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Mekong Delta Cruise Tour | How to find and plan your best tour from Ho Chi Minh

Posted By : Threeland Travel / Mekong Delta-Travel Tips

Vietnam has been named the number one destination for river cruises in Asia by World of Cruising thanks to the unique and enormous Mekong delta, where the Mekong river runs through as the last stop before reaching the ocean.

My Tho tour from Ho chi minh

Vietnam has taken the most advantages of whatever nature has to offer, turning the challenging and tricky land into some of the world's most fascinating cruise routes not only within Vietnam but also through its Indochinese brother - Cambodia. Whether you are traveling through the maze of canals by day-trip traditional sampans or overnight cruises, Mekong Delta with the ever-changing panoramas and dramatic aquatic landscape will have something to delight you.

Cai Rang market

Day tour to Mekong delta from Ho Chi Minh

Firstly, if you are just interested in a day trip to explore Mekong delta which comprises 12 provinces and 1 city, you will have many choices. Among them, the most popular ones are My Tho, Cai Be, Vinh Long and Ben Tre with just a 2 or 3-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh city. You may opt to travel by bus and get on boat once you are there or may have a more luxury option – travelling from Saigon River to the Mekong Delta by speedboat. Either way, you will get to see the region with its peculiar charms of the scenery and the way of life along the river. Both private and join-in tours are available. 

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Family trip with kids in Mekong delta

Although many tourists think they can see enough of the Mekong delta on a brief day-trip out of Ho Chi Minh city, frankly sharing, there’s so much more to discover. This region is home to unique ecosystems, as well as diverse communities unlike anywhere else in the world.

Opt for Mekong delta Overnight Cruise 

Mekong river overnight cruising tours are available from 2 - 3 days to 4 – 5 days and even up to 8 - 10 days, from exploring Mekong delta only to the upstream in Cambodia, from cruising only to combining with land tours. Once you’re aboard, enjoy the tranquility of the Mekong delta and gain a deeper appreciation for life on the water.

Horse cart in Mekong delta

The cruise ships on Mekong vary greatly on style, type and equipment, then below are some suggestions for the cruises based on their service quality and facilities, as well as the main routes: 

Cruise only in Southern Vietnam

Cruise in Mekong delta from Ho Chi Minh

-    Mekong Eye Classic – 3-star category
•    Total Cabin: 14 cabins
•    Route: Cai Be – Can Tho within 2D1N or 3D2N

-    Bassac Cruise – 3-star category 
•    Total Cabin: 6-10-12 cabins 
•    Route: Can Tho – Cai Be within 2D1N 

-    Le Cochinchine Cruise – 4-star cruise
•    Total Cabin: 8-10 cabins
•    Route: Cai Be – Can Tho within 2D1N or 3D2N

Cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia and vice versa

Mekong river cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia

-    RV Toum Tiou – 3-star category 
•    Total cabin: 10 cabins
•    Route: My Tho – Siem Reap within 10D9N

-    Pandaw Cruise – 4-star category boutique 
•    Total cabin: 16 cabins
•    Route: My Tho – Siem Reap within 8D7N

-    Jahan and Jayavarman cruise – 5-star category 
•    Total cabin: 26-27 cabins
•    Route: My Tho – Siem Reap within 8D7N or My Tho – Phnom Penh within 4D3N


With above different choices of cruises in Mekong delta, you will have time to experience the various activities such as admire the unique countryside beauty of the Mekong delta region, relax on the boat, have a chance to interact with the locals, see the interesting floating villages/ markets and taste the local meals, fruits…, which will make your trip unforgettable.