The Mekong River, one of the most important rivers in the world and also one of the longest rivers in Asia. The river has a length of 4,350km which is 350 times as tall as Mount Everest. The source of the river comes from the Tibetan plateau and runs throughout the Tibet Autonomous Region, down to Yunnan (China), Vientianne (Laos), Phenom Penh (Cambodia), Sa Dec (Vietnam), and finally out the South China Sea. Looking at the map, you will notice that the Mekong river became the border between Laos and Vietnam.
A day trip to the Mekong river in the south Vietnam side is a perfect getaway from the noise and chaos of Ho Chi Minh city. You will be treated by a easy cruise along the river and learning different Vietnamese traditions and cultures. Some tourists and locals even take a 2-3 day trip through the river and passing by temples, swamps, rice fields, and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
By the time we scheduled our this specific day tour, it was already on a tail end of an 8-day back packing trip around across southern Vietnam. Doing this tour on DIY would be much cheaper but since we were already tired from all the travelling, we decided to join a tour group with Klook. To see the other places we visited, please click on this links – Mui Ne Sand Dunes & Dalat Highlands.
We paid a total of PHP 1,280 for the entire tour including pick up and drop off from your hotel, lunch, afternoon snacks, and all the entrance fees. We joined a group of 25 tourists and rode on a bus going to the river. The tour bus picked us up at our hotel around 7:30AM and we were able to return by 6:00PM.
Overall, it was a great trip! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave a lot of facts about Vietnam and the Mekong Delta river. We would recommend this trip for those visiting Ho Chi Minh and those who do not want to go through the process of doing this on DIY. Here are the highlights of our trip
MEKONG DELTA HIGHLIGHTS
Vin Trang Pagoda – This is the first stop in the tour. The Vin Trang Pagoda is about 1 hour away from Ho Chi Minh.
Big Happy Buddha (Nam Mo Duong Lai Di Lac Ton Phat) – just beside the pagoda sits this Big Happy Buddha. Not the most majestic statue you will see, but it is very visible from the area.
White Reclining Buddha (Lam Mo Bon Su Thich Ca Mau) – the last structure in our first stop is this White Reclining Buddha. After a quick 40 min stop to see these 3 attractions, we went back to the bus to head to the river.
Mekong Delta River – we have arrived! I cannot believe that I am now in one of the most important rivers in Asia. It was also the widest river I have I have seen! t’s hard to imagine today that this river was a life giver for millions of people living in the Indochina area many many years ago.
We rode this boat to get to An Khank area. It took around 20 mins.
Boat ride to An Khanh in Ben Tre – upon arriving at An Khanh it was already around 12NN and just in time for lunch. This place is also known as the Kingdom of the Coconut Trees. Thousands of coconut trees surround the river as you drift along it. The locals who live in this area use these coconuts to sell and also their main source of income.
After lunch, we rode in one of these small boats to get a close look.
After we finished with An Khanh, we rode the same boat back to the bus and back to Ho Chi Minh city. We were so tired after and it was quite hot that we slept most of the bus trip back to Ho Chi Minh city.
It was a great day and I saw one attraction not to miss when visiting Vietnam!
Tour Details – Here a link to this tour to know more details.
Klook tour link: https://www.klook.com/en-PH/activity/2016-full-day-excursion-mekong-delta-ho-chi-minh-city/#krt=s10&krid=6c09858a-2d4f-43d4-549b-1f15b5141fd2