15:30 - We begin with a cycle between thick woodland and placid streams to Gian Gua, a revered tree of 150 years old. Like a banyan tree, the roots and branches of Gian Gua are tangled in one large mesh of nature, hiding a popular shrine where a local charity worker is widely worshipped for her past work.
16:00 - After this, we ride our bicycles to a tropical fruit garden, run by a beaming Can Tho resident by the name of Uncle Hai. Uncle Hai is all-too pleased to show us the literal fruits of his labour and will present us with some of the Mekong’s colourful and sweet products for tasting. He will talk us through the eco-minded processes that have been passed down between generations of this family-run orchard.
17:00 - Wave goodbye to Uncle Hai and board a sampan boat on the adjacent river. This private wooden vessel will take us downstream, cutting beneath the arching nipa palm and coconut trees that line Can Tho’s gorgeous waterways. We end at a local vegetable nursery where we can help to water and pick some of the region’s staple produce. We also have the unique opportunity to bring a vegetable plant or tree sapling from here and plant it either at Can Tho Ecolodge or for the locals in the village of Ba Lang.