Itinerary day 1: Ben Tre – An Hoa – Sa Dec
At 8.00am we depart for a 1.5 to 2-hour drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, one of the country's southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River.
Upon arrival, you will board your Mango cruise boat at Mango Home Riverside Pier in Ben Tre and head to An Hoa canals. Upon boarding your private sampan, your luggage will be brought to your cabin, while you enjoy a refreshing coconut juice on the deck while meeting your crewmembers and enjoying the scenery and fresh air from the water.
The cruise will take you to Phong Nam village in Giong Trom, the cruise will stop to visit at the coconut processing workshop where you can see how the locals utilize every bit of the coconut, then back to your cruise and the cruise will stop at a brick making shop, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand where you will start a Bicycle trip around Phong Nam village around 4km, enjoy a casual cycling trip that will take you to visit a a coconut spirits factory, which is a popular drink among the natives in Vietnam. It is a sweet, fresh or mildly fermented sap taken from tapping the young expanded flowers of the coconut, good for the health.
After your visit take a short walk to Mrs. Huong’s house, who lives with her 3 children and grandson – they live on fishing, shrimp and fruit orchards. Enjoy fresh fruits and tea in her garden and then board a rowing sampan, taking you through a lush narrow canal, displaying the tranquil nature of the region.
Then rowing you back to your Mango boat to enjoy the lunch before continuing to cruise to Sa Dec town. On the way stop at local village and begin cycling, enjoying the peaceful scenery and quiet road pathways.
Get back to your boat, relax and enjoy your cruise then prepare for your cooking demonstration while enjoying your dinner.
Overnight on board on the Upper river.
Transportation: Private A/C transportation and cruise
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Guide: English speaking tour guide
Accommodation: Private luxury cabin on the cruise