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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.