Homestay - New way to enjoy Mekong Delta Vietnam
The "rice bowl" of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is a landscape carpeted in a dizzying variety of greens and slashed with mighty waterways. It's a water world where boats, houses, restaurants and even markets float upon the innumerable rivers, canals and streams that flow through the region like arteries. At times you can quite simply lose sight of land.
The area is both riparian and deeply rural, but it's also one of Vietnam's most densely populated regions, with nearly every hectare intensively farmed. Visitors can dwell on southern charm in little-visited riverside cities, sample fruits traded in the colourful floating markets, or feast on home-cooked delicacies before overnighting as a homestay guest. Mangrove forests, sacred Khmer pagodas and off-the-beaten-track attractions round out the picture. (Quoted from Lonely Planet).
Travel to Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City, recently it is popular for tourists to enjoy homestay tour instead of choosing group tour. Mekong Delta homestay tour will start in Ho Chi Minh City by bus. Stop at My Tho on the way to Can Tho Province, you will get on a boat trip up Mekong River with islet stop at Thoi Son to taste seasonal fruits and enjoy traditional folk songs.
Arrival at Can Tho, you will have an opportunity to visit and stay with local farmer and joining their daily life. You can learn to cook simple local dishes with fresh ingredients collected in the garden or a small market nearby for their own dinner under the landlord’s instructions. After dinner, the landlord may need your help to make sticky rice cakes for breakfast and enjoy the traditional folk songs while enjoy some cups of rice wine.
After a night in a local house, you will visit Can Tho floating market - the biggest and busiest wholesale floating market of Vietnam where not only local people but people from all over Mekong delta come to exchange their farming products. Finishing the market, you can visit handmade noodle workshop or shipyard to deeply understand the Mekong delta life./.