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From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta 3-Day Trip to Phnom Penh

1. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta 3-Day Trip to Phnom Penh

On day one at 8:00 AM you will be collected from your hotel in District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City and head to Mekong Delta, enjoying the scenic journey along the way lined by green rice fields. Upon arrival in My Tho, you will stop by Vinh Trang Pagoda the biggest pagoda in the Mekong Delta to learn about the religion of the region. After that, you will take a boat trip to cruise along the Mekong River. Hop onboard a rowboat to explore the small canals to see the locals going about their day. Continue cruising to Ben Tre, get off and enjoy a walk around the village. Stop at a local family home to enjoy tropical fruit, taste the honey tea and honey wine and listen to Vietnamese traditional music performed by the villagers. Check out the coconut candy shop and learn how to make candy, and see handicrafts made from the coconuts and so much more. Take your time snapping photos and enjoy the natural scenery before you head to a local restaurant for lunch consisting of special Vietnamese food. After lunch, enjoy your time relaxing, walking around the village. In the afternoon, you will head to Can Tho, and arrive at 6:00 PM and check into your hotel then enjoy your free time. On day two at 6:00 AM check out of your hotel then take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River. Then proceed to Cai Rang floating market which is the biggest floating market in the region. The unique features and main characteristics of the famous market are the trade in fruits and other specialties of the Mekong Delta. Then go and see how Vietnamese vermicelli is made, take a walk around the village and meet the friendly locals. Experience crossing a monkey bridge, made from a single stem of bamboo. Visit an orchard garden and take a break for lunch. In the afternoon, head to Chau Doc to discover Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, where you will visit the wild bird sanctuary on the small boat traveling along a network of canals deep into the forest, observing tropical birds. After that, you will proceed to your hotel in Chau Doc for check-in.  On day three after breakfast at the hotel, take the nice motorized boat trip through the floating village to visit the fish farm and to see how the people in Mekong Delta raise fish on their floating house. Visit the Champa minorities with their traditional towel weaving village. The boat will return to Chau Doc for lunch then back to Ho Cho Minh City at around 5:30 PM. You do have the option to travel to Cambodia on the third day instead. For this option, you would check out the hotel then be transferred to the Pier to board the speed boat to travel to Phnom Penh. Arrive at Sisowath Tourist Pier in Phnom Penh at around 2:00 PM the same day for the end of the tour. For this option, visas would be granted at the border.

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Mekong Delta Small Group W/ Vinh Trang Pagoda & Rowing Boat

2. Mekong Delta Small Group W/ Vinh Trang Pagoda & Rowing Boat

Departing at 8:00 AM, from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel, heading to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. During the 1.5 hour drive, pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. Your morning trip continues from here by motorized boat on the Tien River to the Qui (Tortoise Islet). On the way, see the fishing port, boat-building workshops, and the Dragon, Phoenix and Unicorn Islet. Walk into the village, where you can visit a local fruit garden and enjoy the tropical fruit while listening to Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by islanders. Here you also can join daily activities of the local people and take in the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside. Visit the bee house, and take the picture of the pythons. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. The boat cruise will lead you through Bao Dinh canal, entering Ben Tre province — "the land of coconuts." Here you'll see a typical agricultural model called "Garden - Pond – Cage,” before visiting the coconut candy-making shop. Next, enjoy a rowing boat trip on the small canal, fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut’s trees. After your boat ride, take a bike ride around the island before returning to the bus. You will arrive back in Ho Chi Minh City at around 4:30 to 5:00 PM. Select the "Night Cruise" option to continue your adventure with a 30-minute sunset cruise to admire the lights of the city while sipping a free cocktail.

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Unique Mekong Delta & Cai Rang Floating Market 2-Day Tour

3. Unique Mekong Delta & Cai Rang Floating Market 2-Day Tour

On day 1, start your day with an 8:30 AM pick-up from your centrally located hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Then head to the city of My Tho by bus. During the 1.5-hour bus drive to My Tho, learn about the cultures of the local people and enjoy the nice scenery of green rice fields. Visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Mekong Delta. Continue to My Tho and take a boat trip along Mekong River. During the cruise, see fish cages and floating houses on the river. The boat will take you to a small canal, where you can escape the busy town. The cruise through the coconut trees lined canal will take you to a coconut island in Ben Tre. Disembark, walk around the village and visit a local family to enjoy tropical fruit, taste honey tea, honey wine and listen to Vietnamese traditional music, performed by the villagers. Continue walking on the village’s road to a coconut candy shop to learn how to make candy and see some handicrafts made from coconut trees. Take a walk through the village and discover many kinds of fruits, flowers, trees, and local houses. Take your time and take nice photos while enjoying the natural scenery. Then, head to a local restaurant and enjoy a local Vietnamese lunch under the tree shade. After lunch, have free time to walk or bike around the village, then travel by ferry and bus to Can Tho, the heart of Mekong Delta. Stay overnight in the hotel. On day 2, enjoy a 6:30 AM breakfast and then take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river. After, proceed to visit the Cai Răng floating market, which is the liveliest in the whole region. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. Next, you will roam through the village, see fruit gardens and visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. Then, head back to the riverside for lunch before traveling back to Ho Chi Minh where you will arrive at around 5:00 PM with unforgettable memories.

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From Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta VIP

4. From Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta VIP

This VIP full-day tour takes you from Ho Chi Minh city to two popular attractions, the Cu Chi Tunnels, and the Mekong Delta.  7:30 AM - You will be picked up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city by a VIP Car (with seats luxuriously designed in a passenger cabin) and head to Cu Chi tunnels, where you will explore and learn about the Vietnam War resistance the US Forces. 11:30 AM - You will depart for Mekong Delta, stopping at a local restaurant on the way to enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese Cuisine. 1:30 PM - You will arrive at Mekong Delta, where you will take a rowboat to paddle along the small canals under the fronds of the coconut trees lining both sides. Afterward you will board the motorboat to cruise to the coconut island. You will disembark at a local family's residence to enjoy tropical fruits, taste honey tea and wine, see how the local products are made, and enjoy a live local music performance performed by the villagers. 4:00 PM - Enjoy some time strolling along the countryside roads to get to know the locals going about their day. Relax with the peaceful atmosphere, then say goodbye and depart for Ho Chi Minh City. 6:30 PM to 6:45 PM - You will arrive at Ho Chi Minh city and be taken back to your hotel at around.

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Cu Chi Tunnels and Vietnam Countryside Tours by Speedboat

5. Cu Chi Tunnels and Vietnam Countryside Tours by Speedboat

Learn about Vietnam’s wartime past and traditional rural life on a full day, off-the-beaten-path tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Following a pick-up from your hotel in the city center, transfer by luxury speedboat to Cu Chi. Journey past the pastures of the tranquil countryside for a glimpse at local life along the riverbanks. Upon arrival at the Cu Chi Tunnels, explore the network of subterranean passages and rooms used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Then, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch prepared by your chef. Next, explore the surrounding countryside by minibus. Visit an authentic cricket farm, and an organic herb farm. Stop at a rural house to see how the traditional rice paper is made by hand. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City for the end of the tour services.

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Vam Sat Mangrove Forest Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

6. Vam Sat Mangrove Forest Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

After pick-up from your hotel go for a 2-hour car ride to Vam Sat, Can Gio. The UNESCO-designated Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, located south of Ho Chi Minh City, is teeming with wildlife and biodiversity in lush mangrove forests. Make several scenic stops on your way to the reserve. Then move into a landscape of mangroves. Your guide explains the features of Can Gio, one of Vietnam’s most important ecosystems, where more than 52 flora species and 200 fauna species live. Visit traditional fishing hamlets, then cruise the tranquil waters of Giant Bat Lagoon in a rowboat. Your guide leads a short trek through the mangroves to a private riverside location where you have a traditional Vietnamese lunch. After lunch, head to Vam Sat Eco Park. There, you might spot gibbons and monkeys, try crab fishing, and go bird watching for local and migratory bird species. See a crocodile reserve (and feed them via a fishing rod if you wish) to learn about the once-plentiful crocs that were hunted to near extinction. Alternatively, take another mangrove jungle walk with your guide.

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2-Day All Inclusive, Flexible Package: Cu Chi & Mekong Delta

7. 2-Day All Inclusive, Flexible Package: Cu Chi & Mekong Delta

For most travelers, Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon by locals, is primarily the gateway to the Mekong Delta and the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels. From the heartbreaking War Remnants Museum to luxe shopping strips, gourmet restaurants and delectable street stalls, HCMC is a taste of all that Vietnam has to offer.  Day 1 consists of a Cu Chi Tunnels Tour, a water puppet show and dinner on a cruise. At 8:00 AM on the first day, you will be picked up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to start the Cu Chi Tunnels Tour. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the Cu Chi tunnels, where you'll learn more about the conditions the people lived in, the hardships they faced, and the amazing ingenuity employed to maintain life in the tunnels. Walk past huge bomb craters - evidence of the heavy bombing campaigns in the region during the Indochina conflict, discover hidden entrances right beneath your feet, wander past tiny little chimneys in the ground that dispersed smoke from the underground kitchens, sample some of the simple cuisine that local fighters would have survived on, and have an opportunity to venture into the tunnels and explore the complex. You'll end this historical Ho Chi Minh City tour with a greater understanding of the local impacts of the conflicts of the 20th century. At 2:30 PM, arrive back to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy some free time for lunch. At 6:00 PM, you will be picked up again to transfer to the water puppet theater. Water-puppetry is an ancient puppet tradition and an important part of Vietnamese culture. In water-puppetry, puppets are played on the surface of a pool of water, while a Vietnamese orchestra of professional musicians, accompanied by an array of talented singers, provide background music for the performance. Enjoy watching the puppet show and learning more about Vietnamese rural life and folklore. Many of the programs, especially those involving the tales of day-to-day living, often have a humorous twist. After the show, head to Saigon River to board a boat for a cruise. Take the time to admire the lights of Saigon city from the river. Dinner will then be served on the cruise, which you can enjoy while listening to the selection of relaxing music. At 9:00 PM, you will be taken back to your hotel. On day 2, enjoy a tour of Mekong Delta and explore Ho Chi Minh City's street food by motorbike. Start the day at 8:00 AM where your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel before heading to My Tho city by bus. Enjoy the scenery and green rice paddies during the 1.5-hour bus ride. Along the way, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Mekong Delta. Continue to My Tho, where you will take a boat trip along the Mekong River, during the trip you can see fish cages and floating houses on the river. The boat takes you to a small canal, escaping the hustle and bustle of the town. Disembark at a coconut island in Ben Tre and enjoy a walk around the village. Stop at a local family home to enjoy tropical fruit, taste the honey tea and honey wine and listen to Vietnamese traditional music performed by the villagers. Check out the coconut candy shop and learn how to make candy, and see handicrafts made from the coconuts. Take your time snapping photos and enjoy the natural scenery before heading to the local restaurant. Lunch is set with special Vietnamese food and you can enjoy your lunch outside under the shade of the trees. After lunch, enjoy time to relax, walk around the village, or perhaps go for a short bike ride. Then, travel back to Saigon and arrive around 4:30 PM. In the evening, you will be collected from your hotel to start the local street food tour. Eat your way through Saigon, aka Ho Chi Minh City, the way locals do. Indulge in the dishes that have made Southern Vietnamese cuisine famous such as xa xui (Cantonese barbecued pork), chao muc (squid soup) and bo la lot (barbecued minced beef). Mingle with locals over Saigonese coffee, experience Saigon’s history and multi-culturalism through its food. Explore hidden alleys and go off the beaten track to see Saigon in a way few tourists do.

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From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Full-Day Trip

8. From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Full-Day Trip

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and then travel towards the rural communities of the Mekong Delta. Pass green rice fields on the 1.5 hour to My Tho, where you will board a motorized boat and cruise along the Tien River. Make your way to Tortoise islet and see the workshops where locals boats are built, along with other islets such as Dragon, Phoenix and Unicorn. Explore the village on foot and enjoy some tropical fruits as you listen to traditional folk music performed by the islanders. Join in with their daily activities and soak up the atmosphere of the natural surroundings. Get served lunch in an orchard garden before continuing along the Bao Dinh canal to Ben Tre province. Visit a typical agricultural site known as Garden - Pond – Cage before visiting a shop that makes coconut candy. Explore the smaller waterways by rowing boat and marvel at the water coconut trees. Relax in a hammock or take a bike ride around the island before the drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

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Cu Chi Tunnels Luxury Speed Boat Half Day Tour

9. Cu Chi Tunnels Luxury Speed Boat Half Day Tour

Cruise along the Saigon River for 1 hour until you reach the Cu Chi tunnels. Discover the landscapes along the banks and the busy streets of Saigon as you speed through the water.  Spend time exploring the maze of tunnels with countless trap doors, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers, kitchens, and more. Enjoy the most popular food during war days at Cu Chi tunnels – the cassava.  On the way back, choose to travel home via speedboat or bus and be dropped off at either the War Remnants Museum, Ben Thanh Market or your hotel in Districts 1, 3, or 4.

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Can Gio Biosphere Reserve: Full-Day Speedboat Adventure

10. Can Gio Biosphere Reserve: Full-Day Speedboat Adventure

On your full-day journey from Ho Chi Minh City you’ll travel through scenic canals, enter the Mekong Delta, and stop at a local riverside market to absorb the colors, sounds, and aromas of this fertile region. Life seems slow paced here, with agriculture still the dominant industry. The landscape is a tapestry of verdant paddy fields, still pools, and groves of exotic fruits, all fed by the life-giving waters of the Mekong River. When you leave the leafy palms and coconut trees of the Mekong behind you’ll become enveloped in a dimly lit world, surrounded by towering mangrove trees that provide a habitat for over 200 animal species and more than 52 species of plants. See villagers hand-knotting nets before spreading them out to dry in the sun at a local fishing hamlet. Spot monkeys and gibbons swinging through the trees at Vam Sat. Feed the crocodiles at the crocodile reserve and paddle on the still waters of the bat lagoon in a small wooden boat. In the morning you’ll enjoy a breakfast of pastries, fresh fruits, and Vietnamese coffee. Vietnamese specialties such as spring rolls, lemongrass chicken, and fried elephant ear fish will be served for lunch. Vegetarian and halal meals are also available on request.

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 378 reviews

We made the tour with our guide Tu. He's a very cheerful person, was always open to our questions and shared so many interesting facts about Vietnamese culture with us. I loved how diverse the tour was with its many different activities, food and even some crafts presentations. Maybe the condition of the bicycles could have been a little better (the brakes didn't work properly and the saddles weren't really adjusted), but that's just a minor point. The kayaking part was all the more entertaining. :)

Excellent in every respect. Ethan the guide was great and everything went According to plan from the pickup to the boat ride, tunnels and lunch. Ethan passed on masses of knowledge and was a great guide. If you only do one trip out of Saigon, do this one with Kim Travel.

It was a really interesting tour, seeing the floating markets was the most interesting activity for me. Our guide Ben told us many interesting stories about life and people in Vietnam and we could ask everything we wanted to know. Tasting all the fruits was amazing!

The tour was very well organised and great value for money. Our tour guide Fu speaks very good English and was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time and would certainly go another tour with this company.

We were very lucky to be the last ones before close the place because of the corona virus. We enjoyed every moments.