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How to Spend 1 Day on the Mekong Delta

How to Spend 1 Day on the Mekong Delta

The tranquil waterways and villages of the Mekong Delta couldn’t be more of a contrast to the metropolitan chaos of nearby Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). With one day on the delta, you can dip into the area’s culture, visit a floating market, and take a sunset cruise. Here’s how to plan your time.

Morning: Meet the Mekong

With only one day in the Mekong Delta, your best bet is a day trip that covers the highlights and lets you skip the hassle of arranging boat and vehicle transfers. Typical itineraries include a visit to a honey farm or fruit plantation and a rowboat ride through the Mekong’s narrow canals, which offers a glimpse of locals going about their daily life, as well as convenient round-trip transfers from your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City. Some tours also feature a visit to Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest of its kind in the area. 

Afternoon: Explore by Land

Most Mekong day trips give you free time to spend the afternoon as you please, so relish the flexibility to customize your own itinerary. Opt to bike around the island of Tan Phong—where edible snails are a speciality—or shop for souvenirs on Con Phung Island, famous for its handicrafts. If you want to learn more about Vietnamese food, take a cooking class and create dishes such as pho and steamed Mekong river fish.  

Evening: Sunset Sailing

Round off your day on the Mekong Delta with a sunset cruise; some include unlimited beer, soft drinks, and fresh fruit from the region. If you’re looking for something a little more lively, head to the city of Can Tho and explore the bustling waterfront of the central Ninh Kieu district. Dine on Vietnamese dishes at a floating restaurant before taking an evening boat ride to see the waterways and floating villages illuminated by night.

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Full-Day Trip to Cai Be Village and Mekong Delta Boat Ride

Full-Day Trip to Cai Be Village and Mekong Delta Boat Ride

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Experience local life on the Mekong River on this leisurely full-day cruise from Ho Chi Minh City. Glide along the scenic waterways in a boat and hop off to cycle around An Binh Island and watch local artisans and craftsmen at work. After a tasty lunch of Vietnamese specialties, board a sampan and paddle through the colorful houseboats of the Cai Be Floating Market. End your day with a cup of honey tea or snake wine at the markets.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$56.00
Price varies by group size
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US$56.00
Price varies by group size
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Classic Mekong Delta Deluxe Group Tour

Classic Mekong Delta Deluxe Group Tour

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Discover the vast network of canals and channels that comprise the Mekong Delta. Travel by minivan from Ho Chi Minh City to the market town of My Tho where you board a traditional sampan. Get a glimpse of the distinct agricultural life of the vibrant southern Delta region while you float past verdant fields. Stop at a village to taste local specialties, hear Vietnamese folk music, and savor a delicious meal.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$38.47
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Best mekong delta bike tour

Best mekong delta bike tour

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Get an inside glimpse into Vietnamese culture on a 2-day tour of the Mekong Delta. Rather than rushing to pack everything into just one day, you'll visit Cai Be floating market, Can Tho, and the produce-rich islands of the delta at a leisurely pace. Plus, you'll spend the night in a homestay to observe local life and customs.
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  • 2 days
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US$358.98
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US$358.98
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Mekong Delta Floating Market Day Trip with Traditional Cooking Class

Mekong Delta Floating Market Day Trip with Traditional Cooking Class

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Swap bustling Ho Chi Minh City for the rural canals of the Mekong Delta on this full-day excursion. Set off in the early morning with a knowledgeable guide who accompanies you to a floating market. You’ll ride a boat through the narrow canals, learn to prepare Vietnamese dishes in a cooking class and bicycle along village paths on Tan Phong Island. Numbers are limited to 12 people to ensure a small-group experience.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$70.52
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Cai Be Floating Market, Sa Dec Town and Mekong Queen Cruise Day Trip from Ho Chi Minh City

Cai Be Floating Market, Sa Dec Town and Mekong Queen Cruise Day Trip from Ho Chi Minh City

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If you’re short on time in Ho Chi Minh City, and are looking to pack in as many sights as possible, opt for a stress-free day trip to Cai Be floating markets, Sa Dec town, and the Mekong River. Let a guide take care of transportation and navigation as you sit back, relax, and discover historical and cultural info integral to understanding Vietnam. Plus, traveling by three different modes of transport—boat, bike, and coach—provide different sightseeing perspectives.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$81.74
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