Journey to the Mekong Delta
Your epic Ho Chi Minh City tour begins with a drive through the emerald landscape of South Vietnam, leading to the provincial town of My Tho. As your professional guide will share, this fertile region in the Mekong Delta region is considered the breadbasket of Vietnam's rising population.
Upon reaching the Vinh Trang Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist Temple in Vietnam, you can explore its grand facilities. Finished in 1850, the temple sits on five manicured acres filled with fruit trees. Take a moment to go inside, where beautiful large bronze statues of Buddha (Amitabha and Gautama) reside. There's also an interesting life-size statue of the benevolent Jade Emperor you shouldn't miss.
From there, you'll be whisked away for a pleasurable boat ride on the popular Tien Giang River. Feel time slow down to a customary maritime pace. Sightseeing on the water where residents fish, swim, and transport tourists is very relaxing.
Along this route, you'll visit local homes, orchards, and a honeybee farm prior to taking a sampan boat ride on the palm-shade creeks. A regional lunch and beverages will be served. Additionally, you can sample the seasonal fruit and honey tea during a performance of South Vietnamese singing. The brave may wish to try snake wine made from cobra venom, a traditional Vietnamese medicine.
Your experienced guide will elaborate on the many places you see throughout this unique adventure. Book this Ho Chi Minh City tour today for an unforgettable Vietnam experience at a low price.
Please Note: Western-style food is available upon request at the time of booking for an additional fee to be paid on the day of your tour (not included, approximately $10 US). Passengers will be granted a Vietnam visa by the cruise line. Some of the cruise lines include the visa within the cruise package. However, if a visa was not included in your cruise package, you pay may purchase one directly onboard. The cost can be up to $50 US per person, depending on the cruise line.
Reviewer: Nicola G
We enjoyed our small group of four plus the tour guide and driver. An excellent Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. A look at a small village and local customs.
Reviewer: Thomas & Pat Drumm
My wife and I traveled to 11 countries in 55 days and we both agree this was one of our favorite excursions. Our guide was early. We traveled thru the busy streets of Saigon and as hectic as the traffic was this added to the experience of our day .First stop were the Buddhist Temples and our guide explained the different statues and their meanings . We then were off to the Mekong , we traveled by gunboat to a honeybee farm ,had fresh honey, fruit and also entertained with music . Next treated to a horse drawn wagon ride, not on the original itinerary . This was so we could spend more time riding with the locals on small wooden boats . Next to a small candy making facility where we sampled hand made candies . We then boarded our gunboat for the return to our car . All of this and then a buffet meal of local foods that was very tasty . Last but not least our driver and guide were friendly ,knowledgeable and professional . This was one of our top picks of our extended holiday.
Reviewer: Sylvia Underwood
We were collected at the ship on time and transported in a clean, nice vehicle to the Mekong. Our guide was very caring and considerate and very knowledgeable with Vietnamese history and was able to answer all our questions. He was a very pleasant young man and even though it was very hot, we had a wonderful day.
Reviewer: Sylvia Underwood
We had a day trip to the Mekong from our ship, The Ovation of the Seas. We were picked up at the correct time from the wharf and taken to the river via the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. Our guide had good English and was great to deal with. We had a ride over the river in a large boat and then a walk around an island which included some snacks and singing from the locals and then a small boat ride up a small backwater which was crowded with similar small boats. I have a bad knee and our guide was wonderful and helpful getting in and out of the transport and so caring about our safety. We had lunch which was ok but probably not really our taste, but that was secondary to the great day out. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone.Be warned it is very hot in this part of Vietnam so dress accordingly.
Reviewer: The Canadian
It was great to met by our guide (Hai? Spelling?) right on the pier. A young, knowledgable man, very proud of his country and culture. We were fortunate to have a small group of four. An opportunity to see how the locals really live, an amazing cultural experience.