|November 23 – 24, 2018, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam|
The Mekong Delta is an incredibly unique place to explore, but figuring out the logistics of the area by yourself can certainly be a headache. Choosing which tour operator to rely on is equally as hard because of the countless tourist traps in the area. The exploitation of local services is common, as well.
Save yourself the hassle and make the most out of your time in the Mekong Delta with the help of Inspitrip. Our local guides are native to the region, so you are guaranteed an insightful and authentic experience!
The Mekong Delta was dubbed the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam because the area contributes to more than half of the nation's rice production. The locals mostly work with agriculture and aquaculture. Because of this, there is always an abundance of food, so their expectations of life are simple, laid-back, and optimistic. Although many people from younger generations now move to the city in pursuit of a different and urbaner life, this same positive attitude goes with them. As you get to know your local guide and understand this perspective, you may appreciate life even more.
More than 20 million travelers come to the region every year, and most of them are dragged to the same provinces over and over again. While the Mekong Delta is made up of about a dozen provinces, visitors are brought to the same villages and engage in the same activities that are set up specifically for the sake of tourism. Meanwhile, the locals who provide these services (like the boat and tuk-tuk drivers) only get a small portion of what you actually pay.
Choosing a responsible way to travel will benefit both you and the locals. On our many Mekong Delta tours, you will explore unique and beautiful provinces where you can observe how the locals actually go about their day and in a responsible way. What could be better than that?
The fertile soil of this region is nurtured by the mighty Mekong River. It spreads into thousands of smaller arteries before flowing into the sea. Riding down this stunning waterway is one local activity you simply can not miss is out on. You will be surrounded by stunning palm trees and awe-worthy mangrove forests along the way, as well.
Forget about the photographs you have seen with boats filled with tourists surrounded by even more boats, all fighting for some space on a small canal. On an Inspitrip experience, you will be hard-pressed to see another foreigner in sight.
Some people feel that a visit to the Mekong Delta is not complete without seeing one of the renowned floating markets. That is understandable since floating markets have been around in this region for more than 100 years! These markets initially began as a way for locals to trade goods because the road system had not yet been developed. As a result of quick economic development, however, local people no longer rely on these markets. Only a few floating markets remain and all have shrunk in size, but tourists are still intrigued by these water bazaars. Our local guides will make sure that you visit one of these incredible markets at their best times in order for you to have the most real experience.
Since you will be accompanied by people who were born in the region, you will get to listen to interesting stories as your local guide tells you more about themselves and their childhood in this unique region of Vietnam.
During your experience, you may stop by an elementary school for a short visit with the children, or you may even be invited to a local wedding! You can also spend the afternoon swinging leisurely in a hammock if that's what you wish for. You truly never know what spur-of-the-moment events will occur during your trip, so be sure to leave some room for spontaneity. It will definitely spice up your trip and make for some unforgettable memories!