A great opportunity for visitors to Vietnam to experience such a breathtaking speedboat trip through the Mekong Delta, where you are provided with a chance to witness the river life of local people and how they exchange fresh agricultural products as well as other commodities on the floating market. Les Rives Speed Boat stops include local farms and pottery workshops, and especially Cao Dai Temple – home to a Vietnamese religious movement that incorporates Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. You will also be offered a traditional Mekong Delta speciality prepared by Les Rives’ Chef: Fried Elephant-Ear fish. Don’t be surprised by its fantastic taste!
Please note: There are two main routes for the tour after you depart the market, depending on the tour guide and water level.
7:30am: Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car to your boat at Ho Chi Minh City’s central pier, Bach Dang.
7:45am: The boat departs and you slip away from downtown Saigon via narrow canals, and enter the verdant green tributaries of the Mekong Delta. A light breakfast is served on board.
8:45am: Enjoy a brief stop at the ornate, over water Tuong Van Pagoda, while your guide explains the importance of Buddhism to many people of the Delta.
9:30am: Visit a bustling, colourful riverside market full of local curiosities, tropical fruits and all manner of fish and shellfish. Great photo opportunities
10:30am: Reach the idyllic watery expanses of the Delta itself, known as the ‘Delta of Nine Dragons’ for the 9 tributaries that splinter from the main Mekong River.
10:45am: Turn off the delta into small, winding canals of the Thu Thua area, shaded by a canopy of foliage as you drift along lazily.
Depending on the route, you will visit a local pottery workshop, a traditional riverside house with huge Burmese pythons as pets, a quaint Mekong village and surrounding rice paddies, and then a traditional farmhouse where you’ll sample coconuts and Mekong whisky.
Or you will visit a local merchant and try a range of Mekong produce, like some whisky and wines. You’ll walk along the banks of the river to a traditional rural Vietnamese house where 3 generations live, before exploring a charming village where you can try fresh coconuts from the tree.
This variation provides fascinating insight into life in the Mekong Delta region.*Please note: Our tours are flexible. Your guide may combine parts from both routes.
12:30pm: Enjoy a traditional Mekong Delta lunch at a local pagoda prepared by our private chef. After lunch, you will visit an orphanage run by Buddhist monks.
01:30pm: Visit a colourful Cao Dai Temple.
02:30pm: Return to the speedboat and depart for Ho Chi Minh City.
04:00pm: Arrive back in Ho Chi Minh City. Les Rives’ staff will return you to your hotel by car.Please note that due to the individual nature of the tours, times are approximate and can vary slightly.
Meal: L, B
Transport: Speedboat, Rowing Boat, Shuttle Bus, Local Boat
Breakfast, Lunch, Unlimited refreshments and local fruit. English-speaking guide, entrance fees, pick-up & drop-off
tips and travel insurances. personal expenses.
Please, confirm the pick-up time one day prior to departure date.
There are two main routes for the tour after you depart the market, depending on the tour guide and water level.When visiting pagodas and temples it is respectful, but not mandatory, to cover exposed skin.Mekong Whisky is available for purchase as a souvenir from the producer.
Bring your camera! The Mekong Delta is one of the most beautiful regions of Vietnam, and there many opportunities to capture classic images of rural Vietnamese life as you travel.We also recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, light clothing and a hat.In November to February, we suggest you bring a jacket for the early starts.
Les Rives will provide sunscreen, insect repellent, waterproof ponchos and umbrellas.Soft drinks, water and fruit provided during the boat journey are included in the overall price and not subject additional charge.Please request vegetarian or Halal food options 24 hours in advance of your tour. Please note a surcharge will be incurred.