Mekong Delta - The 'rice bowl' of Vietnam

The Mekong Delta is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. It officially starts about 100 km to the south west of Ho Chi Minh City.  The delta region encompasses a large portion of southeastern Vietnam of 39000 km2.

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This vast delta is formed by the mighty Mekong River which has its origin in the Tibetan highland plateau and makes its way through China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam before flowing out into the South China Sea. The Mekong's Vietnamese name, Cuu Long, means Nine Dragons for nine tributaries.

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The Mekong Delta, often referred to as Vietnam’s rice basket, is the biggest rice-growing region in the country which produces three harvests a year and provides 60% of nation’s rice. Besides that, Mekong delta is the place of different tropical fruits such as durian, coconut, banana, pineapple, dragon fruit… The majority of Vietnam's fruits come from the many orchards of the Mekong Delta. People come here can enjoy the seasonal fruits all round year.

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Mekong Delta is divided into 9 provinces. The main towns of the delta are My Tho, Vinh Long, Can Tho and Chau Doc.

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The area is both riparian and deeply rural, but it's also one of Vietnam's most densely populated regions. The people in this region are made up of Vietnamese and people of Khmer, Chinese and Cham origin. This accounts for the variety of religions that add to the cultural diversity of this area. Among the religions practiced here are: Buddhism, Catholicism, Cao Dai, Hoa Hao and Islam.

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How to travel to Mekong Delta:

Located quite near Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta is quite easy to reach.

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- By airway

Catch an international flight to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. From Ho Chi Minh City, continue to Mekong Delta by roadway. 2 main bus hubs in Ho Chi Minh City are Mien Dong Bus Station and Mien Tay Bus Station.

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- By waterway

It is quite easy and convenient to travel from Cambodia to Mekong Delta by waterway. You can travel from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc in An Giang Province. Going by waterway on Mekong River to get Mekong Delta is absolutely a perfect way to enjoy the beauty of this river.

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- By roadway

It is easy to travel from Kampot in the southern of Cambodia to Ha Tien in Kien Giang. Besides, bus connection between Phnom Penh and Can Tho are now available.

Famous attractions in Mekong Delta

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Best of Mekong Delta Tours

Insight Mekong Delta Full day - Small Group

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Price Excluded:

  • Private Tour
  • Transfer round trip HCMC – Ben Tre - HCMC by private car
  • Boat Trip on Ham Luong River
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • English Speaking guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Drinks
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Other services not mention above
Luxury Mekong Delta Speedboat Tour Full day

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Hotel pick-up drop off
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Unlimited refreshments and local fruit
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal Expense
  • Tips
  • Service are not mention
Ben Tre – Ba Lai Legend River Full day

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Transfer round trip from Ho Chi Minh City
  • Boat trip on Ben Tre River
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • English Speaking guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Drinks
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Other services not mentioned above
Hidden Mekong – Cau Ke 2 days

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Transfer private Car from/to Hotel in Ho Chi Minh Hotel.
  • All entrance fees.
  • 01 night homestay with local people
  • English Speaking guide.
  • Meals mentioned on tour
  • Cold water and issues
  • Early check in & late check out at Hotel
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Tips, Travel insurance
Experience Mekong Delta with fish catching by bare hands

Price Included:

Price Excluded:

  • Round trip transfer to/from Cai Lay.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Private motorized boat trip (mineral water + cold towel).
  • Fresh seasonal fruits and tea at a local fruit orchard.
  • Fish catching arrangement
  • Home hosted lunch (including 1 soft drink and 1 mineral water).
  • Sampan ride
  • Local bicycle
  • - Helmet + conical hat + life jacket provided during the trip
  • - Vietnamese staff
  • - Insurance
  • Other drinks and meal where not mentioned in the inclusive.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips.
  • Other services not mentioned in the inclusion.
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