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Mekong River Cruises from Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong River Cruises from Ho Chi Minh City

The mighty Mekong River is Southeast Asia’s longest river and cruising around the canals, waterways, and floating markets of the Mekong Delta—often called the “rice bowl” of Vietnam—offers a startling contrast to the busy urban center of Ho Chi Minh City. Here are your options for Mekong Delta tours. 

Day Cruises

Even with limited time in Vietnam, it’s possible to get a taste of the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City. Set sail on a Mekong River cruise and spot wildlife in the Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve, explore the Cai Be floating market, or experience rural life in riverside towns like Vinh Long, My Tho, Ben Tre, or Chau Doc. For a more personalized experience, opt for a small-group or private tour. 

Multi-Day Cruises

Multi-day cruises mean you can explore further afield, immerse yourself in local life, and spend a night in a traditional Mekong village. Opt for a 2-day cruise and combine a boat trip around Mekong islands and villages, with a bike ride around the rice fields, a Vietnamese cooking class, or a visit to a coconut candy factory, a bee farm, or a tropical fruits orchard. Most multi-day tours include accommodation, round-trip transport, and activities. 

Things to Know

  • The Mekong River runs through Southern Vietnam from the South China Sea into Cambodia, and the Mekong Delta stretches south and west of Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Traveling by road from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta takes about two hours, while speedboat transfers are also available from the city.

  • Full-day tours from Ho Chi Minh city typically last between nine and 12 hours and often include hotel pickup, lunch, and round-trip transport.

  • Be sure to bring comfortable shoes, sun protection, and mosquito repellant.

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Can Gio Biosphere Reserve Tour by Luxury Speedboat

Can Gio Biosphere Reserve Tour by Luxury Speedboat

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Enjoy a full-day eco-adventure by luxury speedboat, traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Gio Biospere Reserve with an expert guide. Cruise through the canals of the Mekong Delta en route and visit a vibrant riverside market. In the UNESCO-listed Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, discover Giant Bat Lagoon by rowboat, trek through mangrove jungle, see a crocodile reserve, observe gibbons and monkeys, and enjoy bird watching. Lunch and light breakfast are included, and numbers are limited to 14 participants, ensuring an informative small-group experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.80
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$111.80
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Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group River Cruise Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh

Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group River Cruise Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh

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Journey from Ho Chi Minh City into the heart of the Mekong Delta on a small-group tour led by an experienced local guide, cruising along the mighty Mekong in a private long-tail boat. Experience this important river delta firsthand as you explore both jungle-shaded canals and wide waterways to see fishing villages, exotic fruit farms, and the rhythms of daily life. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Mekong Delta dishes and sample local specialties along the way.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$63.00
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$63.00
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2-Day Mekong Delta and Floating Market Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

2-Day Mekong Delta and Floating Market Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

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Visit the largest floating market in Vietnam on this 2-day trip to the Mekong Delta. Gain insight into rural living along the waterways on a 4-hour sampan ride to An Binh Island and Vinh Long. Listen to South Vietnamese folk songs and enjoy tastings at a coconut candy factory and a honey bee farm. On a motorboat tour of Cai Rang Floating Market, you’ll find everything from fresh produce to mobile restaurants and floating gas stations. Hotel accommodation and round-trip minivan transport from Ho Chi Minh City included.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.47
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$138.47

Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour

Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour

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Enhance your cultural experience of Vietnam on an enriching full-day excursion from Ho Chi Minh City to the rural countryside of the Cai Be. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, feast your senses on the enticing aromas of fruit orchards; tantalize your taste buds at a traditional candy factory; and browse stalls bursting with exotic produce during a visit to a floating market. Interact with locals as you uncover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine and enjoy a bicycle ride around the town of Cai Be on this intimate small-group tour.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

Mekong Delta Insight Tour - Deluxe Group Tour

Mekong Delta Insight Tour - Deluxe Group Tour

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Witness life on the Mekong Delta during a boat tour at Ben Tre, famous for its coconut processing. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit local industries such as a brickwork atelier. Tour a typical village and take a short bike ride or hop on ‘xe loi’ (motorized rickshaw) to explore surrounding fruit fields. Enjoy a riverside lunch of local specialties and a sampan ride through narrow canals.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.16
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Private Day Tour to Longqing Gorge and Dingling at the Ming Tombs with Lunch and Boat Ride

Private Day Tour to Longqing Gorge and Dingling at the Ming Tombs with Lunch and Boat Ride

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Swap bustling Beijing for two of northern China’s greatest attractions on this private day trip. Visit the underground Dingling Tomb, the mausoleum of 16th-century Emperor Zhu Yijun; and learn about the country’s imperial Ming dynasties. After a Chinese lunch, take a cruise along the Longqing Gorge, admiring the emerald peaks, cliffs, and blue-green lakes of this epic river canyon. Entrance fees, boat trip, and central Beijing hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$218.00
Price varies by group size
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$218.00
Price varies by group size

Mekong River Half-Day Small-Group Tour

Mekong River Half-Day Small-Group Tour

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Take a trip into the Cambodian countryside and along the Mekong River on this half-day, small-group tour from Phnom Penh. Travel out of the city by tuk-tuk, and then cross the river to Mekong Island. You’ll travel back to Phnom Penh on a sunset cruise along the Mekong, where the setting sun provides a stunning backdrop to the city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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$65.00
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2-Day Mekong Delta Farmstay from Ho Chi Minh City

2-Day Mekong Delta Farmstay from Ho Chi Minh City

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Experience the rich natural tapestry of the Mekong Delta region on a 2-day trip along the majestic Mekong River from Ho Chi Minh City. Cruise on a traditional boat through small creeks and expansive canals with a knowledgeable and courteous guide; visit indigenous villages to gain insight into local culture; see ancient agricultural process at work in rural farms; and spend the night in a family home for a truly authentic experience of Vietnam. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 16.
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  • 2 days
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$207.50
Price varies by group size
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$207.50
Price varies by group size