Off The Beaten Track Activities:  Homestay in Ben Tre

Only 2 hours from Saigon, you will arrive at the capital of coconut – Ben Tre Province. The pristine and lonely land is becoming more attractive to tourists, thanks to a traditional homestay.

How to get to Ben Tre?

Ben Tre is 85 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City and is connected to the surrounding provinces by the Rạch Mieu Bridge.

Detail Activities

Ben Tre is known as the fruit basket of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. This verdant and laid back area is an ideal place for homestay travel. There are numerous so-called homestays in the Mekong Delta, but only a few that actually offer a stay with the host family. Mr Nghiep’s Homestay is a truly authentic one.

Why Mr Nghiep's homestay?

  • Typical house of a Mekong Delta with luxuriant fruit orchards, verdant rice fields and intricate canal system with nice view to Cai Cam River
  • Tucked away from busy tourist hubs in Cai Be or My Tho
  • Fantastic chance to immerse in cozy atmosphere of a Southern Vietnam peasant family 
  • Varied and tasty local food cooked by the host with produce grown in the family garden
  • Friendly and hospitable host

About Mr Nghiep’s house:

Mr Nghiep’s house is built in the typical architectural style of the region; there is a local feel to every detail. All building materials are sourced from the surrounding area: coconut leaf thatched roof, wooden beams and pillars, and bamboo furniture. The house only has several rooms but meets the demand of hygiene and well-equipped accommodities. It can accommodate total of 18 pax. 

The cottage is set in a large and luxuriant garden with lots of fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. Tourist can enjoy fresh air in the garden and see beautiful Cai Cam River. The river supply not only water but also fish and shrimp to feed the whole family.

Recommended activities:

  • Excursion by sampan on the channels
  • Visit a small workshop of coconut brooms made of coconut tree leaf
  • Walk in tuktuk (motorized tricycle for transporting 6 passengers) or bike amid the green gardens.
  • Meet Mrs. Tam Nhu – an old naive peasant to better understand about the local life    

 Ben Tre- Sai Gon : 110 km/2,5h
Ben Tre- Can Tho : 120 km/3h
Ben Tre-Cai Be : 70 km/1,5h

Off The Beaten Track Activities

  • Homestay in Ben Tre

    Only 2 hours from Saigon, you will arrive at the capital of coconut – Ben Tre Province. The pristine and lonely land is becoming more attractive to tourists, thanks to a traditional homestay.

  • Mekong Delta cooking class

    Develop a special taste for local foods? You will thoroughly enjoy this cooking class in Mekong Delta.

  • Can Tho Homestay

    A tour to Can Tho is not complete without becoming a homestay guest. It is a different experience in the south as compared to hill tribal villages in northwest Vietnam.

  • Mekong Delta boat trip

    "I was treated to the strange and unexpected pleasure of the Mekong Delta, the wealth of waterways and rice fields that make up this unforgettable place. The floating market, the local people, the picturesque of their houses two sides were amongst the liveliest of memories.

  • Cai Rang floating market

    None are bigger, or more famous than Can Tho’s Cai Rang Floating Market. Sellers hang a sample of what they have from the top of a long pole so that buyers can see from a distance what they are selling. Here’s what to expect on a market tour.

  • Phung Hiep floating market

    A different point of Phung Hiep market is a snake market where clients could buy high-class snake wine. Moreover, the market also sells, gecko, varan, turtle...

  • Phong Dien floating market

    If Cai Rang specializes in fruits then Phong Dien is the clue market for farm products. Most travelers get here by road. “If you're in Can Tho, do it”

  • Long Xuyen floating market

    Although Long Xuyen floating market is not as famous as others in the southern region, tourists will still feel the generosity of southerners.

  • Ox cart ride in Ben Tre

    Get a glimpse of peasant life in the “rice bowl” region of Vietnam. Take an ox-cart ride around the village and you will feel the warm-hearted welcome of locals.

  • Biking in Mekong Delta

    A great way to blend into the slow rhythm of life in Mekong Delta. Say “hello” to the excited local children and take it all in – fresh air and relaxing countryside life.

  • Fishing in Mekong Delta

    Escape from the city bustle and live a rustic life: catching fish in pond by hand and learn to cook the local signature dish: grilled fish or deep fried fish.

Examples of full packages

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Luggage: Vehicles
Accommodation: Hotel & homestay
When to do: Year round

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Grade: Moderate
Luggage: Vehicles
Accommodation: Hotel & homestay
When to do: March to November

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