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Mekong River

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Southeast Asia

The Basics

River tours in small traditional boats offer visitors a chance to experience the culture and communities that thrive along the Mekong’s waters. Opt for a day tour from Ho Chi Minh City and cruise around the floating markets of the Mekong Delta; discover the islands along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers on a half-day tour from Phnom Penh; or cruise across the border from Thailand to Laos.

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Classic Mekong Delta Deluxe Group Tour
Classic Mekong Delta Deluxe Group Tour
$38.47 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Value for money
Although tiring, this was a very interesting tour made exceptional by our guide Hurricane Honey who kept the momentum up with his humour and constant positive vibes. The contents of the tour were very well thought out and we experienced more than we expected..from a sampan ride to boat rides, pretty decent lunch and fortunately, good weather. All went according to time and we returned to our hotel happy that we made the trip.
alicethomas59, Dec 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Southern Vietnam

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Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta
Ciara G, Aug 2019
VIP Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh (Private Option available)
Great tour, our tour guide Lan Unicorn was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. He even took pictures for everyone and sent individually at the end of the tour. Bus was very clean, sites were interesting and food was good!
star-4
A very good tour. Excellent guide...
Brent M, Sep 2017
Classic Mekong Delta Deluxe Group Tour
A very good tour. Excellent guide Tommy but I don't like being called darling all the time. Speaks good English and was very knowledgeable. Good safe driver with very clean air conditioned van with WiFi. Nice lunch and a great variety of attractions on this great value for money tour.
star-5
Super sightseeing from HCM
Angela_P, Feb 2020
VIP Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh (Private Option available)
Really well organised day trip.. very comfortable transport, small group was awesome as you moved through the attractions efficiently. The guide was so knowledgeable and a really lovely person.
star-5
Cu chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta
Camper55864736115, Jan 2020
Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Full Day Tours
Nga was the perfect tour guide. Answered all of our questions and was funny! She new a lot about the places we went and was very informative. I highly recommend her as a future tour guide!
star-4
NIce trip
Marko M, Nov 2019
Classic Mekong Delta Deluxe Group Tour
It was a nice trip. The guide "Fatty" was funny and kept the group happy. The islands were nice, especially the boat rides. Lunch was OK. I recommend
star-5
Fantastic tour, small group of 5
Price888, Oct 2019
PRIVATE COMBINED LUXURY Cu Chi Tunnel & Mekong Delta 1 Day TRIP
Everything from start to finish was perfect. Lovely tour with a great guide. Totally recommend this tour
star-5
Nice day trip with a very small...
Thi Dung l, Aug 2016
PRIVATE Mekong Delta Discovery Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh City
Nice day trip with a very small group.This day trip was full of items to see and to do : bicycles, long trip on Mekong river, small river ride, fruit and honey tasting, with a fish meal by the Mekong river. Our guide was fluent english it's not always the case. Nice excursion !
star-4
Good combination to see both spots
Vincent V, Oct 2019
PRIVATE COMBINED LUXURY Cu Chi Tunnel & Mekong Delta 1 Day TRIP
The pick-up at the Hotel in District 1, was on time and the travelagent did bring us good and cheerfull information. There was enough time to shoot at the Chi Chu and the boottrips where fun including that there was time to buy some goods for at home with a classy appearance.
star-5
YESSS
Jessiquita13, Oct 2019
PRIVATE COMBINED Mekong delta & Cu Chi Tunnels Full Day
I really loved this tour! The tour guide was really flexible and accommodated me. My flight was re-scheduled and really made an effort to go out of his way for me to still be able to do the tour at a later time. Cu chi tunnels was my favorite- a must see!
star-5
Great all around
kendrarinas, Jan 2020
VIP Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh (Private Option available)
Guide was very funny and informative. Van was very comfortable. Cu chi was incredible and astonishing. The row boat on Mekong was very interesting and enlightening. Good to see how the people live in that area.
star-5
Really great insights into the local...
Le thi D, Feb 2017
PRIVATE Mekong Delta Discovery Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh City
Really great insights into the local life.I really enjoyed this diverse trip. Got to experience many different aspects of local life and our guide was well informed, enthousiastic and nice!
star-5
I really enjoyed the trip. The guide...
Van Thanh V, Oct 2018
PRIVATE Mekong Delta Discovery Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh City
I really enjoyed the trip. The guide was really nice and funny ! The temple was interested, the farm with the tea and traditional music so cute. The lunch was very good and it is an opportunity to taste Vietnamese food. highly recommended.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Boat tours operating on the river include small wooden motor boats, traditional sampans, and speedboats, while rafting and tubing are also possible in some sections.

  • Most boats provide little shade, so be sure to bring a hat, sun protection, and mosquito repellent.

  • Some boat cruises may be wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.

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How to Get There

The Mekong River is accessible from several major cities, including Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Vientiane in Laos, Chiang Mai in Thailand, and Phnom Penh in Cambodia. While public transport runs to some of the larger towns along the Mekong, the easiest way to travel is as part of a guided tour.

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When to Get There

Mekong cruises run all year-round, but the most popular time to visit is between September and March, when the high water levels mean more choice for boat trips, floating markets, and floating villages. The wet season runs from May until August, but it’s still possible to visit during this time and the weather is still warm—just pack a rain poncho as the open-air boats offer no protection from showers.

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Cruising the Mekong Delta

A Mekong River cruise offers a fascinating glimpse into rural life, gliding past lush rice paddies and fruit orchards, watching fishermen cast handmade nets in search of the day’s catch, and sampling tropical fruits and coconut candies at the floating markets. The river is also home to some of the largest freshwater fish in the world, and lucky travelers may even spot one of the rare Irrawaddy dolphins that live in the Mekong’s waters.

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