8. From Ho Chi Minh City: Half-Day Mekong Speedboat & Bike Tour
After pick-up from your centrally located hotel you will be driven to Central Pier. Board the speedboat and start your journey towards the Mekong Delta. Enjoy fresh tropical fruits and mineral water on board, and a light breakfast will be served on the morning tour. On the way, you will enjoy the fresh air and observe the pure beautiful landscape. Your guide will explain to you the daily life of local people who live along the riverbanks. Visit a local riverside market filled with seasonal fruits, vegetables, spices, seafood and other local specialties. Take some time to explore the market and soak up its bustling atmosphere before continuing your boat journey to the Mekong Delta. Approach a local pier to board a sampan boat for an excursion along a small and scenic canal lined with freshwater mangroves and water coconut palms. This provides an excellent opportunity to unwind and take in the sights and sounds of this picturesque water region. Take a leisurely bicycle ride along a serene countryside trail to witness the idyllic pace of daily life in the Mekong Delta and experience the warm hospitality of the locals. Along the way, explore a small village up close featuring rustic houses and bridges, gently flowing canals, lush plants, vibrant flowers, lively shrimp farms and vast paddy fields... Stop en route to visit a local Cao Dai temple to discover its spectacular architectural styles and learn about one of the most enigmatic religions in Vietnam. Continue cycling to visit a historic Buddhist pagoda built in the 18th century with unique architecture that showcases Vietnam's rich cultural heritage and spiritual traditions. Return to the initial stopping point to enjoy a light home-cooked meal prepared with love by the local family. After meal, say goodbye to the Mekong Delta and get on a speedboat to return to Saigon Arrive back to the pier and be dropped off at your hotel.