When we were planning our trip (I didn’t do much, but asked around a bit), I heard that Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City is not really a touristy city and you have to get outside. At the same time, it was our first time to visit Vietnam and we felt that we needed to see Saigon. My husband and I decided to spend 4 days in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, which was a good decision. As we traveled with two young kids, it slowed down our activities, so I was glad we scheduled 4 days there. The Mekong Delta Tour, which my friend who went to Vietnam in December recommended, topped off our stay in Saigon beautifully and I highly recommend taking a trip to Mekong Delta.
We met some very neat foreign tourists from Holland, Canada, Japan, Australia, South Africa and Austria on the tour, which made our tour experience so fun. You spend a whole day, so you get to know each other a bit and you can also get scoops or exchange information.
There are several different types of Mekong Delta Tour. Our friend in Ho Chi Minh City says if you do a two-day trip, it is more interesting as you get to see how local people live in Mekong Delta. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time, so we signed up for a day trip.
For a day trip we picked, we had 2 choices.
Come Back To Sai Gon River by Boat 23 USD/person
Come Back By Bus 9 USD/person
Although it was 14 dollars more to come back by boat, it was well spent. It was faster and pleasant. We got on a tour bus close from the tour agent to go to My Tho, the Mekong Delta Area. The ride was about an hour and a half I think. It was a very bumpy ride which made some people decide to take a boat back.
MEKONG DELTA TOUR ITINERARY (from my memory with help of a flyer)
7:15 am Departure For Mekong Delta Tour By Bus
A rowing boat ride
Ben Tre province
Handmade coconut candy workshop
(I apologize that I don’t have good photos from the workshop.)
Small Motor Boat Ride
fruits and music
Boat Ride Back To Saigon
7:00 pm Arrives In Saigon
HOW WE RESERVED OUR TOUR
There are heaps of tour companies on the street called Pham Ngu Lao, which is the street that runs parallel to Le Lai on which the Asian Rubi 3 Hotel where we stayed is located. I just picked one that appealed to me. It’s a branch office on Pham Ngu Lao, SAGOTOUR. The people who helped us at this location were very personable and friendly. The guy in the photo below speaks English very well which was helpful. Initially we were looking for a tourist agent to book our train tickets to go to Hoi An. Then we saw their ad for a Mekong Delta Tour. Since we liked the people there and their price was much less than the price we saw at our hotel, we chose their tour. I imagine that the price at the hotel was more because of the commission you’ll be paying to the hotel. I recommend booking a Mekong Delta Tour through a travel agent as it is very easy to find one, but if you stay at a place where you don’t find any tour agent around you, then you can book a tour through your hotel, I’m sure.
221 Pham Ngu Lao, Dist. 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (84-8) 39203479 – 38385557
Fax: (84-8) 39203480 – 38385556
*84 is a country code for Vietnam when calling from outside of Vietnam.