Discover Mekhong Delta & Cai Be Village - Ho Chi Minh
If the thought of exploring canals, wading through mangroves and exploring the Mekong River’s unique water world at your own pace excites you, then Trip Guru suggests you take a trip to the Mekong Delta—the rice bowl of Vietnam—and the Cai Be Village, for the independent traveller who doesn’t need a tour guide.
A visit to the Mekhong Delta is undoubtedly unforgettable because you can see unique sights such as children going to school on bicycles or hitching a ride on the back of a hardworking water buffalo. There are even scenes of rice farmers busily caring for their plants, vendors eagerly offering their wares for the day. In the Delta, boats are the main form of transportation. Some beautiful sights are My Tho, where you can get a boat and cross the Tien River to Tuoi Son Island and Ben Tre on boat canals. You can also graze on fresh seafood and observe some coconut candy factories. For the best experience, get yourself on the river by 3 or 4pm for perfect photographs, and this is usually when tour groups have already left for Saigon so you can have the place all to yourself.
Cai Be, on the other hand is a village that lies on the Tien River. It’s a busy, bustling attraction where travellers can buy fruit and other useful merchandise on boats, and travellers are encouraged to experience tasting fresh-cut watermelons and other fruits from the vendors. You can even try different food such as popped rice, and taste coconut candies and honey. Cai Be is famous for their orchard gardens, bee farms and they even have traditional music. It’s a perfect place to sample fresh food and to de-stress from life, just by being in this peaceful village.
The Mekhong Delta is near Ho Chi Minh City, and is 4 hours away, if your mode of transportation involves the road. To get to Cai Be, it’s a 2-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City, and is about 50km away from My Tho. Cai Be is on the northern side of My Thuan Bridge, which is the entrance to the Vinh Long Province and the Mekhong Delta, as well. The best times to visit are during the dry season, which is from December to May.
What our experts tell about this experience.
I don’t think that it’s the best market but I do think that it’s one of the best ways to see how the people here live and work. The way of their transportation that is very different from us. I do like the pineapples that were freshly sold though. Tasted really good!
Luckily I wasn’t late. I’m usually late on all my tours because I’m a deep sleeper and getting up for me isn’t so easy. However I was lucky enough to be able to see the floating market on Mekhong Delta. The market starts super super early. The villages here are all floating and there you go, that’s why there’s a floating market. The one’s here are quite different from Cambodia and Thailand though.
Seeing the locals go about their daily lives was truly a magnificent experience. I live in the city, and never have I seen anything as provincial as this. It is always a good refresher to sit back and let the river take you on to your next adventure. The people here are very unforgettable, because wherever I looked they always gave me a warm smile.