Mekong Delta

A one day trip tour on how to get there and what you will actually be visiting and doing.

Welcome

Mekong Delta
Welcome to Mekong Delta, one of the best places to visit while you are in Vietnam. The delta is situated in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea.

I do not suggest you go on you own here because renting boats to go from one place to another can get really expensive really fast due to sheer amount of places you can go and things you can do.

If you are in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) you can book a trip to one of hundred places around Ben Thanh street, or you can do it via phone or online on different websites.

A one-day tour should cost somewhere between 150,000 and 300,000 dong, including lunch and a guide depending on the season or you can do a private your that can go around 2,500,000 dong.

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The begining

Your day will start by being picked up from hotel if you in a central area or you will have to go to one of the agencies where you can get picked up by the bus drivers.

The road to the delta will take approximately one hour and half with a few stops to favorite places to buy some souvenirs or how we would like to call this places (tourist traps), you can just go around check the places and don’t buy nobody will be forcing your hand it’s just a way for tours to be a little cheaper.

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First stop

After arriving at Bến Phà Tân Long ferry terminal you will be taken to you first stop Thới Sơn island, the ride is fairly fast but the boats are so loud you might wanna get something to plug your ears with.

Once you arrive close to the island you will be dropped in groups of 4 and continue the trip with local villages and their small boats on a small tour towards the center of the island. This was the best part of the trip since you can enjoy a relaxing time while touring the delta.

While on the ride you will get to talk to the villagers which are pretty funny and they speak decent english, don’t forget at the end of the ride to tip them, or if you do forget they will ask you nicely 10 times to do it.

Meet the people

Once you are off the boat you will arrive at what the tour guide called the local village, it looked more like a tourist village, plenty of souvenirs shops, local made drinks and food.

After you done walking around they will entertain you with a local music show while tasting some fruits and local made tea from honey and lime, don’t forget to tip the dancers. If you wish you can also buy the local tea and the fried banana.

Honey Tea
Fruit Basket

Unusual pictures

Are you scared of bees and snakes ?

If not you will be delighted to know that the last part of this island is taking a tour on how honey is being extracted and if you are not scared of bees you can take part in photo-shooting with a hive full of them.

Also i mentioned snakes right ? Well they have a 5m or about 200inch long snake that you can dance with. And yes it’s fun and not so cold as you would expect and yes you can get over the snakes fear at least for now.

Taste the local products

Oh last we are leaving from here and we are going to next island well more like mainland for a fast show and tell how local were using old tools to get coconut and transform it into candies.

The will serve you with a sample from each type of candy and they definitely reminded me of my childhood and the way candies used to taste when i was very young.

You can also taste a few other local things but the most interesting to taste will definitely be the snake wine, made mostly from rice it had a good taste but i don’t see myself ever drinking it again.

Snake Alcohol

Fun time

Last stop is the island of Cồn Phụng, where you will be greeted by by dancing dragon and monkeys which in our case it was signifying TET aka Vietnamese new year.

Once there you will be served a meal based on your choosing and a small desert. After that you are free to walk around the water park but this is not like your typical water park it’s very very different, all the games are  specifically Vietnamese. More Info

Besides water park entertainment there is a few other things you can do and see or if you want you can just sleep in on of the hundreds hammocks there.

But definitely the most interesting one was watching the tourist Fishing Crocodiles well more like feeding crocodiles with a fishing rod. Or you can join the party on the other side of the park.

Reclining Buddha

Last stop

On the road back if there is time there will be one additional stop at giant Buddhas at Vinh Trang Pagoda, though this is a pretty fast visit, you only have time to take a few pictures.

And with this we end up what you will mostly be visiting in a One Day tour in Mekong Delta.

I thank you all for taking you time to read all of this and i hope this will help you in your next adventure.

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