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Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Saigon and hit the back roads and trails along Mekong on a Vespa.

During this immersive and fun excursion guests will gain deep insight into the ecology of the Mekong and everyday life along the river.

Guests will be picked up from their hotel and driven to meeting point for a short orientation on the Vespas. Set out on the journey driving through back roads to a scenic stopping point, and have an introduction to the ecology of the Mekong, learning about the legend of its “9 dragon branches” and its thousands of tributaries. See mud crabs and walking fish, and learn about the symbolism of the eyes painted on many of the boats plying its waters.

Continuing on, coffee lovers will delight in the next stop, where they will meet local coffee shop owners for a primer on Vietnamese coffee and the popularity of the shops as social gathering places in Vietnamese culture.

Visit a vibrant local market for great photo ops of fisherman and fruit vendors

After traversing more trails, board a local ferry to cross the river and drive to a vibrant local market in Can Giuoc for great photo ops of fisherman and fruit vendors selling their wares.

Drive to the Ao Dai temple for an introduction to the main religions practiced in Vietnam – Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Roman Catholicism, and Cao Dai – a new religion started in Southern Vietnam in the 1920’s which is a fusion of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, and Confucianism.

Continue driving along small tracks stopping to learn about the many cottage industries dotting the Mekong. Visit a local café and sample sugar cane juice refreshments, taking a short break before continuing on to a shrimp hatchery to learn about the economic importance of shrimp farming in the delta, and the process of raising shrimp. Meet an incense producer, who will demonstrate the process of making incense with dyed bamboo sticks and milled sandalwood. Stop by a cashew nut roasting facility before boarding a ferry to cross the river.

After crossing, ride towards the Nha Be district and stop to enjoy a lunch of delicious Vietnamese food. After lunch, the tour wraps up and guests are returned to their hotels.

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