The Mekong Delta, often called the ‘rice-bowl of Vietnam’ is the place where the mighty Mekong enters the South Chinese Sea. Picture hundreds of small meandering canals, lot’s of rice paddies, houses on poles and busy floating markets. All subjected to the shifting tides of the mighty river. Being this close to HCMC you really have no excuse to skip this one. Even if you can only spare a single day.
In & Out
My Tho and Can Tho are good bases from which you can venture further into the Delta as these places are well developed and easy to reach from HCMC by public transportation. Ben Treh has an impressive floating market, but apart from that the place is not really inspiring. Rach Gia is the best port if you travel from or into Phu Quoc.
Phu Quoc to HCMC
Visiting the Mekong Delta can be done by either a day-trip from HCMC (ranging from 120,000-500,000D) or by actually venturing into the delta for multiple days. While a day-trip can show you the highlights, the best way to experience the most of the Mekong Delta in as little as time possible is by crossing through it. Either on your way to Cambodia , or to Phu Quoc.
If you really want to experience the lifestyle of the locals it will take a couple of days to venture to the more remote places. This can be adventurous and rewarding, but also really frustrating. If you are short on time it might not be your best bet. If you are really keen on spending a night at a local family, keep in mind that as long as you can pay a tour-company to arrange this, it means the overnight stay is the business and their ‘authentic lifestyle’ the product.