Fodor's Expert Review Viet Artisans
Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.
On An Binh island in Vinh Long, about an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Cai Be, is this wonderful social enterprise shop. Started by Lily Phan and her aunt Lan To, Viet Artisans work with local woman to make notebooks, postcards, bags, and accessories. The women get job security, a living wage, a safe working environment, and scholarships for their children. You can come here to shop and to try your hand at making your own notebooks and postcards. With advance notice, you can eat at Viet Artisans, tucking in to delicious homemade food like banh xeo, a rice flour crêpe filled with bean sprouts, sprink, pork, and vegetables (a vegetarian version is available).