Ben Tre, Tien Loi Island
by Mekong Princess
For early risers, sunrise tea or coffee provides the perfect start to your day.
Today, you witness the hustle and bustle of delta river life as the local traders take their produce to market. After breakfast, we board the classically built sampans to explore the narrow canals and backwaters of this famed region.
Cruising amidst the mangroves and Nipah Palm plantations, we will disembark to visit the handcrafted coconut candy-makers. This is a famous cottage industry and a local delicacy, enjoyed throughout Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Upon ship's arrival in Ben Tre, meet your guide and sampan driver, we head to Tien Loi island. Tien Loi island is untouched by tourist activity. You will be amazed by honest welcome from rustic locals.
Arrive Tien Loi island, just a few steps from pier, you will see a big fish pond fed by a local family for selling, then take a short walk to a local family and learn how to manually weave mat and make chicken coops. Take a seat chatting with host and enjoying tropical fruits with tea.
Another few minute walk to other family making hats & baskets from sedge. You have chance buying their products at whole sale rates. Then, walk to pier for sampan driving through a cannel to the ship.