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The Mekong Delta covers an area of approximately 15,000 square miles (40,000 square kilometers) to the west of Ho Chi Minh City. The Mekong Delta is where the mighty Mekong river completes its 2,700 mile (4,300 km) journey from the Tibetan plateau and empties its riches into the South China Sea.

This is an area of lush, tropical and fertile lands. It is often referred to as the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam due its huge production of rice crop. Vegetables, exotic fruits (coconuts, mangoes, rambutan) and fishing also feature prominently here. Life in the delta revolves around the river, and as such this is the only real way to view and understand it. See its many waterways, communities and cottage industries that are so vital to the way of living here including the thriving local floating markets.

The area is rich in lush green vegetation and the pace of life is relaxing, the setting natural and serene. This makes for a great break away from the hustle of the city and an insight into local life.

Practical Info

The Mekong Delta officially starts about 60 miles (100 kilometers) to the west and south of Ho Chi Minh City. The floating markets on the delta are really in full-flow early morning. A long day on the river can be hot and unshaded, even with refreshment stops - so take precautions!

Tours & Tickets

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Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 359 Reviews

Travel to the heart of the Mekong Delta on this small group adventure tour from Ho Chi Minh City. You'll board a private longtail boat, experience the ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.00

Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Experience rural life in Vietnam with a boat ride on the Mekong Delta! This day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be takes you to tranquil fruit orchards, a ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

Private Tour: Mekong River Cruise Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Explore the Mekong River - the rice bowl of Vietnam - by boat on this full-day tour from Ho Chi Minh to the Mekong Delta. Travel by Boat along these canals ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00

Mekong Delta Cruise Including Village Tour and Tuk Tuk Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Coast around the Mekong Delta for a day – on a converted rice barge, a local boat and a motor cart – and catch a glimpse of traditional Vietnamese life along ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $173.33

2-Day Mekong Delta Farmstay from Ho Chi Minh City

Immerse yourself in the Mekong Delta region on a guided overnight trip that explores daily life along the mighty Mekong River. Travel by boat through the broad ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $240.00

4-Day Southern Vietnam Tour: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour, Mekong Delta Cruise and Cu Chi Tunnels

Navigate the urban streets and rural outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City on this four-day tour with a local guide. See the southern capital’s top attractions on a ...  Read more

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

From USD $520.00

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