Life along the Mekong Delta is extremely vibrant, diverse, and truly unique. This custom tailored tour will take you down the tremendous waterway to experience the expansive paddy fields and fabulous culture, the incredible wildlife and colorful floating markets. Spend your time drifting down secret canals that lead you to quiet villages. Look out over vast meadows filled with elegant birdlife. From unparalleled temples to friendly faces, you will find the beauty in Vietnam and the unforgettable...
Before the Delta Canals
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, the commercial capital of Vietnam. The city hides its culture beneath the rising modern luxury. The skyline is active and vibrant. The city lights create a rush of endless energy. The banks of the Saigon River are lined with decadent restaurants that offer tremendous views of the graceful winding water. The streets are a whirr that displays the city’s constant movement. Your local guide meets you at the airport and escorts you to your accommodation for the evening.
Ben Thanh Market comprises one of the liveliest and most quintessentially Vietnamese areas of the city. Mint, garlic, and ginger blend together to form enticing aromas. Soft silk is displayed in flashes of color inside some of the market’s endless stalls. In the evening you will enjoy a dinner with your guide who, the next day, will take you through the incredible culture and scenery of the Mekong Delta.
The city boasts an endless selection of brilliant restaurants that offer traditional Vietnamese flavors or even fuse the traditional with the unique. Nha Hang Ngon is popular amongst the locals and is housed inside a restored French Colonial mansion. The restaurant serves a wide array of Vietnamese dishes that range from simple hand made spring rolls to the popular central Vietnamese dish of Cao Lau. The streets seem to brim no matter the time of day as you make your way back to the hotel to settle in for the night.
The Edge of the River
Like the Locals
The Waterway to the Park
The Water’s End
Distance of the Delta
- Discover the grandeur of the French Colonial architecture that continues to run along the historic boulevards of Ho Chi Minh City
- Experience the depths of the Mekong Delta on a five-day tour through the main and fragmented waterways
- Witness the brimming culture and tradition of the river floating markets
- Visit the tremendous wildlife and landscape of the Tram Chim National Park
- See the tremendous diverse cultures of Chau Doc, from ethnic Chinese to Cham villagers
- Look out over the fantastic panorama from Sam Mountain
The scent of ginger and chili fill the air. Water gently guides you along the lush riverbanks. You see local fishermen casting nets in the early morning light. On this 7-day tour through the Mekong Delta you will find yourself in front of the exquisite cultures and vibrant landscapes of Vietnam. Whether you are a history enthusiast or an amateur anthropologist, a river ecologist or if you are just a fan of floating down a river, you will find the amazing lifestyle of the delta. From vivacious citrus orchards to encompassing floating markets, the Mekong is one long endless world for you to explore.
Your riverside journey begins in Ho Chi Minh City on the banks of the Saigon River. The city is the commercial capital of Vietnam and is known for its endless energetic neighborhoods. Your first day will give you time to relax and settle into the culture of the country. The people are gregarious and curious. The city seems to whir with excitement, from the French architecture to the hidden temples. That evening you will have dinner with your guide before setting out on the delta the following morning.
Venture through My Tho en route to Vinh Long. Once there you will climb aboard your boat and begin your exploration of the famed canals. Visit remarkable tropical fruit orchards and stunning cottage industries, local confectionaries and charming bonsai gardens. In the evening you settle into the town of Can Tho. The morning brings with it bustling floating markets to experience on your way to the village of Soc Trang and its exceptional temples and cultural life. The next day will take you along the Bassac River to Tam Nong and finally to the Tram Chim National Park and Wetlands Reserve.
The morning takes you out into the wildlife in search of the fabulous avifauna. In the afternoon you will come to Chau Doc and experience the collection of cultures, from ethnic Chinese to Khmer, along with the Cham Muslim villagers. Return to Ho Chi Minh City with the remainder of the day at your leisure to enjoy the fast-paced streets and bubbling markets. The next day you will have a private transfer to the airport to make the journey home.
$1,633 per person (excluding international flights)
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