Saigon

The Mekong Delta

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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

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.


All-inclusive

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


Important

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.

Please note that there is a 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.


184 reviews

5.0

OneTrip Adventures tours were highly recommended by a friend of mine who had previously travelled with them and they did not disappoint. As a solo female on a short term business trip, what an incredible way to see the countryside. Dave, my guide was a great rider who just glided through the traffic. He was very informative, considerate (bug spray, suntan lotion) and highly organised. The day was full of adventure- bike, boats, ferries, food and great coffee. All while having the privilege to meet local people and gain just a little insight into their lives. Dave, thank you again for a day that I will never forget. As a traveller, if you are remotely considering using the tour company, don’t hesitate to book. I’m just researching my 2nd trip with them now.


The two day motorcycle mekong tour was one for the books. Our guides Dave, San, and Allen (Alan?) were amazing. They were very knowledgeable about every question we asked and over the course of 36 hours became what feels like close friends. Every one of them would be welcome in my house now.During this trip you can expect a long motorbike ride through beautiful countryside, several ferry rides, a lot of (delicious) coffee breaks, more food than you can eat, and a sense of true comradery with your guides. It isn't easy. We were told we did about 450 kilometers in two days. But our guides made all of the difference. We would stop about every hour to have a cup of coffee and lay on the hammocks at the various rest stops throughout the country. My personal favorite was by Xeo Dau bridge. We got stuck there during a rain storm before we decided to just go for it. You will get rained on but they provided waterproof gear for us. I would reccomend a jacket as well. Even though it is hot and humid you will wish you had it, the sun can get pretty intense.The first day you will go to various sites throughout the mekong delta. It is absolutely breathtaking. Coconut trees grow like weeds there. If you opt for the two day trip (like us) you will continue to Can Tho where you will stay the night. The following morning you will visit the floating market and then continue to a smaller more personal floating market on a small boat. Our boat "captain" was the jolliest man I've ever met. Going through the small winding rivers we stopped at a beautiful little spot called Ut Dzach where I had one of the best meals of my three week vacation along with a nice nap in the middle of the jungle before making your way back to Saigon.This trip is not for the faint of heart. Doing two days on a motorcycle is not to be taken lightly. That being said, it was the absolute highlight of our trip. Quite possibly the coolest thing I've done in my entire life. I cannot thank San, David and Allen enough. They were amazing host. I hope that someday I can see them again. We love you guys.You will get rained on. You will be tired. Your bum will hurt. You will not regret a second of this trip.


We did a two day trip through the Mekong Delta and had an incredible time. I'm normally not one to book tours as I feel I can typically do it all on my own. With this tour though there was a million things I would have missed had I not booked through one trip. Our tour guide Will was the man!! He gave us tons of insight into the Mekong and let us ask him every question under the sun, from his experience growing up in Vietnam, to economic and political questions - it was awesome to gain so much insight. One other thing is you definitely will not go hungry on the Mekong tour. We got to try every food under the sun. 11 out of 10 stars would go again!


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