Tour the Mekong Delta for 2 days and delve deeper into the palm jungle of the Mekong to see more of the traditional rural life of this fascinating area.
What to Expect
Take a 2-day tour of the Mekong Delta. Go deep into the palm jungle of the Mekong to see more of the traditional rural life present in this fascinating area. Highlights of the trip are visits to local farms and houses to learn how people live along the river.
The itinerary is as follows:
Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh – Can Giuoc – Mekong Delta regions - Island Lodge (B,L,D)
8:00 am: Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car to your boat at Ho Chi Minh City pier
8:15 am: The boat departs and you slip away from downtown Saigon via narrow canals, and enter the verdant green tributaries of the Mekong Delta. A light breakfast is served on board
9:00 am: Visit Can Giuoc riverside market full of local curiosities, tropical fruits and all manner of fish and shellfish. Great photo opportunities
10:00 am: Enjoy a brief stop at the Pagoda, while your guide explains the importance of Buddhism to many people of the Delta.
10:30 am: Reach the idyllic watery expanses of the Delta itself, known as the Delta of Nine Dragons for the 9 tributaries that splinter from the main Mekong River
Depending on the route, you will visit a traditional riverside house with huge Burmese pythons as pets, a quaint Mekong village and surrounding rice paddies, and then a traditional farmhouse where you’ll sample coconuts and Mekong whisky.
Or you will visit a local merchant and try a range of Mekong produce, and whisky and wine. You’ll walk along the banks of the river to a traditional rural Vietnamese house where 3 generations live, before exploring a charming village where you can try fresh coconuts from the tree. This variation provides fascinating insight into life in the Mekong Delta region.
Please note: these tours are flexible. Your guide may combine parts from both routes.
12:30 pm: Enjoy a traditional Mekong Delta lunch at the floating restaurant
2:00 pm: Visit a fish farm to see how the fish is raised in the Mekong Delta
2:30 pm: Arrive to the boutique hotel The Island Lodge. Relax by the river, chill at the pool or take a bike ride on the peaceful alleys of the Unicorn Island full of shady fruit trees
In the evening have a delicious dinner specially cooked for you by a French chef
Day 2: Island Lodge - Cai Be – Ho Chi Minh (B, L)
7:30 am: Have breakfast at the hotel and depart The Island Lodge to continue exploring the Delta
8:00 am: Visit Cai Be floating market to see how locals run their trading business on the river
9:30 am: Enjoy a rowboat trip along small canals of the Delta surrounded by thousands of coconut palms
10:30 am: Visit a brick atelier to see how locals still use traditional technologies to make bricks
12:00 am: Stop at a floating restaurant to have a delicious Vietnamese lunch
1:30 pm: Take a ride on “xe loi”, a traditional transport used on the villages of the Mekong Delta. Visit rice noodle, roof and nail nipper workshops
3:30 pm: Return to the speedboat and depart for Ho Chi Minh City
5:30 pm: Arrive back in Saigon. Staff will return you to your hotel by car
- English-speaking guide
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Speedboat to/from Saigon
- Accommodation at The Island Lodge
- Cold towers, refreshments and local fruit
- Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
What's Not Included
- Other personal expenses
Know Before You Go
• Due to the individual nature of the tours, times are approximate and can vary slightly
• There are two main routes for the tour after you depart the market, depending on the tour guide and water level