Start with 8:15 pickup at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, then travel to the city’s pier with your private guide for the day. Board a speedboat into the tributaries of the Mekong Delta, and enjoy a light breakfast of pastries or sandwiches, fresh fruit, and Vietnamese coffee along the way.
The first stop is Can Giuoc Market, a bustling collection of vendors at the edge of the river, where you can browse stalls stocked with local products. As you continue down the river, you’ll see the landscape change from thick water palms to mangrove swamps, then arrive in Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve by mid-morning. Hop into a smaller rowboat to explore the Giant Bat Lagoon, stretch your legs on a hike through the forest, then pause for a riverside lunch of local specialties, including elephant ear fish.
Continue to Vam Sat Ecological Center to see a crocodile reserve, a thriving population of monkeys, and colorful birds, with time for a second walk through the mangrove forest if desired. After your time at Vam Sat Ecological Center, begin the return trip to Ho Chi Minh City by boat, then finish the day with drop-off at your hotel.