On our last day in Vietnam we took a drive and visited the Mekong Delta. After about 2 and half hour drive we arrived at Ben Tre province, the heart of the Mekong Delta. It is popularly known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, and is famous for its vast rice fields, numerous waterways and beautiful landscapes. We took a motorised boat around the scenic Ham Luong River (a branch of the Mekong) and stopped off at various local small businesses which gave us a picture of how the local economy works. We went to a brickwork factory, where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand; a coconut processing workshop, where we sampled fresh coconut and saw how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products; and a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a hand loom. The boat then stopped at a quiet village where we took a short walk to experience real Delta village life, before boarding a xe loi (a kind of motorised rickshaw) and travelled into the village where we visited fruit orchards. For lunch we stopped at a riverside restaurant for a delicious and filling meal, and had local specialities such as elephant ear fish and river shrimp. We then took a sampan for a relaxing trip along the narrow creeks, followed by another motorised boat ride back to the Pier and drove back to Saigon.