Photo: Into the Delta we go.

Mekong Delta Day Tour

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The Mekong Delta is the region where the Mekong River empties into the sea through many distributaries, a vast watershed of over 40,000 square kilometres across 12 provinces—how much can you really see in a day?

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Anyone and everyone in Pham Ngu Lao, Ho Chi Minh City’s backpacker hub, will be selling a “Mekong Delta day trip”, some as ridiculously low as 160,000 dong. A tour is the most time efficient and cheapest way to get a taste of the Mekong Delta, but considering the size of the region, what exactly does it entail?

Off we go! Photo taken in or around Mekong Delta Day Tour, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Off we go! Photo: Cindy Fan

The majority of Mekong Delta day trips involve a bus to My Tho, 70 km southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, then hopping on a boat on the Mekong to visit several islands where they have turned cottage industries into tourist attractions (or traps, depending on your outlook).

Trips depart early from Pham Ngu Lao. It’s about 90 minutes one-way, with a toilet break in the middle. Usually you’ll be in a group of 20, though sometimes there can be more, especially during the high season. In My Tho, groups hop onto a boat to cross ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)

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