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Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta

Southern Vietnam

The Basics

The Mekong River Delta ranks among the most popular day trips or overnight excursions from Ho Chi Minh City. It’s pleasant to forget the commotion of the big city as you float along the serene mud-brown waters, and there is much to learn here about Vietnam’s past and present. Travelers can combine a ride through Saigon’s canals with a sunset Mekong River cruise, or take a private tour of the unspoiled countryside in southern Vietnam.

If you have more time to spare, set out on a multi-day tour of the Mekong Delta’s rural settlements, to get a taste of local life. Many longer tours also cruise through Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Southern Vietnam

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Awesome!
Susan_V, Mar 2020
Guided Bike Tour with Lunch in Islands of the Mekong from Phnom Penh
Wonderful tour!! Varied and interesting. Would definitely recommend. Would encourage stopping for more picture taking opportunities.
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Islands of Mekong
acatoz, Feb 2020
Guided Bike Tour with Lunch in Islands of the Mekong from Phnom Penh
A really enjoyable morning. Vichet was a brilliant guide, the bikes were in great condition, and the route was fun and exciting without ever being too difficult. A nice change from the city.
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Fantastic tour!
elizabethgbaker96, Jan 2020
Guided Bike Tour with Lunch in Islands of the Mekong from Phnom Penh
This was a fantastic tour. The tour guide was very informative and took us to see the back streets and country side of Cambodia. It was a very well organised tour that ran very smoothly. I highly recommend!
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Enjoyable and informative bike tour
DennisC01, Jul 2019
Guided Bike Tour with Lunch in Islands of the Mekong from Phnom Penh
Had a great half day bike ride. Very enjoyable. Easy riding once you get out of the city (which only took a few minutes).
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Great tour, really good value for...
Tobias G, Jan 2018
Guided Bike Tour with Lunch in Islands of the Mekong from Phnom Penh
Great tour, really good value for money and the guides are brilliant. Would highly recommend this to anyone staying In Phnom Penh!
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Great 5 hour tour including 3...
Lesley L, Nov 2017
Guided Bike Tour with Lunch in Islands of the Mekong from Phnom Penh
Great 5 hour tour including 3 ferries, bike ride on Silk and Mekong islands, fruit snacks, cold water and lunch afterwards. Highly recommended way of getting to see beyond Phnom Penh city easily.
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What a lovely way to get out of the...
Ina L, Apr 2018
Guided Bike Tour with Lunch in Islands of the Mekong from Phnom Penh
What a lovely way to get out of the city and experience the Cambodian countryside.I can highly recommend this tour our guide was excellent and well informed. The ferry trips were great fun and really enjoyed the whole thing. 10 out of 10!
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Really enjoyed this bike tour from...
gleno88, Mar 2018
Guided Bike Tour with Lunch in Islands of the Mekong from Phnom Penh
Really enjoyed this bike tour from Phnom Penh! Got to sightsee and exercise at the same time!
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Excellent experience! Goog guide, nice...
Magdalena F, May 2016
Guided Bike Tour with Lunch in Islands of the Mekong from Phnom Penh
Excellent experience! Goog guide, nice place. I really enjoy the day.
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Thoroughly enjoyed my time with my...
Herb G, Apr 2018
Guided Bike Tour with Lunch in Islands of the Mekong from Phnom Penh
Thoroughly enjoyed my time with my guide, whose name I think is Weichart. He was informative and very personable, as well attentive to my comfort. We went at a reasonable pace and stopped to take in local sites along the way. The stop at the silk farm was especially interesting as I got to learn about the process of making silk from a family who has been doing it for generations. The trail got bumpy at times, but was quite negotiable and the bike was excellent for the task at hand. I enjoyed getting out of the city and seeing a point of view that would not have been available otherwise. At our stop for lunch at the end of the tour, the food was not up to par, but served the purpose of satisfying hunger. If you enjoy bike riding, take this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A tour of the Mekong River Delta is a must for adventure travelers and those interested in the local culture of Vietnam.

  • Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water, as much of the Mekong Delta is unshaded.

  • Day trips to the Mekong Delta typically last upward of eight hours, while multi-day tours are usually two to three days.

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How to Get There

The easiest and most convenient way to experience the Mekong Delta is on a guided tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Those who’d prefer to visit independently can take a bus from Ben Thanh bus station to My Tho or Can Tho, two of the larger villages in the Mekong region.

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When to Get There

To get the most of your visit to the Mekong River Delta, plan for an early departure from Ho Chi Minh City so you’ll arrive when the floating markets are still in full swing. Multi-day tours allow you to experience the atmosphere in the early morning and evening hours, when the light is most beautiful.

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Floating Markets of the Mekong Delta

The iconic floating markets are a star attraction in the Mekong Delta, and for good reason. Cai Rang, the largest floating market, specializes in exotic fruits and food vendors selling fish noodle soup. Cai Be Floating Market is the closest to Ho Chi Minh City—an accessible option for independent travelers. Farther afield is Tra On, a market that starts very early in the morning to sell seasonal agricultural goods, including fruit brought straight from nearby orchards.

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