There is no doubt that the full-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) to Mekong Delta is one of the most popular tours from Ho Chi Minh City thanks to amazing things to do in the peaceful and unique land where rivers, channels, fruits orchards are abundant. Within less than 10 hours, travelers have chances to enjoy a wide range of things. Mekong Delta Tour (My Tho – Ben Tre) are sold and operated popularly by various tour agencies and programs are diverse. This blog is to recommend travelers Top things to do on Mekong Delta Tour (My Tho – Ben Tre) so that they learn more about the region and book good tours to My Tho and Ben Tre before their trips.
Enjoy the nice view on the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta
Located about 70 km from Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho City in Tien Giang Province is perhaps the nearest province of Mekong Delta from Saigon. It is a great destination to experience the must-do Mekong Delta thanks to the good location and a wide range of things to do. Ho Chi Minh is the biggest, most crowded and busiest city in Vietnam so that it has lots of modern buildings, transportation systems, museums, rivers and beautiful bridges, green parks and entertainment centers. Visitors will not see rice fields paddies, coconut fields, fruits orchards in the city but in Mekong Delta. After driving for about half an hour from the city center, passengers have opportunities to enjoy the green spaces along the streets and highway. Rice fields paddies where farmers wearing conical hats and checkered scarfs work. Houses are hidden behind lines of coconut trees, fruits orchards, channels and small brides. Many vendors sell fruits, foods, snacks, drinks on the pavements. Pupils in uniforms (white shirts or Ao dai) ride their bicycles to their schools. Housewives are on their way to local markets to buy foods and commodities in the morning. On Trung Luong highway, passengers can also see green rice fields and trees.
Cruise the immense rivers and channels by motorized boats and sampan
If most of the people in developed countries go out by cars, buses, trucks and other motorized vehicles and people in big cities of Vietnam go out by motorbikes, boats and sampans are the most popular means of transportation in Mekong Delta. The 40,577-square-kilometer Mekong Delta has a 28,600-kilometer system of rivers and channels. On wide rivers, they transfer products or transfer between islands and the mainland by motorized boats.
Take a sampan ride
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Visit coconut candy factory
Coconut trees are abundant in My Tho and Ben Tre Provinces. They are called the kingdom of coconuts thanks to lines of green coconuts stretching along the horizontal. Sometimes travelers see houses made of coconut wood, utensils and lacquered handicrafts made of coconut shells. Coconut milk is the popular ingredient for a large number of main dishes and desserts in the regions, coconut meat is usually used to make candied coconut meat ribbons. Coconut candy is a unique food made in Mekong Delta, especially My Tho and Ben Tre. Exploring a coconut candy factory, learning more about the process of making this kind of candy, sampling the greasy and chewy sweet, buying some to bring home are great things to do in the region.
Troll into fruit orchards on islands and enjoy fresh fruits
Mekong Delta is known as the paradise of fruits in South Vietnam so that fruit trees are everywhere on the mainlands and islands. Walking in the orchards, travelers are surrounded by trees and fruits which are ripened on the trees. These fruits are considered the best in Vietnam. The fruits include papayas, dragon fruits, jack fruits, pineapples, mangos, coconuts, bananas, oranges, plums, guavas, star apples. Travelers should not miss the chance to troll into lush fruit orchards and enjoy great fruits.
Feed fishes, fish crocodile, see pythons, porcupines, beehives
Mother Nature gives Mekong Delta not only fruits but also animals including chicken, ducks, especially fishes, crocodiles, pythons, porcupines, etc. Interesting activities include feeding hungry fishes, fish fierce crocodiles using rods and catfishes, learn how to farm long pythons, porcupines, bees. Just immerse into the local and learn how locals earn money by farming animals. Kids will definitely like these experiences, the activities are not less interesting than a visit to a forest or a zoo. Stopping at a bee farm, tourists will be served tea with honey and can buy some original honey at cheap prices.
Enjoy delicious specialty foods
Eating is a part of any trip to new countries, regions including Mekong Delta. This rich region has hundreds of specialty foods but the top foods include Fried elephant ear fish, Fried steamed sticky ball, Fried morning glory, Fried spring roll, Boiled shrimp in coconut water, Sweet and sour soup, Braised chicken/duck with ginger.
Ride bicycles through peaceful villages
You may ride bicycles around green parks, streets in cities or your gardens. There is no better way to explore nice quiet villages in the delta than riding a bicycle. Many paths in the villages are narrow so that villagers can not go by car. Passing through houses made of leaves, wood, concrete, glass, steel in large gardens. They do not only grow fruit trees but also plants, flowers and vines. Coconut trees, areca trees, Muntingia calabura trees, paper bark tea trees, nipa palms line the paths and produce shade, bikers are not worried about the strong sun. Green grass and a large number of species are on the way. Roosters crow, ducks quacks, cats meow and dogs barks behind green fences. Local people usually dry clothes, rice seeds, fruits, fishes, Lap xuong sausages in the garden. Waterways are everywhere in the region, narrow bridges challenge bikers to cross.
Listen to Southern Vietnamese folk music
For hundreds of years, Southern Vietnamese folk music has fed the spirit of Mekong Delta people since they were born. Babies are lulled to sleep by the melodies of Vọng cổ, Cải lương. Sampan riders sing the folk songs when they are paddling. Đờn ca tài tử is a form of Vietnamese folk music, with artists playing traditional Vietnamese musical instruments including Đàn bầu, Đàn nhị, and singing the folk music. On Mekong Delta Tour, tourists usually listen to Southern Vietnamese folk music at local restaurants or fruit orchards.
Visit the old Vinh Trang Pagoda with unique architecture
Built in the begining of the 19th century, Vinh Trang Pagoda is a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, French, Thai, Cambodian, Roman architectures. The spacious garden with stupas, huge Buddha statues, water lily lakes make visitors feel calm and forget all the troubles in their life. It is a perfect place to end a Mekong Delta Tour. Read more…