Journey from Ho Chi Minh City into the heart of the Mekong Delta on a private small-group tour led by an experienced local guide, cruising along the mighty Mekong in a private longtail boat. Experience this important river Delta firsthand as you explore both jungle-shaded canals and wide waterways to see fishing villages, exotic fruit farms and the rhythms of daily life. You’ll also enjoy a lunch of traditional Mekong Delta dishes and sample local specialties along the way.
Travel to the city of My Tho, a 2.5 hour journey, by air-conditioned mini-coach. A former naval base, My Tho is now a bustling port city in the Mekong Delta. The area is the final destination of the Mekong River which winds its way from Tibet, China, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and finally Vietnam. An incredibly fertile region its prime industry is food production, producing approximately half of Vietnam’s total agricultural output. Life for villagers in the area revolves around the rivers and canals that make up the delta, people are more likely to transport by river than by road.
Upon arrival into My Tho, you’ll board a private boat for a cruise on the Mekong River. On the boat ride, your local guide will take you to visit an island with lush tropical gardens where you’ll have a chance to sample tropical fruit. You’ll continue to another island in the Mekong Delta to learn more about another cottage industry, coconut candy. Your local guide will take you to a coconut candy factory and explain the process of making this sweet. You’ll have a chance to visit local villages in the area and learn more about the traditional lifestyles, culture and customs of people who call the Delta their home.
Continue by a motorized cart to a bee farm where you’ll transfer to a smaller rowing boat allowing you to get deeper into the smaller canals of the Delta. Sample the local Mekong cuisine at the Diem Phuong Restaurant where lunch is served. After lunch, you’ll return to My Tho for the journey back to Ho Chi Minh City.