Charms of Nhon Thanh Village (day tour)

Cost: $89 / person, as a part of a group, minimum group size is 2 people

Inclusion: Guide, manual motorbike including driver, entrance fees, lunch, cold water throughout and smiles on your face and locals. Insurance for riding pillion.

Duration: 10 hours. Tour starts daily at 7.30 am

Exploring the Mekong delta on two wheels, you get a unique perspective on this scenic area as well as being a witness to daily life here as it has been going on for centuries.

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Exploring the Mekong delta on two wheels, you get a unique perspective on this scenic area as well as being a witness to daily life here as it has been going on for centuries. The lush delta is really a gift from the Creator for the almost 20 million inhabitants living and working on the lower section of one of the longest rivers on earth, providing rice, fruit and aquatic products for worldwide market. This fertile area is where the mighty Mekong River approaches the sea and splits into nine very big branches and then into a network of hundreds of tributaries. We call it "Cuu Long" or "Nine dragon's river delta".

Riding pillion with our drivers to escape from Saigon to the off road, we delve deep into the Ben Tre province of southern Vietnam and explore the Mekong Delta. Driving back roads mostly through villages away from the tourist track and discover the real life of people living along this magic river. We take quiet laneways and dirt paths weaving in and out of villages and fields waving to kids whizzing by on their way to school, saying "Xin Chao" (hello) to women pedalling gracefully in their traditional "ao dai" dresses, and hopping onto small ferries to cross the tributaries alongside elderly vendors carrying groceries on their bikes.

Later we board our private boat and cruise past some interesting places such as old style brick kiln before stopping at a coconut processing workshop where you learn step by step how the locals waste nothing from the coconut tree in making a variety of products, handicrafts and candy. Transferring to bicycle we cycle along trails under the green canopy of coconut plantation before stopping for a pleasant lunch of local specialities, including delicious "Elephant Ear fish". After lunch we will row a sampan along the tree lined canals to get a closer look at life before taking our private boat back to the pier. We will ride back to Saigon with lots of photos and fond memories.

This tour requires an adventurous spirit and a strong backside. Sturdy outdoor clothing and footwear is recommended.

For lunch, other food choices are also catered, including vegetarian.

Tips for guide/driver are appreciated.

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