Mekong Delta Tour by Speedboat
Tour Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Tour Length: Approximately 7-9 hours
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Enjoy a scenic speedboat day trip to discover the tangled maze of rivers and vast paddies found in the Mekong Delta on our culture-centric tours. Departing by boat from Ho Chi Minh City ( also known as Saigon), you will explore areas of the Mekong Delta that few other tourists get to experience.
You’ll experience the old-world river life of the Mekong Delta, and enjoy a lesser-seen glimpse into rural Vietnam as it trundles along a slow tempo, as it has done for centuries. Visiting a Cao Dai temple, Buddhist pagoda, river market and so much more. Bursting with charming local color and scenic views.
Travel by modern speedboat and enjoy countless photo opportunities of the idyllic scenery and local people as you cruise past buffaloes plowing fields, fruit orchards and rice paddies during our Mekong Delta tour. Our tour provides close-up looks at small-village life along the river particularly during your time spent at a local family’s homestead, where you’ll be invited to enjoy fresh coconuts and fiery Mekong Delta whisky.
Your Les Rives chef will prepare a traditional Mekong Delta lunch including fried elephant ear fish – a delicious specialty of the region!
Under 12 years oldVND 1,799,000*
0-3 years oldFree of charge
* Includes mandatory Government Tax and Service Charge
Includes: Light breakfast, lunch, unlimited refreshments and local fruit, English-speaking guide, entrance fees, pickup and drop off at centrally located hotels.
Please note we only pickup and drop off at hotel located in district 1, district 2 and district 3
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8:00 am: Your Mekong Delta Tour guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car to your boat at Ho Chi Minh City pier.
8:15 am: The boat departs and you slip away from downtown Saigon via narrow canals and enter the verdant green tributaries of the Mekong Delta. A light breakfast is served on board.
8:45 am : Enjoy a brief stop at the ornate, overwater Tuong Van Pagoda, while your Mekong Delta Tour guide explains the importance Buddhism to many people of the Delta.
9:30 am: Visit a bustling, colorful riverside market full of local curiosities, tropical fruits and all manner of fish and shellfish. Great photo opportunities!
10:30 am: Reach the idyllic watery expanses of the Mekong Delta itself, known as the Delta of Nine Dragons for the 9 tributaries that splinter from the main Mekong River.
10:45 am : Turn off the delta into small, winding canals of the Thu Thua area, shaded by a canopy of foliage as you drift along lazily.
You will enjoy a rowboat trip along small canals of the Delta surrounded by thousands of coconut palms, you will visit a quaint Mekong village, and then a traditional farmhouse where you’ll sample coconuts and Mekong whisky.
You’ll walk along the banks of the river to a traditional rural Vietnamese house where 3 generations live.
12:30 pm: Enjoy a traditional Mekong Delta lunch at a local pagoda prepared by our private chef. After lunch, you will visit an orphanage run by Buddhist monks.
01:30 pm: Visit a colorful Cao Dai Temple, one of the highlights of our Mekong Delta Tour.
02:30 pm: Return to the speedboat and depart for Ho Chi Minh City.
04:00 pm: Arrive back in Saigon. Les Rives’ staff will return you to your hotel by car.
Please note that due to the individual nature of the tours, times are approximate and can vary slightly.
Dress code: Proper wear is strongly recommended when visiting Cao Dai Temple and pagodas.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Experience Authentic River Life in Les Rives Mekong Delta Tour…
The Vietnamese have a saying that people who live by the river and live with the river. Not only is the delta a place of shelter for its people, it’s also a provider.
Many villages and towns depend on the countless canals, tributaries and markets in the region for produce. As well as fish, produce yielded by the Delta’s rich alluvial soil includes rice, sesame, peanuts, cashews, pineapples, dragon fruit and durian.
As part of the tour, you will visit a bustling riverside market overflowing with Delta produce, which you can sample. There will be lots interesting and colorful photos opportunities!
Depending on the route, you will then visit a local pottery workshop, where arts and crafts of the Delta region are produced, and a traditional riverside house with huge Burmese pythons as pets. Then you’ll explore the surrounding village, rolling fields of tapioca and iconic rice paddies.
If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the rice paddies before the harvesting season, which is a marvelous sight. Your next stop will be at a traditional farmhouse, where you try the local produce including coconuts and Mekong Delta whiskey.
Another variation of the tour begins with trying local Delta produce, as well as Mekong whisky and wine. Then walk along the verdant banks of the river to a traditional rural Vietnamese house, where 3 generations live together.
In the village, your Mekong Delta Tour guide will introduce you to the house owners, who each have their own stories of life in the Mekong to share. The second variation provides more of an insight into living in the Mekong Delta, and its customs and culture.
A special feature of this Mekong Delta Tour is that you will be able to visit both a Buddhist pagoda and a Cao Dai Temple. Near the Cao Dai Temple is an orphanage run by Buddhist monks, where you will hear story of the orphans who live there
Your Les Rives chef serves you a traditional Vietnamese lunch includes fresh spring rolls, caramelized pork, chicken with ginger, and the Mekong Delta delicacy, Elephant Ear fish.
What to know in advance of Mekong Delta Tour…
There are two main routes for this Mekong Delta Tour after you depart the market, depending on the tour guide and water level.
Bring your camera! The Mekong Delta is one of the most beautiful regions of Vietnam, and there many opportunities to capture classic images of rural Vietnamese life during this Mekong Delta trip.
Please request vegetarian or Halal food options 24 hours in advance of your Mekong Delta tour. Please note for Halal food a $10 surcharge will be incurred.
Soft drinks ( Coke Zero), matcha green tea, water and fruit provided during the boat journey are included in the overall price and not subject additional charge.
Les Rives will provide insect repellent, waterproof ponchos and umbrellas.
When visiting pagodas and temples it is respectful, but not mandatory, to cover exposed skin.
We also recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, light clothing and a hat.
If you do your Mekong Delta Tour from November to February, we suggest you bring a jacket for the early starts.
Mekong Whisky is available for purchase as a souvenir from the producer.
We are happy to say that no tour is exactly the same with Les Rives, and as result scheduled times can vary slightly.
All guides speak excellent English and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
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WHY LES RIVES ?
We Only Operate Small Group Tour
Carefully Time Our Tours To Avoid Large Bus Crowds
Only Authentic Tours With Unique Experiences
Friendly, Knowledgeable & English Proficiency Tour Guides With International License
Traveling By Speedboat Is Quicker And Way More Fun Than By Bus
All Boats Have Complete International Standard Safety Equipment
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