You’ll leave the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City behind today, as you head out on a tour of the Mekong Delta. This place is a maze of rivers, swamps and tiny islands, where floating markets and villages are the norm. It’s known as Vietnam’s rice bowl, since it produces over half of the country’s grain. Boats are king around here, so you’ll hit the water in a traditional sampan. As you glide along, you’ll pass villages built along the river’s edge, as well as locals going about their daily business. You’ll stop off on Thoi Son Island, where you can tour a family-run coconut candy factory and a local bee farm. At the latter, you can meet the bees and sample the honey they produce, along with exotic jackfruit and dragon fruit. You’ll stop for lunch here, too, before returning to the ship.
The journey time is approximately 3 hours each way. Sensible footwear is recommended as there is a fair amount of walking involved in this tour and boarding the smaller boats can be a bit wobbly. At some points during the boat tour, you may have to duck your head when going under low bridges. There is also a height and weight limit of 2.2m and 120kgs to take part in this excursion.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.