Tien River: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

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

Around 7:40AM. Get picked up from your central hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and head to the Mekong Delta. Pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. The first stop is Vinh Trang Pagoda. Explore and admire the unique architecture of this historic site, which features a blend of Vietnamese, Khmer, and Chinese influences.  Continue your trip to My Tho and take a boat cruise along the Mekong River where you can escape the busy town. We will pass by the Tortoise islet and the Dragon, Phoenix, and arrive at Unicorn Islet. This journey takes you through tranquil fruit orchards, and rustic villages where you can observe the daily lives of locals. Enjoy a sampan ride through the coconut trees-lined canals. Disembark and explore the village on foot. Visit local families where you can enjoy fruits, honey tea and wine while listening to traditional music performed by the villagers. This is a chance to witness the region's rural life up close. After that, enjoy a local lunch (vegan food available) Continue your trip to cruise to Ben Tre province - the land of coconuts where you can tour a coconut farm and witness the process of making coconut candy, rice paper, and other coconut-based products. After that, you will have time to relax on a hammock or bike around the village. As the sun sets, travel back to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive approximately at 5:00PM.

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

2. 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.

Upper Mekong River: Day Tour

3. Upper Mekong River: Day Tour

Discover the Mekong Delta area on this guided day trip from Ho Chi Minh. See infamous sites like the Vinh Trang pagoda, the Tien River, and the Tan Thach canal before having lunch at a local restaurant. Start your excursion by taking a bus ride through the breathtaking rice field scenery along National Highway 1, which will then bring you to the beautiful rural district of Trung Luong. Upon arriving at My Tho, visit the sacred Vinh Trang pagoda. Then, take a leisurely cruise along the Tien River to view the four beautiful islands of Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise. Pass by the fish rafts along the Tien River, overlooking the Rach Mieu Bridge. Stroll along the village road, visit an orchard, and enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea to the sound of Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by locals. Afterward, ride a hand-rowed sampan through the Tan Thach canal. Then, visit a coconut candy mill and continue your boat trip along the small canal under the shadow of the water coconut trees. End your experience by enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.

Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta: Full Day Small Group Tour

4. Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta: Full Day Small Group Tour

First, be picked up from your hotel and after about 1.5 hours, you will reach Cu Chi tunnels. On arrival, through a short video, you are given an introduction into how the Cu Chi Tunnels were made and how the Vietnamese people suffered the hardships during the period of war. Be taken to discover the remaining area and a part of the tunnel network which embraces special living areas – kitchens and bedrooms side by side, and martial facilities – weapon factories, storage, command centers, and field hospitals. Additionally, learn about dangerous traps and hidden trap doors inside the maze-like tunnels for the guerrillas’ security purpose during the wartime. Interestingly, taste special tea and cassava which was once the everyday food of the former Vietnamese guerrillas. Have lunch at a local restaurant and then visit My Tho city. Take a leisurely cruise along Tien River. After, pay a visit to a coconut candy mill, a family business, then be taken down the small canals by wooden sampans to soak up the pleasant atmosphere of the river region. Savor seasonal fruits, take a sip of honey tea and get a sense of Southern Vietnamese folk music through music performed by the locals. You will return to Ho Chi Minh City at approximately 7:00 PM.

Mekong Delta tour to Cai Be – Tan Phong Island full day

5. Mekong Delta tour to Cai Be – Tan Phong Island full day

07:30 AM: Depart for Cai Be by bus/van via Trung Luong Expressway. Upon arrival in Cai Be, have a boat ride to the remaining site of a renowned wholesale floating market on the Tien River many years ago. This site entitles you to know something about the local trading habit that has changed due to the age of the modern society when more terrestrial transportation and high-technique of agriculture have dominated everywhere. There, you can realize how diverse the area is and how rich orchard gardens are, which makes it the basket of fruit in the lower part of the Mekong River. Ramble in small villages where you will uncover the beauty of an ancient house and learn about the indigenous culture. Make a short visit to a small family business where the locals make coconut fudges and crispy rice popcorn. Savor delicious fresh fruit and feel the slow rhythms of Southern Vietnamese folk music – a kind of music entwined with the life and culture of the Mekong Delta people. Paddle through small canals – an exciting experience since you can look around, unwind, and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of the Upper Mekong Delta. Additionally, after arrival on Tan Phong Island, immerse yourself in nature's tranquility. At lunchtime, you not only enjoy luscious food but also get closer to the locals as it is a chance to learn how to prepare Vietnamese specialties. The meal is cooked on your own and served in the heart of the local garden. Cycle on the village path through orchards. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong Delta. Visit Ba Kiệt’s ancient house. Take a boat ride back to Cai Be and meet your bus for the trip back to Ho Chi Minh City. End your trip.

From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

6. 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.

A Day Tour to Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta

7. A Day Tour to Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta

Cu Chi Tunnels is the unique underground village with a complex network over 250km long, a must-see destination for every first time visitor to Vietnam! This tunnel system was created as defence against the enemy. It provided a safe and hidden city for long term living with smoke-free kitchens, storage, handicraft and tailor stores, weapons factories, healthcare services, meeting rooms and command centers, which connected over one thousand tiny-warming houses where local people lived. Visit Mekong Delta, a green and peaceful landscape with the expanses of rice fields, to see the typical agriculture life, and immerse yourself in such local activities as: tasting locally-made candy, enjoying traditional folk music (recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity), rowing sampan through the green canals, and eating the typical Giant Gourami fish dish. • No additional or hidden expenses will be incurred during this tour • As this is a private tour, pick up time is flexible per your request • However, the private Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta tour generally runs between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM Cu Chi Tunnels • Watch a short documentary film about Cu Chi during the war (several foreign language options available at your request) • Discover the incredible network of Cu Chi tunnels, made entirely by hand • Taste the main dish eaten by locals during the war: boiled tapioca with hot pandan tea Mekong Delta • Cruise on the Tien river to visit the 4 islets which, represented as four mythical animals in Southeast Asia: Dragon, Kirin, Tortoise and Phoenix • Walk through orchard gardens tp taste fresh and seasonal tropical fruits • Enjoy the art of “Don ca tai tu” Southern folk music, which is an indispensable cultural activity to local life • Take a short walk through a quiet village to feel the true country atmosphere, and reach to the beautiful riverside restaurant for lunch • Enjoy a private lunch with various Mekong specialties, like: deep-fried giant gourami, spring rolls, giant fried sticky rice ball

One Day Tour to Explore Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta

8. One Day Tour to Explore Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta

Be picked up from your hotel and depart for Cu Chi. The journey will take approximately 1.5 hours from the heart of downtown. Upon arrival, learn about the Cu Chi Tunnels which were built during the war. Be taken to discover the remaining area and a part of the tunnel network which embraces special living areas of kitchens and bedrooms side by side and the martial facilities where the weapon factories, storage, command centers, and field hospitals are. Hear about dangerous traps and hidden trap doors inside the maze-like tunnels for the guerrillas’ security purpose during the war time. Taste a special tea and cassava which was once the everyday food of the former Vietnamese guerrillas. Afterwards, relax or take time to try shooting a real gun. Head towards the Mekong Delta and stop for lunch along the way. Upon arriving in My Tho Province, go on a sightseeing trip to see the stunning architecture and the solemn space of Vinh Trang Pagoda. Later, take a leisurely cruise along Tien River. Pay a visit to a coconut candy mill, a family business,  then be taken down the small canals by wooden sampans under the shadow of water coconut trees to soak up the pleasant atmosphere of the river region. Savor seasonal fruits, take a sip of honey tea and get a sense of Southern Vietnamese folk music, performed by the locals. You will return to Ho Chi Minh City between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM.

Mekong Delta Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

9. Mekong Delta Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Around 8:00AM, get picked up from your hotel or any private addresses in Ho Chi Minh City and head to the Mekong Delta. Pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. The first stop is Vinh Trang Pagoda. Explore and admire the unique architecture of this historic site, which features a blend of Vietnamese, Khmer, and Chinese influences. Continue your trip to My Tho and take a boat cruise along the Mekong River where you can escape the busy town. We will pass by the Tortoise islet and the Dragon, Phoenix, and arrive at Unicorn Islet. This journey takes you through tranquil fruit orchards, and rustic villages where you can observe the daily lives of locals. Enjoy a sampan ride through the coconut trees-lined canals. Disembark and explore the village on foot. Visit local families where you can enjoy fruits, honey tea and wine while listening to traditional music performed by the villagers. This is a chance to witness the region's rural life up close. After that, enjoy a local lunch (vegan food available) Continue your trip to cruise to Ben Tre province - the land of coconuts where you can tour a coconut farm and witness the process of making coconut candy, rice paper, and other coconut-based products. After that, you will have time to relax on a hammock or bike around the village. As the sun sets, travel back to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive approximately at 4:40PM. We take you back to your hotel.

Mekong Delta: My Tho - Ben Tre, Can Tho 2-Day Tour

10. Mekong Delta: My Tho - Ben Tre, Can Tho 2-Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 8 AM by your private car and tour guide, drive for 2-hours out of Saigon to My Tho City, known for its lush orchard gardens and traditional folk music.  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. At Kirin islet, visit a honey bee farm and a coconut candy workshop where you can taste the local specialties and see how the delicious sweets are made by hand. Walk through the orchard gardens to taste some seasonal tropical fruits and listen to some folk music. Relax on a rowing boat cruise as you journey through a mangrove palm canal then continue your trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village to experience the way locals traveled in the 19th-century. After eating lunch at a beautiful riverside restaurant, head back to Can Tho City and enjoy free time in the evening to explore. Stay overnight at your hotel.  On the second day, you have 2 options to meet your guide: at 5 AM or 7 AM. If you choose 5 AM, then you can have breakfast after coming back to your hotel from the floating market. If you choose 7 AM, you should have breakfast before meeting the guide. Even though Cai Rang Floating Market is open all day, the perfect time to catch the lively atmosphere is at around 6 AM. Cruise along the Hau river from Ninh Kieu Wharf. Try tropical fruits or even a hot rice noodle soup for a light breakfast. Stop at a chewy noodle workshop to learn more about other kinds of Vietnamese noodles.  Relax on your own. The guide and the car will take you back to Saigon.

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The guide was super brilliant! Full of energy!! The tour was also wonderful!! Just a side note— the drive up & to return is about 1,5 hr long- but we luved it because we saw alot of the local life-style.. also sadly there isn’t a floating market anymore on this tour.. U can book the 2 day tour for that.. However, everything else was wonderful & we thoroughly enjoyed it!!

Learning about the Mekong Delta and how it provides for the people who live in the area was amazing. We had such a funny and knowledgeable guide who made the experience that much better.

Over all very fun and no hassle tour especially my husband has disability. The tour guide was very accommodating and very knowledgeable with our questions.

Amazing trip doing a large variety of wonderful activities and learning a lot about the Mekong Delta. And our guide Peter was excellent.

Our guide was super cute, the tour was nice and cherfull.