Saturday, 15 March 2014

Vietnam 7-Day Itinerary: Day Three

7 Day Itinerary in Vietnam

Read Day 1 here - Ho Chi Minh City
Read Day 2 here - HCMC
Read Day 3 here - Mekong Delta
Read Day 4 here - Hanoi
Read Day 5 here - Hanoi to Halong
Read Day 6 and 7 here - Halong Bay/Departure

Day 3

On the first day that we arrived at our hotel, we booked a day tour through them with an agency called Delta Adventure Tours to Mekong Delta (VND 220,000). We were picked up at 8am from our hotel and took a short walk to the next street where all the tour buses were. There were many tours leaving at the same time so it was slightly chaotic but we got on the correct bus quickly.

Our tour was to the Ben Tre part which is the north of the Mekong Delta. The bus ride took about 2 hours to get there with a 15 minute stop in between.

Mekong Delta
It was a very sunny day but most of the tour was shaded in the boats and at the various locations so that was fine. We took a few modes of transportation including a bigger motor boat, small motor boats, and row boats to get to various locations. We visited islands with names like Unicorn and Turtle.

Large motorboat
Each stop was at a different point on the banks of the river and we went to:

Honey Farm for tea and snack tasting.


Coconut candy place to see the production of coconut candy where we got to taste one piece.


We walked a short trail inland where we boarded row boats that took us down the stream to the main river. The row boats were obviously there for tourist purposes only and they were packed bumper to bumper. The boat ride is covered in our tour fee but the rowers pressure you to give them a tip which made us feel uncomfortable.


L to R: Sandrine, Me, Brittney
We ate lunch at yet another part of the river that the larger motorbike took us to. The tour fee includes lunch which is a very simple bowl of rice, a little bit of vegetables and a small piece of pork chop. Beverages are not included and you can opt to upgrade your lunch by paying.

Lunch area
After lunch we took the boat again to a garden-farm where we sat to eat local fruits and listened to traditional music. It would've been nice if it wasn't so hot out.



That was the last activity of the day before we headed back to the pier, boarded the bus and rode the bus back to HCMC. We arrived around 6:30pm.

The tour is inexpensive and although some places tried to make you buy things (honey and coconut candy), they are not too aggressive. It was nice to see something outside of the cityscape in HCMC.

End of Day 3!

Read Day 1 here - Ho Chi Minh City
Read Day 2 here - HCMC
Read Day 3 here - Mekong Delta
Read Day 4 here - Hanoi
Read Day 5 here - Hanoi to Halong
Read Day 6 and 7 here - Halong Bay/Departure
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