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  • Address: Southeast Asia, Vietnam
The Mekong River, the 12th-longest river in the world at 2,700 miles (4,345 kilometers), is the main artery of Southeast Asia. Its flowing waters are the beating pulse for a region that includes the fertile Mekong Delta around Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, the scenic hills of Laos, and the jungle-lined waterways of Thailand and Cambodia.
 
The Basics
River tours in small traditional boats offer visitors a chance to experience the culture and communities that thrive along the Mekong’s waters. Opt for a day tour from Ho Chi Minh City and cruise around the floating markets of the Mekong Delta; discover the islands along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers on a half-day tour from Phnom Penh; or cruise across the border from Thailand to Laos.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Boat tours operating on the river include small wooden motor boats, traditional sampans, and speedboats, while rafting and tubing are also possible in some sections.
  • Most boats provide little shade, so be sure to bring a hat, sun protection, and mosquito repellent.
  • Some boat cruises may be wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.
 
How to Get There
The Mekong River is accessible from several major cities, including Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Vientiane in Laos, Chiang Mai in Thailand, and Phnom Penh in Cambodia. While public transport runs to some of the larger towns along the Mekong, the easiest way to travel is as part of a guided tour.
 
When to Get There
Mekong cruises run all year-round, but the most popular time to visit is between September and March, when the high water levels mean more choice for boat trips, floating markets, and floating villages. The wet season runs from May until August, but it’s still possible to visit during this time and the weather is still warm—just pack a rain poncho as the open-air boats offer no protection from showers.
 
Cruising the Mekong Delta
A Mekong River cruise offers a fascinating glimpse into rural life, gliding past lush rice paddies and fruit orchards, watching fishermen cast handmade nets in search of the day’s catch, and sampling tropical fruits and coconut candies at the floating markets. The river is also home to some of the largest freshwater fish in the world, and lucky travelers may even spot one of the rare Irrawaddy dolphins that live in the Mekong’s waters.

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Private Tour: Golden Triangle, Mekong River and Laos Village Experience from Chiang Rai, Chiang ... 
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Private Tour: Golden Triangle, Mekong River and Laos Village Experience from Chiang Rai

Travel with a private guide from Chiang Rai to the Golden Triangle region, visiting hill tribe villages and historical towns before crossing the border into ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.63
Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Private ... 
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Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

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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 $65.00
Mekong River Half-Day Small-Group Tour, Phnom Penh, Day Cruises
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Mekong River Half-Day Small-Group Tour

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Take a trip into the Cambodian countryside and along the Mekong River on this half-day, small-group tour from Phnom Penh. Travel out of the city by tuk-tuk, ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Private Traditional Fishing Boat Tour in Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cultural Tours
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Private Traditional Fishing Boat Tour in Phnom Penh

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For people who love to fish or just want a once in a life time early morning experience on the majestic Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. Join a local fisherman for ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour, Ho Chi Minh City, Private ... 
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Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour

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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: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Private Tour: Mekong River Cruise Tour from Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Mekong River Cruise Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

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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 $67.00
2-Day Mekong Delta Farmstay from Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Private Sightseeing Tours
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2-Day Mekong Delta Farmstay from Ho Chi Minh City

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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 $195.00
Mekong Delta Cruise Including Village Tour and Tuk Tuk Ride, Ho Chi Minh City, Overnight Tours
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Mekong Delta Cruise Including Village Tour and Tuk Tuk Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 7 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 $178.75

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