HOCHIMINH CITY – BINH TIEN FARMSTAY – CU CHI TUNNELS – HOCHIMINH CITY
(2 days/ 1 night)
DAY 1 – HOCHIMINH CITY – BINH TIEN FARMSTAY (CYCLING)
Included meals: Lunch – Dinner
Get picked up from hotel in Saigon and then transfer to the meeting point for meet local guide. Hop on your bike, we’ll begin pedaling for 7 km on quiet back-roads through peaceful villages, seeing sceneries changing from small canals to big river, from the sugar cane field to green paddies, etc. Pause en-route to visit a family-run incense making workshop where you can observe the making process. We continue cycling passing Vam Co Tay River – the largest & most important river system of Long An Province. Take a rest, enjoy some fruits & relax your leg at a local pagoda along the way.
Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a motorboat ride through a canal to a wide lotus field grown by local farmers for living. Chill out, enjoy fresh coconut water picked up on spot by the boat rower. You can even try to collect lotus flower, seeds and roots yourself. The roots you pick up will be used to prepare for a delicious Vietnamese salad.
Return to land, we continue cycling and there you’ll have a chance to challenge yourself up over a high bridge. Pass the bridge, we will stop to visit a local primary school (we encourage to view from outside only to avoid distracting the kids from their lesson in class). Finish cycling, we continue take a transfer straight to Binh Tien Farmstay. You’ll arrive the farm at around 11:30 where the Host
Family greets you with hospitality, lovely smiles and a homemade herbal drink! You are the only guests of honor today.
(Note 1: Cycling option can be replaced with motor-biking option.)
(Note 2: For cycling lovers, 25km cycling route straight to Binh Tien can be arranged)
After getting to know the Host Family, you can take a rest by the pond, watching ducks swinging and surfing over the water lily or go discover the luxuriant garden with many types of tropical fruit trees, vegetable and flowers before lunch. Your hostess will treat you with special dishes made of local fresh ingredients grew at the farm (you can even join the family preparing the food if you like.)
After meal, simply relax or take a nap on one of the hammocks that scattered around the farm or go fishing in peaceful atmosphere. Life couldn’t get much better!
Late this afternoon, we’ll cycle around the village. On the way, we’ll visit some vegetable farms to buy some fresh ingredients for dinner and a fish pole making workshop. We offer swimming in an international standard pool nearby. Return to the farm, we’ll help the hostess prepare for dinner. She will also show you how to cook the local dishes.
Dinner is the best opportunity you’ll have to sit down with local people and talk about their lives over cups of rice wine. Going to bed, relax and enjoy the night!
Overnight in Binh Tien Farmstay
DAY 2: BINH TIEN FARMSTAY – CU CHI TUNNELS – HOCHIMINH CITY
Included meals: Breakfast – Lunch
This morning, wake up early as a real local, you’ll join your hostess with her daily gardening & farming such as feed the duck with water lily, watering the orchids, etc. She will reveal you the family gardening techniques that passed on from generations. Finish the work, we take a rest, enjoy breakfast and a cup of Vietnamese coffee. Afterwards, you can either go fishing, collecting cassava, corn, grapefruit, guava, lotus seed and leaf or try planting/harvesting the rice crops (seasonal activities).
Check out the farmstay and then get picked up and goodbye the farmstay for exploring the underground tunnels in Cu Chi which system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Cong in the combat with French. It was continuing built over 25 years later. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years… getting married, giving birth. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a free fire zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors.
Arrival at your hotel in Saigon, end of our services.
***** HAVE A NICE TRIP *****
|PLACE/ CITY||HOTEL NAME|
|BINH TIEN||BinhTien Farm Stay
Included: Transportation, good and experience guide, 1 night at nice Farmstay, entrance fees, boat trip in Mekong Delta, Bike in Binh Tien, meals as indicated with Vietnamese Set menus, water and tissue
Excluded: hotel accommodation in Hochiminh City, Compulsoty gala dinner at hotel on 24 Dec and 31 Dec.