Travel to the heart of the Mekong Delta region for an authentic cultural experience of the farms, villages and waterways of the enchanting Vietnamese enclave. Catch a rare glimpse of ancient agricultural practices and gain fascinating insight into the culture of the rural villages scattered along the banks of the mighty Mekong River.
Stay overnight at a family home in basic accommodation to experience an authentic portion of Vietnamese life, and enjoy traditional Vietnamese meals indicated on the itinerary. Depart and return to Ho Chi Minh City in an air-conditioned private vehicle.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (L, D)
In the early morning, meet your guide and small-group tour companions in front of the Opera House in Ho Chi Minh City. After introductions, set off by air-conditioned minivan for a 2.5-hour drive to the city of My Tho, gateway to the Mekong Delta.
Take in the scenic countryside as you travel and learn about the region from your expert guide. Upon arrival in My Tho, board a small private boat for a cruise along the Mekong River. Stop at a fish farm to gain insight into one of the region’s cottage industries before continuing to another island for a guided stroll around lush gardens with a variety of tropical fruits to taste. Then visit a coconut-candy factory and nearby villages to learn more about local industries and daily life.
Next hop aboard a xe loi (similar to a tuk-tuk) to see a bee farm, then transfer to smaller rowboats to travel on the shallow canals of the delta. Stop for lunch at a restaurant where your guide explains the regional cuisine and helps you select specialty dishes. After a tasty meal, hop back in your boat and navigate narrow creeks to pass Phoenix Islet, a beautiful spot known for fish farming.
In the afternoon, you arrive at the home of a local family who welcomes you for the night and shares stories about life on the Mekong Delta. Enjoy the surroundings including a large garden with tropical fruit trees. Accommodation is dormitory-style and facilities are basic. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided.
Overnight: homestay, Mekong Delta village
Day 2: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Wake up early and enjoy an authentic local breakfast before hopping on a bicycle to visit the village market with your guide. Browse stalls filled with fresh produce and other foods as morning shoppers bustle about. Then head back to your host's home for a fun lesson on Vietnamese cuisine as you help prepare lunch. Savor the meal and talk with the family before you return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Your tour ends with drop off at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City in the early evening. Please make your reservations in advance and advise your guide of your hotel name.