Day 1: SaiGon – CaiBe – CanTho (Lunch)
We depart at 8:00am and head south to the river town of Cai Be, a rural district of Tien Giang province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Arriving at around 10:00am, we board our motorized boat to journey through Cai Be floating market, one of the wholesale floating markets in the region.
We also enjoy sampan ride and pedal down narrow natural waterways. Stopping at a local home to try seasonal fruits (such as longan, pineapple, watermelon, rambutan, papaya, jackfruit etc…). We get on board again for a next cruise to Vinh Long city. Then we transfer by car to Can Tho, passing Can Tho bridge, a cable-stayed bridge over the Bassac river. Before checking in the hotel. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 2: CanTho – ChauDoc. (Breakfast)
An early start for a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, the largest wholesale market in the Mekong Delta. It starts at 5:00am and runs until midday. Of course now this market is not crowded and busy as it was before, but still interesting experience for people who do not live in Mekong delta areas. Then we have a long distance cruise to Phong Dien, however we stop for walking on a quiet country road to take in the magnificent scenery and get close to the locals as they go about their daily routine.
We continue by car to Long Xuyen with stop to visit incense stick making village. Late afternoon arriving in ChauDoc, the border town along Tonle Bassac river. We keep on further to Tra Su cajeput nature reserve in Tinh Bien district. TraSu cajuput forest is home of 140 species of plants and 70 of birds. This late afternoon boat trip is the best chance to take photos of Tra Su bird sanctuary.
Melaleuca – cajuput flower in afternoon sunshine; it is the dominant tree species in Tra Su forest. Close to the water, mangrove roots cling in clusters, making the spindly trunk with bark classified as cakes, rose into the air as tiny green leaves and clusters of white flowers with a strange odor. Through body of melaleuca, the sun shining down flap bran layer green duckweed creates a picturesque colors of the forest. At sunset time, the birds began to find the nest, a bird-lined horizon angle. In amazement as the sight, it seems we will hear the cries of birds, mammals wild echoes from their wild youth.
More details of TraSu here: https://plus.google.com/+SinhLeSinhbalo/posts/5VLedmNy8Vs
Overnight in ChauDoc.
Day 3: ChauDoc – Phnompenh (Breakfast)
After breakfast, we transfer to boat pier for departure to Phnompenh by speed boat (leave 7:30 am arrive Phnompenh ~ 12:30). End of tour. (Visa on arrival at Cambodia border: 35 USD, 1 photo 3x4cm).