THE ART OF BONSAI – MEKONG DELTA ARTISANRY
This day tour will take you to a different Mekong Delta away from the madding crowds. Take a leisurely bicycle ride through quaint villages, over countless canals and by emerald green rice fields visiting workshops that still practice in traditional crafts. You will also have a chance to learn about bonsai art with an artisan. Cruise along a tributary of the Mekong by boat and have lunch in a remarkably well preserved 100-year old family home
Depart your hotel at 0830 for the 02-hour drive into the Mekong Delta. On arrival board a boat for a 30-minutre cruise up a small river to your starting point for your bicycle tour. This leisurely 7km cycling trip takes you along shady back roads over tiny canals, past fruit gardens and sleepy villages (if you don’t want to cycle, take a ride on a version of a xe loi which is a trailer towed from the back of a bicycle and only used in the Mekong Delta). En-route stop at some traditional workshops which make turmeric spring roll paper and roof thatching made from the water palm tree.
Mid morning arrive at a family run orchard where diverse tropical fruits are grown. The owner, a former war veteran, will share with you stories from his life as well as taking you into his garden to sample some fresh tropical fruits.
Continue cycling to a private bonsai garden where you will engage in a casual talk with the artisan in bonsai, Mr. Tu Nhan. Learn about the preparation and fertilization of the land, along with techniques on how to identify an outstanding bonsai. Take the opportunity to show your skillful hand by creating different shapes on some bonsai trees.
The trip ends up at a stunning 100-year old house which is architecturally a mixture between traditional Vietnamese and European designs. Here a Vietnamese lunch will be served consisting of dishes only found in the Mekong Delta. After your meal, bid farewell to the family before returning to Saigon where you will arrive in the late afternoon. (L)
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