Here’s our itinerary for Vietnam: from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho (Mekong Delta) to Can Tho (Day 1).
At 8.00 am, our guide met us at our hotel, Mi Linh hotel, then we departed Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho by van. The van has a wide leg room and the seats can be reclined. I had a good nap while travelling to My Tho. During the tour, our luggages were inside the van. We just brought with us our valuable belongings – cash and gadgets.
Along National Highway, we passed by a lot of green rice fields. Carabaos can be see on the field and based from my observation, I can say that carabaos here in the Philippines are “fatter” than theirs.
Approximately 2 hours after, we parked at Mekong Rest Stop to have a short restroom break and a snack/breakfast. The picture below on the right side is their restroom. They called their restroom – “WC”.
We continued our journey and reached My Tho Tourist Boat Station an hour before noon. We transfer to a small village via boat.
For an hour, we biked around the village. Be sure to put sunblock or sunscreen if you are going to do this activity too. Nothing much to see while exploring the village. The path is in circular form. We ended our biking trip at the same place where we began. For those who doesn’t know how to bike, there’s a bicycle that can carry two persons. The person who doesn’t know how to bike can sit at the back of the driver. This village is not a good place to learn how to bike because there’s a lot of motorbikes passing by too.
Our next destination is the Tortoise Island, where we had our lunch at Mien Tay Riverside Restaurant. On our way to the island, we saw some floating houses along the river.
In the island, we saw a family business which epitomized the idyllic rural lifestyle in the island. We witnessed how coconut candies were made that comes in different flavors. They have different machines being used to extract coconut milk.
The different flavors of coconut candy are – Cacao, Ginger, Coffee, Peanuts, Original.
Souvenirs were also being sold there.
They also sell Cobra Snake and Scorpion Rice Wine. According to them, cobra snake is used to make the wine but the poison is cancelled out by the alcoholic content of the drink.
Beautiful Vietnam scenery paintings can be seen in a small hut. I really like the paintings because it depicts the lifestyle of Vietnamese people.
After lunch, we rode a horse cart to a small village where we enjoyed seasonal fruits & honey tea. The honey tea is a mixture of honey, calamansi and tea.
We then cruised a small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut.
At the end of the small canal, we transferred back to our boat and went back to the boat station dock to see our van.
Our last destination for today’s tour is the Vinh Trang Pagoda.