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Travel by speedboat through the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City to explore the sights and historical importance of this vast network of waterways. Watch the rhythms of daily life unfold along the riverbanks as you visit riverside markets and villages, artisan workshops, a Cao Dai Temple, a Buddhist pagoda and a family homestead. Includes a light breakfast, lunch prepared by a private chef, and samples of local fruits and other treats. This small-group tour has a maximum of 14 people, which ensures a customized experience with your guide.

Highlights

  • Mekong Delta day tour by small speedboat from Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit a Buddhist pagoda and Cao Dai temple, and walk around a riverside market and village
  • Sample fresh coconuts and Mekong whiskey at a family homestead
  • Take in rural sights including lush canals lined with rice paddies, fruit orchards and water buffalo
  • Light breakfast, lunch and hotel transport included
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people provides more personalized attention from a guide

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Authentic Mekong Delta Experience by Speedboat

Explore the Mekong Delta by speedboat.

Nicknamed 'the rice bowl of Vietnam,' the fertile Mekong Delta provides work, food and shelter for much of Vietnam's population. On your full-day tour, you'll explore some of the delta's vast network of channels and canals by speedboat. Keep your camera handy for great photo ops, and hear informative commentary from your guide about the history, sights and significance of the Mekong Delta.

Begin in the early morning with transfer from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel to the central pier. Board your speedboat and zip along the Saigon River while nibbling on the provided light breakfast.

Your first stop takes in the ornately decorated Tuong Van Pagoda. Learn from your guide about Buddhist spiritual practices, then continue downriver to a colorful waterside market loaded with goods, including mounds of exotic fruits, veggies and fresh fish.

By mid-morning, your boat reaches a web of smaller tributaries of the Mekong River. Wind through lush canals shaded by tropical foliage, stopping to check out local sights such as a small pottery workshop, a traditional riverside home where several generations live together, and giant Burmese pythons treated like pets. Taste fresh coconut and other produce, or sip fiery Mekong whiskey or wine.

Visit a lovely pagoda where a private chef prepares a Vietnamese lunch featuring traditional favorites, such as fresh spring rolls, ginger chicken, caramelized pork or elephant ear fish — a Mekong Delta specialty.

After lunch, learn about the Cao Dai religion —  which combines the teachings of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity — and see a colorful Cao Dai Temple, before visiting a nearby orphanage run by Buddhist monks.

In the afternoon, enjoy the scenery as you return by speedboat to Ho Chi Minh City. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel after transfer from the pier where you began your Mekong journey.

Customer Reviews

Jacqueline N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We really enjoyed this tour! The staff was amazing and made sure we were comfortable. Tour guide was awesome. The 'light' meal they offered was pretty plentiful! This tour is a great way to get a glimpse into the life and culture outside of HCMC. I highlight recc this tour to anyone visiting. It doesn't take up the entire day either. We were picked up at 7am from our hotel and back by 3pm.

HUGO D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great Service! Fun Tour!

robgleeson63

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour is one of the best i ever been on, highly recommended.

Rod T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Most enjoyable Mekong River trip, visiting temples, villages and market. Mr Ho was an excellent leader, funny but very informative. On board food and drinks were very good, as was the lunch. Highly recommend. Rod T.

Gaurav A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Awesome. Loved all of it and they took good care of us with constant fluids, fruits and shade.
Tour guid Hung is very nice and knowledgeable.

JPO W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great trip with very knowledgeable and charismatic guide. No long coach trip, we were on the river within 30 minutes of pickup. Highly recomended.

Leisa v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing experience on Mekong Delta. The staff on this tour were amazing and nothing was to much trouble! If you want to experience life in the villages this trip is for you! A highlight of my time in Vietnam

Stacie P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a wonderful day on the river! It was wonderful to get to visit so many small towns where very few tourists were even though we were tourists!. My favorite was getting to meet two women in their 70's who used a US soldier's army helmet from 1965 as a bucket to carry water... The day was eye opening and lovely, albeit hot!! Even in a speedboat on the river! We were worried about mosquitoes, but need not have been. Didn't see one the entire day. This trip was a highlight of our three weeks in SE Asia!

Toni D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was fantastic, the sights great and the staff amazing. Our tour guide spoke such good English and hit us with facts about both Vietnam but also our own country, Australia, that we were unaware of. Highly recommend.

Steve R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great trip. The tour guide was knowledgeable and also hilarious. The boat was comfortable. The food was great. Overall an excellent tour.

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