Mekong Delta travel reviews, memorable destinations

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The Mekong River flows to our country divided into nine branches to the sea so it is called Cuu Long (Nine Dragon River). And just like the rule of nature, the water of Mekong River brings life to people, and play an important role in many different aspects.

No matter what activity it is (from eating, living, or working) all need water. The riverside silt lands are also considered as the best to nourish lush fruit gardens. So that Mekong Delta tourism has grown here – dubbed the “good land for perking”. 

Mekong Delta tourism

Mekong Delta tourism attract foreign tourists (Source: Internet)

1. Plentiful and attractive tourism

Situated next to the river, this ground receives the benefits from Mother Nature. The provinces of the fertile Mekong region have a wealth of produce, stemming from a great deal of alluvium. Therefore Mekong Delta tourism grows more and more strongly. Talk about the "good land for perking", nowhere else you can see the overflowing birds gardens in which the precious Sarus Cranes aggregate together.

Sarus Cranes

Fascinating footage of Sarus Cranes (Source: Internet)

Being the largest river in the region, Mekong Delta tourism has made many people fascinated due to the beauty of the natural scene. When it comes to this site, it is a must for us to nostalgically think about delicious and novel food. In addition, gentle people with the extremely interesting culture of this area will give to tourists unforgettable memories. Only at there, you can come to know that there are real-life parts relying on the water.

 2. Mekong Delta tourism and the roads you will pass

Rowing along the large river to the southwestern provinces, we can list some provinces such as Ben Tre, Tien Giang, Can Tho, Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, etc. Most of them are famous among Vietnamese folks.  Each province has its own characteristics, but one thing in common that is they still bring you the feeling of "floating" as living on the boat.

Just come here to explore the gardens and rustic countryside. As free and generous as the water, Mekong Delta tourism is not constrained in any certain schedule. If you like, you can stop, visit a small isle, and enjoy delicious dishes like grilled fish.

The fruit garden laden branches with fruits all year-round. Tourists can visit the orchards to pick fruits on branches to enjoy on the spot or choose the eye-catching fruits to buy as gifts. Surely this is one of the most exciting experiences that all visitors are interested in. The Mekong delta tours are not attracting because they travel over many provinces but seducing travelers by a lot of unique activities and offer visitors a unique cultural experience. The tour also has the advantage of short travel, so it is convenient for many people regardless of ages or genders. 

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The laden branches with fruit in orchard (Source: Internet)

3. Experience Mekong Delta tourism on the ship

It will be an exciting experience when traveling Mekong Delta by ship. Tourists can live an entire day on the boat. Wake up and hear the calm sounds of the river and prepare for an exciting new day to admire the scenery on the Mekong River are the best of the best. The boat follows the sunrise journey. Pleasantly look at people with routine work such as drying fruits or building wooden boats in the yard when you enjoy breakfast on the boat.

After breakfast, visitors will take a small boat to Cai Rang floating market, the busiest and most lively market in the area. By appointment time, tourists will discover the small canals of the Mekong Delta around Cai Be by canoe or on foot. Anyone will be amazed at the abundance of fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts. Then, travelers will go to another boat to talk and negotiate the price with sellers. Visitors will also visit some local candy-making establishments on a lush green backdrop, and leisurely watch the houses, gardens and the shipyard passing by.

Mekong Delta tourism has never been reduced attractive to the tourer. These are the mysteries behind the foliage, inside the garden, under the river, and flowing in the stream. After referring to above Mekong Delta travel reviews from mekongreviews, are you ready to explore the Mekong Delta tour yet?

Dos and don’ts things when traveling to Vietnam

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“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. This is the sentence that people usually refer to talk about obeying principles or rules of a country/ or a place that they come to visit or settle. Honestly, every country has its own rules that people must follow no matter who you are – the local or just a tourist. Vietnam is not unexceptional.

They have a lot of things that you should pay attention to and write carefully in your Vietnam do’s and don’ts list, but here are just some rules or small tips  from mekongreviews that you should consider to prevent unexpected events causing unwelcomed feelings from the native when you decide to visit Vietnam.

Do’s Things

Dress conservatively when you visit holy places

Most of the Vietnamese travel guides written in e-blogs or website will emphasis this must-known rule. In Vietnam, there are a lot of famous holy places such as pagodas, temples, churches, etc. that the locals and foreign tourists usually come to visit because of its legend, history, unique architecture or even sacredness. If you plan to visit one of those places, you must be aware of how you dress. Do not let the locals have the reason to criticize or be unwelcome you just because you are in inappropriate clothes. Let’s wear conservatively like other people do, or keep your sensitive skin covered as much as you can. After all, you respect their Saints means that you respect everyone there.

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Vietnamese clothes for visiting pagoda (Source: Internet)

Bargain in local markets

Wherever you visit in the north, the central or even the south of Vietnam, you must bargain as much as you can if you want to buy something in local markets. It is one of many tips when traveling to Vietnam. It is not as bad as people usually think because it is the habit of the Vietnamese – bargaining. The native usually go to the markets every day for groceries, so they really need to bargain to have the cheapest price for the stuff they want. And when they succeed, they will be extremely happy and keep talking about it.

However, if you are a foreigner, you cannot beat a Vietnamese professional seller to get the best price. Therefore, if you want to challenge yourself, take it easy and it would be a great experience for you, or else you just need to come by convenient stores that offer plenty of goods that are always available.

Bargaining in local market

Bargaining in the local market (Source: Internet)

Don’ts Things

Do not show too many emotional acts in public

Unlike other Western countries, showing your extreme expression such as kissing and hugging in the public is inapplicable in Vietnam. Although Vietnam is more open now than it used to be and seems to be more modern, these kinds of acts still give you a series of unfriendly looks from the native. Like other Asian countries, Vietnam has their own tradition and standard of ethics in society, so when you travel with your partner, do not show your emotion with her/ or him in the crowd.

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Not kissing in the public (Source: Internet)

Do not wear jewelry or show valuables

The safety is still one of many tourist matters in developing countries, and Vietnam is not unexceptional, so when you are going to have a walking tour, or even tours using any vehicles, you must be careful with your luggage. Your stuff can be easily gone or even stolen in front of you just in the blink of an eye. Moreover, never let your bag behind, and make sure that all are well locked because the thieves can use knives to tear the bag to take your stuff.

Wearing bag in the front

Wearing bag in the front (Source: Internet)

Travel is the method to take a rest and discover local culture and tradition, and it will be great if you are well-prepared. Therefore, if you are going to have a tour in Vietnam, you should study a little bit about the place even just the basic one such as Vietnamese dos and don’ts, and your trips will be more successful if you can reference where to stay, where to go and even things to do in Vietnam to have a fairly background for the plan of your Vietnamese trip.

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Vietnam floating market travel guide

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The floating market is the main attraction of Mekong Delta. There is no lie in saying that your trip here will be not completed without visiting this special commercial area. On the Vietnam floating market travel, tourists can have a great opportunity to not only enjoy unique local food but also experience how people exchange goods, fruit and many other commodities in a special way.

Cai Be floating market (Tien Giang)

Cai Be is one of the most impressive floating markets. It is in the Tien River area – the border of three provinces which are Tien Giang, Vinh Long, and Ben Tre. It is not only where to trade goods but also an interesting tourist destination in Tien Giang Province.

Cai Be floating market

Cai Be floating market (Source: Internet)

Most tourists visiting here are attracted by the scene of many boats busily traveling on the river and the beautiful landscape around this long-standing market. There are green gardens, and streets shadowed by coconut-palms along the riverside. It is possible for you to rent a sampan to travel around Cai Be floating market.

Unlike other floating markets in Mekong Delta, fruits can be found everywhere and mainly come from Tien Giang, such as Lo Ren star-apples, Long Co Co green grapefruits, Tan Lap pineapples, oranges, and tangerines. It also has poultry, seafood, household appliances, and textiles. If you want to buy something for gifts, you can choose sweet tangerine, coconut candy or soap made from coconut – this is a famous product of Cai Be.

Cai Rang floating market (Can Tho)

Cai Rang floating market, one of the largest and the most famous floating markets of Vietnam, is always crowded with sellers and buyers, small and big boats from the early morning. The unique features of Cai Rang floating market are fruits, vegetables, and specialties of Mekong Delta. Goods here are sold in large numbers and each item is classified into different types based on quality and size.

Cai Rang floating market

Cai Rang floating market (Source: Internet)

Apart from fresh fruits, you can also buy garden tools, crafis or enjoy a Vietnamese breakfast such as Pho, Hu Tieu, and coffee. Moreover, tourists can not only enjoy the lively atmosphere of Cai Rang market but also watch and learn more about the daily life of the local people living on the boats.

Phong Dien floating market (Can Tho)

Phong Dien floating market is considered as one of the must-visit ones if you want to get the real experience of locals' life. All agricultural products, goods, and services like fresh fruits, daily life‘s tools, fisheries instruments or foods are mainly found here. Additionally, there are petrol stations, sewing shops and machine repair shops on boats which makes here be the most unique among other floating markets in Mekong Delta.

Phong Dien floating market

Phong Dien floating market (Source: Internet)

Phong Dien is less crowded than Cai Rang floating market. It usually opens at 4:00 AM and most crowded at 6:30 AM. After the rush hour, there are still people in the market until afternoon. Phong Dien floating market is really an ideal place to visit if you wish to enjoy the atmosphere of local commercial in the floating market.

Phung Hiep floating market (Hau Giang)

Phung Hiep floating market is the remarkable market in the Mekong Delta. It is situated on the Phung Hiep seven corners, where 7 river routes meet; that is why it can be called Nga Bay. This floating market gathers many boats carrying goods and products. They supply goods for the local area as well as for the north of Vietnam and overseas market as well.

Phung Hiep floating market

Phung Hiep floating market (Source: Internet)

The main items of Phung Hiep are farm products and specialties of Chau Thanh District, and neighboring areas such as vegetables, seafood, poultry, handicraft goods, and household appliances. Goods come in various and abundant categories. Along with these goods, the most amazing point of Phung Hiep floating market is the supply of snakes, birds, tortoises, iguanas, and gecko all year around. Also, there are several tiny junks sell Pho. Banh Xeo, Banh Cuon and many kinds of drinks, which bring the distinguishing cuisine of the Mekong Delta.

Hectic and vibrant floating market is one of the noticeable highlights of the Mekong Delta. It has become the gathering places where the locals can buy goods while tourists can spread their eyes over the lively panorama around. Overal, this is the top destinations that you shouldn't miss when traveling to Vietnam.

 

Things to do in Mekong Delta – Explore its landscapes and specialties

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Vietnam Mekong Delta is one of the top attractions in Vietnam. A large number of tourists visit this place every year to have amazing experiences with many interesting things to do in Mekong Delta.

Where to go in Mekong Delta

Can Tho

Can Tho is one of the four key economic zones of Vietnam that is highly invested. Thanks to the propitious economy, culture, and ecotourism, Can Tho is coated with the impressive appeal. Also admirably called a green destination, this place is the major draw for tourists. People coming here can enjoy the complex system of rivers, canals, the big shades of coconut trees, the lush fruit orchards, and the modern buildings in harmony.

A part of Can Tho

A part of Can Tho (Source: Internet)

Mekong Delta River Cruises to Can Tho is impeccable and relaxing. Some highlights of Can Tho include Lang Stock Sanctuary, Binh Thuy Temple, but one wonderful feature from Can Tho is to cruise on the river to experience the special way the locals trade their products in the unique floating markets such as Cai Rang and Phong Dien.

Ben Tre

With the picturesque beauty, Ben Tre has long been famous as a land of coconut whose greenness is ever. The coconut trees are considered as the symbol of the land for decades, which are planted in almost every corner, making the green landscape.

Together with agriculture and the coconut brings the regular income to the local people. This is also a good place to arrange boat trips in the area since the majority of its area is water, and also, you can relish the rustic atmosphere along the light wind on the river. Additionally, don’t miss to try a coconut candy – a unique sweet specialty of this amazing destination.

Ca Mau

Ca Mau is the southernmost point of Vietnam. With the wide busy streets, parks, and shops, it has been developing rapidly in recent years. Traveling to here you can visit mangrove forests and evergreen cajuput forests where tourists will admire the fresh atmosphere, and indulge in the pure surroundings.

Cape in Ca Mau

Cape Ca Mau (Source: Internet)

Also, you can enjoy different kinds of fish dishes. Silver Stone Island is one of the most famous spots in Ca Mau that you should visit. It is gorgeous with stones of various shapes. Undoubtedly, it will be the best place to take photos.

What to eat

Bun Ca Chau Doc

Bun Ca Chau Doc

Bun ca Chau Doc (Source: Internet)

Bun Ca is a well-known dish in Mekong Delta, especially in Chau Doc. This noodle soup is a mixture of thin noodles, green herbs, snakehead fish caught from the Mekong River and soup cooked using fish bones. With the unique taste, this is a dish that travelers should try when having a chance to visit Mekong Delta.

Hu tieu My Tho

Hu tieu My Tho is a type of dish that is very famous for Vietnamese in general and the Mekong Delta people in particular. This specialty has a sweet and distinctive flavor with the big, slightly crunchy and chewy noodles. The bowl of hu tieu My Tho is really like a painting which full of attractive colors such as red shrimp, green celery, chrysanthemum, and red peppers. In addition, a very important spice creating the unique aroma of the dish is the minced garlic.

Banh bo thot not

Banh bo thot not is known as one of the popular sweets in Chau Doc, An Giang. It is actually must-eat specialty when you are thinking about the cuisine here. Thot not is a typical tree in An Giang used to get sugar. The locals use it to make this special cake — Banh bo thot not. The taste of the cake is lightly sweet and easy to enjoy; therefore, it is indeed preferred by lots of foreign tourist to this region. It is easy to find where to buy it. Wandering around the streets or in the market, you are able to find small food stalls selling this tasty cake.

When to visit

From December to May is the best time to travel to Vietnam‘s famous water area. They are dry months with the clear blue sky and calm water.

During the months of June and September, the weather will be getting hot and humid; however, this is the time when the local tropical fruits are ready for harvest and visiting the orchards and fruit farms is a very enjoyable pastime.

In October and November, occasional flooding is expected, especially in remote areas around Dong Thap and Tra Vinh, so always consult weather forecasts if you have a. trip here these months.

Mekong Delta plays an important role in the tourism development in Vietnam for its attractive landscapes, various culture, and unique specialties. It is truly one of the top must-see destinations in Vietnam.

 

Mekong Delta tours for adventurers

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The so-called “rice bowl of Vietnam”, Mekong Delta has become a favorite destination for those who love to explore the untouched beauty of nature in Southwestern Vietnam. Mekong Delta is carpeted in the green of paddy field, producing a third of the country’s annual rice crops. If you are looking for an ecotour in the South of Vietnam, let’s take a look at our local tour guide for a Mekong Delta tour.

When to visit Mekong Delta?

The dry season (between December and April) can be seen as the ideal time to visit Mekong Delta. The amount of rainfall is small during this period, also the humidity. Tourists can enjoy their travel without being worried about getting caught in the rain. You can experience some outside activities such as biking along the country roads and visit local houses to observe the local daily life in Southern Vietnam.

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Mekong River in the sunset

From September to November is a good time to travel Mekong Delta as well. This floating season is the most beautiful season in this region, wild water lilies growing in the rice fields are in their full bloom and tourists will be able to embark boat trips along Mekong River, sightseeing, and fishing.

Where to go in Mekong Delta

Cai Be floating market (Chau Doc)

Cai Be floating market starts in the early morning. From 3 a.m to 4 a.m, small boats and junks with various kinds of goods and products gather at the market, creating a bustling atmosphere. Visiting the market, tourists may have the chance to observe the original trading activities on the river, learn about the daily life of the local people and enjoy the scenic panorama of Mekong River.

A boat on Mekong River

A boat on Mekong River

Tra Su Cajuput forest (Chau Doc)

Located 30km from Chau Doc, Tra Su forest is the top destination for ecotours in Southwestern Vietnam. Getting on a boat trip, visitors are able to explore the unique flooding ecosystem and a nature reserve in An Giang Province. The forest is verdant and green all over the years, being the home for many kinds of wild birds. The local people will tell you stories about Tra Su forest while sailing the boat.

Tra Su Cajuput forest

Tra Su cajuput forest

Cai Rang floating market (Can Tho)

Similar to Cai Be floating market, Cai Rang market begins early in the morning. Each boat often sells only a kind of goods. The most common products sold are tropical fruits such as mangoes, grapefruits, star apples, custard apples and much more. Once you visit Cai Rang market, you should not miss the chance to enjoy some tasty fresh fruits.

What Vietnam travel agency to choose?

Planning a Mekong Delta tour on your own can be exciting but challenging at the same time. See this tour as your reference.

Day

Destination

Time

Activities

Day 1

Ho Chi Minh City

Morning

  • Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Check in hotel
  • Explore the city on your own

Day 2

Cu Chi Tunnels

Morning

  • Transfer to Cu Chi Tunnels

Afternoon

  • Visit some tourist attractions such as War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ben Thanh market

Day 3

Cai Be (Mekong Delta)

Morning

  • Travel to Cai Be
  • Take part in a cruise trip along the Mekong River
  • Have lunch at a local house

Afternoon

  • Go on a biking trip in the village roads

Day 4

Tra Su

Morning

  • Have breakfast at hotel
  • Drive to Tra Su Cajuput forest
  • Embark a boat trip to explore the forest

Afternoon

  • Travel to Can Tho City

Day 5

Can Tho

Morning

  • Move to Cai Rang floating market
  • Visit traditional houses in the villages
  • Talk to the local to explore their tradition
  • Come back to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch

Day 6

Ho Chi Minh City

Morning

  • Have breakfast at hotel
  • Have a walk around the city for shopping or sightseeing
  • Drive to Tan Son Nhat Airport

A village by the river Mekong

A house by the river Mekong

A Mekong Delta tour with memorable experiences is here for you, what are you waiting for? Let’s book a ticket to Vietnam and enjoy your trip right away!

 

Things to do in Vietnam

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Vietnam is one of the most attractive destinations in Asia for stable politics, affordable price, and numerous beautiful landscapes. Additionally, friendly, knowledgeable Vietnam Travel guides with their passions for the region. Vietnam tours will bring you memorable experiences.

There are several best tips when traveling in Vietnam in order to entirely enjoy these tours; you should pay your attention to these following things from mekongreviews.

Know how to drive motorbike is an advantage. Firstly, most accommodations here in Vietnam are offering rental motorbike service. Secondly, each famous destination like Ha Giang, Da Lat, or Phu Quoc with various attraction scenes and it’s quite far from each other thus getting around on a motorcycle is a convenient way. Plus, you could clearly admire its natural landscapes on your roads.

Crossing the busy roads in large cities such as Hanoi, Sai Gon or Da Nang. A tip is that you must be calm, not hesitated, and move forward.

Adapting to the weather, Vietnam’s weather changes based on region and season. In the winter and spring (November to April), it’s quite cold (15­­­­­­oC-25oC), in Northern Vietnam, you should prepare some warm clothes. Meanwhile in the south, in the rainy season, you should bring raincoat or umbrella. Some plateaus or uplands like Da Lat, Sapa, their temperature are cooler than the rest of Vietnam. You should search each regions’ weather forecast before making your decisions when traveling to Vietnam.

Of course, be careful with pick-pocketing and robbery in crowded places. And you also have to be resolute to get rid of persistent offerings.

If you get accustomed to popular landscapes in Vietnam via newspaper, social network or some agencies, there are still several original experiences you should not miss. Here are top things to do in Vietnam.

Play as Robinson in Hon Dam Island, Phu Quoc

Away from the buzz of other renowned destinations in Phu Quoc, families and couples alike can spend time in Hon Dam. No Internet, solar energy, and the whole small island has just a few bungalows made from bamboo and wood about 2m from the sea. In the evening, you can enjoy fresh seafood like shrimps, fishes, egg squids with your friends or other tourists then gently sleep in the whispering of waves. Time to discover the tiny island with incredible active and outdoor experiences. Immerse in peaceful nature, swimming, coral snorkeling right in front of your bungalow, chatting with the rare foreign tourists or simply lie on bungalow’s veranda floor reading books.

Hon Dam Island

A bungalow in Hon Dam Island, Phu Quoc

On the outside, the bungalow merely looks like rustic leave cottages but on the inside, there is clean and exotic furniture. In evening, you could soak in the romantic scene island’s sunset. Besides bungalows for couple, families, it also has dorm rooms to cater to the needs of every traveler.

Greet dawn in Cai Rang Float Market, Can Tho

Can Tho is a major city in Mekong Delta. Cai Rang floating market is a symbol of this area. You should hire a small rowing boat to experience the whole area. You also should go to the floating market in the early morning to greet the dawn in the river; it's so beautiful and totally different with the dawn in the beach. In the Cai Rang floating market, you would see locals sell abundant tropical fruits, crops and also breakfasts in these mechanized boats and your expert boat's driver would let you know the special things about these boats such as a kind of good was hang on a rod which is located in front of the boat will inform customers about the product is sold.

The dawn in Cai Rang floating market

The dawn in Cai Rang Float Market, Can Tho

And of course join in any street food tours along the length of the country, in each your destinations to fully discover Vietnam culture and subtle changes of cuisine from the North to South. It is hard to describe and compare the specific features of cuisines from each region. Play as a local, eating in the constant presence of street vendors, mini-restaurants, stalls, small mobile shops on wheels or tiny stalls in local markets.

Tiny stalls in local markets

Tiny stalls in local markets

In every usual tourist destinations in Vietnam, explore it with exotic straits, will bring some new nuances to your trips.

5 best Vietnam holiday packages

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Vietnam is emerging as one of the hottest destinations in Southeast Asia. The country offers tourists a distinct culture, quintessential food, world best beaches and caves and all at an affordable price. Decide which to do in Vietnam for your holiday can sometimes be a headache.

Here is our suggestion of 5 best Vietnam holiday packages. They are what travel expert will take for themselves, something you could trust!

Heritage Path in central

The tour will take you on a journey through tangible and intangible heritage sites in the Central region including Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park which owns the world largest cave ever been discovered; Hue Ancient Capital with complex of Hue monuments and Hue Royal Court Music; My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Ancient Town.

Hoian Ancient Town

Hoian Ancient Town

Each stop in your itinerary is one-of-a-kind and all are recognized by UNESCO. If you wish to have an in-depth experience of local culture and history instead of a purely sightseeing tour, this Vietnam package tour is for you.
In 2005, Heritage Path became the main theme of the year promoted by Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. Some travel operator even extends the “path” to include Luangprabang (Laos) and Angkor Wat (Cambodia).

Trekking in the north

Vietnam is much more than street food and rich history. Less known than other types of tourism but you can found pretty awesome trekking route in the North of the country. Trekking in Vietnam spans the entire spectrum, from an easy walk through scenic villages to adventurous, multi-day jungle treks.
During the trip, you will see high mountain ranges with spectacular terrace fields serving as the backdrop. However, the local ethnic minority group and their distinct culture are what set Vietnam trekking tour apart. Take a break at a local homestay and recharge with their food and their incredible hospitality.
Some of the best trekking and hiking destination: Sapa with Fansipan peak, Ha Giang with Stone Plateau, Cao Bang.

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Long Beach – Phu Quoc Island

The tours mentioned above is most recommended and received many good feedbacks from other tourists. Therefore, they are more likely to be your best Vietnam holiday package, but it doesn’t if you have your own itinerary. Good luck and enjoy!

Hanoi city tour and  Overnight Halong cruise

Hanoi city tour has always been on top of any holiday package to Vietnam. Indeed, how can you skip this 1000-year-old capital and its vibrant culture?
Hanoi is a modern, dynamic city but at the same time an ancient, mythical capital. Many Vietnam best dishes can easily be found at any corner around the city.

Halong Cruise

Halong cruise

Once you are in Hanoi, why not make a visit to Vietnam’s iconic destination which is just 165 km away. The world-renowned Halong Bay has amazed millions of tourists by its otherworldly scenery. A 2-day cruise is just ideal to discover the bay. Indulge in emerald water and pristine beaches, what could be better than that for your stress-free holiday.

Mekong Delta tour

Venturing through the paddy fields and swamplands of Mekong Delta is the best introduction to the South. Mekong Delta is often the most favourite Vietnam group tour packages.

Rice field in Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta

The region is considered as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam because it produces over one-third of the country total annual food crop. Paddy fields spread an eye-pleasing green over the land which is divided by small rivers.

The charm of Mekong Delta is not something that blows your mind when you first see it but is in ordinary local life. The little kids riding on the backs of water buffalo, school girls elegant in white “ao dai”, local people rowing boat and their warm smile when you photograph them.
The simple everyday scenes that get into your heart and never let go.

Beach holiday for family

Holiday traveling is about spending time with your beloved family. Relaxing on the white sandy beach, playing with the waves sound perfect for a family vacation. With the coastline of 3,260 km long (excluding islands) giving the S-shaped country a collection of beautiful beaches in which many are voted among world best beaches.

More and more resort overlooking the beach are built to provide guests with a variety of accommodation options, from budget hostels to high-end hotels. The hotels are kid-friendly, and Vietnam is totally safe for your children, so you don't have to worry about bringing them.
Some of Vietnam best beach mekongreviews think you should consider: Long beach (Phu Quoc), An Bang Beach (Hoi An), Nha Trang  City Beach.

Can Tho – the top destination for Vietnam countryside tour

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Can Tho City, located in the center of Mekong Delta is the economic and cultural center of the south-west area of Vietnam. It has a complex of rivers and canals such as Hau River, Can Tho River, Thot Not, O Mon canals. Can Tho is considered as “the green lung of Mekong Delta”, which create a simple and poetic beauty for the city.

Can Tho is a perfect countryside in Vietnam where you can take a boat trip along Mekong River, visit orchards, cycle through immense rice paddles.

Many travel agencies offer Saigon – Can Tho tour, so that you can easily move from Saigon to Can Tho. From the vibrant and crowded city of Ho Chi Minh, coming to Can Tho, you can have an absolutely lovely countryside tour with a peaceful and natural environment. Here are some places that you should visit when traveling to Can Tho.

Long Tuyen Ancient Village

Long Tuyen Ancient Village

Long Tuyen ancient village

Long Tuyen is located in the south of Can Tho city, on the southeast part of Can Tho River. The village is not only famous for historic and cultural relics but the attractive natural scenery. Long Tuyen features typical lifestyle in Mekong River Delta with its channel landscapes and orchards.

The architecture and culture in Long Tuyen are unique because it is the combination of various cultures from Western to Eastern, including Chinese, French, American, Cham, and Japanese. The village also possesses six of 18 national relics in Can Tho, including famous locations such as Binh Thuy Temple, Nam Nha Pagoda or Binh Thuy Old House.

Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary

Bang Lang Stock Sanctuary

Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary

Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary is located about 60km from Can Tho city. It is actually a private garden owned by farmer Nguyen Ngoc Thuyen. In 1983, a flock of various kinds of storks suddenly gather in his garden and live here since then. Today, there are thousands of storks nesting in the garden, including 11 different kinds of storks such as fly stork, egret, heron, pelican, woodpecker, etc. Visiting Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary, you can have the chance to see the view of birds returning home in the late afternoon after a whole day of seeking food in other places. Watching thousands of storks flying around and gather in the garden is very exotic scenery.

Cai Rang floating market

As you know, floating markets are the one-and-only feature in the Mekong Delta area. And Cai Rang floating market is amongst the three biggest ones in Can Tho. It is open all day but is at its busiest from the sunrise to 9:00 AM. In the river area of about 1km length, there are hundreds of boats and canoes gathering together, selling and buying diversified products, from local agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood to other services such as coffee, drinks, etc. Visiting this special market, you can get to know the amazing cultural aspects of southerners.

Cai Rang floating market

Cai Rang floating market 

A special thing about floating market is everything is implemented on the boat drifting on the river. In a river area of 1km length, there are a hundred boats and canoes gather together, creating a very impressive and bustling scene. The sellers and also rowers use their amazing skill to juke their boat in that crowded place without causing an accident.

Also, Cai Rang Floating Market is a place for enjoying wonderful local foods and drinks as well as discovering Sothern Vietnamese culture. You can find floating restaurants, floating bars, floating gas stations, and many other floating shops. A lot of special dishes of the South are presented here, including Hu Tieu (Kuy Teav), beef noodle, bun rieu, and other traditional cakes. Sitting on a boat beyond an immense beauty of Mekong River and enjoying tasteful foods is an extraordinary experience in your trip.

Tay Do night market

Tay Do night market

Tay Do night market

Tay Do night market is located about 1km from Can Tho center of the city, on the west side of Hau River. It is not only a trading market but also an entertaining activity as well as tourist destination. Although it has operated in recent years, Tay Do night market is considered to be a characteristic of cultural tourism in Can Tho. It is trading center of southern provinces. It also has many other services such as foods, entertainment. Tay Do night market has the architecture in harmony with the surrounding landscape and environment, imbued the southern Vietnam style. Stalls are divided by very scientific, clear, neat. The road to the market is asphalted and wide. Visiting here is the best way to study culture and tradition of Can Tho people.

My Khanh orchard

My Khanh orchard

Boat trip in My Khanh Orchard

My Khanh orchard has more than 20 kinds of fruits including a lot of tropical fruits such as mango, rambutan, durian, etc. You can walk in this large orchard and pick up your favorite fruits and enjoy the fresh air of a countryside village. This is the best place that you can see very ‘Vietnam Southern’ features for your countryside tour. Also, you can join a lot of activities such as cycling, boat trip, and experience the life of landlord in the feud time.

Your Vietnam countryside tour to Can Tho can bring you a lot of interesting experiences because of Vietnam Southern lifestyle. Can Tho is always the top destination when you travel to Ho Chi Minh City and wonder where to go in Southern Vietnam.

New experience along with Mekong Delta tours by yacht

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Mekong delta tours always have a special attraction with domestic and foreign tourists. Nowadays, explore this site, tourers will have an occasion to get an exciting feeling with Mekong Delta cruise.

The luxury yacht on Mekong River

The luxury yacht on Mekong River

The journey along the Mekong river on the boat will help visitor discover the natural loveliness of this location with canals system, extensive rice fields, fruit orchards … With the luxury yacht, guests can feel the unique characteristics of the Mekong Delta, and also can feel the beauty of nature, people, and life at here.It can be said that this is a trip for tourer to fully enjoy the relaxing moments in the Mekong Delta. With the feeling of lying on the deck, enjoying a cocktail and admire the sunsets gradually on the immense river. Then, enjoy delicious meals with raw materials from the affluent river. Taste local food is considered as one of the most worthy things to do in Mekong Delta for international tourists.This trip to Mekong Delta will be completely different from what you have experienced so far.

Tourists have breakfast on the yacht

The tourists have breakfast and enjoy the fresh-air on the yacht

In the morning, the voyage will begin. Traveler boards a comfortable cruise. After enjoying the welcome drink, visitors will be introduced the comfort and cozy cabin. When lunch is served, the yacht starts running. Let’s back to the seat to enjoy the wonderful scenery and daily life of the Mekong people. In the afternoon, visitors can walk around the village, the orchard and the rice fields. Meet local people and try out products of regional fruits. Be sure that you do not miss the opportunity to take the great pictures of the Mekong landscape and life at here.

The romantic and fascinating afterglow on Mekong River

The romantic and fascinating afterglow on Mekong River

Return to the ship and enjoy a refreshing drink in the bar or relax on the deck when the sun goes down on the magnificent landscape of Mekong River. Ships will be anchored in the evening. One day ends with a good evening on board. You will spend the night on the yacht as a “floating hotel” in the Mekong Delta.

In the second day, wake up to the melodious sounds of the river and prepare for an exciting new day to admire the scenery on the Mekong. The boat will follow the sunrise journey. Look at people with routine work such as drying fruits or building wooden boats in the yard when you enjoy breakfast on the yacht. After breakfast, travelers will take a small boat to Cai Rang floating market, the busiest and most bustle market in the area. By appointment time, the visitor will discover the small canals of the Mekong Delta around Cai Be with a canoe or a walk. Tourists will be amazed at the abundance of fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts. Then tourers will go to another boat to talk and negotiate the price with the seller. Anyone will also visit some local candy-making establishments, watch the houses, gardens and the shipyard.

Cai Be Floating Market

The crowded spectacle of the Cai Be floating market which attracts a large number of tourers

At noon, travelers can row along the clear blue water to visit the local houses. Besides, explore the nearby town by hiking or exploring small canals by bike. Then return to the yacht for lunch.

In the afternoon, there will be another trip to the village on the way. If you are curious, you can go shopping with the chef and take part in a cooking class on board. What an exciting experience! When the yacht continues on the way, you will following the small canal to Can Tho (or Cai Be). There will be many options for the afternoon, such as visiting the village by bicycle, walking, visiting the orchard or cooking classes.

Mekong delta tours are featured by Southern Vietnam tours with a homely beauty but make tourists unforgettable. Welcome to the special tour of the Mekong Delta region and experience a series of ineffable emotions. High-quality service, incisive impression, and strange travel style are what you will feel during the trip.

 

Saigon – Western Vietnam – floating-market, an ideal Vietnam tour for family

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Leave behind the busy work in hustle life. Why don’t we join in Vietnam tour for family to enjoy the serene and relax moments beside our kin? Finding a spot for Vietnam 5 days tour nowhere else is more suitable than Saigon – Western – floating market.

Tour beside family

Tour beside family is the most wonderful

Come here, tourers will have an opportunity to explore Saigon through the famous places such as Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Post Office,…Then travel to the West, tourists will be hard to resist the majestic wild beauty, peaceful space, the taste of sweet fruit. In addition, anybody can admire the rustic prettiness of the immense river, explore river trading in Cai Rang floating market, canoe along canals, walking on the village roads to enjoy the peaceful sense of life. Wherever it comes from, the West always attracts travelers who prefer immense river landscape and want to discover the custom of Cham people in Chau Doc.

Because of characteristics and hobbies of each family, the tailor-made tour is the best choice in Vietnam. With this tour kind, visitors can flexibly decide their journey about the date, length, and budget. Most of the family usually explore Saigon – Western Vietnam – floating-market 5 days tour follow voyage:

1. Visiting Saigon city

The first destination where anyone cannot miss a chance to visit is French Architecture Clusters. Those majestic constructions contain:

Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace, the symbol of victory of Vietnamese

Reunification Palace: This place is a symbol of victory, peaceful and territorial integrity of Vietnam. Thanks to that historical significance, the palace is one of the most famous sites attracting large numbers of tourists to Ho Chi Minh City. Reunification Palace is built on the Norodom Palace, symbolizing the traditional philosophy, oriental ritual, and personality of the Vietnamese people in harmony with modern architecture. The Palace was designed and built to pray for prosperity and sustainability forever. Independence Palace has become a "must visit" place when traveling to Saigon.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Ancient beauty of Notre Dame Cathedral at night

Notre Dame Cathedral: Located in the center of District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, Notre Dame Cathedral with ancient architecture of France, spacious space from the outside into the cathedral, this is also one of the symbols of Saigon.This destination is on the list of the first locations to visit when arrived Saigon.

Besides, visitors also choose some others spots as Central Post Office, The People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City,… to visit.

2. Traveling My Tho – Ben Tre

Come to Thoi Son isle, the tourers can visit here and enjoy honey tea along with fruit jam. Then the tour guide takes a walk around the village, exploring the life of local people. Continue the journey, you will be sitting on the small boat – 3-leaf canoe (about 15 minutes) and contemplate the green coconut lines cover both sides. What an exciting experience for your family!

Thoi Son

Rowing to contemplate the russet loveliness of Thoi Son

The boat runs along the canal with two fruit orchards and tourists can visit the coconut candy factory, see the coconut candy production process.

Tourers can also learn cooking together with local people. Dinner is the intimate evening with the local people in the peaceful garden. It will be an unforgettable night.

3. Floating – market

If you are familiar with normal markets, it is a capitalization for you and family to explore a new kind of market. in this tour, tourists will be embarked to some bustle floating market such as Cai Be, Cai Rang.

Cai Be floating market is one of the most popular destinations in Tien Giang. This is a special culture in the Mekong Delta, attracting a lot of visitors. Here is the place to perform various business activities ranging from fabric, household items to poultry, seafood… The most famous feature of Cai Be floating market is fruit. This market muster fruit specialties of Tien Giang as Lo Ren star-apple, Green Grapefruit, orange, tangerine Cai Be.

Cai Be floating market

The bustle spectacle at Cai Be floating market

Cai Rang Floating Market is a familiar spot in Can Tho for local people and an exciting place for visitors. In the bustling atmosphere of the market, visitors can observe, learn the activities of many families with many generations living together on the boat. There are boats like "mobile apartments" on the river with flower pots, pets, full facilities such as color TV, disc, sound system … with motorcycles parked on the boat.

Do not miss the chances to take part in family tours in Vietnam and experience Saigon – Western – floating market tour!