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From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

1. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

Discover the verdant beauty of the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh city. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan or bus and board a motorboat for a ride through islands on the Tien River. Enjoy a local lunch in an orchard and ride a rowboat under coconut trees on the Bao Dinh canal. Depart from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and head to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. Pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. Along the way, visit the Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta.  Go by motorized boat on the Tien River to the Qui (Tortoise islet). 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. Join in the daily activities that the locals do and take in the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside.  Visit the bee house, and take a picture of the pythons. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. The boat cruise will lead you through the 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 trees. After your boat ride, take a bike ride around the island before returning to the bus.

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Combo City and Hidden Gems Tour

2. Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Combo City and Hidden Gems Tour

Travel to every corner of the Ho Chi Minh on the back of the scooter and discover the city’s hidden gems. Explore the bustling streets, colorful markets, and must-see highlights to hidden alleyways, ancient apartments, and traditional local houses.  See beautiful local alleyways where Vietnamese families work, live, and socialize. Visit the famous Chinatown - the biggest and oldest in the world – where you will find out more about the traditional values and the lifestyles of the mixed cultures in Saigon. Explore various ancient temples and learn about the history of the different religions of this magical land. City Highlights: • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Central Post Office • Saigon Opera House • Nguyen Hue Walking Street • City hall Hidden Gems: • The Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument • Ho Thi Ky Wholesale Flower Market • Nguyen Thien Thuat Oldest Apartment • Local Cambodian Market • China Town With famous medicine street • Thien Hau Temple (day time trips only)

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Street Food Tour with Local Students

3. Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Street Food Tour with Local Students

Sample 5-6 of the best street foods in Ho Chi Minh City, along with 2 drinks and a dessert, on a guided food tour. Visit the places where actual locals go with your guide and gain insights into Vietnamese culture. Sample must-have food and drinks, including banh mi, noodle soup, beer, and more. After pickup from your hotel by motorbike, you will have a chance to see the real Ho Chi Minh City away from the crowds of tourists. Stop at local street food hubs where locals gather and socialize. Explore and immerse yourself in the local culture in the craziness of Saigon's traffic and markets. Eat and sample 8 must-have treats in the city's back alleys. Warm up your taste buds with Bun bo hue beef noodle soup. Then, take a stroll, trying grilled pork with ride noodles on the way. Next, try the traditional Vietnamese banh mi sandwich before enjoying a refreshing sugar cane drink. Next, discover Vietnam's best culinary hidden gem: chuoi nuong grilled banana with coconut milk. Sample this traditional sweet and salty mix of tropical fruits and coconut milk sauce. Then, have a sit-down and relax, sipping a Saigon beer on the terrace of a local restaurant. Then, watch your banh xeo Vietnamese savory crispy pancake being made in front of you. Finally, finish off with the perfect treat, a sweet soup dessert. Be taken back to your hotel, having sampled the must-have delicacies of Ho Chi Minh and experienced Vietnamese culture with your student guide.

Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour by Limo

4. Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour by Limo

Discover the beauty of the Vinh Trang pagoda on this day trip from Ho Chi Minh city. Travel in a VIP Ford Transit limousine. Take a boat to Coconut Island, try local products and walk through local orchards in a small village, and savor a delicious Vietnamese lunch. Board the limousine for the 90-minute ride to My Tho. During the ride, you’ll have views of lush green rice paddy fields and scenes of local life. The first stop on this full-day program is to visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the largest pagoda in the Mekong delta. Afterwards, continue on to My Tho, where you’ll board a boat for a cruise along the Mekong River. The boat will take you onto a small canal, where you’ll leave hectic city life behind. Pass beneath coconut palms lining the canal on your way to Coconut Island in Ben Tre. Disembark and enjoy a walk around the village, stopping to meet a local family and taste tropical fruit, honey tea, and honey wine. Enjoy the sounds of traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers. Visit the village’s coconut candy shop, see how the candy is made, and also see some handicrafts made from coconut palm. Continue your walk through fruit orchards, admiring the flowers, trees, and other natural scenery. Head to a local restaurant for lunch and enjoy special Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, have half an hour to relax in the shade of the trees, take another walk around the village or go biking. Then it will be time to return to the ferry and head back to Ho Chi Minh City in the comfort of your VIP Ford Transit limousine. Be returned to your accommodation after the tour.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Luxury 1-Day Group Tour

5. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Luxury 1-Day Group Tour

Your tour begins hotel pickup in Ho Chi Minh City between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM. Travel by minivan or bus to My Tho, a city situated on the Mekong Delta. Take part in a variety of activities that will offer you the chance to get to know Vietnam. Hop aboard a horse-drawn cart and admire the coconut trees that dominate the landscape. Row down the canal in a small boat, then cycle down provincial roads to see the rice fields, pineapple plantations, orchards, and small hamlets. Ride a motorboat down the mighty Mekong River and see Dragon Island, Phoenix Island, and Turtle Island. Stop at the famous Unicorn Island and visit a local bee farm. Taste natural honey along with honey wine, rice wine, and banana wine. Walk through the village, then visit a coconut candy workshop and learn how to make coconut candies. Hop back on the motorboat and travel along lush green canals to a local restaurant where you'll enjoy a Vietnamese lunch. Venture to another part of the island and enjoy tropical fruit as you listen to traditional south Vietnamese music. If you choose the "Luxury Tour Group Tour" option then after this delicious snack, you will take you back to My Tho to visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Enjoy the convenience of hotel drop-off once the bus has returned you to Ho Chi Minh City.

Saigon: Night Food Tour by Motorbike

6. Saigon: Night Food Tour by Motorbike

At 5:30PM your English speaking driver team will pick you up at your hotel or a specified place. From there, your first stop will be at a famous local restaurant, specialising in beef noodles soup, one of the most popular dishes in Vietnam. After that, drive to Nguyen Thien Thuat street, one of the most famous street food areas in Saigon with the considerable diversity in the style of the cuisine and local culture. Take a short walk to explore and understand more about the lifestyle of local people, the history, as well as many other stories about this building. Then stop for enjoying bo la lot (beef wrapped in betel leaf), one of the most famous street foods of Vietnam. Then, continue driving to the biggest flower market in Saigon before passing by Nguyen Trai street located in district 5 which is famous for hundreds of fashion shops along the street. Driving over Nguyen Van Cu Bridge, look out upon the Saigon River and some of the stilt houses which sit upon it, and enjoy the fresh cool breeze from the river. Afterwards, visit district 4, also known as the smallest district in Saigon, a small island surrounded by Saigon River. Then enjoy BBQ seafood on BBQ Street where many famous seafood restaurants rise up and attract thousands of guests coming here every night to enjoy dinner and share beautiful moments with their families and friends.  Then, finish the tour with a drive back to your hotel. 

Saigon by Night: Private City Tour by Jeep and Skybar Drink

7. Saigon by Night: Private City Tour by Jeep and Skybar Drink

Enjoy a 3-hour after-dinner tour of Saigon by jeep, starting with a pickup at your hotel. See magnificent French colonial monuments, including the Opera House, City Hall, Notre Dame, and Post Office. Take in the local night market, where you can stop to shop if you like. Visit streets that come alive after dark in a busy and exciting area of the city. Ride to the city’s suburbs and see another side of Saigon, with a chance to take in some fresh air. End the night at a rooftop bar, admiring views of the city while you enjoy a free drink. The timing of the tour is flexible. If you’d like to customize the tour be sure to let the local operator know in advance.

From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

8. From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 8:00 AM by your private car and tour guide, drive for 2-hours out of Saigon to the port. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to see 4 islets which are represented as four mythical animals in Southeast Asia: Dragon, Kirin, Tortoise, and Phoenix. Visit a honey bee farm and taste a delicious honey tea with lemon known for its health properties. If you are feeling adventurous, take the opportunity to stop at a local python farm. Continue to a coconut candy workshop to see how the delicious candies are made by hand. Next, listen to some Don Ca Tai Tu, a genre of traditional folk music. Relax on a rowing boat cruise as you journey through a mangrove palm canal. Continue the trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village to experience the way locals traveled in the 19th-century. Finally, head to the Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho Town. This ancient building is considered to be the biggest and oldest pagoda in southern Vietnam and was influenced by Asian and Western architecture and culture. End the tour at around 5:00 PM where you will be returned to Saigon.

From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta, My Tho & Ben Tre Day Trip

9. From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta, My Tho & Ben Tre Day Trip

Depart at 8:00 AM from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and head to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. Enjoy an unforgettable 2-hour drive to the Mekong Delta along the provincial roads down in the Southern region of Vietnam. Pass rice paddies, pineapple plantations, orchards, and small hamlets.  You'll arrive in My Tho at approximately 10:00 AM where you will ride on a local motorboat past Dragon Island, Phoenix Island, and Turtle Island. Stop at the famous Unicorn Island to visit a natural beekeeping farm, and taste honey wine, rice wine, and banana wine. Then take a walk through the village and row along the coconut canal to see daily local life in the Mekong Delta. Continue your motor boat trip to Ben Tre province to visit a handmade coconut candy workshop. Then transfer to a small motor boat and travel along the lush, green canals, stopping at local Vietnamese restaurant for some traditional food. Later on, enjoy various types of tropical fruits at the orchard garden and listen to traditional music. At the end of the tour, a local boat will take you back to My Tho. From there a bus will drive you back to Ho Chi Minh city, arriving at around 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM.

Mekong Delta: My Tho & Ben Tre Full-Day Trip in Small Group

10. Mekong Delta: My Tho & Ben Tre Full-Day Trip in Small Group

After pick-up from your hotel at 07:30, depart Ho Chi Minh City and journey to Vinh Trang pagoda, one of the largest in the Mekong Delta. Admire its ornate facade and large Buddha statue. Then, cruise along the Tien River to experience life in the Mekong Delta up close. Pass by 4 small islands - Phoenix, Unicorn, Dragon and Tortoise Island - see lush tropical trees and the typical stilt houses of the fishing villages as you make your way through the narrow canals by rowing boat. Stop for lunch in an orchard garden and then learn how to make coconut candy. Sample sweet pieces of the candy and buy some of your favorites to take home. Savor a snack of fresh fruits and honey tea as locals entertain you with Vietnamese traditional folk music. Return to the minibus for the drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will arrive at approximately 17:00.

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,606 reviews

The tour is 100% “for tourists”. Knowing this, if it's something they're good with, the tour is very well organized, the guide is excellent, and it's interesting to visit the islands in the Mekong, taste the various local flavors, see the production of coconut-based items, small boat trip along the river and the bike ride (which was very short because of the threat of rain and we had to return to the big boat). The trip is long but if you take the opportunity to rest, overall it's a very well spent day.

Great experience for the price paid and also very good lunch, thanks a lot especially to our guide Lian, spectacular

It's a very touristy experience but it's worth your time. We had a good time during our visit.

Even for Japanese people who are not good at English, they carefully explained and guided us.

Really enjoyed this tour, and Felix was a fantastic host, full of knowledge and enthusiasm!