The best Mekong Delta tours to truly enjoy the local vibe

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Imagine being dragged from one attraction to the next, fighting on the boat with other tourists for space on a small canal. You are stuck with a guide that does not care or even ask about your dietary needs. The reality is, many tours of the Mekong Delta will give you an experience in opposite to what your dream escape to a tropical wonderland should be. 


The Mekong Delta, otherwise known as the Nine-Dragon Delta by the locals, is a fertile agricultural land that produces the majority of the nation's food for domestic consumption and for export. Located just a couple hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City, this area will delight you with its stunning greenery or tasty coconut drinks. Because the people enjoy relatively stable living conditions, they have developed an optimistic attitude and a distinctly laid-back lifestyle.

For these reasons, the right tour should take you to the heart of this region where you can truly enjoy the fresh countryside atmosphere, a peaceful sampan ride down the canals, and interact with locals in an authentic way. And that is the case with Inspitrip. Prepare to immerse yourself in a lifestyle unlike your own on our authentic tours to the Mekong Delta!

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The best Mekong Delta tours:
Discover a new way of life with Inspitrip

The Mekong Delta is an incredibly unique place to explore, but figuring out the logistics of the area by yourself can certainly be a headache. Choosing which tour operator to rely on is equally as hard because of the countless tourist traps in the area. The exploitation of local services is common, as well.

Save yourself the hassle and make the most out of your time in the Mekong Delta with the help of Inspitrip. Our local guides are native to the region, so you are guaranteed an insightful and authentic experience!

"What will be, will be"

The Mekong Delta was dubbed the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam because the area contributes to more than half of the nation's rice production. The locals mostly work with agriculture and aquaculture. Because of this, there is always an abundance of food, so their expectations of life are simple, laid-back, and optimistic. Although many people from younger generations now move to the city in pursuit of a different and urbaner life, this same positive attitude goes with them. As you get to know your local guide and understand this perspective, you may appreciate life even more.

No other tourist in sight

More than 20 million travelers come to the region every year, and most of them are dragged to the same provinces over and over again. While the Mekong Delta is made up of about a dozen provinces, visitors are brought to the same villages and engage in the same activities that are set up specifically for the sake of tourism. Meanwhile, the locals who provide these services (like the boat and tuk-tuk drivers) only get a small portion of what you actually pay.

Choosing a responsible way to travel will benefit both you and the locals. On our many Mekong Delta tours, you will explore unique and beautiful provinces where you can observe how the locals actually go about their day and in a responsible way. What could be better than that?

Paddle away all of your worries

The fertile soil of this region is nurtured by the mighty Mekong River. It spreads into thousands of smaller arteries before flowing into the sea. Riding down this stunning waterway is one local activity you simply can not miss is out on. You will be surrounded by stunning palm trees and awe-worthy mangrove forests along the way, as well.

Forget about the photographs you have seen with boats filled with tourists surrounded by even more boats, all fighting for some space on a small canal. On an Inspitrip experience, you will be hard-pressed to see another foreigner in sight.


Floating markets: the icon of the region

Some people feel that a visit to the Mekong Delta is not complete without seeing one of the renowned floating markets. That is understandable since floating markets have been around in this region for more than 100 years! These markets initially began as a way for locals to trade goods because the road system had not yet been developed. As a result of quick economic development, however, local people no longer rely on these markets. Only a few floating markets remain and all have shrunk in size, but tourists are still intrigued by these water bazaars. Our local guides will make sure that you visit one of these incredible markets at their best times in order for you to have the most real experience.

Be spontaneous!

Since you will be accompanied by people who were born in the region, you will get to listen to interesting stories as your local guide tells you more about themselves and their childhood in this unique region of Vietnam.

During your experience, you may stop by an elementary school for a short visit with the children, or you may even be invited to a local wedding! You can also spend the afternoon swinging leisurely in a hammock if that's what you wish for. You truly never know what spur-of-the-moment events will occur during your trip, so be sure to leave some room for spontaneity. It will definitely spice up your trip and make for some unforgettable memories!


What our travelers recently said

"Phoenix, our guide from Ginkgo, along with the driver Truong were wonderful. Phoenix brought a lot of humor and energy to the tour, was informative and set a nice pace for the day. I’m rating the tour as just good..."

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Millie H.

"Really excellent one day tour. Our guide for the day, Long, was friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgable. The pick up from our hotel was punctual and the drive out of the city made interesting with a stop for dragon fruit..."

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Tim S.

"It was just a perfect trip. One of the best i ever had during my travel time. The guide was amazing and his English was perfect. The tour was exciting and all was perfect. Lunch break was so amazing and delicious! I..."

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Alexander K.

"AmAzing tour, highly recommend to everyone! Everything was just perfect, and our guide was incredible! It succeed my expectations, best day tour ever :)"

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Alfio S.

"Funny guy, never getting boring"

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Eva P.

"Awesome day!!! The tour manages to fit in so many interesting activities in one day. Our tour guide was very passionate and knowledgeable. 10/10 recommend."

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Coralie J.

"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.

"The van was very nice and clean. The small group was great. Tony was a great guide!"

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Amber B.

Frequently asked questions

Is Mekong Delta worth a visit?

Yes! The Mekong Delta is definitely worth a visit. It is not only famous for its floating market but also for the attractive tropical scenery, interesting river cultures, and friendly people.

When you visit Southern Vietnam, you will enjoy its peaceful vibes and see the locals reside and thrive in the countryside. Seeing the Mekong Delta will definitely give you a fresh perspective on life, enrich the knowledge that you already have of the country, and provide you with experience of a lifetime! If you have been to Cambodia, life, where the Mekong River runs in Vietnam, is very similar.

The Mekong Delta is located about two-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City, and it is certainly a must-visit destination while visiting Vietnam. Some routes here are overexploited, as thousands of tourists visit this area everyday. Unless you carefully choose your tour, you may be taken to some of the most toursit-ridden places that are specially tailored for foreigners. Do a little research, and you will have a much more memorable trip (as well as save time and money)

When is the best time to visit?

The Mekong Delta experiences two seasons. The dry season lasts from October to May, and the rest of the months are considered to be the rainy season. It is better to visit during the dry season. You can also visit the Mekong Delta during the rainy season, however, as rainfall normally only lasts for about an hour.

Can I visit the Mekong Delta by myself?

Of course, you can. There are a few things to remember, however. Firstly, the Mekong Delta is a vast and diverse area consisting of more than 10 provinces. Each one is unique, so make sure you know which province you want to visit prior to going and why. Secondly, decide how it is you are going to get to the Mekong Delta. It will typically take at least 1.5 hour to drive from District 1.

A much easier way to explore the Mekong Delta is with the help of Inspitrip on one of our incredible tour experiences. Sit back, relax and let our local guide take care of all little details in order for you to have the best trip ever. Avoid the crowds, incorporate kid-friendly activities, request all vegetarian meals: whatever it is you need, we've got you covered!

How long should I stay in the Mekong Delta?

People will normally take a one-day trip to the Mekong Delta. This is a great way to get a glimpse of the local life here. If you want to catch the sunrise on the Mekong River or join a floating market trip in the early morning, a two-day trip would be perfect. You can also book packaged tours in order to personalize the majority of your trip.

Why travel to the Mekong Delta with Inspitrip?

Because we have so many different tour options! You can choose from private or small group tours as well as the duration of the experience, including one-day trips and multiple-day trips. We have many different types of experiences, from our incredible floating market experience to exploring coconut fields and more.

Most importantly, the tours are all crafted by our carefully selected local guides. They are passionate about giving our customers the most satisfying tour as well as promoting sustainable tourism. It’s a win-win for everyone!