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Vietnam mekong delta

I want to check out the Mekong delta in end of May. Love photography and want to explore the floating markets and life on the Mekong. Can Tho markets are an early start so i know to head down the day before.
My question is do i book local tour for two nights in Can Tho
or get local bus and own accomodation?
Look foward to hearing your feedback on ways to explore the Delta.

8 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Puerto Princesa

I have been to Cantho in 1993 and i am sure it has changed a lot since then but i am a person who hates joining tour groups where you follow the tour guide in a group. i find it far more interesting to wander around by myself, going down small alleyways and discovering the place. This is also good for photography. Chances are you will meet a student eager to talk to you and eager to show his town to you. Needless to say i would opt for going it alone!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Capel

thanks David that was quick reply.
I guess it reads that way. what i was really asking is Vietnam public transport, is it easy enough to use or do i get a tour company to get me there and back. cos they seem cheap enough. Gosh when me and my camera get together in a location like this the rest of the tour group would be extreemly pissed at me ny the end. lol.
How many days do you think to hang around the Delta, wanted to be in Hio An for the new moon lantern festival 10 days after i arrive in HCMC. Not sure weather to take 10 days getting up there or explore the Delta and HCMC and fly up.

I always get a bit flustered and don't want to miss out on anything. And waiting for transport in Asia can be exteemly longwinded sometimes.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Brisbane

I haven't done the 2 day tour, which I think would be the best, but have done the one day one.
At the markets, we were taken on a boat past the market boats, of which there weren't many because of the late arrival. Lots of touring by group on the Delta is by canoe, or boat. Where we had lunch, we stayed a while and could do our own thing. This is what I did on a one day tour of the Mekong Delta
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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Puerto Princesa

Whenever i have traveled in Vietnam i have always used,public transport and have had no problems. Sometimes it is not the most comfortable in the world but i am there to experience the country and meet people, not to go on a tour with a load of westerners.
You will enjoy Hoi-An and it is near the beautiful beach and Marble Mountains. You may want to consider a day trip to Cao Dai Temple from Saigon (SINH CAFE DOES TOURS OF CAO DAI AND CU CHI FOR AROUND $15).---great for photography.
I spent 10 days in the delta at Mytho, Cantho, Long Xuyen and Rach Gia and the colorful markets, bus stations are particular good for photography, so i guess you just take it a it comes with no definite plans except your date for Hoi An. Nha Trang and the nearby islands are worth a stop on the way north.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Los Angeles


It really depends. If you're using a tour company, you can cut things closer and not worry about random "surprises"/delays. Try Luxury Travel Vietnam. They do all variations of tours and seem to have lots of positive feedback after some checking.

If you're on your own, giveyour self more time than you think you need!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

You'd better find a local agency for the Mekong Delta tour. I've just done a Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho 2 days 1 night. Really enjoyable!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

You should book tour from Hochiminh city. I booked 2days 1night tour
Day 1: HCMC - My Tho - Ben Tre - overnight in Can Tho
Day 2: Can Tho - Cai Rang market - HCMC

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Hi capelkey,

If you're interested in Mekong Delta region for photography please take my advice before you go:
- Pick up one of these destinations: Can Tho (strongly recommended because there is a busy center of floating market)

My Tho
or Cai Be/Tien Giang

- Stay there for a night so you can wake up early in the next morning for floating market (so you can take picture)
- Book a tour so they can organize your stay, meal and convenience
- If you wanna stay in local people house, they have too. Rather than that you could take daily activities of this region

I hope it's helpful for your trip and Cheers!

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