Click here if you would like to read an overview of my 3 months experience in Vietnam.
I had my fair share of fun at Mekong Delta. In my opinion, there isn't much to do, but is a good place to step away from the touristy area into a more local scene.
I took a bus from Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho for $6. It takes about 3 hours.
I stayed at Nguyen Shack, a lovely place away from the town that has excellent service. $12 per night. I spent most of my time chilling at the hostel. I had a private room with balcony because it was low season so they upgraded me from the dorm. Woo Hoo! It felt so good to finally have my own private space. The food there is awesome too but it's quite expensive. I made lots of friends there at Nguyen Shack and we went to check out an English class organised by the Nguyen Shack's tour guide. It was a fun-filled night mingling with the locals.
I went on a boat tour the next morning to see the mekong river. It cost me $18. Honestly, i dont find it impressive at all. But you should still visit it if you are in Can Tho, because there aren't much else to do. haha. Some of my friends went on a bicycle tour, i didn't because i wanted to save money, as usual. But i think they had a great time cycling around. You can also rent a bicycle for free to go around on your own, but i was too lazy and the hostel is too comfortable for me to leave. haha
Ben Tre wasn't in my plan at all. I wanted to head back to Saigon after Can Tho but i met a group of awesome people who were going to Ben Tre and i decided to join them.
We took a bus from Can Tho to Ben Tre for $4, it took us about 2 hours.
We walked around for quite some time looking for hostel and we found a very decent and cheap place called Khach San Phuong Hoang which cost only $3 per night. Cheapest hostel i've ever stayed in Vietnam! Unfortunately, the owner couldn't speak english at all. It was sign language all the way.
There was basically no other tourist in Ben Tre except us when we were there. It's so funny in a way. We spent the first day walking around the little town and we went for another boat tour on the second day. I'm not a fan of boat tour but i felt the one we took at Ben Tre is pretty nice. We saw fire flies, a beautiful pink sky sunset, and also visited the well-know Ben Tre coconut candy factory. We had a hard time bargaining the price for the tour and we managed to get it at $14 per person.
The best thing that happen at Mekong Delta is the wonderful friends that i've made there. We are still in contact today and i really hope to see them again soon. ^^