This Mekong Delta Day Tour is ideal for you to explore the beauty of the Mekong river from Ho Chi Minh City. You will take boat trips, go sightseeing, taste unique food and experience rural life along the river in just a day.

1. Mekong Delta Overview

In Southwest Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is a stunning maze of rivers, islets, and small villages with rice paddies and fruit plantations. It is renowned for being Vietnam’s second largest “rice bowl” and playing a key role in supplying the country with its staple food and export crop. It is also home to a unique ecosystem with many tributaries of the Mekong river.

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The Mekong river is the 12th longest river in the world flowing from the Tibetan plateau to the South China Sea. It stretches over an area of almost 5,000 km2 and crosses 6 countries, namely China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The river itself has created the fertile Mekong Delta with a biological treasure nowadays. Even though this magical land of Vietnam is quite off-the-beaten-track to foreign tourists, we are sure that a day trip to the Mekong Delta will not let you down. Let’s quickly explore the beauty of the Mekong Delta before you take your own real trip!

2. Best time to visit Mekong Delta

Tourists can visit the Mekong Delta all year round, but this destination is the most vibrant in spring and early summer. In spring (from late January to March), you can enjoy the fine show of blossom when walking around flower markets and gardens Sa Dec, Tan Quy Dong, Vi Thanh, etc.

Summer is the best time to taste tropical fruits which are nutritiously raised by the Mekong river and whole-hearted farmers. As April comes, pink shower trees (Cassia bakeriana) are in full blossom in some Mekong Delta provinces. You can snap some pictures under the trees or play with the petals driven by the wind.

Still, the Mekong Delta in other seasons holds its own beauty, and let’s come here for an interesting experience. 

3. Activities in the Mekong Delta Day Tour

3.1. Take boat trips along floating markets 

  • Opening hours:  5:00 to 17:00

You can start your trip to the Mekong Delta right away by going on a relaxing cruise along floating markets such as Cai Be, Cai Rang, Phong Dien, Ninh Kieu, etc. These markets are centrally located in the Mekong Delta so it would be an ideal first stop. You can also see the scenery along the river and its charming reflection in the water. From a far distance, tourists can see products hung on long poles. If you want to buy something, ride your boat near the seller and get them directly and easily at a reasonable price. Then, you can enjoy them in your fluctuating boat, we bet it is a thing that you hardly experience in other places.

3.2. Taste honey tea and sample locally-made coconut candy

Tourists will then get the paddle boat down the river and head to a beekeeping island. Here you can hold a bee hive and taste honey tea which is made from a mixture of pure honey, fresh lime, and hot tea. It looks really fresh and healthy! During this time, you enjoy some folk songs and take a look at some local products such as Vietnamese honey, queen bee pollen, and cobra wine.

Coming to the nearby island “Đất Dừa”, you can see how the coconut candy is made. The coconut mixture milk is made from 20% glutinous rice flour and 10% peanuts and is stirred for about 30 minutes. You can try some aromatic, chewy and sweet coconut candy for free. There are also several flavor variants such as ginger, chocolate, and pandan. This place also offers other coconut products like coconut oil, soap, and masks.

3.3. Taste Mekong Delta’s exceptional food

  • Hu Tieu Banh Cam: Address: No. 215 Ap Bac, My Tho city, Tien Giang province
  • Pia Cake: Soc Trang province

The first thing you need to try is a family lunch in Mekong Delta. The meal is simple but still delicious and wholesome. Some familiar dishes are tofu, spring rolls, fried rice, veggie food, and so on.

Then, it’s time for you to snack on seasoned locally grown fruits such as dragons, mangos, jackfruit, and Nam Roi pomelo. Besides coconut candy in Ben Tre, tourists are sometimes confused about choosing what to eat first as there are many different types of fruits and snacks. A must-try food we recommend is Pia Cake in Soc Trang which flavors the pure aroma of durian fruit. This is a specialty of Soc Trang province and is an acquired taste. Another food is Hu Tieu (rice noodle soup), a traditional Vietnamese dish that originated from Mỹ Tho province in the Mekong Delta. A My Tho Hu Tieu bowl consists of clear rice noodles, covered with rich broth topped with slices of boiled lean pork and stir-fried ground pork will please you at the first bite.

3.4. Cycle around local villages

To deeply dive into the rural life in Mekong Delta day tour, you can hire bikes from locals and experience tranquility and refreshment while cycling around local villages. Mekong Delta’s quiet back roads, friendly inhabitants, and stunning rural scenery will definitely take your breath away. Nothing could be more wonderful than staying healthy and recharging your battery during your Mekong biking.

3.5. Engage with locals

Locals affectionately dub the Mekong Delta “Miền Tây” and they always welcome tourists from all countries in the world. They put great emphasis on affectional love and have a simple lifestyle.

Tourists will be able to watch locals turn simple rice grains into unique dishes and snacks and learn to cook with the best authentic Mekong recipes. Also, folk music in the southwest region of Vietnam is so special as it features the life and people here. Sometimes, listening to them makes your heart leap with joy and grief.

Let’s book this one-of-a-kind experience in the Mekong Delta to make your day unforgettable! Please contact Metta Voyage for more information! Click here to check out the Exciting Mekong Delta Gateway Tour – 1 day!

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