There are two popular one day Mekong Delta Tours from Ho Chi Minh City, the second of which provides the basis for other longer tours:
- Mytho and Ben Tre – 1 Day Tour
After the early morning departure you will arrive in My Tho which is the closest Mekong Delta city to HCMC. Here you visit a floating fish market then take a boat to Con Phung where you have a typical Vietnamese lunch before visiting select cottage industries such as handicrafts, honey and coconut candy producers. On the way home you’ll normally stop at a bonsai garden.
- Cai Be & Vinh Long – 1 Day Tour
You travel by coach to to Cai Be where you join a boat that takes you to the Cai Be floating market where you’ll see local people trading their produce from boats and you’ll visit the tropical fruit orchards and maybe a rice paper making business.
After lunch you’ll visit the market at Vinh Long and probably stop at the same bonsai garden in My Tho before returning to HCMC.
These one day tours only give you a small taste of the area because there simply isn’t time to delve any deeper in one day. They usually depart around 8.15am and are scheduled to return by 7pm. It’s well worthwhile staying longer if time permits. Details of the tour will vary slightly according to which company you travel with.
On the two day (one night) Mekong Delta tours you will normally be offered the Cai Be and Vinh Long trip then you stay overnight in Can Tho.
On the second day you visit the Cai Rang floating market and visit more interesting small businesses such as a vermicelli making shop and a rice husking mill then have lunch in Can Tho before enjoying more rural scenery and heading back to HCMC.
The three day (two night) tour then takes you deeper into the Mekong Delta with a visit to Chau Doc where you can climb Sam Mountain for spectacular views over the Cambodian border.
Four and five day tours are also readily available with each additional day taking you to more and more interesting places to visit. The majority of companies also offer the option to continue on from the Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, rather than returning to HCMC. Be sure to arrange your Cambodia Visa in HCMC before choosing this option.