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 both have motorcycle or private car options.
The same-day motorcycle option is a long and strenuous journey of close to 100-km each way. Not for the faint of heart, but if you can manage the butt pain, it's an adventure to remember.
(DAY 1) 7 AM FOR MOTORCYCLE / 7:30 AM FOR PRIVATE CAR
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 - 5:30PM (BY CAR ) / 4:00 - 7:00PM (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 4:00 - 5:00 PM.