Buffalo and The Kids

Mekong Life Unscripted


We’ll take you down the road less traveled, into modest home and tiny huts, where you will meet a variety of locals. You’ll see how the industrious countryside villagers make noodles, incense, brooms, etc. and live off the mighty Mekong River.

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Mekong Life Unscripted

(From 7:30AM to 5:30PM)

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** All our tours are Exclusive Private Tours, so you will not be put together with other guests **

Journey with us to the slow-paced world of the Mekong Delta, where the skyscrapers of nearby Saigon are replaced with towering palms, and beautiful meandering canals just begging to be explored. This unique tour takes in a route less traveled as we speak with and learn from the region’s locals, visiting their homes, their places of worship, and the workshops where they make their living. At Drive Vietnam, we truly believe that it is the people that make a place. This is why our full-day tour of the Mekong Delta is designed to take a different direction to the typical tourist-route, favoring cultural insights and in-depth perspectives into the Mekong residents’ rural lives.

We’ll rise with the sun to make the most of our day, setting off for our Mekong adventure at around 7:30am. Our journey will take us through the hustle and bustle of hectic Saigon, over the Ong Thin Bridge into the peaceful Mekong Delta where we’ll see the ancient tradition of incense-making in action. Watch and learn as the masters of their craft work the machines, turning the raw materials into colorful bundles of scented sticks. Two scenic ferry rides across the water will find us in Tien Giang, exploring an extraordinary, ornate temple of the fascinating Cao Dai religion. Our journey among these spiritual scenes is interrupted only by detours to noodle and broom-making workshops, where we’ll watch and even try our hand at the intricate skill of crafting brooms out of coconut leaves.

Our trail will take us too to the home of a Mekong resident, an experience most visitors will not have upon visiting the region. Eating home-prepared dishes of delicious Vietnamese food, we will sit and learn about how the country’s culture is expressed through the preparation of these meals. Hear too about your host as your guide translates the many and varied tales of life in this beautiful area. Loaded with stories, we’ll travel to My Tho City where we’ll embark upon a peaceful boat-ride through the canals and passageways of the Sông Cái (Great River), where we’ll take in the views of life on these waterways. The tour comes to an end at 4:00pm, when we’ll make our way back on a different route to which we came, arriving back at your hotel at around 5:30pm.

Join us on this uniquely people-focused journey so that we can pass on our passion for this region and its people, and show you the reasons this agricultural heart of Southern Vietnam is so well loved by the rest of the country. This tour is designed to be flexible, so that you, our valued customer, can fully delve into this beautiful region. If we pass a scene of particular interest – whether that be a shrimp farm, or a buffalo-led farmer ploughing the fields – we’ll stop to take stock, and interact with the locals. Choose your pace on this fully customizable tour to create your ideal journey through the old-world landscapes of the stunning Mekong Delta.

** TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: a visit to an incense-making workshop to see this ancient tradition in action, a guided tour of an ornate Cao Dai Temple to learn about this fascinating combination-religion, a try-it-yourself trip to a broom-making workshop, a home-prepared lunch at a local’s very-own home, a 7km motorbike ride  through green and picturesque local villages, and a photogenic boat-ride through canals and back-passages, taking in the sights of life on the famous Mekong River. **

Inclusive of

  • Private transport by modern air-conditioned vehicle – Toyota, Honda or Ford, model 2016-2017
  • Private boat cruise
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary including entrance fees
  • Scooters & drivers (if requested)
  • Fresh tropical fruits
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person
  • Drive Vietnam Goody Bag containing travel guide + phrasebook & Ho Chi Minh City map

Exclusive of

  • Drinks, meals and any other incidental expenses not mentioned above.
  • Travel insurance

** Notice **

  • Proper shoes or sandals are recommended.
  • We will visit a local Cao Dai Temple on this tour. Wearing shorts is ok, but not too short. Guests are advised to cover their shoulders while visiting the temple
  • Please keep in mind that some parts of the Mekong Delta are not lush and green during the dry season which lasts from December to May
  • Inclement weather may affect our itinerary
  • While traveling with us, your luggage will be safe in the car with our driver. However, we are not responsible for any lost money, jewelry, cell phones, or other valuables.
  • There are no shopping stops on this tour
Price
1 pax2 pax3 - 4 pax> 4 pax
12 years and older$202/pax$122/pax$102/pax$87/pax
Children 7-11N/A$92/pax$77/pax$65/pax
Children 3-6N/A$61/pax$51/pax$44/pax
Children under 3Free of charge
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