[Event] – Ben Tre Weekend Trip: Coconut Trip

Welcome you to our 8th travel – Ben Tre, the coconut land in Southern Vietnam. This tour was particularly designed by a Ben Tre local with the aim of offering the most local experiences for participants.

Let’s COCONUT it by:
  • Row boating across small canals in Tiền River (Mekong Delta.)
  • Visit a coconut candy factory and try fresh coconut candies.
  • Visit the remaining constructions of Ông Đạo Dừa – the Coconut Monk.
  • Trying making ‘Bánh Xèo’ by yourself.
  • Experience picking coconuts.

Wait! That’s just a part of the trip, we will also:

  • Sit on horse carriages to observe fruit gardens.
  • Visit the honey bee raising area.
  • Listen to ‘Đờn ca Tài tử – traditional music in Mekong Delta.
  • Catching and grill snakehead fish.
  • Try ‘Chuối đập’ (lit. pounded bananas) – a speciality of Bến Tre
  • Visit Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda, a national historical site, one of the most visited pagodas in Southern Vietnam.
Time: 9th September 2018
Maximum number of participants: 13 people
Schedule:

Fee:

The sooner your payment is, the higher promotion you get 😉

  • 20/08 – 26/08: 850,000VND (36.50USD)
  • 27/08 – 01/09: 950,000VND (40.85USD)

Including:

  • Transportation (16-seated van)*
  • Services: electric carts, horse carriages, and row boating.
  • Entrance tickets.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and snacks
  • Drinks and water
  • Tour guide fee

*Note: We will transport by the van if there are more than 10 participants. Otherwise, taking a public bus is another option. In that case, your two-way bus tickets will be covered instead.

**Excluding: Other fees out of those above-mentioned things.

Cancellation Refund Policy:

If you cancel your registration, you will receive refund based on the time of your cancellation.

  • 20/08 – 26/08: Refund 60% of the total fee.
  • 27/08 – 01/09: Refund 30% of the total fee.
  • 02/09 – 09/09: No refund.
Registration Process:

Step 1. Register by filling in the form below.

https://goo.gl/forms/X7GIUPHDPTtAalUt2

Step 2. Complete your payment via:

***Bank Transfer: The information of bank account will be sent to you via email.

***Direct Payment:

Contact Minh Nguyen

  • Phone: 01666725720
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/minhvuongainguyen

***Your registration will only be counted after completing your payment.

Before registration, please read the following terms carefully.

1/ In each trip, there is a main guide who is in charge of planning, arranging everything, contacting people, and guiding during the trip. The guide cooperates with us via the Local Supporters Program. All of the expenses of the guide will be shared among other participants in the trip. That’s why in your fee includes the fee for the guide. The guide of this trip is Nguyen Thi Yen Nhi.

If you agree with the above-mentioned term and feel interested in the trip, register ASAP! First come first served. Please fill in the the form below.

>>>Let’s take a look at our previous trips:

Thanh An Island (Can Gio) | Giang Dien Waterfall (Dong Nai) | Tay Ninh | Bac Lieu

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[Event] – Bac Lieu Weekend Trip: Meet The Dandy

Welcome you to our 7th travel – Bac Lieu, the hometown of many wealthy landlords of Southern Vietnam. This tour was particularly designed by a Bac Lieu local with the aim of offering the most local experiences for participants.

Situated next to the Southernmost province of Vietnam (Cà Mau) and 288km away from Hồ Chí Minh City, Bạc Liêu is such a charming countryside province of Mekong Delta awaiting to be explored by travellers. In this trip, the local identity can be learnt through paying a visit to

  • The French-styled House of Công Tử Bạc Liêu who was infamous for his lavishness,
  • A 130-year-old Khmer pagoda named Xiêm Cán Pagoda,
  • Nọc Nạn Historical Relic Site where the bloody battle between farmer brothers and the French took place,
  • Cao Văn Lầu Memorial House to honor the famous musician who composed the classic Cải lương song – Dạ Cổ Hoài Lang telling the the story of a wife awaiting her husband’s return from the battlefield,
  • Offshore Wind Farm which is the first one in Asia and has been operated since 2013,

And other destinations such as Hùng Vương Square, Nón Lá Theater, Tắc Sậy Church, Bạc Liêu Museum, etc.

We can have a chance to experience some of Bạc Liêu special dishes such as Bánh xèo (sizzling crepe,) Bún bò cay (spicy beef noodles soup,) Bún nước lèo (broth noodles) and many others which will be found in Bạc Liêu Night Market.

Anything else? Well, they are waiting for your own exploration.

Time: 27-29th July 2018
Schedule:

Fee:

The sooner your payment is, the higher promotion you get 😉

  • 27/06 – 06/07: 1,600,000VND ($70)
  • 07/07 – 20/07: 1,700,000VND ($74)
  • 21/07 – 25/07: 1,900,000VND ($83)

Including:

  • Two-way bus tickets
  • Entrance tickets
  • Rental motorbikes in 2 days
  • Hotel
  • Food & drinks, water
  • Tour guide fee

***Excluding: Other fees out of those above-mentioned things.

Cancellation Refund Policy:

If you cancel your registration, you will receive refund based on the time of your cancellation.

  • 27/06 – 06/07: Refund 90% of the total fee.
  • 07/07 – 13/07: Refund 60% of the total fee.
  • 14/07 – 20/07: Refund 30% of the total fee.
  • 21/07 – 27/07: No refund.
Registration Process:

Step 1. Register by filling in the form below.

https://goo.gl/forms/dPQe3NbyGPnuOIWX2

Step 2. Complete your payment via:

***Bank Transfer: The information of bank account will be sent to you via email.

***Direct Payment:

Contact Minh Nguyen

  • Phone: 01666725720
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/minhvuongainguyen

***Your registration will only be counted after completing your payment.

Before registration, please read the following terms carefully.

1/ In each trip, there is a main guide who is in charge of planning, arranging everything, contacting people, and guiding during the trip. The guide cooperates with us via the Local Supporters Program. All of the expenses of the guide will be shared among other participants in the trip. That’s why in your fee including the fee for the guide. The guide of this trip is Vuu Bich Tram.

If you agree with the above-mentioned term and feel interested in the trip, register ASAP! First come first served. Please fill in the the form below.

>>>Check out our photo galleries of previous trips

Xiem Can Pagoda (Photo source: Andre Luo)
Non La Theater (Photo Source: yesgo.vn)
Hung Vuong Square (Photo source: mytour.vn)
Offshore Wind Farm (Photo source: vietnammoi.vn)
Prince of Bac Lieu House (Photo source: Wikipedia)
Bun nuoc leo
Bun bo cay

 

Don’t Miss These Five Cuisines When Visit Can Tho

Can Tho is one of the most popular destinations in Mekong Delta for any visitor. Roughly 03 hours from Ho Chi Minh City, you will find yourself arrived in a charming peaceful place. These top five must-visit destinations in Can Tho should be on your list. And the top five special food listed below should not be ignored, either.

1/ Bánh xèo (lit. Sizzling Cake)

Bánh xèo is a Vietnamese-style savory crepe named for the sizzling sound made when rice batter is poured into a frying pan. Its batter has the yellow color of turmeric as well as green color of spring onions. A typical Bánh xèo is stuffed with pork, prawns, bean sprouts and garnished fresh herbs. In South-western Vietnam as Cần Thơ, you may find minced duck meat or minced pork with cassava or apical buds of adult coconut plants inside its yellow crispy batter.

Bánh xèo definitely loses its flavor in the absence of fresh herbs and dipping sauce. The herbs served with Banh xeo include lettuce leaves, coriander, mint, Thai basil leaves, piper lolot, etc. As for dipping sauce, it fundamentally contains fish sauce, water, fresh lime juice, garlic clove, long fresh red chilli and sugar. The best dipping sauce is a perfect combination of salty, sweet, and sour.

Photo: Youtube

Recommended addresses:

1/Bánh xèo Mười Xiềm: 13/3 đường 917, P. Trà Nóc, Q. Bình Thủy, TP Cần Thơ.

(13/3 No. 917 Street, Trà Nóc Ward, Bình Thủy District, Cần Thơ City)

2/Bánh xèo 7 Tới: Đường Cái Sơn Hàng Bàng, Q.Cái Răng, TP Cần Thơ.

(Cái Sơn Hàng Bàng Street, Cái Răng District, Cần Thơ City)

3/Bánh xèo Ngọc Ngân: 74  Đại Lộ Lê Lợi, Quận Ninh Kiều, Cần Thơ. (Đối diện Sân Vận Động Cần Thơ)

(74  Lê Lợi Avenue, Ninh Kiều District, Cần Thơ) (Opposite to Cần Thơ Stadium)

2/ Cá lóc nướng trui (Grilled Snakehead fish)

Grilled snakehead fish is processed by Southern farmers after work ends. When the men go fishing, the women go back to the fields to pick vegetables and then go home to make the sauces. The fresh fish will be washed and cooked in the middle of the windy field, then everyone will enjoy the delicious meal together. The grilled snakehead fish undergo preliminary treatment, which means no scaling, no scraping viscous, no eviscerate, not marinating. Snakehead fishes are caught from the rivers, washed, grilled using a long stick, and afterwards be buried in a dry haystack on fire. Then, the farmers plug the stick into the ground or cover it up with burning straws until there are only ashes.

Photo: nhahang2v.com

Recommended addresses:

  • 2/11 Lê Lai , Ninh Kiều District.
  • 78 Võ Văn Kiệt, Ninh Kiều District.
3/ Lẩu mắm (Mắm Hotpot)

One of the most famous dishes is lẩu mắm. Its ingredients include mắm cá linh (a kind of dried and salted fish), side pork, shrimps, squids, and cá hú (a kind of fish). The dish is served with two trays of various fresh herbs and vegetables like luffa, cucurbit, bitter melon, and so on. The combined taste of the hotpot soup, fresh seafood and vegetables, along with fish source makes customers truly feel the simplicity and diversity of Southwestern soul.

Photo: dulichtho.com

Recommended addresses:

1/ Quán Dạ Lý: 89 đường 3/2, Quận Ninh Kiều, Cần Thơ.

(89 Street 3/2, Ninh Kiều District, Cần Thơ)

2/ Lẩu mắm 5 nương: Ngã 3 Lộ Tẻ, Phường Thới Thuận, Quận Thốt Nốt, Cần Thơ.

(Lộ Tẻ Crossroads, Thới Thuận Ward, Thốt Nốt District, Cần Thơ)

3/ Lẩu mắm Cát Tiên 2: số 264 Võ Văn Kiệt, Phường An Thới, Quận Bình Thủy, Cần Thơ.
(264 Võ Văn Kiệt Street, An Thới Ward, Bình Thủy District, Cần Thơ.)

4/ Pizza Hủ tiếu (Vietnamese Rice Noodles Pizza)

Pizza Hủ tiếu is a very special dish of Cần Thơ. It is fried Hủ tiếu (rice noodles) in the shape of a pizza, with different kinds of toppings for the customers to choose. This is a very interesting combination of Western and Eastern cuisines, a definite must-try when you come to Cần Thơ.

Photo: foodyvn.blogspot.com

Address: Quán Sáu Hoài near Rau Răm Bridge, Cái Răng District.

5/ Bánh tét lá cẩm (Sticky rice cake wrapped in magenta plant leaves)

Instead of the green coat as other normal Bánh tét (cylindric sticky rice cake, a Southern vision of Bánh chưng in square,) Bánh tét lá cẩm has a magenta color, which makes it become more attractive to foodaholics. It was created and has been made by the Huỳnh in Bình Thủy District (Cần Thơ.) The cake has an unforgettably special taste of the combination of magenta plant leaves, green beans, pork fat and coconut milk. It is often seen on many special occasions, especially on New Year’s Day, when it is brought to the altar for ancestral offerings, a tradition of Vietnamese culture.

Photo: Wiki Travel

Top Five Must-visit Destinations in Can Tho, Mekong Delta

Sailing down the Cuu Long River, a beautiful and peaceful landscape will appear before the eyes of tourists. 170 kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh city, Cần Thơ is the fifth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong Delta.
It is beautifully carved with floating market, rice paper-making village, and picturesque rural canals.

And when you already set foot in this land, these top five destinations should not be missed out:

1/ Ninh Kiều Pier (Bến Ninh Kiều)

Ninh Kiều Pier is located on the bank of Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong River, and close to the centre of the city. The pier is the city’s main trading centre where hundreds of boats plying the river, bringing products from the rest of the Delta region. In the nearby area and along the river are there Ninh Kiều Pier Park and more excitingly, Ninh Kiều Night Market to fill the hungry bellies of visitors.

Photo: tinnhanh.us
2/ Cái Răng Floating Market (Chợ nổi Cái Răng)

When it comes to Can Tho, people tend to think of cruising on a boat and enjoying many countryside sceneries passing by. Embarking at Ninh Kieu pier, tourists will indulge themselves in the coolness of river breeze in the early morning, and the fullness of fruit-laden trees along both sides of the river. At the end of the cruise, the boat will stop at a very special destination which is unique to the region criss-crossed by channels as Can Tho – Cái Răng Floating Market.

The special point of the market lies on trading activities taking place on narrow boats. A buyer just needs to look at the bamboo poles in front of each boat which hang samples of what it is selling, and then calls the seller if they want to buy it. The boat of the seller will approach the boat of the buyer for trade. Tourists can even enjoy such delicious dishes as bun rieu, hu tieu (a kind of noodles), and che (a kind of sweet dessert).

Photo: saigontourist
3/ Bình Thủy Ancient House (Nhà cổ Bình Thuỷ)

Located about five kilometres from downtown Cần Thơ, Bình Thuỷ Ancient House is designed as a combination of the architecture of Vietnam and France. Besides, outside of the house is there a garden with various flowers and fruits, including a wide range of orchids and a record cactus. The French-style house was built in 1870 by the Dương family on an area of nearly 6,000 square meters.

Address: 26/1A Bùi Hữu Nghĩa Street, Bình Thuỷ Ward, Cần Thơ.

Photo: tintucmientay.com.vn
4/ Munir Ansay Pagoda (Chùa Munir Ansay)

Built in 1948, Munir Ansay Pagoda is the oldest and biggest Khmer pagoda in Can Tho. Its architecture is imbued with Khmer national identity with colorful pyramidal domes. The spacious yard creates a peaceful feeling for a visitor in spite of being in the center of the city. Annually, Munir Ansay pagoda organizes several big festivals such as Chol Chnam Thmay – New Year Holiday (March 13-15th in lunar calendar), Ok-Om-Bok – Bringing water festival (October in lunar calendar), Donta – Ancestor worship (August in lunar calendar), etc.

Address: 36 Hòa Bình Avenue, Cần Thơ City.

Photo: didaudo.vn
5/ Giàn Gừa relic site (Khu di tích Giàn Gừa)

Giàn Gừa is a big trellis of 150-year-old Gừa heritage tree. Now, the tree has trellis over 2.700m² of wide and 12m of height. Rooted from local belief, villagers used to construct a small temple to worship a Goddess called Thượng Động Cố Hỉ to express their respect and gratefulness to her as a protector of the village. Besides, it was the place to hide weapons, documents, to train, gather and transfer liberation army in the past. Many important meetings of The Southwest Area of Can Tho Committee Province were also held there.

Photo: muctim.com.vn