Mekong Delta, one of top 4 highlights in Southern Vietnam has long been beautiful as well as the wealthy delta in the southern areas of Vietnam which include many different provinces with different interesting cultures as well as the feature. There will be a lot of exciting experience attracting tourists from Vietnamese people to foreign visitors to come and explore the provinces in the areas of Mekong Delta. Therefore, today, we are going to suggest a short amazing journey around Mekong Delta in 2 days with a lot of recommendations on locations, landscapes, restaurants, local food as well as many other attractive things. Moreover, in this journey, we are going to stop by and visit Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Can Tho, Ben Tre,...
If you are ready, let’s begin with the first day. The best time to visit Mekong Delta is from January to March and from August to October if you want to be there in the most suitable time for Mekong Delta travel tourism. But first, let's check it out what is the best time to Vietnam.
1. Day 1: From Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Can Tho - Ben Tre
After carefully planning and considering, we are going to have a schedule of a short journey to explore the amazing Mekong Delta in 2 days. We will begin the Mekong Delta travel by gathering and preparing for Ho Chi Minh City depart. The distance from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho is not too far from about 70 kilometers, so we are going to travel there by car or tour bus with quite a reasonable ticket price range from 150,000 per person due to different occasions in a year. You are going to attend the western station (Ben Xe Mien Tay) to buy the ticket and get on your tour bus or car. Remember to bring all the necessary stuff and luggage, and let’s begin the journey to My Tho now. Moreover, you should have to breakfast an hour before leaving to avoid being carsick. The car or bus will let you down at the Tien Giang station at 42 Ap Bac, My Tho, Tien Giang once you reach My Tho. We will depart very early in the morning, so get ready.
The western station (Ben Xe Mien Tay) address: 395 Kinh Duong Vuong, An Lac, Binh Tan District.
My Tho City
Once you reach My Tho City in the area of Mekong Delta, you will need to earn some rest after several hours in the car, and we are going to check-in at the accommodation for putting away the luggage before beginning the Mekong Delta travel. It is strongly recommended for you to hire a bike to wander around My Tho city as well as save a lot of money on transportation. The price range for hire a bike is from 150,000 to 200,000 VND per one based on the different types of bikes.
If you already have transportation, then let’s start going to explore and experience a lot of interesting and famous places in My Tho such as Vinh Trang Pagoda which was built in the 19th century, My Tho Chanh Toa Church which was built in the 20th century with the western style of architecture, Dieu Hoa Shrine which is known as the museum of Tien Giang, Dong Tam Snake Farm where tourists can see and learn more about many types of snakes,... With a lot of suggestions like this, tourists can spend more than half of a day to explore, experience, check-in and take photos. However, no matter how much you travel and explore, remember to eat and rest properly during the journey, please.
Therefore, now, we are going to list down some of the local dishes and special food that you must try when visiting My Tho such as Tan Phong snails, Banh Va, Cho Gao grilled chopped meat, Go Cong sea sam, Lo Ren fruits,... You can choose to eat one or some of these dishes for lunch and also take a short break before we move to the next destination in Mekong Delta - Can Tho.
Bike hiring cost: From 150,000 VND to 200,000 VND per bike.
Vinh Trang Pagoda: Nguyen Trung Truc street, My An, My Phong.
My Tho Chanh Toa Church: 32 Hung Vuong street.
Dieu Hoa Shrine: 101 Trinh Hoai Duc.
Dong Tam Snake Farm: Le Thi Hong Gam Street, Chau Thanh, Tien Giang.
Can Tho City
Continue to go to Can Tho City for Mekong Delta travel, it will take us about 3 hours to reach Can Tho from My Tho. The price range for the ticket from My Tho to Can Tho will be from 130,000 VND to 150,000 VND per person. Once you reach Can Tho in the afternoon after lunch, you can hire a bike to travel freely around Can Tho City to not only explore the cultures as well as local places but also have chance to enjoy the famous and delicious local food of Can Tho such as Banh Mi Nem Nuong, Hazelnut snails, Purple Banh Tet, Banh Cong, Fried Pork Skin, My Tho Noodles,... With just some suggestions, you gonna be difficult in choosing what to eat for dinner.
After you already have a meal, you can start to wander around Can Tho City to see the beauty of these places in your Mekong Delta travel at night by visiting the places such as Can Tho Bridge, Ninh Kieu Harbor, Love Bridge, Thien Vien Truc Lam, or enjoy the fresh fruits in My Khanh Garden... The light of Can Tho City at night will become the magnificent landscapes for you to sightsee as well as enjoy the beautiful sceneries. It will be your unforgettable memories. We believe that after a day wandering around 3 cities in the areas of Mekong Delta, you gonna need a good sleep, so you should get back to the accommodation to rest. However, we are not going to end the night in Can Tho City, because our accommodation will be at Ben Tre, so we are going to travel to Ben Tre for a little wandering before the end of the first day. Do not worry because tomorrow we are going back to Can Tho City again.
In the late afternoon, we are going to travel to Ben Tre from Can Tho City, and we believe that we will arrive in Ben Tren to continue the Mekong Delta travel in the early evening, so you still have a lot of chances to visit as well as explore Ben Tre as much as you want. Just a few hours, you will travel through 116 kilometers and arrive in Ben Tre. In Vietnam, people always call Ben Tre the land of coconuts because there are so many coconut trees, and the life of local people is stick to coconuts as well. Therefore, once you come to Ben Tre, the first thing you should do is to drink a fresh and cold coconut, enjoy some special sweets made from coconut such as coconut candies, coconut cakes,...
After you have some rest, we can begin to travel to some famous and interesting local places in Ben Tre such as Thoi Son Eco-park where you can observe the natural life of flora and fauna by your own eyes, Can Mon garden where you can harvest the fruits by yourself as well as taste the fresh and sweet flavours, Vam Ho Bird place where you can feed the birds and observe the beauty of so many different kinds of bird, Nguyen Dinh Chieu Tomb,... If you want to find something to eat for dinner, then we are going to recommend some special local food and dishes such as Chuoi Dap, Banh Canh, Duong Dua, Bun Rieu,... that we are going to mention some addresses below for you to choose and come for dinner. Moreover, you can wander in the night markets where you can buy some souvenirs and specialities as gifts for your families.
Chuoi Dap: In front of Truc Giang, in front of Ben Tre.
Bi Cuon: in the area of Ben Tre Market.
Banh Canh Bot Xat: Ca Loc Bridge, Ben Tre.
Field crab soup: on highway 60. Ben Tre.
Banh Xeo: Phu Da, Lach Market, Ben Tre.
After spending a great evening in Ben Tre as well as explore the local places and meet the friendly local people, we are going to travel back to Can Tho and come to your accommodation for rest after a long day. During the Mekong Delta travel time on a car or bus, you can take a nap to rest and also kill the time. You are going to have another day to travel to new and exciting places on the second day, so we are going to rest properly and gain back energy.
2. Day 2: Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Saigon
Wake up in Can Tho City after a long night sleeping and resting in the comfortable and convenient accommodation, you will have full energy to begin today Mekong Delta travel schedule around Can Tho in the morning as well as start to visit one of the most famous cultural places in Can Tho and other nearby locations as well. Now, let’s get out of the bed and head out for a breakfast in the morning of Can Tho City. Now, it is time for us to review and suggest some special local dishes for breakfast such as Banh Beo with coconut milk, My Tho Chicken Noodles, Grilled Banana with sticky rice and coconut milk, My Tho dried noodles, My Tho snails,... with this food, you will be full for the morning.
After breakfast, you are going to visit and explore some other local locations or you can visit the places that you are unable to have enough time for visiting yesterday. Remember to hire a bike to travel around like yesterday, and the price range is already mentioned above. On the morning of today, we are going to visit Tan Thanh beach where you can not only swim, take part in some activities, relax but also have the chance to eat fresh and delicious seafood. Or we can wander around to visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, Cai Be Floating Market to buy stuff, Cai Be Garden to eat fruits,... No matter where you travel and visit, remember to get back to the centre of Can Tho for lunch or we can also move on to the next location to have lunch.
Cai Rang Floating Market
The floating market has long been Southern Vietnam's signature. If you have not come to Cai Rang Floating Market before, you will be fascinated by this special business culture on the river in your Mekong Delta travel. We are going to reach Cai Rang Floating Market from the Ninh Kieu Harbor where you can buy tickets and catch a ship to take you to Cai Rang Floating Market in the middle of the river as well as the surrounding areas, and it gonna take you 30 to 40 minutes. We are going to mention the price range below so that you can be aware of that. Once you reach Cai Rang Floating Market, you will see the magnificent scenery of a big market area with so many different types and sizes of boats, ships and other water transportations gathering together as a floating market. The floating market like Cai Rang will offer customers so many choices of goods, fruits, vegetables, specialities and many other things including delicious fresh local food and dishes that you can sit down and eat them right on the boats and ships. Moreover, you will be welcomed by the warm heart and the hospitality of the local people here as well. Besides the cultures, people as well as the special feature of Cai Rang Floating Market, you will also see the difficult life and how they maintain the traditional culture and life on the rivers.
Once you satisfy your every sense on the Cai Rang Floating Market, we suggest that you should wander around the nearby areas of Cai Rang for more special and interesting locations. You can visit the local job village Que Toi to see the southern people teach their next generations the traditional jobs and occupations. Or you can visit Ba Hiep Garden for a close-to-nature experience as well as harvest and enjoy the fresh fruits. Moreover, there will be more and more rustic activities for you to take part in such as catching fishes on the fields. Just imagine, you have a meal full of all the delicious dishes cooked from the fishes you caught earlier, and it will be very interesting. After hanging out at Cai Rang Floating Market as well as wander around the nearby areas, you can come back to Can Tho City for resting in your accommodation for a while before we wander the last time in Can Tho City before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.
Ship ticket price range: From 300,000 to 500,000 VND per person.
In the early evening, we are going to check-out the accommodation, grab the luggage as well as other belongings, and we are ready to leave anytime. We can put the luggage at the hotels and ask them to take care of them for a while if we still want to hang out in the centre of Can Tho City for some food and shopping. We will be leaving Can Tho City to return to Ho Chi Minh City at 5 pm. You can take a short nap when you are in the car or bus back to the city. Moreover, along the route back, we are going to stop at some street stops for rest as well as meal if you are hungry, and we are going to reach Ho Chi Minh City at 7 pm.
If you still have enough energy, then we are going to suggest some places to visit and enjoy the rest of the night of the second day in your Mekong Delta travel. Remember to put away your luggage before you hang out in Ho Chi Minh City. The location suggestions will be based on your own interests and demands. If you want to hang out and shopping, we suggest that you should visit the hottest shopping malls in Ho Chi Minh City such as Landmark 81, Vincom Dong Khoi, Crescent Mall, Aeon Mall, Bitexco,... and you can also have meals as well as coffee there. Or you can dance the night away with some nightlife places such as bars, clubs and Bui Vien Beer Street. You can hang out as much as you want, but do not push yourself too hard because you have just got back from a long journey, so taking proper rests will be necessary and compulsory. And this also brings the journey to an end of a Vietnam tour around Mekong Delta in 2 days.
In conclusion, with a clear and considerate schedule for a short Mekong Delta travel journey to explore the Vietnamese Mekong Delta in 2 days, we hope that you are going to follow the instructions as well as a lot of suggestions, information and other advice for a magnificent and interesting adventure. However, please notice that because the time for this journey is not too long, so you gotta move and travel constantly and a lot, so please prepare your health or this will not be suitable for you. Moreover, each location will have many other interesting things that we can not mention and suggest all, so along the journey, you can ask the local people or the tour guide for more tips and advice. Finally, with all the information and recommendations, you can choose the most suitable as well as comfortable schedules for your own vacations to explore the Mekong Delta in 2 days of Vietnam based on your own interests, conditions and demands. Please notice and enjoy. Or if you don't have much time, just spend a day exploring From Ho Chi Minh: Cai Rang Floating Market Private Day Tour.