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Mekong Delta Tours & Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta Tours & Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta can be seen as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, it looks like a green carpet. In this area, everything is like a water world moving to the rhythms of the mighty Mekong. Also, in Mekong Delta where boats, houses, and markets float upon the innumerable streams, canals, and rivers that crisscross the landscape like normal.

Together with the bustling commerce of the area, it remains the slow pace of life in the countryside where is rewarded with a true taste of rural hospitality. Elsewhere, there have many mangroves of forests with a variety of birds, the remains of Viet Cong bunkers, ornate Khmer pagodas and Buddhist temples, while the off-coast islands offer seductive white sand beaches.

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Top Mekong Delta Tour Packages 2024 – 2025

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long – Cai Be Town

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Mekong Delta living on a daily basis.
  • Discover Cai Be Town, one of the Mekong Delta's traditional towns.
  • Take pleasure in a great lunch of Mekong specialties.
  • Fresh tropical fruit tasting complemented by Southern Vietnamese folk music
  • Visit an old house, a farm, and a peanut candy factory.

Tour Route: Cai Be Town - Tan An Town - Mekong Delta

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the lively Mekong Delta and Cai Be Town in a single day.
  • Immerse in local culture as you cruise the scenic rivers and witness the bustling town.
  • Enjoy a serene rowing boat ride through shady canals, observing traditional houses and interacting with farmers.
  • Savor a delicious lunch and listen to traditional folk music while exploring orchards and fruit plantations.
  • Conclude your day with a cruise back to Vinh Long and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Highlights

  • Embark on a wooden boat and tour the Mekong river region.
  • Visit a workshop that dehusks coconuts
  • Ride a tuk-tuk through a small community.
  • Take pleasure in a range of tropical fruits.
  • Visit a broom factory with lots of female employees
  • Eat a homemade lunch at a table by the river.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Tan Phong Island – Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Cai Be District, starting with a visit to the Cao Dai Temple and the Cai Be Catholic Church.
  • Experience the local life at the Cai Be Town
  • Discover the Mekong River and its intricate network of canals on a hand-rowing boat.
  • Visit the "mysterious" Mekong lush orchards and learn about river life.
  • Relax and savor local cuisine on Tan Phong Island, followed by a bicycle tour of the island.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho – Ho Chi Minh

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the scenic beauty of Vietnam's Mekong Delta on a full-day tour to My Tho.
  • Visit the serene Vinh Trang Pagoda and immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of this riverside town.
  • Embark on a boat ride along the Mekong River, discovering local homes, orchards, and a coconut candy workshop.
  • Experience the charm of the Mekong Delta.
  • Enjoy a performance of traditional Southern singing and return to Saigon, concluding your enriching Mekong Delta tour.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Thia village - Hoa Loc Mango village

Tour Highlights

  • Have a glimpse of lifestyle and culture of local people in the Mekong Delta
  • Check out some of the local workshops to witness their day to day activities
  • Take a biking trip in one hour to explore the famous village of Hoa Loc mango
  • Board a local boat on to travel deeper into Tan Phong island
  • See another side of the Cai Be town in the afternoon

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long - Cai Be Town

Tour Highlights

  • Informative, friendly, and professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned car
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Tour Route:  Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be - Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market

Tour Highlights

  • Transport by air-conditioned car and by boat
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly, and professional guide

Tour Route: Vinh Long - Ben Tre - Can Tho - Dong Thap 

Tour Highlights

  • Engage in unique activities at Vinh Sang Tourist Area, including ostrich riding and crocodile fishing.
  • Cruise along the Hau River to Con Son Island, known for picturesque landscapes and fruit gardens.
  • Experience making traditional Southern Vietnamese cakes and tasting seasonal fruits.
  • Witness the famous technique of "flying snakehead fish" practiced by local fishermen.
  • Explore the preserved tunnels and secret bunkers in Xeo Quyt Tourist Area, showcasing the history of the revolution.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Cai Thia - Ut Trinh Homestay - Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Cai Thia Local Market and witness the bustling atmosphere of a basic local boat station.
  • Visit the charming Cai Thia church and discover nearby attractions like brick kilns and the historic My Luong temple.
  • Experience a traditional rice paper-making demonstration and savor delicious sweet rice paper cakes.
  • Enjoy a scenic bike ride or opt for a motorbike experience (additional cost) through picturesque landscapes.
  • Witness the production of "banh tieu" (a tasty cake) and indulge in its flavors accompanied by refreshing green tea

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh – Hoa Dinh – Tam Hiep – Homestay – Hoa Dinh – Ho Chi Minh

 Tour Highlights

  • Immerse in the traditional coconut industry at a workshop and witness coconut processing.
  • Explore the vibrant CAO ĐAI Temple and capture its unique beauty.
  • Learn about the process of making activated charcoal from coconut shells at a local factory.
  • Experience the charm of Tam Hiep Island with a visit to a local house and enjoy a delicious lunch.
  • Cruise along serene canals on a hand-rowing boat, enjoying the peaceful countryside.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh - 3 Day Mekong Delta Tour Cai Thia - Ut Trinh Homestay - Vuong Quoc Do - Phuoc Hau - Ut Trinh Homestay - Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh

Tour Highlights

  • Immerse in Cai Thia village, explore the market, church, and communal house.
  • Learn rice paper making, taste homemade cakes with tea.
  • Cycle through Hoa Loc mango village, enjoy orchards and traditional houses.
  • Experience Ut Trinh Homestay's hospitality, cook and savor local dishes.
  • Discover the Mekong Delta's beauty by boat, visit brick kilns, Vinh Long Market, and try mud fishing and pottery making.

Tour Route: Saigon - Cai Be - An Binh Island - Vinh Long - Long Ho - Saigon

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the bustling Cai Be and witness local trading traditions.
  • Discover the traditional production of rice paper, rice crispies, and coconut candy.
  • Enjoy a boat trip to An Binh Island and immerse yourself in the tranquil Mekong Delta scenery.
  • Indulge in a delicious lunch with local specialties at a charming house on the island.
  • Embark on a scenic biking excursion through fruit gardens and along canals.
  • Visit local homes, taste seasonal fruits, and witness bee breeding at a local farm.
  • Explore the local market, cycle through villages, and witness traditional crafts in Vinh Long.


Tour Route: Saigon - Vinh Long - Cai Rang - Can Tho floating market - Orchard - Saigon

Tour Highlights

  • Cycling through the peaceful countryside of Vinh Long and experiencing the local way of life.
  • Exploring the vibrant Cai Rang floating market and witnessing the bustling river life.
  • Visiting an orchard in Can Tho and experiencing the beauty of the fruit fields.
  • Tasting fresh and delicious fruits straight from the orchard.
  • Enjoying scenic views and learning about the Mekong Delta during the transfers between locations.

Tour Route: Saigon - Ben Tre - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Vinh Long - Cai Be - Saigon

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Ben Tre, known as Vietnam's Coconut Land, with a boat trip along the Ham Luong River and a visit to Thanh Bach Coconut Candy Factory.
  • Experience the vibrant Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho, a hub of trade in the Mekong Delta.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Cham communities in Chau Doc.
  • Marvel at the stunning sunset over Vietnam and Cambodia from Sam Mountain.
  • Cruise along the scenic Mekong River in Vinh Long, discovering picturesque islands and indulging in local cuisine.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long – Tra Vinh – Can Tho – Long Xuyen – Sa Dec – Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Cai Be town and visit local handicraft workshops. Enjoy lunch on An Binh Island.
  • Cycle from An Binh Island to Mo Cay, known for coconut production. Cross the river to Tra Vinh for overnight stay.
  • Experience village life while cycling with a bus escort. Visit Khmer temples and observe rice cultivation.
  • Witness the bustling Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho.
  • Cycle along Lap Vo canal, passing peaceful villages.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the rich culture of the locals along the Mekong River
  • Become a true fisherman to catch seafood in the Mekong River
  • Typical lunch of Southwestern Vietnam
  • Leisurely cycling around countryside paths in Mekong Delta

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - Vinh Long Market - Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Highlights

  • Depart early from Ho Chi Minh City and arrive in Cai Be town
  • Immerse yourself in the lush vegetation of the Mekong Delta.
  • Enjoy a delicious local lunch surrounded by tropical fruits at an orchard.
  • Cruise along the river, experience the peaceful village life, and admire the natural beauty of the Mekong Delta.
  • Explore Vinh Long's local market and visit the Bonsai Garden before returning to Ho Chi Minh City, concluding your Mekong Delta Tour.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Cai Be – Tan Phong – Island – Homestay – Handicraft Village – Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the Mekong Delta's charm on a 2-day tour to Mekong Ecolodge, exploring Cai Be town.
  • Enjoy a cozy homestay on Tan Phong Island with a delicious lunch prepared by the local hosts.
  • Engage in hands-on activities like fruit picking, gardening, and helping with meal preparations.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture with optional activities such as night frog-catching and teaching English to children.
  • Cycle around Tan Phong Island, visit handicraft workshops, and bid farewell to the hospitable hosts before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

Tour route: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Tan Phong Island – Mekong Rustic Lodge – Handicraft Village – Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Cai Be town and experience the vibrant daily life of the locals.
  • Stay at the Mekong Rustic Lodge on Tan Phong Island and enjoy the tranquil countryside atmosphere.
  • Engage in local activities such as fishing, fruit plucking, and teaching English to local children.
  • Explore Tan Phong Island on a cycling tour, visiting traditional handicraft workshops and interacting with local farmers.
  • Return to Ho Chi Minh City with unforgettable memories of the Mekong Ecolodge tour.

Tour Route: Saigon - My Tho - Ben Tre - Can Tho - Saigon

Tour Highlights

  • Explore My Tho and Ben Tre, witnessing the charming stilt houses and fruit plantations on a boat ride along the river.
  • Visit Tortoise Island, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and experience the authentic rural lifestyle.
  • Cruise through the small channels to Cai Rang Floating Market, immersing yourself in the bustling market atmosphere.
  • Discover a rice noodle making village and savor delicious rice noodles for breakfast.
  • Interact with locals, try your hand at rowing a boat, and enjoy a local lunch before returning to Saigon.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long – Can Tho

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Cai Be town and witness the traditional workshops.
  • Visit local workshops to learn traditional crafts and taste delicious local specialties.
  • Experience the tranquil countryside of the Mekong Delta on a small rowboat and bike ride.
  • Stay overnight at a homestay, interact with the locals, and learn to cook traditional dishes.
  • Experience the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, Cai Rang.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Highlights

  • Visit to historical sites like Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral.
  • Explore the intricate Cu Chi Tunnels, a fascinating underground network used during the Vietnam War.
  • Cruise along Mekong Delta's waterways, enjoy fruit orchards,
  • Witness local life at the bustling Cai Rang Floating Market.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Ho Chi Minh

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the historic Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about Vietnam's wartime history.
  • Cruise through the scenic canals of Mekong Delta and experience the Cai Be town.
  • Visit the charming city of Can Tho and witness the fascinating Cai Rang floating market.
  • Discover the cultural richness of Chau Doc and enjoy the stunning views from Sam Mountain.
  • Conclude your tour with leisure time in Ho Chi Minh City before your departure.

Tour Route: Saigon - Mekong Delta Area - Phu Quoc - Saigon

Tour Highlights

  • Cruise along the Mekong Delta, visit Unicorn Island, and experience the local village life.
  • Explore the bustling Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest market in the Mekong Delta.
  • Fly to Phu Quoc and enjoy the beautiful beaches, visit fishing ports, and discover local attractions.
  • Experience snorkeling and fishing on the islets of Phu Quoc, surrounded by crystal-clear waters.
  • Relax on the beach and indulge in the delicious seafood of Phu Quoc before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

Tour Route: Saigon – Can Tho – Long Xuyen – Chau Doc – Saigon

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Mekong Delta's countryside, visit an Incense factory and local market in Long An province.
  • Enjoy a scooter trip in Cho Gao village, visit a dragon fruit farm, and admire the scenic landscape.
  • Experience the lively Cai Rang floating market and visit religious sites like Cao Dai Temple in Long Xuyen city.
  • Take a leisurely speedboat ride through Tra Su Cajuput Forest.
  • Visit the Chau Doc floating market, fishing farm, Cham Village, and the unique village mosque.

Tour Route: Saigon Central Post Office - Saigon Central Post Office - Ho Chi Minh City Hall - Cu Chi Tunnels - Local Market in Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Ho Chi Minh City's landmarks: Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, and Ho Chi Minh City Hall.
  • Visit Cu Chi Tunnel, a historic site used during the Vietnam War.
  • Experience the vibrant local market and taste exotic fruits in the Mekong Delta.
  • Take a boat ride through narrow canals and witness coconut processing and candy making.
  • Enjoy a cycling tour and embark on a unique sampan boat ride for a memorable experience.

Tour Route: Saigon – Dong Thap – Mekong River – Can Tho – Saigon

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Tram Chim National Park's stunning channels and lush greenery.
  • Visit the peaceful forest and bird sanctuary, surrounded by bamboo and mangrove trees.
  • Witness the enchanting sight of birds returning to the forest at sunset.
  • Experience the bustling Cai Rang Floating Market and enjoy a delicious breakfast on a boat.
  • Take a scenic cycling tour through rural South Vietnam, with a local lunch at a fruit orchard.

Things to Do & See | Essential Guides in Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta, known as the Western Region or “Mien Tay” – the endearing name Vietnamese people often call the magical land – is the most unique tourist attraction in the South of Vietnam. This region is comprised of 13 provinces, each comes with the own immense beauty and cultural charms. It is famous for its unique landscapes thanks to the tropical climate, its seemingly endless rice paddies (“The Rice Bowl of Vietnam”) as well as it's resident’s warm-hearted hospitality. Below are top things to do & see in your Mekong Delta tours from Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to Do & See in Mekong Delta

Natural Canal - Mekong Delta Tours

Experience Boat Cruise Through Small Canals

Exploring the beauty and uniqueness of Mekong Delta by a boat cruise through zigzag canals under the shadow of water coconut trees is considered as an unprecedented experience. A special thing of Mekong River is that it consists of a complicated system of channels. It is really a wonderful time for you to feast your eyes on beautiful sights of green/yellow rice paddies, orchards laden with fruits, coconut trees as well as local houses. In addition, you can also see the coconut candy factory and brick factory along the river.
Cai Rang Floating Market - Mekong Delta Tours

Visit Floating Markets & Witness Slow Pace of Life

Visiting floating markets will bring tourists a simple but fascinating experience of Mekong Delta tour. Floating markets make the Mekong Delta where you can see daily activities and the culture of inhabitants become outstanding from its neighborhood areas. A large number of products such as dried food, tropical fruits, lively animals and other commodities are exchanged on hundreds of boats and canals. People will paddle the way through the river and walk on planks between two boats in order to exchange well. Besides, the floating markets also offer some traditional dishes and several coffee shops to serve you when you want to enjoy coffee, fruit juice or tea.
Fresh Fruit Trees - Mekong Delta Tours

Visit & Taste Fresh Fruits

The Mekong Delta is famous not only for rice paddies but also for tropical orchards thanks to the fertilized land. While there are many farmers working on rice paddy fields, a variety of farmers choosing to grow fruits. Tourists can often run into a large number of tropical fruit trees in the local gardens such as plum, durian, banana, dragon fruit, rambutan, apple, grape, mango… This is the reason why Mekong Delta provides about 70% of the fruit consumed throughout Vietnam; moreover, some are exported to other countries.
Tram Chim National Park - Mekong Delta Tours

Bird Watching at Tram Chim National Park

Tram Chim National Park, located in Dong Thap province, is known as “The Kingdom of Birds” in Vietnam. Covering the total area of more than 7,000 hectares, Tram Chim National Park is home to about 200 types of birds consisting of lots of precious and rare birds. Almost 60 percent of red-headed cranes – one of the most threatened cranes in the world – live in Tram Chim National Park. When you want to go bird watching, you have to take a boat tour. Each boat tour costs 800,000 VND for a group of 12 tourists and lasts from 30 minutes to 1 hour or more.
Duong Dua - Mekong Delta Tours

Duong Dua – Coconut Worm

Due to a large number of coconut trees grown in the region, Mekong Delta is an ideal place to enjoy coconut worms. Beetle larvae pierce holes and lay eggs inside coconut trees, and these eggs become coconut worms - Duong Dua. They are yellow larvae with brown heads. This dish is quite weird, many tourists seem to be scared and are not willing to try it. Eating the grilled coconut larvae is recommended to enjoy this special dish. However, if you are interested in something more challenging, eat them while they are still alive! Raw coconut worms will be dipped in but still, be moving in a bowl of fish sauce. This will surely be a little scary!
Lau Mam - Mekong Delta Tours

Lau Mam – Fermented Hotpot

Lau Mam is a specialty that is very popular in the Western region of Vietnam. “Mam” (fermented fish) is used to flavor the consommé together with many other ingredients such as beef, shrimp, fresh vegetables, lemongrass… This kind of hot pot owns its unique smell. You can enjoy this dish at any restaurants in the Mekong Delta.
Banh Canh Ca Loc Mekong Delta Tours

Banh Canh Ca Loc – Snakehead Fish Thick Noodle Soup

This kind of soup includes a thick-version of noodles made from rice flour and cooked with snakehead fish meat. It consists of the typical flavors of the region. You can easily find this specialty everywhere in the area. Locals often eat it as a favorite meal.
Hu Tieu My Tho - Mekong Delta Tours

Hu Tieu My Tho – My Tho Noodle Soup

Originated from My Tho, Hu Tieu My Tho is a well-known noodle soup in the South of Vietnam. The broth in this soup is made from boiling pork bones. A Hu Tieu bowl is a mixture of red shrimp, meatballs, green celery, pepper. Especially, the minced garlic is a very important spice which creates the unique fragrance of this dish.
Durian Cake - Mekong Delta Tours

Banh Pia – Durian Cake

Banh Pia is a famous cake and can be brought back as a gift from Mekong Delta. Durian Cake is the perfect combination of green beans, durian, and salted eggs to create a typical flavor. Banh Pia is produced in many provinces in the Western region but Banh Pia Soc Trang is still the most famous and delicious.

Essential Tips for the Wonderful Mekong Delta Tours

Best Time to Visit Mekong Delta

Best time to visit Mekong Delta - Mekong Delta Tours
Thanks to the tropical climate, the Southwest region of Vietnam owns its variety of natural landscapes. You can pay a visit to Mekong Delta at almost any time throughout the year. If you want to enjoy the freshest fruits, you should visit the summertime (April to November). The rainfall at this time is quite high; however, it will not affect your trip badly. Spring (December to March) is considered as the best time to travel to Mekong Delta. A variety of colorful flowers cover all the corners of this region at this time. It is really convenient for travelers to get more understanding about the local life and learn more about traditional cultures. Especially, you will have the chance to experience the Tet holiday and many other holidays.

How to Get to Mekong Delta

Floating Market - Mekong Delta Tours
By plane Mekong Delta has an airport in Can Tho City. It just takes about 45 minutes enjoying the view at the height of about 10,000 meters from land. Two airlines from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho are VASCO and Vietjet Air. By Motorbike, if you love adventuring experience, you should ride the motorbike to enjoy the exciting feelings. You need to prepare many essential things such as map, money, first aid kit… when choosing motorbike to get to Mekong Delta. By motorbike, you will be able to explore and discover every corner of the Western region.