruit farmer and have a walk around his orchard. Enjoy the opportunity to taste fresh fruits. Then relax while enjoying the view from a small sampan boat as you are paddled slowly along tropical canals. Hop off the boat and walk through this Mekong village to a local home and enjoy a home-hosted lunch of Mekong Delta specialties. After lunch, a short walk takes you back to the car and transfer to Cai Be.

Upon arrival Cai Be, take a scenic boat trip to Mekong Lodge for check in. In the late afternoon, participate in cooking class and enjoy a dinner of the food which you have cooked.

Overnight at the lodge.

Saigon → Cai Lay91 km 1h 45min
Cai Lay → Cai Be26 km 40min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Mekong Lodge

Cai Be

Cai Be → Ben Tre

After breakfast, enjoy an early morning boat trip to visit Cai Be floating market. Upon returning to the lodge, check-out and take a boat to Cai Be harbour then head to Ben Tre.

Boat tour around Ben Tre

Upon arrival Ben Tre, board your private local boat and start your cruise, for a glimpse at the agriculture river life. Your first stop is a brick kiln to see how the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Then cruise further to a coconut workshop where you can learn about the multiple uses of coconut in the daily life. Back on board for another short cruise to a small family-run mat workshop. Get involved learning how to make sleeping mats under the instruction of the friendly mat-makers.

Continue your trip around these sleepy villages until arriving at a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, check in homestay and relax. In the evening, join with the host to learn cooking some Mekong specialties before enjoying dinner with the family.

Overnight at the hotel.

Cai Be → Ben Tre93 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ben Tre → Saigon

Bicycle rural tour

Enjoy a home-made breakfast, then take a bike ride passing rice fields and vegetable gardens to a local market where you can see daily activities of the locals. Then continue to visit a nearby rice paper workshop. Continue biking through the shady village roads, and make a stop at Mr. Sau Khanh’s house – a farmer whose hobby is collecting antiques such as ancient ceramics and sculptures.

Enjoy some tropical fresh fruit and have a chat with him. Then get back to your homestay to check out. Have lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to to Hung Vuong pier by motorboat.

Then transfer by car to Saigon airport.

Ben Tre → Saigon107 km 2h 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner


Cai Be

Mekong Lodge

Ben Tre

Duyen Que Homestay

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
1 Apr 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$541
1 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019$548


Home Hosted Lunch, Cai Lay
Ben Tre, Mekong Delta
Home Hosted Lunch, Cai Lay
Coconut Workshop, Ben Tre


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