Saigon

Mekong Delta Adventure

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Team Onetrip

The Experience

Saigon’s concrete jungle can be overwhelming at times. If you’re feeling the need to decompress, why not spend the day in the lush Mekong Delta and catch a glimpse of this fascinating way of life for many locals in southern Vietnam.

Whether you’re driving on the back of the motorcycle through the dragon fruit orchards or coasting along the otherworldly riverside coconut plantations, the Mekong Delta is the perfect place to catch a breath of fresh air and enjoy the picturesque countryside, not to mention all the amazing dishes you’ll get to enjoy… no one ever comes home hungry or empty-handed!


Detailed itinerary

The Mekong Delta can be experienced in a few different ways: Same day (Ben Tre) or overnight (floating markets), and you have three options to do this: by motorcycle, private car, or on a social adventure by a shared minivan.

(DAY 1) 7 AM FOR MOTORCYCLE / 7:30 AM FOR PRIVATE CAR AND SHARED MINI VAN

We will pick you up at your accommodation, then head towards a local Vietnamese shop with a diverse menu of noodles boasting dishes from all over the country for breakfast. Choose your favorite one!

(DAY 1) 11:00 AM

We’ll arrive the Mekong at 11:00 AM. From here, we will board a private boat and explore the different islands along the river.

Your itinerary includes a local brick factory to watch bricks being made in traditional methods, a straw mat weaving house, and a coconut processing plant where you also get to try yummy coco candies! All your stops are connected by the river so today, the river boat is your taxi
You will get to taste all sorts of local flavors for lunch and enjoy fresh coconuts and hammocks - this is what the Mekong Delta is all about. Before your day ends, you will get back on the river, but this time on a small rowboat. Enjoy the peaceful countryside river life as you paddle your sampan through the palm-tree lined canals. Towards the end, our boat will pick us up again and we will cruise back to the boat landing in Ben Tre town.

(DAY 1) 3:30 - 5:00 PM (BY CAR ) / 4:00 - 6:30 PM (BY MOTORCYCLE)

If you chose the same-day option, then we will head back to Saigon. Otherwise, we will take you to your accommodation in Can Tho.

(DAY 2) 5:30 AM

We will explore the waterways with an early morning boat ride to Cai Rang, the biggest floating market. It's a lovely time to take in some fresh air and see how the locals conduct their commerce.

Following Cai Rang, we will head toward a smaller floating market, visit a rice factory, and have Bánh Hỏi for breakfast; it's a fine rice vermicelli dish traditionally served during Vietnamese engagement ceremonies. It's super tasty!

(DAY 2) 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Note: If you’ve chosen the 2-day option you’re adventure ends here and we will start to head back to Saigon via some very scenic roads, stopping for a local lunch. Just keep in mind that the ride home is very flexible and we can stop whenever you want to snap a picture or take a break with a cool drink. We should arrive at your accommodation between 6:00 - 6:30 PM.

If you’re continuing on the 3-day option, you’ll be picked up at An Binh Pier and head towards a beautiful homestay hidden in the Mekong. As you make your way along the river, you will be able to observe the local way of life of the river people on their floating houses.
A bonus: Look out for traditional fish farms!

You’ll arrive at Ut Trinh Homestay by 1 PM, just in time to enjoy a delicious local lunch! After lunch, take some time to chill out on the hammocks or have a well-deserved nap before we hop on the bicycles to explore the surrounding villages.
After a leisurely bicycle ride, we’ll head to the riverfront where you can take a quick dip (bring your swimsuit!) and further immerse yourself into the culture as you attempt to catch fish like a local. Don’t think the adventure stops here - next up you will head off to a cooking class where you’ll learn how to cook a popular local dish called Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese pancake), which you’ll enjoy for dinner.

The final treat of the day is watching a traditional music performance called “đờn ca tài tử", sipping a cup of traditional tea, and enjoying the silence and peacefulness of the Mekong river before heading off to bed.

(DAY 3) 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Enjoy a local breakfast at the homestay before we start making our way back to Ho Chi Minh City. On the way, we’ll pay a visit to Kimmy Chocolate factory, where you’ll learn more about cacao trees and the whole chocolate making process. And of course, the highlight is tasting some of the best chocolate bars ever!

After we’ve had dessert, we’ll stop at a traditional house in Tien Giang to enjoy a tasty home-cooked Vietnamese lunch before the final stretch towards the city. We should reach Ho Chi Minh City at around 4:30 pm.


All-inclusive

A delicious breakfast, drinks to cool off, entrance fee, an authentic Southern lunch, and overnight accommodation (for the 2-day and 3-day tour) are included.


Important notes

The same-day motorcycle option is a long and strenuous journey of close to 100 kilometers each way. Not for the faint of heart, but if you can manage the butt pain, it's an experience to remember.

We also have a minivan group tour option which can have up to 12 guests for a more social experience.

Cancellations:

  • 30% cancellation fee for any cancellation made less than 24 hours prior to the tour date since we have to book many services in advance.
  • Otherwise, there is a 5% transaction fee for bookings that are canceled 24 hours prior to the departure in order to cover for transaction processing costs.

Pick-up & Drop-off Locations:

Free Pick-up and Drop-off at your accommodations in district 1 and 3. Otherwise, there are 2 options below:

  1. Pick-up location: 55/4 Le Thi Hong Gam Street, Nguyen Thai Binh ward, District 1, HCMC.
  2. Additional charge of US$5 for other locations required

271 reviews

5.0

We had the fortune to experience this tour, absolutely fantastic, well organized. We were taken at our hotel with 2 motorbikes, the guys are friendly, expert, speaking a fluent English and the entire tour was super accurate tasteful and enjoyable. The best thing I have done in Saigon : 1000 times thanks guys you made my time here unique !!!


We booked on to the small group bus trip but were the only travellers so ended up in a private car. We got to see local people plying their trade, ate authentic home stay cooking and fruit growing. Highlight was the Sampan. No other boats on our stretch of water. Our guide Jack was lovely and we highly recommend him. Pay a little more than the competition and get away from the hoardes.


We had an awesome day in the Mekong Delta with Trinh! First, she took us for breakfast in a lovely local spot and we were treated to noodle dishes, juices, and coffee. Then we went to watch people making bowls, chop sticks, and cups out of coconut wood. We also went to a brick factory to see how bricks are made in large kilns. It was impressive to see their tools and skills. These are more like artisan workshops than they are like the factories we were accustomed to. We took a boat ride down some winding rivers and walked to a mat weaver’s home where we were treated to fresh fruits and tea. After that, we hopped on a tuk-tuk and rode down narrow streets to someone’s home for lunch surrounded by canals and palm trees. The local specialty is elephant ear fish, but they also prepared a delicious vegetarian meal for some of us. After lunch, we took a scenic row boat ride down the river and back to a larger boat. Trinh grew up in the area so she had lots of stories and info that only a local would know.


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