Rural Mekong Delta and Floating Markets

Rural Mekong Delta and Floating Markets
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Rural Mekong Delta and Floating Markets
From US$160 The ininital price based on 1 adult in group of 6 with the lowest price in low season
Duration 2 Days 1 Night


Immerse yourselves in the timeless rural and riverside life as we travel by all manner of boats, bicycles and cars through this remarkable region. Observe the locals’ life goes by while visiting the real floating markets of Cai Rang & Phong Dien. We ensure you will be amazed by lots of the locals’ activities on the rivers, orchards and at the local markets.

Cost USD per person

Group  1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6+ pax
Adults $420 $225 $210 $190 $170 $160
Children 6-11 years N/A $168 $157 $142 $127 $120
Children 3-5 years N/A $112 $105 $95 $85 $80
Children under 3 Free of charge


What’s Included

  • Accommodation as specified, based on twin/double share room
  • Modern air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Meals as specified: (B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner)
  • Private boat trips and sampan cruises in Ben Tre and the floating markets
  • All entrance fees for specified stops
  • Scooter ride with drivers
  • Fresh tropical fruits
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day

What’s Not Included

  • Drinks, meals and any other incurred expenses, that are not mentioned above
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratitude




At 7:30 am, our tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and start the Mekong delta tour from Ho Chi Minh city. We will drive you on the secondary road 50 (not the Highway 1!!) to Can Duoc market (45 km) – a stunning rural Mekong delta market on its informal setting and friendly market goers. Here you have a chance to communicate with friendly local people of Mekong delta who are doing the business for their living in this market. Then heading for Tan Hoa town (25km) with a short break to visit a local family’s legumes nursery and witness an unbelievable form of labor-intensive which has not changed over three generations. Also, you can learn the technic how chili peper is grown from the local people in this nersery.

Upon arriving deep in Tan Hoa town, enjoy a stunning scenery of Mekong delta rice paddy fields for scooter ride (you are on the back of our safe driver – Safe Helmet on) to go on small village paths covering by coconut trees. The scooter ride will give you the opportunity to take many pictures in rural villages in Mekong delta like Xom Ray and Trai Ca. You will learn our rice process from start to finish and visit rice husking factory too.

After that, we drive you to Tan Thanh muddy beach (one out of nine Mekong river esturies) not for swimming but you can take a walk on boat bridge for beautiful photos. Then have late declicious lunch with fresh seafood by local waterfront restaurant.


After lunch, we transfer you to My Tho city for another highlight of the day which is Mekong delta river boat trip to visit Ben Tre – kingdom of coconut in Vietnam. We stop you at a coconut making factory to see how coconut candy is made by local traditional ways. Then take the horse cart to a local restaurant to take the small boat drive along the shady canal with the palm leaves of water coconut in Tan Thach.

Next, we take to boat drive passing many floating fish farms and islands in upper mekong river to boat station in Ben Tre near by Rach Mieu bridge and get back AC bus for the journey Can Tho (100km) and check in your hotel.

Lodging: Hau Giang Hotel, 3 star with river-view, deluxe

Note: 4-star accommodation (Victoria Can Tho Resort) is available. Please contact us for more information and cost.


5:30 am: roll out of your bed, hop on your car and drive to Phong Dien district (15km). Upon arrival, hop on an arrow-boat and cruise to the unique and stunning Mekong floating markets of Phong Dien and Cai Rang. Sit back on your boat and enjoy the morning coffee served by a local coffee boat. You will be surely driven back to the yester-centuries by the sounds of whole world of trading going on from boats to boats.

Saying goodbye to Phong Dien floating market, our boat will speed up through green and beautiful channels of the Mekong River stretching along rural villages and arrive in Cai Rang floating market. This will complete a special picture of million floating traders, who have been happily living the floating life and earning their living on some 50,000km of waterways in the Mekong Delta. Get back to your hotel for a late breakfast, have a short rest and check out of the hotel.


11:00 am head off for Saigon (170 km) via the highway 1 and the freeway with breaks en route for a short visit to a local Cao Dai Temple at Cai Lay town and witness its mysterious and colorful Noon Ceremony at 12:00 pm.

13:30 pm: stop for lunch at a restaurant with authentic local dishes. After lunch head off for Saigon via the Freeway. Drop-off: 4:30 pm – at your hotel in Saigon where our service ends.


Note: we only run private and customizable tours

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2 thoughts on “Rural Mekong Delta and Floating Markets

  1. Peter and Ashley Peter and Ashley says:

    Mekong Delta and floating markets

    We had only limited time in Ho Chi Minh and wanted to see the floating markets. We came across Detoured Asia website and we couldn’t have found a more interesting tour. Joseph arranged everything, from pick-up to drop-off, nothing else to pay; the trip included private car, breakfast, boat to the floating markets, noodle factory, botanical fruit farm with tasting and lunch on the way back. It was absolutely enjoyable and on the way back we found out that Joseph organised everything from day tours, to cooking classes in Vietnamese homes and motorbike tours. This is their webpage Detoured Asia to book your Vietnam experiences.

    Peter and Ashley (Australia and Germany)

  2. Jeremy B Jeremy B says:

    Mekong Delta Rustic Experience

    We travelled with Huy for a great two day trip to the Mekong area. The floating market was amazing. We enjoyed the village bike ride excursion as well and had lovely local kids join us for the whole ride which would not have happened if we had taken the scooter option. Huy has great English and a good grasp of history and politics in Vietnam. We had many questions and enjoyed chatting in what is a fair bit of driving along busy bumpy roads where the horn is used a lot to clear a path through the scooters. Average speed was about 50 km per hour so the trip times are longer than you might think just looking at the distances.

    It is well worth two days rather than a day trip. We missed the tunnels to focus on Mekong and will do the DMZ in Hue. The hotel in Can Tho that Detoured Asia booked us in was more 3 star than 4 and our 14 year old slept on a very small collapsible cot. Otherwise it was clean and quiet. The highlight is rising with the sun and being on the Mekong to see the markets and feel the pulse of trading. Huy was able to give a good history of this and many other things and was a great guide and attentive host.


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