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Private Ben Tre Day Trip


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 Phong Nam districts, areas untouched by commercial tourism.

Day cruise

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 8am 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. Return to your boat and cruise across the water to a brick making factory, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Enjoy a casual cycling trip that will take you to visit a local rice noodle factory which produces Hu Tieu noodles, one of the most popular dishes in the region. After your visit take a short walk to one of our friends, Mrs. Huong, who lives with her 3 children and grandson – they live on fishing, shrimp and fruit orchards. Enjoy fresh fruits and tea and then board a rowing sampan taking you through a lush narrow canal, displaying the tranquil nature of the region. 

Day cruise

After our team rows you through the quiet canal, 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, the boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre city where your car will be ready to take you back to Saigon.




Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb trip and well worth the drive from Saigon

Now that the highway from Saigon is built, it only takes 2 hours instead of 4.5 to get to the start.

The cruise was very well organised throughout with great attention to detail. Started with a short drive on the back of a xe loi (motorbike with bench seating behind) past local farms to the boat.

Good seating on the boat with flushing loo, and life jackets, etc. and we were offered fruit and a coconut drink as well as cold towels to refresh ourselves.

A short trip up one of the tributaries of the Mekong to an old brick factory and coconut processing factory gave a good insight into how local people make a living.

After another short trip on the boat, we swapped to bicycles to ride past more farms to a rice noodle factory where we saw rice milk dried on bamboo in the sun and then sliced up to make noodles.

Then we visited Mrs. Huong who makes rice paper and, after a demo, got to try making them ourselves.
After a break for tea, we got in a sampan where we were rowed along narrow waterways with water bamboo each side back to the main boat which took us to Mango Home for a nice lunch.

Back on the boat to go back to Ben Tre city to end the cruise.

Overall this was a great half-day and we got to see things we never would have seen without the organised cruise and guide. A must-see if you are in the area


Reviewed 23 April 2017

Tranquility, service and great lunch


The private day trip we had (2 of us) was a real contrast to the buzz of HCMC. Drinks and fruit provided in the morning as soon as we arrived on the boat. The trip provided a real insight into the local community work (ie bricks, coconuts, rice noodles). Our local guide was very informative and very friendly.

And lunch was top quality too!

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