Ho Chi Minh City is situated close to the Mekong Delta, the end of a river which flows through 6 countries. (These countries are China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in case you were interested). It’s possible to do a day tour to the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh, which is exactly what I did.
It took 2 hours to get to the first stop. The bus stopped for a toilet break after an hour, but I suspect that the reason for the stop was less for guests comfort, and more so people could attempt to sell sunglasses to us.
We arrived at the first stop after 10am. Typically, a torrential downpour began as soon as we got off the bus. This was a place when honey was produced. We were given some honey tea and a small plate of fruit. There was also a photo opportunity with some bees.
Once we’d had some honey tea and watched a traditional Vietnamese folk performance, we got in a small paddle boat. We were provided with traditional Vietnamese hats and the boat took us to a coconut candy factory.
We were shown how the coconut candy is made and given free samples of the different flavours. They were delicious, especially the fresh ones!
There was the opportunity to hold a boa constrictor, although it seemed a bit randomly placed at the coconut factory.
We then got on a large tourist boat and floated along the Mekong. Most of the the other boats on the river were tourist boats – there didn’t seem to be many local people around. Which makes sense as it was the hottest part of the day.
We stopped for lunch at a small restaurant. We were split into two groups – those who had elephant fish for lunch and those who were given pork and rice. The elephant fish looked good, but I had the pork and rice, which unfortunately wasn’t that great.
After lunch, we got back on the large boat and were dropped off at a point where the bus collected us.
We went to a pagoda which had an enormous statue of Laughing Buddha and Reclining Buddha.
We returned to Ho Chi Minh City and arrived there around 6pm.
Overall, the tour wasn’t particularly amazing. It did kind of feel like the stops were simply to sell the products to us. I’ve spoken to other tourists who went to the Mekong Delta and stayed overnight and it does sound as though the overnight tours are much better. There’s an opportunity to see the floating markets and experience some of the food of the Mekong Delta.