Boat tours in Mekong Delta
This is the place to go if you want to get a picture of an older woman rowing between the green bamboos with a traditional Vietnamese hat. As I said the Mekong river is a maze and there are a ton of little water alleys where they do this. Where exactly I cant tell you. What I can tell you is that it is super touristy with one boat after another departing into the ‘wilderness’ and the experience is more hilarious than authentic. It is just one of those things to do in Mekong Delta that you can’t skip even you know it is super touristy. We laughed a lot, sat back and just enjoyed the ride and took way too many photos. We ended up doing this two times in different locations.
Floating markets are not anymore like they used to be. Back in 2009 I was able to see some amazing floating markets in Laos, Cambodia and even here in Mekong Delta. This time I was definitely unlucky as it was Sunday and therefore a little more quiet than normal. We did go out on the river that morning but basically didn’t see that much. I have seen that you could walk from one side of the river to the other as the river was packed with boats. Is it worth visiting Mekong Delta for a floating market? According to our guide it can get really busy on some days, especially before the weekend.
In and between our boat trips we ended up taking horse carts to our next destination. It was not that spectacular either but at least some diversion from sitting on a boat.
Our tour this time did not include a bike tour but back in 2008 I had a half day bike trip included in my Mekong Delta tour. Ask about it before you book, because that was great fun. You see a lot of the landscape, the local villages and you cross tiny bridges. Make sure you stay on the path or be prepared to swim with your bike! 😉
Where to stay in Mekong Delta
As part of our tour we ended up in the fabulousMekong Riverside Boutique Resortsomewhere on one of the islands. I guess you can only get there by boat and the location right on the water is superb. The river views the next morning were a perfect way to slowly wake up. Wow life in this part of the world seems to stand still and is so peaceful.
Visiting Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh on a tour is an easy way to get here. But you can also make your way here and then book tours locally. A cool place to do so is theMekong Ecolodge. They have bike tours, river tours, cooking classes and more.