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From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

1. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

Discover the verdant beauty of the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh city. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan or bus and board a motorboat for a ride through islands on the Tien River. Enjoy a local lunch in an orchard and ride a rowboat under coconut trees on the Bao Dinh canal. Depart from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and head to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. Pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. Along the way, visit the Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta.  Go by motorized boat on the Tien River to the Qui (Tortoise islet). See the fishing port, boat-building workshops, and the Dragon, Phoenix, and Unicorn Islet. Walk into the village, where you can visit a local fruit garden and enjoy the tropical fruit while listening to Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by islanders. Join in the daily activities that the locals do and take in the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside.  Visit the bee house, and take a picture of the pythons. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. The boat cruise will lead you through the Bao Dinh canal, entering Ben Tre province — the land of coconuts. Here you'll see a typical agricultural model called "Garden – Pond – Cage” before visiting the coconut candy-making shop. Next, enjoy a rowing boat trip on the small canal, fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut trees. After your boat ride, take a bike ride around the island before returning to the bus.

Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Tour

2. Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Tour

Be picked up from your Ho Chi Minh accommodation in the morning and board a comfortable mini van. Head to the Cu Chi tunnels and hear about the Vietnamese resistance to the US Forces. Depart for the Mekong Delta, stopping at a local restaurant on the way to enjoy a delectable lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Following lunch, arrive in Mekong Delta, and board a row boat to travel along small canals under the coconut tree fronds.  Board a motor boat and cruise to coconut island. Disembark at a local family's residence to enjoy tropical fruits and taste honey tea and wine. See how local products are made and listen to a live local music performance performed by the villagers. Stroll along the country roads in the afternoon to see what local life is like. Relax in the peaceful atmosphere, before saying goodbye and returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the evening and be taken back to your accommodation.

From Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels and VIP Speedboat Tour

3. From Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels and VIP Speedboat Tour

Take a trip on the Saigon River Express, offering you a luxurious tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels with five star service aboard one of our modern and luxurious speedboats. Forget tour buses; this tour will depart from Ho Chi Minh City for a scenic 1.5-hour boat trip to Cu Chi. Upon arrival, a private screening of the official Cu Chi Tunnels video will be shown with commentary and additional information from your English-speaking guide. Learn more about this immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. A traditional Vietnamese lunch or dinner of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served after your visit to the tunnels. Vegetarian or Halal meals are also available on request.

From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta, My Tho & Ben Tre Day Trip

4. From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta, My Tho & Ben Tre Day Trip

Depart at 8:00 AM from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and head to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. Enjoy an unforgettable 2-hour drive to the Mekong Delta along the provincial roads down in the Southern region of Vietnam. Pass rice paddies, pineapple plantations, orchards, and small hamlets.  You'll arrive in My Tho at approximately 10:00 AM where you will ride on a local motorboat past Dragon Island, Phoenix Island, and Turtle Island. Stop at the famous Unicorn Island to visit a natural beekeeping farm, and taste honey wine, rice wine, and banana wine. Then take a walk through the village and row along the coconut canal to see daily local life in the Mekong Delta. Continue your motor boat trip to Ben Tre province to visit a handmade coconut candy workshop. Then transfer to a small motor boat and travel along the lush, green canals, stopping at local Vietnamese restaurant for some traditional food. Later on, enjoy various types of tropical fruits at the orchard garden and listen to traditional music. At the end of the tour, a local boat will take you back to My Tho. From there a bus will drive you back to Ho Chi Minh city, arriving at around 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM.

Ho Chi Minh: Private City Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

5. Ho Chi Minh: Private City Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

Discover the nightlife of Saigon by bike or scooter. Stop at Saigon riverside for a delicious local dinner as you cruise the Saigon River with live entertainment on board. With the bicycle option, you'll ride along the city's main streets and pass by Ben Thanh Market, General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, People Committee Hall, and Opera House. If you choose the scooter option, you'll see the same sites as the bike option, with additional time to pass by the flower market, Nguyen Thien Thuat apartments, and the fashion district as well. After your ride, you'll stop at Saigon's riverside. Be welcomed on board the cruise boat and prepare to take in the sites of the city from a new perspective. Cruise along the Saigon River, and enjoy a great dinner as traditional Vietnamese dance and music shows are performed. Then, head back towards Bach Dang harbor where the cruise ends around 9:30 PM. Let the relaxation of the evening continue as a taxi delivers you back to your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City Night Tour: Bitexco Tower and Dinner Cruise

6. Ho Chi Minh City Night Tour: Bitexco Tower and Dinner Cruise

Start your tour with pick-up at 5:00 PM from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Head to the Saigon Sky Deck, a towering modern glass and metal structure. With nearly 70 floors, this is the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City, and the third tallest in Vietnam. While the majority of Bitexco Financial Tower is dedicated to business and commercial use, it’s also home to the city’s first heli-pad, a world-class restaurant and an observation deck that offers some of the most impressive views of the city.   Hop aboard the high-speed elevator to the 50th and 52nd floor, where a bar and coffee shop showcase 360-degree spectacular views of city streets, rivers, and Ho Chi Minh architecture. Buy a beverage and relax as you unwind.   At 7:15 PM, transfer to the cruise point for your evening dinner cruise. Aboard the cruise ship, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese set meal while enjoying more breathtaking views of the city. See the glimmering lights on the reflection of the water as you cruise along Saigon River – a fantastic way to end your evening.  

From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Luxury 1-Day Group Tour

7. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Luxury 1-Day Group Tour

Your tour begins hotel pickup in Ho Chi Minh City between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM. Travel by minivan or bus to My Tho, a city situated on the Mekong Delta. Take part in a variety of activities that will offer you the chance to get to know Vietnam. Hop aboard a horse-drawn cart and admire the coconut trees that dominate the landscape. Row down the canal in a small boat, then cycle down provincial roads to see the rice fields, pineapple plantations, orchards, and small hamlets. Ride a motorboat down the mighty Mekong River and see Dragon Island, Phoenix Island, and Turtle Island. Stop at the famous Unicorn Island and visit a local bee farm. Taste natural honey along with honey wine, rice wine, and banana wine. Walk through the village, then visit a coconut candy workshop and learn how to make coconut candies. Hop back on the motorboat and travel along lush green canals to a local restaurant where you'll enjoy a Vietnamese lunch. Venture to another part of the island and enjoy tropical fruit as you listen to traditional south Vietnamese music. If you choose the "Luxury Tour Group Tour" option then after this delicious snack, you will take you back to My Tho to visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Enjoy the convenience of hotel drop-off once the bus has returned you to Ho Chi Minh City.

Upper Mekong River: Day Tour

8. Upper Mekong River: Day Tour

A smooth one-and-half-hour bus ride through rice field scenery along National Highway 1 brings you to the beautiful rural district of Trung Luong. On arrival at My Tho, after visiting Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to view the four beautiful islands: Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise. Boats pass by the fish rafts along the Tien River, overlooking the Rach Mieu Bridge. Stroll along the village road, visit the orchard, and enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music" performed by locals. Riding a hand-rowed sampan through the Tan Thach canal. Then visit the coconut candy mill and take an amazing rowing boat trip along the small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant; Then the motorboat will take you back to the cruise. Meet on the bus and return to Ho Chi Minh City. This trip provides a fascinating insight into daily life in the Mekong Delta, and you are guaranteed to take home your private collection of beautiful memories.

Ho Chi Minh City: Water Puppet Show and Dinner Cruise

9. Ho Chi Minh City: Water Puppet Show and Dinner Cruise

Treat yourself to a fantastic night out in Ho Chi Minh City. See a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet performance, and delight in live folk music and native dancing. Visit some of the city's highlights by motorbike, and relish a sumptuous meal as you cruise along the Saigon River. Meet your English-speaking driver at your hotel at 5:15 PM, and take a motorbike tour of some of Ho Chi Minh's main attractions. Head to the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre at 6:30 PM for an entertaining puppet show, accompanied by live, traditional music. Next, transfer with your guide to the cruise port, and begin your journey along the Saigon River at 7:45 PM. Admire the views of Ho Chi Minh City by night from your cruise, and dine on tasty, Vietnamese food. The cruise ends at around 9:15 PM, and your driver will then drop you off back at your hotel. If you would prefer to do the tour by private car, rather than on a motorbike, there is an additional cost of $30.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Can Gio Mangrove Guided Forest Tour

10. From Ho Chi Minh City: Can Gio Mangrove Guided Forest Tour

Start your day of adventure bright and early at 7:45 AM - your comfortable, air-conditioned van will take you on a 37-mile cruise outside of Ho Chi Minh city to your first stop, Monkey United.  Once you arrive at Monkey United, your tour guide will take you to the entrance of the preserve where your tour will start. Once inside you will have the opportunity to see and play with a multitude of Long-Tailed monkeys. Get up close and personal to these fun and delightful creatures.  Next, you will head to the Crocodile Farm. Here you will be able to get close to these prehistoric creatures. Marvel at their strength and size and even get a chance to see them eat. As you wander through the Mangrove Forest, you can keep your eye out for all sorts of other wildlife that live in the water and along the banks of the river. Follow your trip to the Crocodile Farm with a trip on a speedboat. Hop on board and go through a pleasant cruise along the river that makes its way through the jungle. Appreciate the untouched scenery of Can Gio National Park. Continue on your tour to a Vietnam War base, here, your expert guide will provide you with many fascinating historical insights. At midday, you will visit a popular lunch destination that is a favorite amongst the locals - Phuong Nam restaurant. Following lunch, feel free to spend some time relaxing or enjoying a swim by the pool before going to Can Gio Market. Here, you can practice your bargaining skills among the craft, food, and textile vendors.  Finally, wind down the day with a convenient ride to the Vietnamese Swiftlet Farming Village. There, you will have a great chance to taste Vietnamese bird's nest soup, one of the world's most expensive foods. Finish the day with a trip back to your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh.

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

This tour was a great experience for us. We were picked up at our hotel in a new, well-kept car. The group consisted of 4 people. It takes about 2 hours to reach the park. Compared to other tours, there is little tourism there, so you can mainly explore the mangrove forest with your small group. Afterwards, crocodiles could be fed and monkeys observed up close. The meal that followed consisted of about 3 courses and was more than adequate. With a good knowledge of English, the tour guide was able to tell a lot about Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese culture and the park. In addition to the actual tour, one of my personal highlights is the high level of motivation and the outstanding leadership of the guide, which I benevolently and without any request rewarded with a tip at the end of the tour. For the time being, I will not be able to forget the grateful, extremely happy face for the appreciation of his work. thanks

The motorbike trip was the highlight of the evening for us, to see where the Vietnamese people live and experience the chaos of driving in the city is not to be missed!! We ate on the Indochina Queen, food was a set menu but very nice and some great views of the city on route. Our guide Tony from Saigon Adventure was brilliant and included some additional stops including learning about the Burning Monk. Would definitely recommend

Great value for money, took in the ‘real’ Vietnam and packed so many activities into a day. Mr T from Kim Travel was great, really looking after our small group (especially getting on and off the numerous boats!). Take some DEET for the insects and small notes for tipping but we were never hassled to purchase anything at all.

What an experience! I was too scared to go into the tunnels but it was great being there and learning the history behind everything. the delta portion was amazing with boat rides and lots of taste testing!

I had a good experience with this tour, almost the whole day out but its worth it and we have a good guide too named Tien I learn alot from him today. Overall experience fantastic.