The Mekong Delta, also known as The Nine Dragon river delta as it is formed by nine rivers, lies immediately to the west of Ho Chi Minh City (usually called Saigon by locals), roughly forming a vast triangle stretching from My Tho in the east to Chau Doc and Ha Tien in the northwest, down to Ca Mau, and including Phu Quoc Island. The Mighty Mekong Delta is considered as the rice bowl of Vietnam because it pumps out more than a third of the country’s annual food crop from just ten percent of its total land mass. The Delta region displays a variety of physical landscape, from vast paddy files in the south to hills in the north and west. It’s a water world where boats, houses, and markets float upon the numerous rivers, canals and streams that crisscross the landscape like arteries.
Differentiating from most of travel agents, Les Rives‘s itinerary for Mekong Delta tours avoid crowded touristy attractions. You will have a chance to discover the vast maze of rivers and rice paddies found in the Mekong Delta on our culture-centric tours with visits to a Cao Dai temple, a Buddhist pagoda, river market and so much more. Bursting with charming local color and scenic views, our Mekong Delta tours provide close-up looks at small-village life along the river, particularly during your time spent at a local family’s homestead. Travel by modern speedboat and discover the delectable homemade specialties of the Mekong Delta, including fiery Mekong whiskey and fried Elephant Ear Fish.
Spend a single day in the Mekong Delta, or take advantage of our exciting new overnight stay at a boutique hotel, where you can enjoy the area at a much slower pace and discover more of the Delta’s treasures – from its labyrinthine network of canals to its aromatic markets and welcoming local communities. We also offer an incredible three-day adventure that includes a night aboard a vintage wooden cruise ship and a visit to colorful Can Tho – famous for its bustling floating market – allowing you to truly discover the Mekong Delta and explore its rich rural traditions. These tours should be an ideal options for your best day trips from Ho Chi Minh city.
We highlight our Mekong Delta itineraries as culture-centric tours, therefore the tour are highly recommended for guests who wish to learn more about the values of Mekong region like the beautiful natural landscape, the daily life of friendly local people and traditional culture. You will also enjoy a lesser-seen glimpse into rural Vietnam as it trundles along a slow tempo, as it has done for centuries.