The second tour we took in Saigon was Mekong delta 1 day (floating market)
The cost of this tour: 200,000 dong
The duration: 1 full day
It includes: bus ride + guide + lunch + boat ride
Level of awesomeness: average
1) Mekong delta
The bus ride took around 3.5 hours.
Our first stop was a souvenir shop, it had a very nice collection of artifacts, jewelry and clothes.
2) The boat ride
After the shop, we took the bus to the harbour where we took a boat to the “floating market“.
I’m not sure if there was a problem there, or if it was their day off, but we didn’t find any floating market, only few boats with fruits on deck, and they looked more of a transporting boats, and we just sailed right passed them.
3) The village
The boat took us to a village where the locals produce a very nice honey, delicious coconut candy………..
and SNAKE WINE!!
this gotta be one of the most interesting products I’ve ever seen in my life.
This wine is made by submerging a king cobra snake in it, sometimes in addition to a black scorpion.
The venom from this creatures is neutralized by the ethanol in the alcohol, making it safe to drink.
You can request to try it btw 🙂
After seeing those products, we proceeded to have lunch, the lunch consisted of rice+ chicken+ spring rolls (the quality wasn’t so great tho)
There was few cultural shows during the lunch as well.
We ordered sugarcane juice for 10,000 dong, which was actually nice and refreshing.
5) The row boat
After lunch, we were escorted to small row boats, and we were taken in the boats through a canal till we reached the other big boat out in the river.
6) finishing off
The big boat then took us back to the harbour and we took the bus back to saigon.
In conclusion, I guess the tone of excitement is obviously missing from this blog post.
To be as objective as possible, this tour costed 200,000 dong and more importantly a WHOLE DAY ( 7 hours of which was only a bus ride), we’ve seen very few interesting stuff that wouldn’t still make this tour worth it.
We didn’t really get SO in touch with the culture as much as we thought we would.
HOWEVER, this was the 1 day tour, maybe the 2 days/ 3 days tour will be better, but for us, this marked the end of our interest in taking tours.
Ben Thanh market (inside)
We had the tour bus drop us at the market, so we can check it on the inside (the building) before it closes.
To keep it short, our experience there wasn’t very pleasurable, the sellers were quite aggressive and pushy, which messed up our mood.
However, there was one souvenirs shop with great prices and sellers with great attitude, (it’s the first shop you see when you enter the market building from the leftmost door facing the big square in the streets)
If you wanna go to the market building, I recommend you go there with an open mind and lots of patience, it’s all about managing your expectations 🙂
Basel ……. OUT
(All pictures are captured with Samsung Galaxy Note I & Note II phone cameras)