What makes this tour truly exceptional is its focus on providing an authentic, personalized, and sustainable experience that truly immerses you in the local culture and way of life in Mekong Delta, Ben Tre Province.

One of the things that sets Joy Journeys apart is the small group size, with a maximum of 10 people, ensuring a personalized and intimate experience. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with the locals, witness their daily routines and traditions, and learn about their livelihoods in a respectful and engaging way.

The tour itinerary includes a boat ride, cycling through a charming village, seeing the locals at work, and enjoying a delicious lunch at a local home, giving you a unique insight into the daily life of the people living in the Mekong Delta.

But what truly sets Joy Journeys apart is their commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism, ensuring that your travel experience has a positive impact on the local community and the environment.

What you'll do

THE MOST AMAZING AND AUTHENTIC MEKONG DELTA TRIP – GUARANTEE MORE LOCALIZED

  • Get picked up from your accommodation in the city center to the Mekong Delta, Ben Tre City. Along the freeway, you will have a chance to see the beautiful Rice Paddy Fields.
  • Take the boat ride on the Ba Lai River in Ben Tre, the motherland of coconut, to understand how the locals not only have coconut for juice but for other manufacturers like coconut candy and coconut oil.
  • Discover the local culture of the South and see how the locals live their life, such as lively activities on the waterway by cargo boats, fishing boats, kinds of fish traps, and handicraft factories of coconut process.
  • Visit the brick factory where the soil is from the bottom of the river.
  • The highlight of the trip is taking the rowing boat, which the local people paddle on the gorgeous coconut canal in Ben Tre. Cycling (taking Tuk-tuk is optional) through the coconut grove of the village to see how the locals make sleeping mats.
  • Have a set menu of delicious Southern local lunch on the riverside family home. After lunch, you might relax and keep going by rowing boat on the shady palm tree canal.
  • Take one more boat ride to the boat station and head back to Saigon.

Inclusion

  • Set menu lunch (Vegan/Vegetarian lunch is available).
  • A/c 16-seater van (Pickup and drop-off in Districts 1, 4).
  • Well-experienced English-speaking guide.
  • All boat trips and bicycles.
  • Fruit.
  • Coconut juice and a bottle of water.
  • All sightseeing tickets.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Anything not mentioned above.
  • Gratitude.

FAQ

  1. What should I wear?
    • We suggest you wear casual clothes and sneakers for your comfort and convenience during the trip.
  2. How long is the trip from the hotel to the river for the Ben Tre tour?
    • It’s approximately 2.5 hours.
  3. Why can’t we do the Floating Market in one day only?
    • We prioritize the comfort and experience of our guests, which is why we do not offer a one-day tour to the Floating Market. The distance from Ho Chi Minh City to the market requires a 3-hour drive, resulting in limited time for activities. Additionally, the best time to visit the floating market is in the morning, and the starting point for the tour may be in Can Tho province, not Ho Chi Minh City. Please refer to the tour itinerary for more details.
  4. Will the tour be canceled if the weather is rainy?
    • Please don’t worry. We are experienced in dealing with rainy weather and will provide raincoats for the tour. While the rain may affect some experiences, we will ensure that all tour activities are still carried out.
  5. Will it be raining on that date?
    • The weather in the Mekong Delta can be unpredictable, so we cannot guarantee whether it will rain or not. However, we will provide raincoats for the tour in case of rain. Please note that rain in the Mekong Delta is often brief and does not last long. We have experience in adapting activities to ensure a positive guest experience.
  6. I can’t do cycling, are there any other options?
    • Yes, we have alternative options available. Please let us know, and we will arrange a tuk-tuk for you.
  7. Can I cycle with my child carried behind?
    • Yes, you can. However, please note that this is only suitable for children under 5 years old.
  8. How is this tour different from other tours to make it “non-touristy”?
    • This tour in Ben Tre offers a unique experience compared to other common tours. It takes you to places that are not commonly visited, providing a more authentic and localized experience. The itinerary is carefully designed to showcase the authenticity of Mekong Delta life, and the long boat rides and stops are focused on local areas.
  9. One concern is that June is the rainy season, so I’m wondering if this tour will be held normally in June. Will the Mekong River tour be difficult if it rains a lot in Vietnam?
    • We understand your concern. June and July are indeed the rainy season in Vietnam. However, please rest assured that we are experienced in dealing with rainy conditions. The tour will proceed as planned, and we will arrange the activities accordingly. We will provide raincoats for you, and it’s important to note that rain in the Mekong Delta is typically short-lived, lasting only a few minutes.
  10. Can we do the private rowing boat activity on the group tour of the Mekong? We want to have more private pictures.
    • Unfortunately, this is a group tour, and we have multiple guests sharing the same boat. However, if you prefer a private experience, you can pay a small additional fee for a private rowing boat activity. Please contact us for the exact rate and further assistance.
  11. I’m vegetarian. Do you have vegetarian food?
    • Yes, we do provide vegetarian options. When booking the tour, please inform us of your food preferences or any allergies so that we can prepare a vegetarian/vegan lunch that suits your needs.
  12. I am already in the Mekong Delta province and not in HCMC. Can I join your group tour activities?
    • Yes, you can join our group tour activities. Please contact us and provide more information about your current location. We will provide details on any necessary changes to the price, as well as pickup or drop-off arrangements.
  13. Can I join the tour but not return to HCMC as I plan to stay in the Mekong Delta?
    • Yes, you can. Please bring your luggage with you, as it will be safe in our van throughout the tour.

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Authentic ‘Non-Touristy’ Mekong Delta Ben Tre 1 Day Tour

Free of charge / Child under 4 years old

JOINING GROUP TRIP (MAX 10 PAX)

enricochowderson
enricochowderson
Highly recommend Mai was a great guide and three experience was well worth it. Highly recommend opting for the bike over the tuk tuk, as the tranquil nature is the highlight. The row boat through the mangroves was the other major highlight. Highly recommend.
Paul D
Paul D
Simply awesome Joy Journeys is an awesome tour company. Hands down Mr. Safa is the best tour guide you will find for this experience. Also, you will get to eat authentic home cooked Vietnamese food grown and fished natively along the beautiful Mekong River Delta. You will not be disappointed.
Ben F
Ben F
Best tour in Vietnam with Po Second booking with Joy Journeys and still we requested Po as our tour guide. My wife and I did the overnight trip to see to floating market in Can Tho. Everything was well organised, pickup was on time, boat trips were lovely as we had many boat excursions in 2 days. Bamboo Eco Resort was just amazing and we couldn’t ask for more. Most importantly, Po was the best guide ever. He was very informative and was very passionate to answer all of our questions. Book this tour and you won’t regret it.
Christian C
Christian C
Tolle Tour mit super Guide Tolle Tour. Da ich mit Tom als Guide schon eine erste Tour hatte, habe ich bei ihm wiedergebucht. Wir waren insgesamt nur zu 8, so dass wir sehr schnell an den verschiedenen Stationen im Museum waren. Er konnte uns sein Wissen sehr gut Vermitteln. Auch der Fahrer von Joy Journey hat uns gut durch die Rush Hour gebracht. Tolle Tour und toller Veranstalter
Sarbesh K
Sarbesh K
Best guide and best experience Tommy is very good at his job and he explained the history of the tunnels in a very picturesque manner and expertise. Very good job by joy Journeys and especially Tommy is very punctual and respectful
Nina T
Nina T
. Had a tour with Typhoon Honey who was very friendly and enthusiastic. Did the half day tour - tour was quick and efficient with brief, simple information of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Comfortable and timely pick up for tour.
Jerry B
Jerry B
Wonderful Mekong river life!! This tour was so special with a glimpse of the rural life on the Mekong. each stop was so insightful with brick factory, straw weaving, cacao and super special lunch in the jungle. Sunny was fantastic as the guide. The bicycle ride was my highlight. Cannot go wrong with this tour choice
Lucas P
Lucas P
Tom great tour guide Tom is an awesome tour guide. Good English. Listens well to the requests of the group. Takes time to explain . Knows a lot about the history and context of the tunnels and the broader conflict. Would recommend!
Tom N
Tom N
Fantastic tour!!!! We had a fantastic time on this tour. Our tour guide Typhoon honey was very passionate and informative and went above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed our experience. Couldn’t recommend more.
Samson D
Samson D
Good value Fun short day. Our tour guide Typhoon Honey was energetic and kept things moving at a good pace. Highlights include shooting guns (extra cost) and crawling through 100m of tunnels (optional).

Nethaniel
Nethaniel
Amazing day trip that gives you a great feel for the delta and the life around the area. Nia was an incredible tour guide who made our day amazing and was really engaging. Highly recommend
Ann
Ann
Es ist eine spannende Tour. Unser Tourguide hat viele spannende Dinge über Vietnam erzählt. Das einzige, was leider relativ lange dauert, ist die Autofahrt hin und zurück. Wir hatten leider auch noch Stau und sassen deswegen lange im Auto. Ansonsten ist es lohnenswert!
Lulu
Lulu
Great communication from the second I hit send. Po gave me our guide Trí’s contact details and he explained where to meet. Trí was an exceptional guide really informative and didn’t rush us at all. We had the most fabulous trip and went to a lovely spot that only had a few tourists. We saw lots of interesting crafts and ate like kings in wonderful settings with delicious food.
Swetha
Swetha
Po and his team make this experience an unforgettable one. They personalize it and make sure you don’t do the typical touristy stuff.
William
William
The trip to the Mekong Delta River with Tommy and the team was amazing . The storytelling Tommy provided of not only about the Meekong river, but Vietnam was great to experience, as was the farmhouse in which we had lunch the local way. It was also great to witness how locals appreciate every element of nature in preparing food and the goods that come from the land. Highly recommend this tour and great value for money.
Pritam
Pritam
I would highly recommend this Mekong Delta tour. We were shown around the Mekong Delta by Nia who is an excellent guide. I was picked up from in front of my hotel at 7 AM. We visited the brick factory, followed by the coconut factory. Then we had a small bicycle ride to the riverside where the boats were waiting for us. For those who can't ride a bike, there was a tuktuk available. Then the boat took us to the interior of Ben Tre where we were served a ravishing lunch, full of local delicacies which delighted us. The lunch was followed by a small boat ride, this time it was a rowing boat. And then we made our way back to Saigon. In the middle, we stopped at a nearby rice field at my request. Throughout the session, Nia was very engaging. He educated us about Vietnamese history, the culture, how the locals live and so on along with few jokes in between so as to keep the session fun and not dull. He also provided us with his own suggestions for eating joints. I left in the evening, having made new friends and a great morning.
Guy
Guy
Great non-touristy tour to visit the cool parts that are feasible to cover in the Mekong Delta area on a day tour. Thank you Helen!
Chloe
Chloe
There are lots of things to see and do in HCMC, but this your - now this was an experience. The small group size, the route taken, the touchpoints along the way all contributed to the feeling of an intimate and authentic experience. There are many tours to choose from, but I’d highly recommend Po’s. Our guide Helen was lovely, we made friends with the others on the trip and there itinerary was packed without feeling overwhelming or rushed. Riding the bike through the coconut trees might just be the best moment out of my whole Vietnam trip. Followed by the row along the canal. 11/10 would recommend.
Alexandra
Alexandra
We had a great time in the Mekong delta with this experience. It includes several locations and very diverse information and activities. We learned about the versatility of coconut and the making of coconut products, we tasted and sampled local sweets and drinks and learned about the local brick making processes. We have also explored small canals and had a fabulous lunch in a local homestay. I would recommend it to anyone interesting in sampling the complexity of the Mekong, in one authentic full day. Thank you Po, Safa & team.

Authentic ‘Non-Touristy’ Mekong Delta Ben Tre 1 Day Tour

Free of charge / Child under 4 years old

JOINING GROUP TRIP (MAX 10 PAX)

Description

What makes this tour truly exceptional is its focus on providing an authentic, personalized, and sustainable experience that truly immerses you in the local culture and way of life in Mekong Delta, Ben Tre Province.

One of the things that sets Joy Journeys apart is the small group size, with a maximum of 10 people, ensuring a personalized and intimate experience. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with the locals, witness their daily routines and traditions, and learn about their livelihoods in a respectful and engaging way.

The tour itinerary includes a boat ride, cycling through a charming village, seeing the locals at work, and enjoying a delicious lunch at a local home, giving you a unique insight into the daily life of the people living in the Mekong Delta.

But what truly sets Joy Journeys apart is their commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism, ensuring that your travel experience has a positive impact on the local community and the environment.

What you'll do

What you'll do

THE MOST AMAZING AND AUTHENTIC MEKONG DELTA TRIP – GUARANTEE MORE LOCALIZED

  • Get picked up from your accommodation in the city center to the Mekong Delta, Ben Tre City. Along the freeway, you will have a chance to see the beautiful Rice Paddy Fields.
  • Take the boat ride on the Ba Lai River in Ben Tre, the motherland of coconut, to understand how the locals not only have coconut for juice but for other manufacturers like coconut candy and coconut oil.
  • Discover the local culture of the South and see how the locals live their life, such as lively activities on the waterway by cargo boats, fishing boats, kinds of fish traps, and handicraft factories of coconut process.
  • Visit the brick factory where the soil is from the bottom of the river.
  • The highlight of the trip is taking the rowing boat, which the local people paddle on the gorgeous coconut canal in Ben Tre. Cycling (taking Tuk-tuk is optional) through the coconut grove of the village to see how the locals make sleeping mats.
  • Have a set menu of delicious Southern local lunch on the riverside family home. After lunch, you might relax and keep going by rowing boat on the shady palm tree canal.
  • Take one more boat ride to the boat station and head back to Saigon.
Inclusion

Inclusion

  • Set menu lunch (Vegan/Vegetarian lunch is available).
  • A/c 16-seater van (Pickup and drop-off in Districts 1, 4).
  • Well-experienced English-speaking guide.
  • All boat trips and bicycles.
  • Fruit.
  • Coconut juice and a bottle of water.
  • All sightseeing tickets.
EXCLUSIONS

EXCLUSIONS

  • Anything not mentioned above.
  • Gratitude.
FAQ

FAQ

  1. What should I wear?
    • We suggest you wear casual clothes and sneakers for your comfort and convenience during the trip.
  2. How long is the trip from the hotel to the river for the Ben Tre tour?
    • It’s approximately 2.5 hours.
  3. Why can’t we do the Floating Market in one day only?
    • We prioritize the comfort and experience of our guests, which is why we do not offer a one-day tour to the Floating Market. The distance from Ho Chi Minh City to the market requires a 3-hour drive, resulting in limited time for activities. Additionally, the best time to visit the floating market is in the morning, and the starting point for the tour may be in Can Tho province, not Ho Chi Minh City. Please refer to the tour itinerary for more details.
  4. Will the tour be canceled if the weather is rainy?
    • Please don’t worry. We are experienced in dealing with rainy weather and will provide raincoats for the tour. While the rain may affect some experiences, we will ensure that all tour activities are still carried out.
  5. Will it be raining on that date?
    • The weather in the Mekong Delta can be unpredictable, so we cannot guarantee whether it will rain or not. However, we will provide raincoats for the tour in case of rain. Please note that rain in the Mekong Delta is often brief and does not last long. We have experience in adapting activities to ensure a positive guest experience.
  6. I can’t do cycling, are there any other options?
    • Yes, we have alternative options available. Please let us know, and we will arrange a tuk-tuk for you.
  7. Can I cycle with my child carried behind?
    • Yes, you can. However, please note that this is only suitable for children under 5 years old.
  8. How is this tour different from other tours to make it “non-touristy”?
    • This tour in Ben Tre offers a unique experience compared to other common tours. It takes you to places that are not commonly visited, providing a more authentic and localized experience. The itinerary is carefully designed to showcase the authenticity of Mekong Delta life, and the long boat rides and stops are focused on local areas.
  9. One concern is that June is the rainy season, so I’m wondering if this tour will be held normally in June. Will the Mekong River tour be difficult if it rains a lot in Vietnam?
    • We understand your concern. June and July are indeed the rainy season in Vietnam. However, please rest assured that we are experienced in dealing with rainy conditions. The tour will proceed as planned, and we will arrange the activities accordingly. We will provide raincoats for you, and it’s important to note that rain in the Mekong Delta is typically short-lived, lasting only a few minutes.
  10. Can we do the private rowing boat activity on the group tour of the Mekong? We want to have more private pictures.
    • Unfortunately, this is a group tour, and we have multiple guests sharing the same boat. However, if you prefer a private experience, you can pay a small additional fee for a private rowing boat activity. Please contact us for the exact rate and further assistance.
  11. I’m vegetarian. Do you have vegetarian food?
    • Yes, we do provide vegetarian options. When booking the tour, please inform us of your food preferences or any allergies so that we can prepare a vegetarian/vegan lunch that suits your needs.
  12. I am already in the Mekong Delta province and not in HCMC. Can I join your group tour activities?
    • Yes, you can join our group tour activities. Please contact us and provide more information about your current location. We will provide details on any necessary changes to the price, as well as pickup or drop-off arrangements.
  13. Can I join the tour but not return to HCMC as I plan to stay in the Mekong Delta?
    • Yes, you can. Please bring your luggage with you, as it will be safe in our van throughout the tour.
Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

enricochowderson
enricochowderson
Highly recommend Mai was a great guide and three experience was well worth it. Highly recommend opting for the bike over the tuk tuk, as the tranquil nature is the highlight. The row boat through the mangroves was the other major highlight. Highly recommend.
Paul D
Paul D
Simply awesome Joy Journeys is an awesome tour company. Hands down Mr. Safa is the best tour guide you will find for this experience. Also, you will get to eat authentic home cooked Vietnamese food grown and fished natively along the beautiful Mekong River Delta. You will not be disappointed.
Ben F
Ben F
Best tour in Vietnam with Po Second booking with Joy Journeys and still we requested Po as our tour guide. My wife and I did the overnight trip to see to floating market in Can Tho. Everything was well organised, pickup was on time, boat trips were lovely as we had many boat excursions in 2 days. Bamboo Eco Resort was just amazing and we couldn’t ask for more. Most importantly, Po was the best guide ever. He was very informative and was very passionate to answer all of our questions. Book this tour and you won’t regret it.
Christian C
Christian C
Tolle Tour mit super Guide Tolle Tour. Da ich mit Tom als Guide schon eine erste Tour hatte, habe ich bei ihm wiedergebucht. Wir waren insgesamt nur zu 8, so dass wir sehr schnell an den verschiedenen Stationen im Museum waren. Er konnte uns sein Wissen sehr gut Vermitteln. Auch der Fahrer von Joy Journey hat uns gut durch die Rush Hour gebracht. Tolle Tour und toller Veranstalter
Sarbesh K
Sarbesh K
Best guide and best experience Tommy is very good at his job and he explained the history of the tunnels in a very picturesque manner and expertise. Very good job by joy Journeys and especially Tommy is very punctual and respectful
Nina T
Nina T
. Had a tour with Typhoon Honey who was very friendly and enthusiastic. Did the half day tour - tour was quick and efficient with brief, simple information of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Comfortable and timely pick up for tour.
Jerry B
Jerry B
Wonderful Mekong river life!! This tour was so special with a glimpse of the rural life on the Mekong. each stop was so insightful with brick factory, straw weaving, cacao and super special lunch in the jungle. Sunny was fantastic as the guide. The bicycle ride was my highlight. Cannot go wrong with this tour choice
Lucas P
Lucas P
Tom great tour guide Tom is an awesome tour guide. Good English. Listens well to the requests of the group. Takes time to explain . Knows a lot about the history and context of the tunnels and the broader conflict. Would recommend!
Tom N
Tom N
Fantastic tour!!!! We had a fantastic time on this tour. Our tour guide Typhoon honey was very passionate and informative and went above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed our experience. Couldn’t recommend more.
Samson D
Samson D
Good value Fun short day. Our tour guide Typhoon Honey was energetic and kept things moving at a good pace. Highlights include shooting guns (extra cost) and crawling through 100m of tunnels (optional).

Nethaniel
Nethaniel
Amazing day trip that gives you a great feel for the delta and the life around the area. Nia was an incredible tour guide who made our day amazing and was really engaging. Highly recommend
Ann
Ann
Es ist eine spannende Tour. Unser Tourguide hat viele spannende Dinge über Vietnam erzählt. Das einzige, was leider relativ lange dauert, ist die Autofahrt hin und zurück. Wir hatten leider auch noch Stau und sassen deswegen lange im Auto. Ansonsten ist es lohnenswert!
Lulu
Lulu
Great communication from the second I hit send. Po gave me our guide Trí’s contact details and he explained where to meet. Trí was an exceptional guide really informative and didn’t rush us at all. We had the most fabulous trip and went to a lovely spot that only had a few tourists. We saw lots of interesting crafts and ate like kings in wonderful settings with delicious food.
Swetha
Swetha
Po and his team make this experience an unforgettable one. They personalize it and make sure you don’t do the typical touristy stuff.
William
William
The trip to the Mekong Delta River with Tommy and the team was amazing . The storytelling Tommy provided of not only about the Meekong river, but Vietnam was great to experience, as was the farmhouse in which we had lunch the local way. It was also great to witness how locals appreciate every element of nature in preparing food and the goods that come from the land. Highly recommend this tour and great value for money.
Pritam
Pritam
I would highly recommend this Mekong Delta tour. We were shown around the Mekong Delta by Nia who is an excellent guide. I was picked up from in front of my hotel at 7 AM. We visited the brick factory, followed by the coconut factory. Then we had a small bicycle ride to the riverside where the boats were waiting for us. For those who can't ride a bike, there was a tuktuk available. Then the boat took us to the interior of Ben Tre where we were served a ravishing lunch, full of local delicacies which delighted us. The lunch was followed by a small boat ride, this time it was a rowing boat. And then we made our way back to Saigon. In the middle, we stopped at a nearby rice field at my request. Throughout the session, Nia was very engaging. He educated us about Vietnamese history, the culture, how the locals live and so on along with few jokes in between so as to keep the session fun and not dull. He also provided us with his own suggestions for eating joints. I left in the evening, having made new friends and a great morning.
Guy
Guy
Great non-touristy tour to visit the cool parts that are feasible to cover in the Mekong Delta area on a day tour. Thank you Helen!
Chloe
Chloe
There are lots of things to see and do in HCMC, but this your - now this was an experience. The small group size, the route taken, the touchpoints along the way all contributed to the feeling of an intimate and authentic experience. There are many tours to choose from, but I’d highly recommend Po’s. Our guide Helen was lovely, we made friends with the others on the trip and there itinerary was packed without feeling overwhelming or rushed. Riding the bike through the coconut trees might just be the best moment out of my whole Vietnam trip. Followed by the row along the canal. 11/10 would recommend.
Alexandra
Alexandra
We had a great time in the Mekong delta with this experience. It includes several locations and very diverse information and activities. We learned about the versatility of coconut and the making of coconut products, we tasted and sampled local sweets and drinks and learned about the local brick making processes. We have also explored small canals and had a fabulous lunch in a local homestay. I would recommend it to anyone interesting in sampling the complexity of the Mekong, in one authentic full day. Thank you Po, Safa & team.

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