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From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

1. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta & Vinh Trang Pagoda Tour

Discover the verdant beauty of the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh city. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan or bus and board a motorboat for a ride through islands on the Tien River. Enjoy a local lunch in an orchard and ride a rowboat under coconut trees on the Bao Dinh canal. Depart from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and head to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. Pass by green rice fields before arriving at the beautiful rural My Tho. Along the way, visit the Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta.  Go by motorized boat on the Tien River to the Qui (Tortoise islet). See the fishing port, boat-building workshops, and the Dragon, Phoenix, and Unicorn Islet. Walk into the village, where you can visit a local fruit garden and enjoy the tropical fruit while listening to Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by islanders. Join in the daily activities that the locals do and take in the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside.  Visit the bee house, and take a picture of the pythons. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. The boat cruise will lead you through the Bao Dinh canal, entering Ben Tre province — the land of coconuts. Here you'll see a typical agricultural model called "Garden – Pond – Cage” before visiting the coconut candy-making shop. Next, enjoy a rowing boat trip on the small canal, fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut trees. After your boat ride, take a bike ride around the island before returning to the bus.

From HCM: Mekong Delta & Cai Rang Floating Market 2-Day Tour

2. From HCM: Mekong Delta & Cai Rang Floating Market 2-Day Tour

Get picked up at your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City and head to My Tho by bus. Your onboard tour guide will tell you everything about the culture of the locals while you can sit back, relax and enjoy the landscapes and scenery of green rice fields. Stop at the Vinh Trang pagoda on the way. Continue to My Tho and take a boat trip along the Mekong River. During the cruise, see fish cages and floating houses. The boat will take you to a small canal, where you can escape the busy town. The cruise through the coconut trees-lined canal will take you to a coconut island in Ben Tre.  Disembark and explore the village on foot. Visit local families and learn how to make sweets at a candy shop. You can enjoy fruits, honey tea and wine while listening to traditional music. Discover varieties of fruits, flowers, trees, and native houses. Enjoy a traditional lunch. Next, travel by ferry and bus to Can Tho, the heart of the Mekong Delta. Stay overnight in the hotel. The next day, after breakfast, take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river.  Proceed to visit the Cai Răng floating market, which is the liveliest in the whole region. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. Next, you will roam through the village, see fruit gardens and visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles-making shop.  Then, head back to the riverside for lunch before traveling back to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will arrive in the afternoon with unforgettable memories.

Ho Chi Minh: Nighttime City Tour & Dinner Cruise with Music

3. Ho Chi Minh: Nighttime City Tour & Dinner Cruise with Music

Discover the nightlife of Saigon the way the locals do on a tour by traditional cyclo or scooter. Stop at Saigon's riverside for a local dinner and cruise along the Saigon River with live entertainment on board. With the cyclo option, ride along the city's main streets with a driver and guide and pass by Ben Thanh Market, General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, People Committee Hall, and Opera House. If you choose the scooter option, see the same sites as the cyclo option with additional time to pass by the flower market, Nguyen Thien Thuat apartments, and the fashion district. After your ride, visit Saigon's riverside and be welcomed on board a cruise boat to take in the sites of the city from a new perspective. Cruise along the Saigon River, and enjoy dinner as traditional Vietnamese dance and music shows are performed. Following dinner, relax on the way back towards Bach Dang Harbor where the cruise ends. End your evening with drop-off back at your hotel.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Can Gio Mangrove Guided Forest Tour

4. From Ho Chi Minh City: Can Gio Mangrove Guided Forest Tour

Start your day of adventure bright and early at 7:45 AM - your comfortable, air-conditioned van will take you on a 37-mile cruise outside of Ho Chi Minh city to your first stop, Monkey United.  Once you arrive at Monkey United, your tour guide will take you to the entrance of the preserve where your tour will start. Once inside you will have the opportunity to see and play with a multitude of Long-Tailed monkeys. Get up close and personal to these fun and delightful creatures.  Next, you will head to the Crocodile Farm. Here you will be able to get close to these prehistoric creatures. Marvel at their strength and size and even get a chance to see them eat. As you wander through the Mangrove Forest, you can keep your eye out for all sorts of other wildlife that live in the water and along the banks of the river. Follow your trip to the Crocodile Farm with a trip on a speedboat. Hop on board and go through a pleasant cruise along the river that makes its way through the jungle. Appreciate the untouched scenery of Can Gio National Park. Continue on your tour to a Vietnam War base, here, your expert guide will provide you with many fascinating historical insights. At midday, you will visit a popular lunch destination that is a favorite amongst the locals - Phuong Nam restaurant. Following lunch, feel free to spend some time relaxing or enjoying a swim by the pool before going to Can Gio Market. Here, you can practice your bargaining skills among the craft, food, and textile vendors.  Finally, wind down the day with a convenient ride to the Vietnamese Swiftlet Farming Village. There, you will have a great chance to taste Vietnamese bird's nest soup, one of the world's most expensive foods. Finish the day with a trip back to your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh.

Ho Chi Minh City: Deluxe Dining Cruise

5. Ho Chi Minh City: Deluxe Dining Cruise

Brief Itinerary With incredible Saigon view, inspired cuisine and lively entertainment, an evening on the cruise along Saigon river is unlikely any other •Pick – up and drop off at your hotel in center of district 1, 3,4 •Welcome guests at Nha Rong harbor •Delicious Dinner with set Menu or Buffet menu •Cruise on the Saigon River around 1h30 minutes •See all of Saigon’s best sights •Enjoy with live music performances

Romantic Sunset Cruise by Speedboat

6. Romantic Sunset Cruise by Speedboat

Experience the romance of Saigon, a city once known as the pearl of the Far East. Explore its winding canals and waterways on a luxury speedboat tour. The speedboat will bring you to an old area of Saigon, where you can see a mixture of architectural styles and urban scenery combined with historic sights. Pass the Nha Rong Wharf (The Dragon house) built in 1863 by French colonialists, where the Ho Chi Minh Museum is now located. You will see Saigon Port and observe the nightlife of the people of Saigon. Visit Mieu Noi floating temple, built in the eighteenth century in the middle of Vam Thuat River it is considered to be one of the most unique architectural works in Vietnam.

Bitexco Financial Tower and Dinner on a Boat Tour

7. Bitexco Financial Tower and Dinner on a Boat Tour

Explore Saigon at night on a guided tour of the city highlights. See panoramic views from the Eon Heli Bar, and take a boat ride along the river while enjoying dinner. Get picked up from your accommodation by your driver. Then start an exciting tour through the streets, beginning with a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Arrive at the Bitexco Financial Tower and take an exhilarating ride up to one of the highest floors to visit the Eon Heli Bar, the tallest bar in town. Enjoy a drink looking out over the city at night.  Head to a nearby port and climb aboard a boat. Enjoy a delicious meal as the boat slowly moves down the river, taking in many lit-up sights along the way.  After dinner, you will be taken by bike to five different districts to explore some inner areas of the city including winding alleys, flower markets, and bustling shopping streets. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off back at your hotel. 

Ho Chi Minh City: Water Puppet Show and Dinner Cruise

8. Ho Chi Minh City: Water Puppet Show and Dinner Cruise

Treat yourself to a fantastic night out in Ho Chi Minh City. See a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet performance, and delight in live folk music and native dancing. Visit some of the city's highlights by motorbike, and relish a sumptuous meal as you cruise along the Saigon River. Meet your English-speaking driver at your hotel at 5:15 PM, and take a motorbike tour of some of Ho Chi Minh's main attractions. Head to the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre at 6:30 PM for an entertaining puppet show, accompanied by live, traditional music. Next, transfer with your guide to the cruise port, and begin your journey along the Saigon River at 7:45 PM. Admire the views of Ho Chi Minh City by night from your cruise, and dine on tasty, Vietnamese food. The cruise ends at around 9:15 PM, and your driver will then drop you off back at your hotel. If you would prefer to do the tour by private car, rather than on a motorbike, there is an additional cost of $30.

Ho Chi Minh City: Water Puppet Show and Dinner Cruise

9. Ho Chi Minh City: Water Puppet Show and Dinner Cruise

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel is located in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, and then make your way to the Water Puppet Theater. Immerse yourself in a traditional art form closely connected with the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people. Be amazed by the skillful puppeteers who stand behind a screen and control puppets using long bamboo rods and string mechanisms hidden beneath the surface of the pool of water. Be mesmerized as the pool becomes the stage! Hear traditional music from North Vietnam played by the orchestra and listen to songs that tell the story being performed. Although the shows are exclusively in Vietnamese, the tales depict rural life in villages and are easy to understand. Then, experience the buzzing nightlife on a dinner cruise aboard a traditional-style boat.

Ho Chi Minh City Night Tour: Bitexco Tower and Dinner Cruise

10. Ho Chi Minh City Night Tour: Bitexco Tower and Dinner Cruise

Start your tour with pick-up at 5:00 PM from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Head to the Saigon Sky Deck, a towering modern glass and metal structure. With nearly 70 floors, this is the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City, and the third tallest in Vietnam. While the majority of Bitexco Financial Tower is dedicated to business and commercial use, it’s also home to the city’s first heli-pad, a world-class restaurant and an observation deck that offers some of the most impressive views of the city.   Hop aboard the high-speed elevator to the 50th and 52nd floor, where a bar and coffee shop showcase 360-degree spectacular views of city streets, rivers, and Ho Chi Minh architecture. Buy a beverage and relax as you unwind.   At 7:15 PM, transfer to the cruise point for your evening dinner cruise. Aboard the cruise ship, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese set meal while enjoying more breathtaking views of the city. See the glimmering lights on the reflection of the water as you cruise along Saigon River – a fantastic way to end your evening.  

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 378 reviews

It was an overall great experience. Our tour guide, Big David, was superb. He spoke very good English, was very engaging, and made good jokes that kept us entertained throughout the trip. He was also very knowledgeable about the culture and history of the area, and we learned a lot from him. One of the highlights of the tour was the biking trip in the countryside by a small river. It was a great way to see the local way of life, and we got to see some beautiful scenery along the way. The overnight hotel was also excellent and we had the chance to explore the city by night after our arrival. However, we were a bit disappointed with the floating market. It was packed with tourists, and there were more tourists than traders. Despite this, overall, I would rate the tour a 4.5/5. The tour guide, Big David, was fantastic, and the biking tour was a highlight. The only downside was the over-crowded floating market.

This a great tour for visitors who love to see Ho Chi Minh City skyline at night. Our tour guide Loi , a very nice young guy who was so helpful, informative and explained what to expect during our tour. I wish to have a tour guide like him again in the future when I get back to Ho Chi Minh City. Thank you so much Loi, job well done!

Chau, our tour guide was absolutely fantastic and very informative. quite a lot of the trip was spent traveling to the attractions but that was expected. If you wanted more time at each attraction then it may be worth booking the Cu Chi and Mekong delta on separate days but if you have little time in HCMC then it's worth doing.

Great night did not realise the city was on rickshaws absolute scream ,boat and food were of a good standard all round very good value best valentines day my wife's had in years unforgettable

Excellent service, friendly an informative guide, wonderful experience. We would definitely recommend.