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Duration: 1 Day
Tour Starts: Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Ends: Ho Chi Minh City

Brief Description: Visit a floating market, watch local crafts such as rice paper making/candy production, listen to vietnamese musicians perform
traditional music, sample vietnamese food, explore my tho market.
Code: TA/SGN109060

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Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - My Tho - HCM City

  • Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08.00 AM and travel to Cai Be. (Air-Con Bus)
  • On Arrival at Cai Be, you will take a boat trip to discover the beautiful Cai Be floating market
    with local people buying and selling goods from their boats.
    Excellent photo opportunties to be had, as all manner of produce is traded from boats.
  • You will then go to the local village to visit the orchard, rice paper making , coconut candy producing process, etc... and discover the daily activities of the local people .
  • Take a rowing boat along the narrow canal with beautiful scenery to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers.
    Admire the marvelous natural setting of the Mekong region.
  • Return to Xeo May riverside restaurant for lunch and enjoy some traditional Vietnamese Music .
  • At 3.00pm you will leave Cai be and head for My Tho.
  • Visit My Tho market (Excellent photo opportunites of locals selling snakes and local Vietnamese produce).
  • Mekong Rest Stop to visit and a chance to buy some souvenirs.
  • Travel back to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 6:00PM.

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Cai Be market begins from about 5 a.m. as merchandisers purchase their goods there and then sail to other provinces. It is currently one of the biggest wholesale markets in the Mekong Delta region.

The wooden boats sell flowers and agricultural products, domestic goods and food. On the boat decks, you're likely to see familys with their dogs, pigs and chickens as the boat is their mobile home. The boats can stop to bank at land whenever and wherever their drivers like.

The special market forms on the conjunction of the following rivers: Vinh Long, Tien Giang and Ben Tre, and gathers hundreds of boats which carry goods, especially agricultural goods from other provinces, including Vinh Long sweet potatoes and Hau Giang pumpkins. Cai Be Town, where those rivers cross, is renowned for its fruit including the terracotta colored oranges, the sweet Hoa Loc mangoes or Xa Li guavas.

Tourists need not ask what each boat sells, as products are clearly visible, allowing customers to choose the boat they would like to see.

Alongside the floating markets are houses and construction sites built close to the river or even on the banks, as people there mostly earn their living by fishing or selling products on boats. At sunset, sailing along the river to contemplate the old and new buildings casting shadows on the water will give tourists unforgettable memories.

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My Tho is the capital city and municipality of Tien Giang Province, located in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. It has a population of approximately 160,000. Miss World 2011 and 2012 will be held in this city.

My Tho is famous for its noodle soup Hu Tieu My Tho, (more common in South Vietnam is Hu Tieu Nam Vang - literally Hu Tieu Phnom Penh Style). Hu Tieu My Tho is typically a clear pork broth with rice vermicelli and wheat flour noodles (mi) combined. Sliced pork, meaty pork bones, offal such as intestines, liver, and heart and fresh shrimp, and possibly deep fried wonton. The soup is then garnished by the diner to the individual taste with salad leaves, garlic chives, beans sprouts, lime, fresh chili, soy sauce, and vinegar. The noodles can be served dry with the soup on the side, or as a noodle soup.

Also famous in My Tho is Bo Vien or beef balls. There are very busy stalls near the My Tho market that serve only Bo Vien in beef broth or with Hu Tieu noodle. It is eaten with very hot chilli sauce (tuong ot)

As the regional capital My Tho is the main market dealing in all the produce from the region as well as fish and seafood from My Tho's large ocean going fishing fleet. The very large and exuburant market is one of South Vietnam's biggest sources for dried fish and other dried seafood products such as Kho Muc (dried squid). At night the market is dedicated to the dealing and sorting of Mekong River fish, particularly catfish for Ho Chi Minh City's wholesale markets. Produce, especially fruit and vegetables, is delivered by boat directly to the market.

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  • Air-conditioned Transport
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Boat Trips (as mentioned in tour program)
  • Lunch
  • Live Music Performance (Tradional Folk Music)

  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs etc..

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