Mekong - The Land of Smiles

The Mekong Delta features an amazing opportunity to experience the authentic lives of locals that depend on the river to make a living. Completely focused and lived around the water, the Mekong Delta shows us a way of life which has continued unchanged for hundreds of years. You'll see fruit orchards on either side of the river, alluring rice paddies, friendly smiles and floating markets - every inch is filled with life.

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Insight Mekong Delta Group Tour

Insight Mekong Delta Group Tour

1 day from $120 pp

Taking you from the busy city to the rural villages of the Mekong Delta, this Insight Mekong Delta Group Tour brings you the fascinating chance to discover one of the most fascinating places in Vietnam. The tour includes lots of entertaining activities to learn about the authentic culture in such...

1 day
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Mekong In Style

Mekong In Style

2 days from $158 pp

Get an insight into the life of the people living in the Mekong area with a boat trip and homestay in Mekong Delta. You will be taken along the river and walk through one of the rural villages where you learn how to make regional specialties: rice paper, coconut candy, popcorn, etc in traditional...

2 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Southern Vietnam Discovery

Southern Vietnam Discovery

4 days from $298 pp

Diverse culture and stunning nature will guide you around Southern Vietnam, as you take in the paradise of beach and land when joining this tour. During your holiday, you will have time in top attraction in Ho Chi Minh city and learn more about the past of this modern city, visit Ben Thanh market,...

4 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Authentic Mekong Experience

Authentic Mekong Experience

4 days from $284 pp

Mekong Delta is the lifeblood of Southern Vietnam and there really is a no better option than this 4-day tour to immerse yourself in the lifeline of this exotic land. It will be such a fascinating experience when watching people go shopping in floating markets like they have been doing for hundreds...

4 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Signature of Mekong Delta

Signature of Mekong Delta

4 days from $295 pp

Discover the fantastic splendor of floating Mekong Delta on this 4-day journey. Starting from Ho Chi Minh city, you will be free to walk around and feel the vibrant and bustling ambience of this young city before venturing to Ben Tre for scenic boat trips along natural canals. Experience how local...

4 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Explore The Authentic Southern Vietnam

Explore The Authentic Southern Vietnam

5 days from $392 pp

Spending 5 days 4 nights to explore Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta is a perfect itinerary for you to gain a fascinating insight into daily life of locals. From historical attractions to the tranquil and peaceful Mekong Delta, you will have an amazing opportunity to discover Cu Chi Tunnels - a...

5 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Vietnam Southern Cuisine

Vietnam Southern Cuisine

5 days from $469 pp

Specially desinged for all foodies who have short time traveling to Southern Vietnam, this Culinary Tour Package 5 Days is the optimal opportunity to discover the whole region through its cuisine and daily life. Starting from Ho Chi Minh city which is packed with various delicious dishes and...

5 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Vietnam Discovery At A Glance

Vietnam Discovery At A Glance

7 days from $644 pp

Explore the tremedous spirit of Vietnam with a 8-day tour from North to South, with the magnificent Halong Bay with the excellent overnight on cruise experience, the delicious traditional dishes from freash ingredients and the friendly local resident with warm smiles, and there are just small parts...

7 days
Hanoi → Halong Bay → Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Explore the fantastic Southern Vietnam

Explore the fantastic Southern Vietnam

7 days from $592 pp

When in the charming South East Asia, travelers flock to Vietnam, for its historic temples, friendly locals and stunning beach relaxation. On this sublime tour to Southern of Vietnam, you will not only learn more about the history and culture when visiting the top attraction in Ho Chi Minh city,...

7 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Phu Quoc → Ho Chi Minh
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Vietnam delights of nature and culture

Vietnam delights of nature and culture

8 days from $776 pp

08 day trip with Vietnam Delights Of Nature And Culture will take you to the amazing highlights along S-shaped Vietnam. In the beginning in the North with Hanoi and Halong Bay, you will be amazed by the mixture of the antique splendor and the modern life, by the stylist buildings and the stunning...

8 days
Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hoi An → Hue → Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Family vacation to Southern and Central Vietnam

Family vacation to Southern and Central Vietnam

9 days from $992 pp

With stunning natural wonders, charming countryside life and friendly locals, Vietnam is the perfect place to take a fascinating family vacation. During this Family vacation to Southern and Central Vietnam 9 days, your family will not only do sightseeing in some interesting landscapes, but also...

9 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Danang → Hoi An → Nha Trang → Ho Chi Minh
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Discover Vietnam at first sight

Discover Vietnam at first sight

10 days from $971 pp

Long regarded as the destination of outstanding natural beauties from Noth to South with pleasant climate, Vietnam is gaining the fresh life with the addition of a number of unique cultural sightseeing routes, diverse unique cultural and local experience, not to mention a raising number of modern...

10 days
Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hoi An → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Family Discovery Vietnam & Cambodia

Family Discovery Vietnam & Cambodia

10 days from $1223 pp

Bring your children and let's step into the Asian mystery landscape of Vietnam and Cambodia on an fabulous family-focused vacation. Dazzle your kids with kayaking time in marvelous Halong Bay – The natural UNESCO Heritage Sites, watch your little travelers' faces light up when exploring the...

10 days
Hanoi → Halong Bay → Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Siem Reap
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Vietnam Best Family Holidays

Vietnam Best Family Holidays

11 days from $1015 pp

Vietnam is considered an interesting destination for family holidays in South East Asia, and our 11 day Vietnam Best Family Holiday offers you the opportunity to discover the majestic beauty of Vietnam with scanty time and obtain memorable moments with your family member. Starting from Ho Chi Minh...

11 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Hoi An → Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Halong Bay → Hanoi
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Vietnam Flavors

Vietnam Flavors

11 days from $1134 pp

Join Vietnamese cooking classes as well as cities’ highlights in Hanoi and Hue; cruise across Halong Bay, a World Natural Heritage, packed with the miraculous islands, limestone grottoes, and emerald seawater; relax in the peaceful countryside of Hoi An; learn about Vietnam history by visiting Cu...

11 days
Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Discover the highlights of Vietnam

Discover the highlights of Vietnam

12 days from $1111 pp

Vietnam - Our country which is located in in the East of Indochinese Peninsula is furthering its case as natural and cultural destination, not just a stopover to the beach. Trekking in Sapa Town to the ethnic villages Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai, Kayaking in the magnificent Halong Bay,...

12 days
Hanoi → Sapa → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh
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Sweet Honeymoon In Vietnam

Sweet Honeymoon In Vietnam

12 days from $1292 pp

Sweet Honeymoon In Vietnam is aimed to bring you a perfect beginning to your new life in the best destinations in Vietnam. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta and Phu Quoc are among most popular destinations for honeymoon vacations that lure couples and provide romantic ambiance for...

12 days
Hanoi → Halong Bay → Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Phu Quoc
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The authentic & unique experiences in Mekong you can expect

Mekong travel guide information

Mekong Quick Facts

Mekong River is well known as the seventh longest in Asia in particular and the world's twelfth longest river. It runs through 6 countries that are China, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. More than 60 million people depend on the river for having food and water

Mekong River goes by many names. In Vietnam, it was given the name as the Nine Dragons River (Song Cuu Long) due to the separation of the river into 9 arms toward different directions

Status: Vietnam’s largest rice basket

Dry season (November to April) and Wet season (May to October)

The Khmer’s culture has a strong effect on the life of locals at the Mekong Delta region. The Mekong Delta is considered as a "biological treasure trove"

Best time to visit Mekong, vietnam

In Mekong Delta, any day of the year would be a great time for travellers to take a short excursion. Do not worry about the rainy season as the rains usually short and won't affect your trip. In addition, the weather is very stable throughout the year with an average temperature of 30 degrees celsius.

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Best things to do in Mekong, vietnam

"Experience the authentic floating life"

Since the water flows more than 33,500 miles (54,000 kilometres), the residents' life has been quickly set up around this place. A floating market is merely a tourist attraction to some people, but to locals here, it is a way of life.You will be surprised that life here is much lived on, almost by or near the water. In order to withstand the floods that happen frequently, houses and fishing farms are built on stilts. Easily watching big ferries carry people, vehicles, and food from this terminal to the others. The products which are selling in the markets are pretty different from one to the others. While Cai Be floating market focuses on rice and potatoes, Cai Rang floating markets are famous for selling many kinds of fruits. This is a list of the 7 main floating markets in the Mekong Delta:* Cai Rang floating market, Phong Dien floating market at Can Tho Province* Cai Be floating market at Tien Giang Province* Nga Bay floating market at Hau Giang Province* Nga Nam floating market at Soc Trang Province* Tran On floating market at Vinh Long Province* Long Xuyen floating market at An Giang Province

"Vinh Trang Pagoda - an ancient Buddhist pagoda with special structure"

This pagoda was built in 1849 which is situated in My Tho, Tien Giang province with its area is nearly 2000m2. Vinh Trang Buddhist pagoda is famous for its architecture - the blending of Vietnamese, Khmer, Chinese and also European styles. You will be amazed and look intently at the intricate designs and ornaments on the walls and arches. This pagoda is full of beautiful flowering shrubs and well maintained potted plants. In addition, the laughing and reclining Buddha outside and the bronze life-size Buddha idol inside are truly remarkable and make you want to bow down in respect and devotion.

"Sampan Cruise in Ben Tre and Cai Be"

Simply take a sampan which is a small wooden rowboat, and paddle your way going deeper into many small canals of the Mekong tributaries to come across flower and vegetable farms, rice factories, many fruit orchards and all sorts of attractions by the water. Best places to do this is Ben Tre, My Tho and Cai Be where you can totally immerse into the beauty of nature. 

"Colourful Cai Be fruit orchard"

Can you guess where is the place which provides approximately 70% of the fruit consumed all over Vietnam? This is the Mekong Delta where has a load of fruit orchards scattered throughout the provinces that make up the Delta. You are easy to find many kinds of fruits such as guava, apple, mango, grapefruit, dragon fruit, jackfruit, mangosteen, durian, plum, etc.., is cultivated. When you visit Tan Phong island of Cai Be, you will see many fruit orchards and if you want, just ask politely the owner and give them a small amount of money to visit their orchards and take photos, try fruits and even buy them to your friends and your families. 

"Stay with a local family in Vinh Long"

Vinh Long is known as a major transit hub and has good connections to go from this island to many others. With the convenient location of surrounding by the network of streams and canals, there are many families now welcome travellers as one family member, giving them the great chance to experience daily life on the Mekong. There is also a B&B Ut Trinh with several guestrooms. The service, tranquillity, and possibility to help in the kitchen give this place a homey feeling. You will be amazed by its beauty, cleanliness, and well-maintained furniture with a very attentive and kind staff even they do not speak English well.

"Evergreen Tra Su Mangrove forest"

This forest is located in the An Giang province of the giant Mekong Delta which is just 30km southwest of Chau Doc. It is an amazing ecosystem with full of cajeput trees that line dusty dirt paths and a flooded mangrove forest that is a stunning backdrop for plants and animals. This is also the home to 140 types of flora, 70 species of birds, 11 types of animals, 25 species of reptiles, and 23 kinds of fish. Tra Su is a mangrove forest which flooded throughout the year but the most beautiful time is from August to December. You will pass waterbirds of all shapes and colours, dancing between the reeds and lotus blossoms, and their small bodies and hollow bones barely making a dent on the leaves. You will witness the most stunningly peaceful views once you are in the heart of the forest. This is an absolutely not-to-be-missed half-day trip from Chau Doc.

"Cruise Mekong experience"

Staying for more than 1 night in the Mekong River, you will find it easy to witness the local life drift past. Most vessels here are beautifully crafted and still retain their original hand-carved charm. An adventure through Vietnam and probably Cambodia which depends on your itinerary with Mekong river cruise experience will uncover breathtaking moments with enchanting culture, from charismatic Ho Chi Minh City to victorious historic Phnom Penh.

Top Vietnam Food in Mekong, vietnam

"Fish noodle soup (Bun Ca)"

While the taste of fish noodle soup in Hanoi is balanced between sweet, sour and salty, the noodle here has a strong flavour which is a mixture of thin noodles, fish caught from the Mekong river, salad of banana inflorescence, green herbs, mung bean sprouts, soup cooked using fish bones and a special ingredient is the golden Sesbania sesban flowers (HoaDienDien). Everything mixed together and turned into the amazing soup.

"Coconut candy – Ben Tre"

Ben Tre is very famous for its coconut candy which is made by their local coconut fruit which has the unique natural sweet – tasting. For such a long time, coconut candies have become a major commodity which brings economic benefits as well as introduces Ben Tre food cuisine to the world.

"Snakehead fish thick noodle soup (Banh Canh ca loc)"

This is a mixture of thick noodles, green herbs, mung bean sprouts, snakehead fish meat which caught from the Mekong River and thick soup. You are easy to try this noodle almost everywhere in the Mekong River as it is one of the favourite meals of the locals.

"Vietnamese pancake (Banh Xeo)"

If you have never tried “Banh Xeo”, please try it now. It is one of the popular meals of Vietnamese. To cook “Banh Xeo”, the main ingredients are eggs and meat – two basic foods you can find anywhere. With little mung bean sprouts, green herbs, and carrots; you will have a delicious pancake. However, the main element which makes the pancake here is special is the sauce. You can ask the local people and you will see people keen to share it with you.

"Snakehead fish rice porridge (Chao ca loc)"

It is a mixture of 2 main ingredients: snakehead fish and rice porridge. Some people put a little pepper and green herbs to have a stronger flavour. It is very simple to make but very delicious as well. 

"Mud carp fish hotpot with the golden Sesbania Sesban flowers (Lau ca linh bong dien dien)"

If you have tried the fish hotpot before, you would see that this type of hotpot is rather salty. However, the fish hotpot here is rather sweet than salty. The main ingredient to make a delicious fish hotpot is the golden Sesbania Sesban flowers. Some people also put some other ingredients such as mung bean sprouts, green herbs, and tofu. 

"Elephant Ear Fish (Ca Tai Tuong)"

Although the name of this type of fish sounds a bit weird because of its appearance, enjoying the fish can be a great experience. You can find this fish in both the restaurants and homestays in some other parts in Vietnam like Ho Chi Minh City, but to find the true flavour and taste, it should be cooked in a traditional Mekong style. The way to eat that is very unique also; you should take a small piece of fish, pickles, noodle, and vegetables and roll in rice paper. After dipping the roll in fish sauce, lemongrass and chilli, you will find the taste at its best.  

"Chau Doc’s palm sugar steam rice cake (Banh thot not Chau Doc)"

Palm trees have many uses like its leaves are used for roofing, fuels while the old trees are used to make house pillars, tables, and chairs. Among these uses, anyone can try an amazing dish which is a mixture of coconut, rice cake, and palm sugar. It will impress you like nature and people here. 

Top accomomodation to stay in Mekong, vietnam

1. CAN THO

CAN THO 3 - STAR
Kim Tho Hotel

Located in the heart of City Center at Ninh Kieu Quay, Kim Tho Hotel is a great spot from which to discover Can Tho. This hotel is an ideal place of stay for travellers seeking charm, comfort, and convenience in Can Tho

Hau Giang Hotel

At Hau Giang Hotel Can Tho, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. Whatever your reason for visiting Can Tho is, this hotel is the perfect property for spending your relaxing time and enjoying the local's life

Green Village 2 - Mekong Lake View

The property is situated approximately 70 meters from a local river that you can easily take a boat tour. Besides, behind the accommodation, there is another hidden canal where allows you to take the free rowing boats to explore by yourself

CAN THO 4 - STAR
TTC Hotel

Whenever you are at TTC Hotel Premium - Can Tho for holiday or business, you will be kindly welcomed by the professional, friendly and hospitable staff. They also have an amazing swimming pool where is the ideal place to spend your free time

Victoria Can Tho Resort

Easily to access to Can Tho town, this quiet retreat is located on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst gardens with a load of exotic plants. With its colonial-style architecture and the natural beauty of the river, you will definitely have a relaxing time here

Nam Bo Boutique Hotel

This hotel is an all-suite hotel located right in the centre of the Ninh Kieu pier, in Can Tho, at a stone's throw of every river transport, and which affords a panoramic view of the Mekong River. The Nam Bo is the ideal port of call in the Mekong Delta, for a stay or simply for a cocktail or a fine meal

CAN THO 5 – STAR
Vinpearl Hotel Can Tho

This is a distinct addition to Can Tho and a smart choice for travellers. Take advantage of a wealth of unrivalled services and amenities at this Can Tho hotel. This accommodation brings every traveller easy access to the must-see attractions of the city due to its convenient location

2. CHAU DOC
CHAU DOC 3 – STAR
Victoria Nui Sam Lodge Hotel

This property is situated on the side of a spiritual mountain - Sam Mountain where is the home to dozens of temples and pagodas with many trees surrounding and overlooks the rice fields. Victoria Nui Sam is considered as a truly magnificent location offering travellers a unique experience 

Chau Pho Hotel

Chau Pho Hotel is situated in the city centre of Chau Doc which is a superb family hotel at a competitive price. Its rooms are pretty spacious that includes more modern facilities than expected from a 3-star hotel in this area

CHAU DOC 4– STAR
Victoria Chau Doc Hotel

Stay at charming Victoria Chau Doc Hotel – you will discover the effervescent life of floating villages. This property stands out from the crowd for its perfect colonial style with low-rise French architectural design blending with the beauty of the natural surrounding

3. VINH LONG
VINH LONG HOMESTAY
Ut Trinh homestay

After Mr Binh's parents passed away, he got inherited their traditional house, and he has lived there for so many years with his wife, a 9-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter. They started to received guests staying at their home a few years ago and it is the best chance for the traveller to get a closer view of local people in the Delta, to gain more knowledge of their daily water life. Such natural favours make locals kindly hearted!

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