HCMC – COCO RIVERSIDE LODGE – HCMC
DAY 1: SAIGON – VUNG LIEM (_/L/D)
Transfer to Coco Riverside Lodge, Trung Nghia - Vung Liem within 3 hour drive via Bentre and 4 hours through Vinh Long province by your own arrangement. Upon arrival, you will meet a representative and you are led to the lodge along countryside path. After just a short walk you will be treated to a welcome drink. Check in and have lunch at lodge's restaurant
After a chance to rest, you walk around village paths leading us to home of Mr. Cong where you watch how he makes pop rice, shows you the blend of traditional and modern agricultural method that sustains the local village. He will reveal the secret of making 'rice pop'. This unique and nutritious foodstuff will become a gift for locals or children in school. Your guide explains how the animals are raised and shows you the way they collect 'biogas' to make free and sustainable cooking food.
Walk back to Lodge, select bicycles for a cycling tour in the afternoon on quiet village roads passing by a duck farm, green rice paddies, sedge field and small villages. Along the way, you visit one of the many dragon/orange fruit plantations and taste it directly at the garden. This is a relaxing time with plenty of chances to capture the picturesque Asian sun set scenes. Enjoy the beautiful sunset before returning to the lodge on your bicycles.
After shower and refresh, you start to walk to neighbor home and enjoy a "poon" lights while traditional musical performance by war veteran artist. Then, experience of traditional torches made of dried coconut leaves to get back.
You are the chef! A traditional cooking class with Vietnamese pancake made by you. A great learning experience that means you can take a little of Vietnam home with you. Dinner is served at lodge's restaurant
Accommodation at Coco Riverside Lodge
Meals included: Lunch and Dinner
DAY 2: TRUNG NGHIA – DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, loaded boats are already heading to local squatting market and transporting goods such as coconuts from one factory to the other, crossing local ferry to visit beautiful Cao Dai temple. We also had a chance to see these factories. Situated alongside the river, these are small coconut-processing operations. Once the coconut has been shelled, the coconut fibers are removed from the husk to make rope, which in turn is used to weave rugs. You can watch the whole manufacturing process in a short period of time. Most of the work is done by hand at very low cost. The buyers are mostly foreign companies.
Back to the Lodge, if time permitted, take some activities as to harvest some water coconut leaves and weave them up by you. These leaves are a key building material in the Mekong Delta as they are used to build the walls and roof of the houses. The local people will show you not only how they use these leaves but also how to make the 'poon' sticks that illuminated in the previous night.
Check out and transfer to your next destination
Breakfast is included
*** Kindly note that this is a basic program, sightseeings can be changed in order or mixed due to tidal or weather matter
Private air-condition room with complimentary water
Free coffee and tea in the room
Meals mentioned with 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
Biking, engine boat, entrance fee
Water during cycling tour
Local guide on spot
Traditional music and pop-rice services
What not mentioned in the itinerary
Tipping for staffs
Drinks during meals or in the minibar
Itinerary in brief
Welcome - check-in. Have Lunch at a restaurant
Afternoon visit local home making poprice and sunset cycling tour
Night activity, experience to make Vietnamese pancake and dinner
Breakfast, boat trip visiting the market, Cao Dai temple and coconut factory
Cutting water coconut leaves and weave them up, experience Poon stick making