Journey up the Mekong for a farmstay with a lovely local family

With its meandering waterways and flourishing farms, the Mekong Delta is a place not to be missed. Venture out through this iconic landscape and discover riverbanks dotted with coconut palms swaying in the breeze and sprawling rice fields sparkling in the sun. Be dazzled by a collage of coloured orchards, marvel at ramshackled houses on stilts and travel a waterway that bursts at the seams with boats of every conceivable size and shape. Learn about life on the Mekong Delta from local hosts, savour freshly picked fruit and gain a true appreciation of why this area is known as the ‘ricebowl of Vietnam’.

Start
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finish
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Countries
Vietnam
Themes
Short Breaks
Code
TVAI
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
41kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover local life on the delta, which can only really be appreciated through a homestay experience
  • Understand daily life on the lifeblood of Vietnam with visits to the islands and smaller cottage industries that keep the area buzzing
  • Experience delta hospitality first-hand with a warm welcome and home cooked meal from your homestay hosts
  • Cycle along local paths on a bike ride to the colourful market, and chat with locals while gathering supplies for lunch

Itinerary

Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam.
Make your way to the Opera House (Intersection of Dong Khoi street and Le Loi street, District 1) to meet your Intrepid representative at 8.00am before setting off for the Mekong Delta.
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds, and is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. The huge number of people rushing about their daily lives in Vietnam's largest city gives it a dynamic atmosphere and the French influence is evident in the excellent baguettes and coffee on offer. Much of city life takes place on the busy streets lined with shops, stalls and vendors, who have their wares spread out on the footpath and sell everything from soup to sophisticated electronics.
Begin your journey with a drive to the city of My Tho (approximately 2.5 hrs). A former naval base, My Tho is now a bustling port city in the Mekong Delta. The area is the final destination of the mighty Mekong River which winds its way from Tibet through China, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and finally Vietnam. An incredibly fertile region, its primary industry is food production, producing approximately half of Vietnam's total agricultural output. Life for villagers in the area revolves around the rivers and canals that make up the delta; people are more likely to travel by river than road.

Upon arrival in My Tho we board our private boat for a cruise on the Mekong River. Our first stop is at a fish farm to gain an insight into one of the cottage industries in the region. On our boat ride our local guide will take us to visit an island with lush tropical gardens where we have a chance to sample tropical fruit. Continuing to another island in the Mekong Delta we learn more about another cottage industry, coconut candy. Our local guide will take us to a factory and explain the process of making the sweet. We have a chance to visit local villages in the area and learn more about the traditional lifestyles, culture, and customs of people who call the Delta their home.

We continue our visit by Xe Loi (motorized cart), visiting a bee farm where we transfer to smaller rowing boats allowing us to get deeper into the smaller canals of the Delta.

At our lunch destination our local guide will provide us with some advice on the finer points of local cuisine and explain the local delicacies.

After lunch we continue our journey by boat on narrow water creeks, passing one of the Mekong River's most beautiful islands, Phoenix Islet, where fish farming takes place. Towards the end of the day, we arrive at the home of a local family, where we stay in dormitory-style accommodation. The pleasant surroundings consist of a 2 hectare garden with seasonal tropical fruits such as longan, durian, mangosteen, banana and grapefruit. The local owners will be your welcoming hosts for the evening and can tell you more about life in the Delta.

Facilities at the homestay are basic. We sleep on camp beds in a communal room for all members of the group. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Homestay facilities can vary as we stay with several different families.
Rising early to the sounds on the Delta enjoy an authentic breakfast before jumping on a bicycle to visit the local market nearby, then back to homestay to help our host prepare lunch. After lunch, we say goodbye to our friendly hosts and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
This tour ends upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City at your hotel around 5pm. No accommodation is included tonight.
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Inclusions

Meals
1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport
Boat, Minibus, Private vehicle
Accommodation
Homestay (1 night)
Included activities
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Discovery Urban Adventure

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Important notes

1.This trip will begin on Day 1 at 8am at the Opera House. Please make your own way to the meeting point - refer to the trip notes for further information.
2. The trip concludes at 5pm on Day 2. Please take this into account when making onward travel arrangements.
3. Accommodation in the homestay is multi-share dormitory style, there is no single supplement available.

Trip notes

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