This full day tour journeys beyond the emerging skylines and modern amenities of Saigon, and introduces Vietnam's traditional life: farmers working in lush rice fields, children herding water buffaloes and fishermen casting their nets.
Departing the pier, drive to the delta port of My Tho where the exploration on the Mekong River begins. One of the great rivers of the world, the Mekong begins in the Tibetan Plateau and tumbles 2,795 miles to the Mekong Delta and the South China Sea. In Vietnam, the river divides itself into dozens of tributaries and becomes the Cuu Long or Nine Dragons that fan out into a rich delta, covered with green rice paddies and orchards of coconuts, mangos, pineapples and bananas.
Upon arrival in the provincial town of My Tho, visit the 150-year-old Vinh Trang Pagoda, with its interesting combination of Vietnamese Khmer and French architecture. Boarding a motorized boat, begin your river cruise, passing vast fruit orchards, stilt houses, fish and shrimp farms, small canals and all manner of boats. Pause at Thoi Son Island, with its tile-roofed houses and acres of fruit trees bearing plums, mangoes, and lychee-like longans.
Following lunch at a local restaurant, re-board your boat and continue the scenic cruise to another village and visit a family-run enterprise that makes coconut candy. Next, embark in smaller sampans for a scenic ride through narrow, tree-lined canals. Afterwards, cruise back to My Tho, where you'll re-board your coach for the return drive to the ship.
Please note: Boarding the local boats can be quite difficult and therefore the tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.