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Explore the "Coconut Island""A short 2 hour car transfer delivers you to the pristine natural beauty that is Ben Tre Province. Known as “Coconut Island,” many of its people still rely on tradition and centuries old methods of production. Our program focuses on the Giong Trom and Huu Dinh districts, areas untouched by commercial tourism. We showcase the amazing local people, the villages they call home and the peaceful Rivers they use as a part of their daily lives. Depart from Saigon around 7:00 am and head south to Ben Tre province, famous for its coconut production and quiet, peaceful waterways. On arrival, take a Xe loi ride through the local village of Huu Dinh to enjoy the green fields and gardens. Continue with a short walk to Huu Phuoc Bridge, where you will start your boat trip through small canals with beautiful tropical scenery. On board the boat, enjoy a welcome drink and tropical fruits while cruising. The cruise will first stop at a Coconut processing family owned business. Here you will learn what Ben Tre is known for and the hundreds of uses of each single coconut. Your guide will then lead you through a bicycle excursion of around 4 kilometers. Witness the idyllic setting as you ride under the coconut palms, through local villages and past vast rice fields . After your bicycle trip, return to your cruise and cross the river to meet a local farmer, who lives on a large coconut and pomelo garden. Enjoy some of his fresh coconut and have a chat with his family through your guide. Board your day cruise and flow down a branch of the Mekong River. A rowing boat with a local rower will take you through a maze of canals to the local house of Mrs. Huong, who lives with her 3 children and grandson – they live on fishing, shrimp and fruit orchards. Enjoy fresh fruits and tea. We will then take a motorized cart to a local pier and reconnect with your Day Cruiser and enjoy a cruise to a private riverside restaurant. It is time for you to relax and enjoy a 5-course lunch of local specialties. Relax and have a walk around the lush garden setting. Then continue your cycling trip to My Long to visit Mr Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and see how it is made. After the visit, your car will be nearby to take you back to Saigon or your onward trip.
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