Mekong Delta by Speedboat with Rice Terraces Stroll
Enjoy a fast, scenic speedboat trip through the Mekong Delta. Departing from Ho Chi Minh City's central pier, you will explore areas of the Mekong Delta that few other tourists get to experience. Key cultural stops include a Cao Dai Temple, a riverside market, local workshops, a pagoda and other historical sites. Enjoy countless opportunities to capture amazing photos, spend time at a family homestead, where you'll be invited to enjoy refreshing, freshly cut coconuts and fiery Mekong whisky. Later our chef will prepare many Vietnamese dishes, such as fried elephant ear fish - a Mekong Delta specialty - served at a local pagoda or school for underprivileged children. Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car to your boat at Ho Chi Minh's central pier. Leave the city via narrow canals and enter the verdant green tributaries of the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a brief stop at a local pagoda. Breakfast of light pastries, local fruit and Vietnamese coffee will be served on the boat. Visit a bustling local riverside market as local producers buy and sell rice, fish and colorful fruits and vegetables. Visit also a local Mekong Delta village and stroll through terraced rice paddies and sugarcane fields. Make a stop at a traditional wooden house. Visit a local crafts workshop and view Bonsai tree pottery. Travel along small canopy shaded canals in the Thu Thua area. Enjoy lunch at a local pagoda prepared by our private chef. Visit a colorful Cao Dai Temple. Depart Mekong Delta for Ho Chi Minh City. After arriving back at the city's central pier, you will be taken back to your hotel by car. Schedule: 07:30 - Hotel pick-up and transfer to central pier in Ho Chi Minh City. Light breakfast on the boat 09:00 - Arrival in the Mekong Delta 09:30 - 12:00 - Exploring local villages, riverside markets, historical sites, craft shops, and temples/pagodas 12:00 - Lunch. 13:00-14:30 - Exploring more local areas 15:30-16:00 - Return to Ho Chi Minh City Menu Breakfast - Pastries - Fresh fruit - Coffee Lunch - Wrap roll - Fried vegetables - Traditional soup - Lemongrass chicken - Caramel pork - Fried elephant ear fish - Rice - Fresh fruit Includes - Hotel pick-up and drop-off - Breakfast and lunch, depending on option selected - English speaking guide, depending on option selected - Speedboat ride - Unlimited refreshments and local fruit - Entrance fees Excludes - Tips and gratuities - Personal expenses Please Note - Fresh, seasonal fruit is also served throughout the morning and afternoon - Pick-up times are from 07:30 to 07:45 depending on hotel location. - We recommend guests to wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Please bring your camera and a hat. - For tours conducted from November to February, please bring a jacket. - When visiting pagodas and temples it is respectful, but not mandatory, to cover exposed skin. - The tours are operated between different routes in the Mekong Delta to optimize conditions. The finish time for the tour may vary due to group dynamics. - This tour is approximately 7 to 9 hours long. - This tour has a maximum of 10 persons per boat. - This tour has a minimum passenger requirement for operation and may be cancelled, especially during low season, if this minimum is not met. In the unlikely event of such a cancellation, guests may request another tour, a different travel date or a refund. - Menu items and catering options can be customized depending on customer requests and should be arranged with 24 hours advance notice. Halal, vegetarian and other dietary requests can be accommodated.