Rural Mekong Delta, Markets and Nature
The Mekong River Delta, with its meandering waterways and flourishing daily life, is a place not to be missed. River banks are laden with coconut palms, rice fields, orchards and stilted houses. Together with the beauty of Tra Su Conservation and its wild habitats can hardly be described by words.
Cost USD per person
|Group||1 pax||2 pax||3 pax||4 pax||5 pax||6+ pax|
|Children 6-11 years||N/A||$277||$262||$240||$225||$210|
|Children 3-5 years||N/A||$185||$175||$160||$150||$140|
|Children under 3||Free of charge|
- 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, the floating markets, Tra Su Conservation and floating fish farms in Chau Doc.
- All entrance fees for specified stops
- Bike ride around local villages
- 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
Support: +84 903 464 383
ITINERARY BY DAY
DAY 1: SAIGON – BEN TRE – CAN THO (-/L/-)
At 08:00 am depart from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City for Mekong delta day tour in the area referred locally as ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’ to discover Mekong Delta local life. After two hours for driving we will reach Ben Tre City, then take the boat to contemplate Mekong River.
Stop over at brick-kilns to see hand making bricks process will be the first highlight of this Mekong delta day trip. With large of clay resources around Mekong Delta and full of natural fuel such as rice husk, char coal and mud coal, local people have fulfilled demand of bricks in constructions.
Slowly keep boating to green and quite canal to enjoy peaceful atmosphere of countryside in Mekong Delta – Great frame to photograph of local daily activities on the land and water: coconut produce’s process, fishing, and farming. Stop over to try and see how to make coconut candy – a favorite treat of southerners, closely followed by banana candy. The two traditional candies originated in Ben Tre.
Back to the boat to Cai Sơn and Nhơn Thạnh creeks then short walk on the village’s road to visit the village, where is widely known for its long-standing sedge mat-making craft. These beautifully-colored mats are used for sleeping on.
Getting to different experience by taking local transport like bike or motor cart (local named “Xe lôi”) to cross rice fields and vegetable plantation then stop at local ecological restaurant for lunch.
After having delicious lunch featuring such local specialities as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp at a local family/homestay, take another short walk to boat station for rowing-boat along water-coconut creek. Ge back to big boat waiting at the other side of Cái Cối creek, 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.
DAY 2: FLOATING MARKETS – TRA SU CONSERVATION – CHAU DOC (B/L/-)
5:30: 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.
10:00 am: drive to Long Xuyen (50km) and witness a mysterious Noon Ceremony at a local Cao Dai temple. After that, drive to Tri Ton and then to Tra Su Conservation (70km)
Enjoy lunch at a local family with beautiful homely-made dishes. Upon arrive at Tra Su conservation, embark an arrow-boat to unveil the breath-taking scenery and the wildlife habitats of this sensational and unique conservation. It is a-thousand-hectare mangroves-forest surrounded by paddy fields!
Enjoy a short troll around the conservation on your own and climb up the observation deck for a spectacular view of the conservation.
Drive to Chau Doc (23km) and check in your hotel. Dinner is independent – your guide can assist you with this.
Lodging: Victoria Nui Sam Lodge, 4-star boutique with stunning view, deluxe
DAY 3: FLOATING FISH FARMS – DONG THAP MUOI – SAIGON (B/L/-)
8:00 am: embark a wooden sampan to wind through hundreds of massive floating fish-farms where hundreds of local families have been living in their floating home and breeding fish under the home’s foundation. You’ll see why this local province of An Giang could export more fresh-water fish than any other parts of Vietnam!
Drive back to Saigon (220km or around 5 hours) via Dong Thap Muoi region with two interesting local ferry’s rides. This remains the most untouched and the most beautiful drive in the region and is one of Vietnam’s and the world’s largest rice-bowls!
There will be some short breaks en routes for photos opportunity and snacks with tropical fruits. Around 1:00 pm stop for lunch at a local restaurant with authentic Mekong Delta dishes. Drop-off: 4:30 pm – at your hotel in Saigon where our service ends.
Note: we only run private and customizable tours.
Support: +84 903 464 383
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4 thoughts on “Rural Mekong Delta, Markets and Nature”
An amazing tour to meet authentic Vietnam
We booked the 3-days/2-nights Mekong delta tour with Detoured Asia. The contact with the tour operator was very smoothly and we get a lot of confident in the tour. We got the chance to choose a hotel for the first night, which is really nice. The tour itself was amazing! We really enjoyed all of the (background) stories of our enthusiastic guide Cuong and the beautiful nature and cultural of the Mekong Delta area. At many places we were the only tourists, which gives us an authentic experience. Tour was well organized!
However, the tour is in our eyes expensive. Your money is really worth the experience. But for the money you spend you expect that the tour includes all of the meals. And the 3th day is more a travel day without sightseeing. So you pay for 2 days, which make the payment more expensive. If you have the money, we really recommend this tour especially for the unique, authentic experience.
Perfect tour – Fantastic
This was a perfect tour and no words to thank you for the magnificent tour. We did half a day Cu Chi tunnel tour and then four day Mekong Delta tour. It was an excellent tour which gave us the opportunity and pleasure of explore your beautiful country. You have enlightened us about Vietnamese culture, traditions, history and life style as well as given maximum opportunity to fulfill our taste buds with mouthwatering Vietnamese food. We have no words to thank you for organizing such an amazing trip.
That wouldn’t be any better without your perfect tour guide who kept us entertained and provided with all information and took care of us just like own family. Your hospitality was impressive and always felt like we are In safe hands. we wish you all the best and once again thank you. Strongly recommend Detoured Asia for anyone who wish to have a perfect tour.
Mekong Delta Tucked Away (3D/2N)
We booked the tour from home, and the communication with Detoured Asia went very well. We were picked up at the right time by our guide Hang and a private driver. The mini van was very clean and comfortable. We were very satisfied by our guide Hang who talked a lot and learned us a lot about Vietnamese culture en habits. She spoiled us very well, because we told her it was our honeymoon. We got some cake and extra’s in the hotel room. As told on their website, we visited some places where only few tourist come, which made the tour a very nice experience!
In the end, we got perfect service as they dropped us off at the airport as we requested. I would definitely recommand the tour, as if for us, it was one of the highlights of our travel trough Vietnam!
Mekong Delta 3 Days/2 Nights was excellent
Joseph, the owner of Detoured Asia, did a great job. We have been on and off boats, cars, motorbikes and a ferry without waiting a second. Even after a car accident, he arranged immediately a taxi to continue our travel.
We have seen so many special places, all a bit away from the tourist track. He answered all our questions and even more. He knows a lot about the ancient and recent history of Vietnam. We had some philosophical conversations too.
The hotels were good, the lunches great. The atmosphere was relaxed. We enjoyed it very much.