We'll then take a small boat as you are rowed quietly along the thick mangroves of Vam Xep, a small canal with little village houses dotted along its sides. Get off the boat to enjoy some honeyed tea ...
8:00am – We leave Saigon for My Tho. Upon arrival, board a motorboat and head out on the mighty Mekong to Xuan Dong Islet. In contrast to many of the overly visited Mekong islands, we choose Xuan Dong for its quieter, less crowded, and more authentic slice of Mekong life.
We'll then take a small boat as you are rowed quietly along the thick mangroves of Vam Xep, a small canal with little village houses dotted along its sides. Get off the boat to enjoy some honeyed tea at the 'Coconut Artisan' village and check out the workshops where a range of coconut husk and fiber products are skillfully handcrafted. We next take a small sampan along Vam Chua canal, gliding peacefully along the hidden waterways surrounded by immense variety of tropical plants. The quiet, rural setting is a welcome and restorative retreat from the frenetic buzz of Saigon which seems far, far away. We then stop for a tasty lunch at a local restaurant.
At last we'll reboard the boat to head back to My Tho. Before we return to Saigon, we pause for a visit at the lovely 160-year old Vinh Trang pagoda where a towering white stone Buddha greets us with a smile. The rich architecture of this Buddhist pagoda is a harmonious blend of Asian and European styles, and the pagoda contains a number of finely carved wooden statues of bodhisattvas – Buddhist saints that refrain from entering nirvana in order to save others and instruct them about the nature of the compassionate life.
After strolling through the pagoda grounds and learning a bit about its history and about Buddhist beliefs, we start the drive back to Saigon and return you to your hotel around 5pm.
The PRIVATE TOUR price: in USD per Person
Joining Group tour: from:25 US$/1pax
Included • Boat cruise on Mekong River • Meals as specified in the program • Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver • The services of an experienced English-speaking guide • All entrance fees • VAT and other taxes
Not included • Hotel in Saigon • Beverages, guide gratuities and personal expenses. • Camera fees (if any) • Insurance
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