Things to do in Ho Chi Minh city

Explore the non touristy Mekong Delta with a local

128 reviews

  • 8 hours in total

  • Lunch, transport included

  • Pick up at your place
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking river wonderland of the Mekong Delta, located only 2 hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City. This experience is exclusively crafted by our guides who are native to the region, so that you will experience the true local vibes of the area, and be away from the crowds of tourists.

What To Expect

The Mekong Delta is one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam due to its distinctly tropical vibe and relaxing ambiance. Every day, thousands of tourists visit the area, which makes it vulnerable to exploitation, however. Only those who are familiar with the region know how to avoid the chaos and get to the heart of this tropical gem while avoiding these crowds, and luckily for you, our local guides are one of those people.

Do you know that most daily activities in the Mekong Delta take place on the water? The great Mekong River runs through the delta with numerous canals and streams found throughout. These shape the unique lifestyle here, as people live and trade on their boats.

From the moment you set foot on this land, you will feel a genuinely welcoming vibe from the local people. Due to the uniquely fertile geography, people here enjoy an abundant supply of food all year round, so generation after generation has developed an optimistic attitude and a distinctly laid-back lifestyle because of this. Despite Vietnam's fast economic development, their old way of life remains.

A bicycle ride around the village will give you a closer look at the local lifestyle here. You may see people napping in hammocks, children cycling to school, or hear the sound of a karaoke session echoing from some local house beneath the coconut trees.

If you are traveling with children, do not forget to stop by a local school and let them make their new friends; it would truly be an unforgettable experience.

So, is that all? Well, homemade meals, fruit harvesting, folk music, and countless amazing things are still waiting for you to explore, so let's hop on a tuk-tuk and start your adventure now!

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Itinerary

Morning

The trip will usually start at around 7:00 a.m. Your local guide will pick you up at your preferred location in Ho Chi Minh City and begin your two-hour journey to the Mekong Delta.

Main activities

  • Visit coconut island and coconut workshops.
  • Take a small rowboat to paddle along the small canals, where you can also see the locals going about their day.
  • Visit local workshops where you can witness how the local products are made.
  • Arrive at a local restaurant to enjoy your lunch.
  • Take a rest, go kayaking or biking (Optional) along the countryside road to get to know the local lives.

Activities exclusive for the private tour:

  • Homemade lunch at a local family's house.
  • Immerse yourself in the greenery of the rice paddy field to see how crops are grown and harvest.
  • Go fishing and learn how to cook local specialties with a local family.
  • Meet a local family and learn more about the local culture through their house architecture and religious practices.
  • Give way to some spontaneous discoveries, like a visit to a local school with your children, or play with python.

Afternoon

Around 4 p.m., start your journey back to Ho Chi Minh City, and say goodbye to your local guide at your preferred drop-off location.

What's included

  • Pickup at your place: free in D1, D3. Other locations will be charged an extra fee.
  • Lunch.
  • Air-conditioned transport.
  • Experienced, English-speaking guide.
  • All activities mentioned above.
  • Entrance tickets.
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Plan your trip

Children under 3 are free of charge.
Standard group tour: touristy route
  • Join a group of maximum 20 people
  • Instant confirmation
  • Free cancellation - 48 hrs notice

Route Ben Tre:

  • Visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong Delta.
  • Listen to Vietnamese traditional music and visit local workshops.
  • Lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant
  • After lunch, walk or bike around the village to explore local life.
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Small group tour: non-touristy route
  • Join Inspitrip group of maximum 10 people.
  • Instant confirmation.
  • Join group message after payment.
  • Free cancellation - 48 hrs notice.

Route Ben Tre (non-touristy)

  • Visit coconut island and local workshops.
  • Meet a local family and taste fresh tropical fruits from their garden.
  • Paddle along the small canals that pass through the mangrove forests.
  • Lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant.
  • Walk or cycle around the village and give way to some spontaneous discoveries such as a visit to a local school.
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Private tour: non-touristy & customizable route
  • Pick the route you like best and customize the itinerary.
  • Last minute booking available.
  • Request now, pay later.
  • Free cancellation - 48 hrs notice.

Route Ben Tre (non-touristy) see small group tour option

Route Cai Lay (non-touristy)

  • Cruise on a small canal around the village, then bike around town, and try walking on a “monkey bridge.”
  • Pay a visit to the local wet markets.
  • Meet a local family and learn more about the local culture through their house architecture and religious practices.
  • Learn how to cook and enjoy a homemade lunch with the local family.
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US$25  per person

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Really nice tour in overall, I met some nice and interesting...
Really nice tour in overall, I met some nice and interesting people, and the tour guide, Nguyen was charming and her speeches very interesting. Also the lunch was really amazing! 
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Edward G.
5 days ago
Excellent day in the countryside of Ho Chi Minh City! Very...
Excellent day in the countryside of Ho Chi Minh City! Very knowledgeable and caring local guide. We got to see lots of interesting places, experience local activities and taste delicious food at local's house. A good one day tour to go if you want to learn more about the area. 
Ben S.
18 days ago
Well-organized and informative trip with plenty of stops on...
Well-organized and informative trip with plenty of stops on the way to see the local village, the traditional life of southern people and awesome handmade workshops. Highly recommend this Mekong Delta tour if you only have a limited time to see Vietnam and want to know more about this charming region. 
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Jonathon W.
21 days ago
Was an excellent tour. Our guide was very nice and explained...
Was an excellent tour. Our guide was very nice and explained a lot. Would definitely recommend this ... 
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Nahed N.
a month ago
Overall we had a great time. Our host changed last minute,...
Overall we had a great time. Our host changed last minute, but Phuoc was knowledgeable, funny, and gracious. No one else was on our tour, so it was wonderful to go at our own pace. The host family at the coconut kingdom was sweet and generous. Lunch was ok, but quickly became crowded with other tourists. Still, we had a good time and would... Read more
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Ana W.
a month ago

Still have question?

How do I book on Inspitrip?

There are two options: Small Group and Private tour. For both options, you can chat with your local guide and other people in your group even before the trip takes place.
  • Small group tour: operates with a maximum of 8 people. If you like to make new friends, this is a great option. You would pay for the trip to confirm your slot, then join a chat group with your local guide as well as fellow travel buddies, everything would be on Inspitrip. Get to know them!
  • Private tour: maximizes your privacy and allows you to freely customize the itinerary. First, request to communicate any specific needs you may have, wait a couple minutes for these requests to be confirmed, and then you can proceed to payment.

What does my payment cover?

Your payment for this trip covers private transportation, a fluent, English-speaking guide, lunch, entrance fees, bottled water, fruit tasting, and all activities. Personal expenses such as extra food, drink, and tips are not included.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Cancellation is free if you cancel up to 48 hours before the trip date. We believe that this is the fairest way to ensure that both our travelers and local guides are happy.

Does the Small Group option still operate if there are less than 8 people signed up?

Yes, even if you are the only person who signs up for the trip on a given date, the tour will still take place.

Do you offer the Mekong Delta trip for multiple days?

Yes, we do. Please contact us for a more detailed arrangement at team@inspitrip.com.

My question is not listed here. What should I do?

Check our Frequently Asked Questions page or you can also email us at team@inspitrip.com. We are happy to help!