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Mekong River Delta
Often referred to as the “rice bowl of Asia” for its emerald-green rice paddy fields, the Mekong River Delta is surrounded by fertile land. On Vietnam’s mighty Mekong, sleepy floating communities live alongside an abundance of tropical fruits, buffalo wallowing in paddy fields, and mangroves rich with birdlife.
 
The Basics
The Mekong River Delta ranks among the most popular day trips or overnight excursions from Ho Chi Minh City. It’s pleasant to forget the commotion of the big city as you float along the serene mud-brown waters, and there is much to learn here about Vietnam’s past and present. Travelers can combine a ride through Saigon’s canals with a sunset Mekong River cruise, or take a private tour of the unspoiled countryside in southern Vietnam.
 
If you have more time to spare, set out on a multi-day tour of the Mekong River Delta’s rural settlements, to get a taste of local life. Many longer tours also cruise through Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • A tour of the Mekong River Delta is a must for adventure travelers and those interested in the local culture of Vietnam.
  • Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water, as much of the Mekong Delta is unshaded.
  • Day trips to the Mekong Delta typically last upward of eight hours, while multi-day tours are usually two to three days.
  • How to Get There
  • The easiest and most convenient way to experience the Mekong Delta is on a guided tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Those who’d prefer to visit independently can take a bus from Ben Thanh bus station to My Tho or Can Tho, two of the larger villages in the Mekong region.
 
When to Get There
To get the most of your visit to the Mekong River Delta, plan for an early departure from Ho Chi Minh City so you’ll arrive when the floating markets are still in full swing. Multi-day tours allow you to experience the atmosphere in the early morning and evening hours, when the light is most beautiful.
 
Floating Markets of the Mekong Delta
The iconic floating markets are a star attraction in the Mekong Delta, and for good reason. Cai Rang, the largest floating market, specializes in exotic fruits and food vendors selling fish noodle soup. Cai Be Floating Market is the closest to Ho Chi Minh City—an accessible option for independent travelers. Farther afield is Tra On, a market that starts very early in the morning to sell seasonal agricultural goods, including fruit brought straight from nearby orchards.
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Day Cruises

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Sunset Cruise with unlimited beer & soft drinks -English speaking guide on board

This tour is one hour and thirty minutes and will give you a great opportunity to explore the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Four Faces rivers, Diamond Island, Fishing village, stilted houses, lifestyle of the people who live along the riverbank and the city sunset.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Sunset Cruise - One and a half hours with unlimited beer, soft drinks and fruits

In this trip you will cruise the river with our English speaking guide to see the view of the Royal Palace, Diamond Island, Four Faces river, Mekong river, stilted houses, fishing villages and finally the sun setting over the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Day Cruises

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2hours - Private Sunset Cruise with a bottle of wine, unlimited beer and fruits

Get a private tour on the boat for two hours on Tonle Sap and Mekong river. In this trip you will cruise the river with our English speaking guide to see the view of the Royal Palace, Diamond Island, Four Faces river, Mekong river, stilted houses, fishing villages and finally the sun setting over the city.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Cultural Tours

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Silk Island Haft Day Tours from 2 to 8 Travelers

The hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh can be overwhelming at the best of times. Take a break and head north to the rural Silk Island on this quiet half-day walking tour. Discover the rhythms of Cambodian life away from the city: try your hand at farming at a local farm, visit traditional silk weavers and learn about their work, and walk around the island’s tiny villages and sunbaked countryside at your own pace, with a private guide by your side to help you explore.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours

Sunset Cruises

Sunset Cruise with Optional Buffet Dinner from Phnom Penh

See the capital at its most magical as you glide past the glittering Phnom Penh skyline on this 2-hour sunset dinner cruise, including hotel pick-up. Cruise past the Royal Palace, along the Mekong River and through the floating villages of Tonle Sap, then tuck into a delicious BBQ dinner on-board. Finally, sip a complimentary cocktail as you watch the sunset over Phnom Penh and Silk Island.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Lunch Cruises

Silk Island Half-Day Lunch Cruise and Tour from Phnom Penh

Escape the city for a scenic 4-hour cruise to the Silk Island from Phnom Penh, including hotel pick-up. Sail past the floating villages and fishing farms of the Mekong River, as you sip cocktails and tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch (included) on-board. After docking on the island, get a taste of local life as you visit the temples, silk plantations and villages, then learn about the island’s silk production as you tour a silk farm.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Day Cruises

Phnom Penh Sunset Cruise Including BBQ and Drinks

Experience the Cambodian capital at its most atmospheric on this 2.5-hour sunset cruise from Phnom Penh, including hotel pick-up. Sail out of the city for a scenic cruise along the Tonle Sap lake and Mekong Rivers, and watch the sunset over landmarks like the Royal Palace and the floating villages of the Mekong. Finally, tuck into a delicious BBQ dinner on-board and enjoy unlimited drinks as you glide past the illuminated city skyline.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Islands of the Mekong Bike Tour from Phnom Penh

Pedal your way around the islands of the Mekong on this 5-hour morning tour from Phnom Penh. Enjoy a glimpse of everyday life in rural Cambodia as you glide around the countryside, then hop on a ferry across the Mekong River and explore the Silk Islands. Along the way, jump off to admire beautiful pagodas, watch farmers at work in the fields and enjoy a traditional silk weaving demonstration, then re-fuel with a delicious lunch.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Phnom Penh City Tour with Mekong River Boat Trip

Immerse yourself in Phnom Penh on this all-day private tour. Visit the Cambodian city’s top attractions such as the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Cambodia's National Museum, and Wat Phnom. Plus, take a boat ride down the Mekong River to a working silk farm known as the Heng Naysim Traditional Cambodian Weaving House where you will see how silk is made, as well as have the chance to purchase products.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Night Cruises

Mekong and Tonle Sap River Sunset Cocktail Cruise with Dinner Option

See Cambodia’s Royal Palace from the water during a 1.5- to 2.5-hour sunset cruise from Phnom Penh. As you motor along the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers, enjoy the evening breeze while you sip delicious cocktails accompanied by appetizers (if option selected). Upgrade to include a sumptuous barbecue dinner made from fresh ingredients paired with French wines.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Cultural Tours

Private Tour: Phnom Penh Highlights

Skip the tour buses, rowdy groups of strangers and guides reading off a script. On this private tour, get to know Phnom Penh with your own dedicated guide by your side to answer your questions and give you personalized recommendations. Learn about Cambodia’s recent past and pay your respects at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Visit grand local landmarks like Wat Phnom and the Royal Palace. End the day with an easy-going sunset cruise down the Mekong River.Stop for some souvenir-shopping at the city’s mammoth Russian MarketComplimentary lunch: sample some delicious Khmer dishes at a local restaurantPrivate transport provided, with round-trip transfers from your inner-city hotelThis tour is designed to be accessible for wheelchair users
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Sunset Cruises

Phnom Penh Sunset Cruise Including BBQ and Drinks

Experience the magic of a Cambodian sunset on this 2.5-hour dinner cruise around Tonle Sap Lake, including hotel pick-up from Phnom Penh. Cruise past the Royal Palace, along the Mekong River and through the floating villages of Tonle Sap, then tuck into a delicious BBQ dinner on-board. Finally sip complimentary cocktails as you watch the sunset over Phnom Penh and Silk Island.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Cultural Tours

5 Days Leisure Phnom Penh & Siem Reap

Explore Siem Reap and its ancient temples on this 2-day tour. The itinerary includes stops at Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm, and Angkor Wat Temple, the largest religious monument in the world. Plus, visit the Tonle Sap Lake floating village and one of the killing field memorials. There will also be time allotted to shop.
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Cambodia Expeditions - Complete Cambodia Motorcycle Adventure

This adventure is for those who want to balance time in the saddle, with time taking in the culture of this magical kingdom. There is plenty of time to fill as you please, as well as some organized riding and culture stops. This expedition takes in the whole of Cambodia, along roads that vary from graded red dirt to tarmac, avoiding (where possible) difficult or technical off-road riding and steering clear of the main highways wherever possible. -Key Information *Terrain: graded red dirt to tarmac *Bike: rental bike (XR 250 Electric Start included – surcharged bike upgrades available after booking)  *Mileage: 2,040 kilometers / 1,268 miles *Daily rides: 120 - 280 kilometers / 75 - 174 miles *Meals: breakfasts, lunches, dinners
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days

Multi-day Tours

4 Days Amazing Siem Reap & Phnom Penh

A four-day touring program of Cambodia’s 2 highlighted cities Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. This program is suggested for guests spending 3 nights or more in Cambodia. See the highlights including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Royal Palace and more…
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

Cultural Tours

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Phnom Penh city tour full day (Private tour)

This classic city tour was designed for First-time Traveler to Phnom Penh city, the tour will take you to visit the Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda which is a must-visit when you in Phnom Penh, following by National Museum (exhibits world’s important collection of ancient Khmer archeological, religious, and artistic from the 4th to the 13th centuries), Independence Monument, Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk, Wat Phnom Hill, Tuol Sleng Museum (The museum of Genocidal Crimes, it was used by the Khmer Rouge as a detention and torture center in the late 1970), take a sunset cruise along the Mekong River (depends on the weather), is the best way to see the whole view of this rising star city of Southeast-Asia and it was called “Paris in the east” during 1960-1970th.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Multi-day Tours

3 Days The Cambodia Capital

The package is suggested for the people who plan to stay in Phnom Penh for 2 nights.Highlight:Central MarketWat LankaIndependence MonumentAeon MallTuol Sleng Genocide MuseumChoeung EkRussian MarketWat PhnomRoyal Palace & Silver PagodaMekong River Boat
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

Multi-day Tours

4 Days Cambodia Holiday (Phnom Penh & Siem Reap)

A four-day touring program of Cambodia’s 2 highlighted cities Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. This program is suggested for guests spending 3 nights or more in Cambodia. See the highlights including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Royal Palace, Genocide Museum and more…
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

Cultural Tours

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Phnom Penh-Cambodia Private Photography Tours Full Day from 8am until 5.30pm

This exclusive one day private phototour (couples are welcome) can be one of your best experiences in Cambodia.We have fine tuned this tour and by now have 5 years of experience to show you the good, the bad and amazing in Phnom Penh with your camera.Michael Klinkhamer is your private photography host and guide. Michael has over 25 years of experience in professional photography and over 6 years living as a local in Cambodia.This is a reality photographic experience and will give you some very good opportunities to direct your lens to parts of Phnom Penh you would normally not find by yourself.We spend the day productive and there is no need to wait for others or to hurry.You have a front seat with a long lost friend that knows a lot about photography and what's happening in Phnom Penh."You can't go wrong Here."
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Cultural Tours

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8 Days Cambodia 3 Cities

A eight-day touring program of Cambodia's 3 highlighted cities Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap. This program is suggested for guests spending 7 or more night in Cambodia. Highlighted by Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Royal Palace, Genocide Museum, Bamboo train and more...
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days

Cultural Tours

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Full Day Private Tour of Phnom Penh

PHNOM PENH‘Cambodia’s busy capital, sits where the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers meet. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists. On its walkable riverfront, lined with parks, trendy restaurants and bars, are the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, displaying artifacts from around the Cambodia. Despite its checkered past PP is in the midst of rapid change and growth, although it continues to exude a sort of provincial charm and tranquility with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. Definitely eclectic and alluring it’s a Capital worth seeing’
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Multi-day Tours

6 Days Journey Siem Reap & Phnom Penh

A six-day touring program of Cambodia’s 2 highlighted cities Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. This program is suggested for guests spending 5 or more night in Cambodia. See the highlights including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Floating Village, Royal Palace, Genocide Museum and more…
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  • 6 days
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  • 6 days

Multi-day Tours

5 Days Vacation Siem Reap & Phnom Penh

A five-day touring program of Cambodia’s 2 highlighted cities Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. This program is suggested for guests spending 4 or more night in Cambodia. See the highlights including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Royal Palace, Genocide Museum and more…
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days


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