For culture-vultures fascinated by the idea of exploring new dynamics of livelihoods, the tectonic wetland of the Mekong Delta is laden with the distinctive cultural heritage of local people, who thrive on agriculture, aquaculture, and ancestral handicrafts.
This morning, set out on a 2-hour drive to Ben Tre Province. Along the way, pay a brief visit to an exquisite Buddhist architectural gem – Vinh Trang Pagoda, inaugurated in 1850 in Tien Giang Province, where you have a chance to contemplate its beautifully manicured gardens and fruit-bearing trees. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong Pier, hop on a traditional boat and plow along the Ben Tre River, while observing the lively daily activities of the locals. Pay a visit to some local workshops, including a brick kiln and a coconut candy factories to gain a more intimate insight into local livelihoods.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and head out on a walk to a village, where the craft of making sleeping mats is handed down from generation to generation. Take a pleasant boat ride down a creek shaded with sprawling palm trees before heading back to Hung Vuong Pier. Drive back to Saigon.
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