This tour was exactly what we were looking for as we didnt have the time to go to the bigger market further from HCMC. You get to see the Cai Be floating market, but also get to go kayaking, learn a lot about how they make coconut candy and rice and snake wine, etc. Our tour guide was absolutely lovely, so so helpful and nice, would definitely recommend
We were picked up punctually at the hotel for a 3-hour drive to Cai Be. The guide Dong explained that we would stop for a break after about an hour and a half out of the city. On the way, he pointed out local features and some history of Vietnam and HCMC, which was interesting. The rest stop consists of a food court and a little supermarket with clean toilet facilities. We had a very cold refreshing coconut drink and time to stretch our legs. Next stop is a pier in Cai Be to embark on a boat which is our transport for the rest of the day cruising along the Mekong River. The river market is not the same as those you see in Bangkok. There are a few boats anchored individually along the river or by the side of the river selling fruits or as a mini-supermarket. As our group is small, only two of us, we were allowed to step into the fruit market boat and sat amongst coconuts, durians, jackfruits, milk fruits, bananas etc. Interesting experience. Next, we cruised to an island where we were treated to honey tea, watch the making of rice bubble with different flavours, coconut candy, rice paper etc. Not exactly interesting but you can appreciate the hard work put into these little treat treats that we take for granted. We then cruised to another island for a bicycle ride around a fruit and flower farm before lunch. The day was very warm and we opted to skip the bicycle ride and had a rest instead before lunch. The lunch consists of grilled fish and prawns, a chicken stew and rice. Although it is supposed to be a fruit farm, we were not served any fruits. They were able to cater for food preferences with advance notice. Beer is available at additional cost and it is reasonable. There is ample time for a snooze after lunch. Deck chairs and the ubiquitous hammocks are available for use. As we did not wish to snooze, we opted to return earlier to Cai Be and transport back to HCMC. This was a good decision as we arrived at HCMC at about 4.30 pm, avoiding the evening traffic jams that is typical after 5 pm. Thanks to Dong and a good driver, we had a great day out in nature and fresh air.
Very enjoyable, jam packed tour.
Includes a relaxing cruise down Mekong delta, visits to local craft workshops, local musicians performance, cycle around the village and kayaking(optional) and large Vietnamese meal.
Our guide Yen gave us lots of information , a good fun tour with many photo ops.
Very well organised tour, even though we realised we were not meant to do group tour.
The highlight of the day for us was at the end, going slowly through the canals on small local boats, wow!
Even if there is a touristic pushing if you only have one day we definitly recommand this tour, the Mekong is a must see!