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Mekong Delta water way tours

Ben Thanh Tourist has launched five new tours to the Mekong Delta to visit the well-known Nam Can mangrove forests, Ca Mau and Cai Rang floating markets, Ba Chua Xu Temple, and the Bang Lang Stork Garden
Mekong Delta water way tours

 

 Mekong Delta water way tours

 

Ben Thanh Tourist has launched five new tours to the Mekong Delta to visit the well-known Nam Can mangrove forests, Ca Mau and Cai Rang floating markets, Ba Chua Xu Temple, and the Bang Lang Stork Garden. The tours will also take visitors to several ecological sites within the region.


If visitors do not have enough time for a long vacation, they can choose a one-day tour to Vinh Long Province. This tour will take tourists to fruit gardens that have many kinds of fruit, such as mangos, lemons and plums and for a row along the river to view the village landscape. At Vinh Sang Farm in An Thuan Hamlet, An Binh Commune, Long Ho District, the tourists will also have the chance to become farmers to learn more about the daily lives of the southern delta peoples. Visitors can use an ao ba ba (a kind of shirt used by South Vietnamese peoples), and a khan ran (bandanna) provided by the Vinh Sang farm to catch fish, and try some of the other daily activities of farmers. Vinh Sang has now also started breeding ostriches, many of which like to stand imperiously with their backs to visitors.


The two-day, one-night tour to the Mekong Delta Province of An Giang takes tourists to Chau Doc Town, Ong Ho Islet and Tuc Duc Hill. Tourists can visit the craft villages with their floating houses and go on to Ong Ho Islet to visit Uncle Ton�s Temple. Then, it is time to venture into the Sam Mountain where Ba Chua Xu Temple was built in1820, and where visitors can try mountain climbing or go sightseeing to marvel at the beauty of the 100 odd pagodas, temples and shrines. This large beautiful temple is unique, and attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims each year to pay their respects and pray for the future. In the mountains, tourists can also explore the ancient Tay An pagoda, and the Thoai Ngoc Hau mausoleum, and some of An Giang�s other famous tourist sites.


The three-day, two-night trip to Ca Mau Cape, Vietnam�s southern most tip is one of the most attractive trips. The Cape is a strip of land which projects out into the sea and is situated in Mui Commune, Ngoc Hien District, some 100 kilometers from Ca Mau City.


Each year, the western side of the Cape advances into the sea about 50 meters so people often compare it to a huge pier going out into sea. Since the only way to visit the Cape is by boat, visitors can also enjoy the experience of watching the coast float by, with its many floating markets, houses and shops as well as the panoramic views of forests on both sides of the riverbanks.

Furthermore, this tour also includes visits to shrimp and fish farms in Nam Can so tourists can learn more about the ever-growing aquaculture industries in the region.


Like other provinces in the Mekong Delta, Ca Mau has its own unique floating market, where the population goes shopping for everyday food and vegetables and other consumer goods. Although Ca Mau�s floating market is less famous than the Cai Rang and Cai Be floating markets elsewhere in the Mekong Delta, it provides visitors to the region with a bird�s eye view of the colorful life and culture of the people from the southern tip of Vietnam.


Ben Thanh Tourist�s two other new tours comprise a four-day three-night visit to Can Tho-Soc Trang-Bac Lieu-Ca Mau, and a six-day five-night visit to explore the major tourist attractions in all 11 Mekong Delta provinces.


For more information about the tours, contact Ben Thanh Tourist on Tel: 08 520 2020.


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