Tour the Mekong Delta’s floating markets on a traditional rice-barge cruise
Covering a vast 39,000km2, the Mekong Delta offers a great get-away from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. The delta’s famous floating markets are becoming smaller by the year, so we highly recommend a visit while they still exist. Exploring the stalls by boat, and watching the locals buy and exchange goods, is an atmospheric way to see Vietnamese life as it has been lived for centuries.
The fertile Mekong Delta serves as Vietnam's rice bowl. With a Mekong Delta cruise, you’ll visit the Vietnamese towns of Chau Doc and Can Tho, which play host to the floating markets. You’ll also get to see the plantations, orchards and catfish farms that underpin the country’s humble but thriving industry.
During your Mekong Delta tour we can also take you to nearby Cambodia, arranging a cruise through the Mekong into Siem Reap, or to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. If you prefer to avoid big cities, you can also enjoy a simple cruise on an old rice barge, learning about the local industry as you visit factories and see local products such as rice paste and coconut candies being made.