Enjoy a scenic speedboat trip through the Mekong Delta, departing from Saigon so you will explore areas of the Mekong Delta that few other tourists get to experience. Experience the river life of the Mekong, and enjoy a lesser-seen glimpse into rural Vietnam where the river trundles along at a slow tempo, as it has done for centuries. Key cultural stops include a Cao Dai Temple, a riverside market, and a pagoda, as well as evocative farmlands and local pottery workshops.
Enjoy countless photo opportunities of the idyllic scenery and local people as you cruise past buffaloes ploughing fields, fruit orchards and rice paddies. Visit a family homestead, where you’ll be invited to enjoy fresh coconuts and fiery Mekong whisky.
The chefs will prepare a traditional Mekong Delta lunch including fried elephant ear fish – a delicious specialty of the region. Return to the speedboat and depart for Saigon.
Optional day trip to Vung Tau
Drive to Vung Tau, traveling past immense rubber and cashew nut plantations, as well as scenic rice fields.On the way to Vung Tau, visit the Large House (Nha Lon) and its temples on Long Son Island. Large House is a place to celebrate festivals, with a school, a market, a Ghe Sam preserving house, and Ong Tran's graveyard.
Arriving in Vung Tau, the capital of Ba Ria Vung Tau Province, visit the White House Palace (a summer residence of Emperor Bao Dai), with wonderful views of the beach and the city. Visit Niet Ban TinhXa, Nirvana Meditation Retreat, and Thich Ca Phat Dai, a Buddhist shrine. You may also spend time at the French-built lighthouse and the giant Jesus Christ statue. Return to Saigon in time for dinner.