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Overview

You have a limited amount of time while in town but still want to make the trip and see the beautiful countryside of Vietnam? You’ll be in good hands with our 1-day Mekong delta small group tour.

In this trip, we’ll take a boat down the Mekong River into the green and lush agricultural heartland of Southern Vietnam. You’ll be on a sampan down the canal, chatting with the locals (our tour guides are better than Google Translate and more attuned to the local stories), trying one of their crafts (weaving, cooking, fishing, etc.) (available by request), and gaining insights into the daily life of a Vietnam farmer. Relax and enjoy yourself among nature and jovial local farmers are all you have to do on this Mekong delta small group tour.

MEKONG DELTA SMALL GROUP TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • No tourist shops/ traps
  • Enjoy exotic tropical fruits and home-cooked meals with a Vietnamese family.
  • A visit to the local farmers’ home, their place of worship, and craft workshop where they make their living.
  • A 40-minute bicycle ride through the village (Vietnamese children will be waving and cheerfully saying "Hello!" to you).
  • A motorized boat trip and hand-rowed sampan trip through the peaceful canals (Venice’s canals will look like a small city block after ours :).
  • Visit a Cao Dai Temple. Cao Dai is one of the officially recognized religions in Vietnam and is a local mix of Christianity, Buddism and Taoism.
  • A visit to Ben Tre, the largest wholesale and retail market for local fruits, foods, and everything one can eat or choose not to eat (ah, there it is! The ever-polarizing “delicious, fragrant, pudding-like” / “stinky, pungent, acrid-smelling” durian) in the South of Vietnam.

SCHEDULE DETAILS

DURATION 1 day
TOUR TYPE/SIZE Mekong Delta Small group tour / Private tour (Minimum is 2 people and the maximum is 8 people)
MEETING/ENDING POINT Your hotel. Please note that we only offer free hotel pickup and drop off in District 1,3 (some exclusions apply).
We kindly request guests staying outside of our pickup areas to meet us at Saigon Opera House in District 1.
DEPARTURE/ENDING TIME 07:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 

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Itinerary

NOTICE

The tour includes a short cycling trip that suits for the children from 12 years or above. For safety reasons, we do not provide small bikes for young children who are under 12 years of age, as local traffics behavior is quite different from the West or developed countries. Children are under 12 are REQUIRED to sit on the back of the bike. In some exceptional cases, the Western children (ages from 9-12) are taller the average Asian children, she/he can ride a bike her/himself.

7:00 AM

We will pick you up from your hotel for a two-hour drive to the picturesque and friendly Ben Tre Province where you’ll be one of the rare foreigners who make it here.

9:00 AM

We will make our first stop at a beautiful Cao Dai Temple whose unique architectural style reflects the religion’s blended traditions of Christianity, Buddism and Taoism. Our next stop will be a local market, one of the largest of its kind in the region, and watch from robust trading activities going on to everyday family grocery shopping.

We will then board a cruise going down the Mekong River to watch the daily going-one of the locals, and then switch to a hand-rowed sampan to go through the smaller canals (the equivalent of a back street in the city), lined with lovely local palm trees, to a local home where you can enjoy a variety of tropical fresh fruits.

After this, we will switch to Xe lôi (a motorized cart, a form of local transportation that is more comfortable than the traditional ox-pulled cart) and continue our exploration. Ben Tre Province is The Coconut Producer of Southern Vietnam. As such, our tour would have been missing if we didn’t take you to a coconut-processing factory and explain to you how the locals make a living from coconuts and the variety of products that come from coconuts (who knew coconuts have so many uses?). Aside from coconut, there are many other traditional ways in which the Delta provides for its inhabitants and we’ll go explore some more of them.

12:00 PM

For lunch, we will serve up wonderful “home-cooked dishes of the delicious Vietnamese food”. And don’t worry if you’re a vegetarian, let us know and your needs will be accommodated. After lunch, we will come to the highlight of our trip – a 40-minute cycling trip through the charming shaded village roads among the friendly, welcoming residents.

5:00 PM

This tour ends when you arrive back at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at around 5:00 PM.

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Prices & Offers

HOT OFFER: DISCOUNT $10 USD per adult for the bookings departing on NOV & DEC

Terms & Conditions:

  • The offer is only available for the booking of a minimum of 4 people.
  • Limited spaces are available on the offer. All offers can be removed at any time without notice and will not be offered again after this time.

COMBO TOUR

You will receive the $10 USD off per adult for the 2nd booking tour with Innoviet

 

COMPLIMENTARY AIRPORT PICKUP

To avoid taxi scams & make your journey across the city as comfortable and easy as possible. Each group of minimum 2 ADULTS, that book any of our Mekong Delta tour by minimum 90 days of your departure date, will receive a free airport pickup to your hotel in District 1. (T & C apply)

PRICE

  • Rates are in USD per group.
  • 30% surcharge applies for: Apr 30 & May 1;   Sep 2;   Dec 31, 2019 &  Jan 1, 2020
 

SMALL GROUP TOUR'S POLICIES:

  • Please note that the price applies to the number of people per booking and NOT the number of people in the combined group (minimum group size is 2 and maximum is 8 people) on the date of the tour.
  • Although we do accept solo travelers (WITH / WITHOUT children), we’ll need to match you up with other travelers who wish to take the tour on the same day as you. The tour is only guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 adult travelers. In this case, please contact us by either phone or email to confirm the availability.

FEATURES & INCLUSIONS

Included:

  •  Free hotel pickup and drop off in District 1,3 (some exclusions apply)
  •  Transportation: Minivan, boat, rowing boat, xe lôi, bicycle
  •  The first canned of Beer or soft drink
  •  2 small bottles of water/ passenger
  •  Meal (cater to vegetarian, food allergies, etc): lunch
  •  English speaking guide
  •  Fresh tropical fruits
  •  Entrance fee  Excluded
  •  Beverage (Except the first one)

Excluded:

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
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Important Notes

CONFIRMATION OF BOOKING

When you submit your booking, it does NOT mean your tour is booked. You will receive a confirmation email from our booking staff shortly. 

If you don't hear back from us within 24 hours of your booking request, please check your SPAM or JUNK mail folder or contact us again via info@innoviet.com or call us at (+84) 834391331. Thank you!

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

1. We only offer free hotel pickup and drop off as long as your hotel is located in District 1,3 (some exclusions apply). Pickup/drop-off outside of this area and airport transfers are subject to extra charges

2. The trip concludes at around 5:00 PM in downtown. Please take this into account when making onward travel arrangements.

3. Although children under five are free of charge. 50% of the adult price will be charged for the second child (if there are more than 1).

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER

Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers' comments and our own research.

The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

TOUR FAQs

What to prepare for the trip?

Bring?

Hat

Sunscreen

A small backpack

Sandals or similar

Mosquito repellent

Wear?

We do not have a dress code for our tours however, dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.

Is cycling safe and children-friendly?

Yes! Our tour is kid-friendly. We design the tour to be entertained and suitable for guests from 4 years and older.

However, for safety reasons, we do not provide small bikes for young children who are under 12 years of age, as local traffics behavior is quite different from that from the West or developed countries. Children are under 12 are REQUIRED to sit on the back of the bike, baby seat for a bicycle is provided for children from 4-5 years.

What is the riding like?

We cycle mostly on flat concrete paths and small paved, rural roads. Anyone who can reasonably ride a bike can do this ride.

Please note that our tour includes a short cycling trip (around 40 minutes) as a sightseeing activity. It is NOT a cycling type of tour, therefore the bikes which provided on the tour are typical Vietnamese student bikes.

I can not/ do not like riding a bicycle. Do you provide an alternative option?

If you join a small group tour we cannot change the activities out of consideration for our other guests. Therefore, you can instead relax on the hammock or walk around the village while others are on a bike trip.

Otherwise, you will have to take a PRIVATE tour and we will provide a 4o-minute boat trip as an alternative.

Is tipping customary in Vietnam?

Although our trips are inclusive of all costs and we ensure our guides and local staff are paid fairly, if you're happy with the services provided a tip - though NOT compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels and inspires excellent service. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier.

The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:

  • Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
  • Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for a few days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however, we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
  • Your Tour Guide: We suggest US$3-US$5 per day for your tour guide for outstanding service throughout your trip.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is NOT compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service. However, please DO NOT tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded as culturally as an insult.

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Review


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Stefania Lapietra
10:29, 14/11/2019
Everything was perfect,interesting and awasome for us. We appreciated very much the fact that this tour goes beyond the turistic circuits and you can really feel this uniqueness in everything you have the chance to see during the trip. We appreciated very much the typical Vietnamese hospitality of the family. And we loved our guide for his knowledge, professionalism, attention to details, friendliness and sympathy.Everything was really great. This trip is only for people who love traveling in order to know deeply a totally different culture rather than travelling to stay in the comfort zone they already have at their home.

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Jose C
10:44, 12/11/2019
Very nice tour to the Mekong Delta with our guide Cong. Relaxing mood but with a mix of different nice activities and clearly off-the-beaten paths.

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David Fryar
08:58, 11/11/2019
A very informative and enjoyable day. It gave us a brief insight into rural life on the delta.

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Julia Chambers
10:47, 24/10/2019
We went for a 1 day tour of the Mekong Delta. That was a great tour, we got to see a lot: beautiful Caodai-temple, real local food market (and no one ask you to buy anything) , cool boat ride into the narrow canals, try new kinds of fruit at a family's home, and amazing lunch at the homestay. The only things I didn’t like is the sweaty cycling tour ( but that’s Ok because of the weather, we couldn’t control the weather). Huy was our tourguide and he was fluent in English, very knowledgeable. He help us to learn about every thing we were curious. At the end we enjoyed the tour very much and would like to recommend you this tour.

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David Wash
10:46, 24/10/2019
We did have an excellent Mekong Delta day tour. If you are looking for an authentic tour without tourist, this tour is perfect to you. During the tour we didn’t see any other tourists than ourselves. Our tour guide Hao was a very knowledgeable and funny. He show us a lot thing about the local life in Mekong Delta. For the highlight of the tour, They were motorized boat down a larger part of the river, small rowing boat down a more narrow canal, local market that sold everything, home cooked lunch at a local's home, cycling tour aroung the area. That was a perfect day, we enjoyed a lot because we did see the real local life.

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Jennifer Franco Monroe
10:32, 24/10/2019
We took a 1 day tour to Mekong with tourguide San Who was timely, patient and courteous. He made sure we had some pictures of our time and experiences. During the tour we learned about history of beautiful country, people life, nature and a lot of thing about Mekong Delta. We had a very great meal for lunch at a local house and that was amazing. We hope to return again! Thank you Jenny (Florida, USA)

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Marion Alexsandre Flaig
09:57, 24/10/2019
We decided to take a tour to know the “real” local area and the tour was absolutely exceeded. Hao - our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.We learned much information abour culture, current and historic circumstances. We did a lot activities during the tour such as motor boat, rowing boat, cycling tour, delicous food at the local house and Tuk Tuk ride. Tour itself is well organized, we got 1 day tour because of limited time, if you want to know more about Mekong Delta 2days is better. Highly recommend !