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Spend a day on the scenic Mekong Delta, where you’ll float along the river in a converted rice barge and a local boat before heading to land to travel by tuk tuk. You’ll catch a glimpse at local life on this famous waterway and gain a deeper understanding of village existence from your expert guide. Make stops at a communal temple, farmer’s home and a rural village as you journey along the Mekong’s canals and creeks. You’ll enjoy a three-course lunch of regional specialties on this day-long cruise from Ho Chi Minh City.


  • Day trip on the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City
  • Explore the canals of the Mekong Delta with an informative local guide
  • Travel by small boat, converted rice barge and local motor cart
  • Relax on a river cruise as you admire the local sights
  • Visit a village, a pagoda and several small businesses along the waterway
  • Watch a cook prepare your sumptuous three-course lunch with Mekong-inspired cuisine
  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned vehicle included

What You Can Expect

Mekong Delta Cruise Including Village Tour and Tuk Tuk Ride

Local Life in Mekong Delta

Your guide will meet you at your Ho Chi Minh City hotel for an 8 a.m. pick up and transport you in air-conditioned comfort to Ben Tre, a two-hours journey through scenic Vietnamese countryside. Upon arrival you’ll head out on a cruise on the Mekong delta, where you’ll navigate the canals and channels of this picturesque waterway with an expert guide. 

You’ll pay a visit to a home factory where handmade bricks are produced using an age-old technique. Then continue on to a coconut processing plant where you’ll get a behind the scenes look at how this vital fruit is treated, separated and husked to create items like 
oil and candy.

Spend some time at a creek-side village where you’ll wander ashore with your guide to learn about local customs, traditions and lifestyle. See mat-weaving on a visit to a local home before hoping on a tuk tuk for a tour of the rice paddies that account for most of the 
landscape of the Mekong. Make a stop at a quiet pagoda where your guide will offer insight into traditional temples and Vietnamese religion and culture. 

After exploring the countryside you’ll step aboard a converted rice barge and follow the waters of the delta as you cruise past coconut palms and tiny villages. Your chef will prepare a three-course lunch, which includes regional specialties, during an on-board 
cooking demonstration.

Savor your lunch on the return trip to Ben Tre, where you’ll meet your private vehicle for a 4:30 p.m. departure to your Ho Chi Minh City hotel.

Customer Reviews

James S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Awesome tour! Everything was top notch and to top it all off the lunch boat ride was so peaceful. Felt like a king - by the way the snake wine they have it pretty cool too

cherrie m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

What a great tour. The different modes of transport , having local herb wine with the workers . Going down the Mekong - just exceptional. Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable and made the group feel important. Don't miss this tour as it is Vietnam !!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Absolutle fantastic! Not one dull monment. Would ceratinly recommend tghis tour. many highlights including the sampling of snake wine. Hymmm!. Seen it for sale with an actual cobra inside the bottle. Would of purchased but i think we would of had a struggle getting it into New Zealand. Even had a go at mat weaving at the viiage we stoped at. Our tour guide was very professional and knowledgable. Rice barge cruise awsum. Great meal served by beautiful Vietnamses girls who weven gave us a cooking lesson. Cant wait to experiment at home. Brick factory and coconut plant amazing and really enjoyable as we do not have that sort of thing in NZ

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

This tour was amazing! Visiting several villages along the Mekong Delta we were able to experience making reed mats, rice paper and coconut candy making. Once we boarded the larger boat it was time for a lesson in vegetable sculpting and making spring rolls. We were then treated with a 5 course meal of Asian delights. Following our meal we were left to relax while cruising along the Delta. We also were given a ride in a Tuk Tuk through the countryside. A bit bumpy but lots of fun. Our tour guide, Minh I think his name was, offered a lot of information which was useful during the tour.

Ali_Hawk Australia

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

I spent a day on the "Mekong Delta Cruise including Village Tour and Tuk Tuk Ride" and it was excellent. Best of all, the tour description actually matched the day, which was appreciated. There were no exaggerations in the activity descriptions and everything was delivered as expected, even the timing! Our guide, Ban, gave lots of background information about Vietnam and the places we were visiting. The Mekong is fascinating and beautiful. The boats we cruised on were safe and our guide always made sure we were within his eyesight. The lunch on "Le Jarai" was wonderful - sometimes the descriptions are a long way from the truth, but not this time. We were served by lovely, gracious staff and enjoyed very high quality, delicious food. I would not hesitate to use the tour company again, they were marvellous.

Erin C

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2013

The tour was good, the tour leader was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The boat cruise was very relaxing and the good was devine. The service from viator in confirming the booking was not so great, but in the end after a nervous wait we were picked up by the bus.

Suzanne K

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2016

Having taken this tour a few years ago, I see they have made a change to the itinerary. Previously the tour went to a working coconut processing plant, where you could sample the coconut apple and see the men at work. Now it goes to a coconut shop, where you get a little demo of the processing and they try to sell you stuff. I didn't pay so much for this tour so I could be taken to shops!!! This really disappointed me. Also the food on the boat wasn't that great. Not bad but not up to previous standard. Although our guide was really lovely, I certainly wouldn't take this tour again nor would I recommend it to people. There are plenty of other and cheaper tours that will show you the real Vietnam without just taking you to places you can shop!

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