Authentic ‘Less-Touristy’ Mekong Delta Ben Tre 1-Day Tour

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Operated by: Joy Journeys

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  • 8-10 Hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Less Touristy
  • English


  • Visit the brick factory – Visit the sleeping mat lady
  • Take a long boat trip on the Mekong river with seasonal tropical fruit
  • See the coconut and cocoa local making process 
  • Ride the bicycle around the village or take the Tuk Tuk
  • Have lunch at a local family home, not a touristy restaurant – Vegan/Vegetarian option is available
  • Enjoy the rowing boat in the beautiful coconut canal

Pick-up: 7:00-7:30 AM – Drop-off: 6:00-6:30 PM
For the best experience, book this tour one day in advance

What you'll do


  • What makes this tour truly exceptional is its focus on providing an authentic, personalized, and sustainable experience that truly immerses you in the local culture and way of life in Mekong Delta, Ben Tre Province.
  • One of the things that sets Joy Journeys apart is the small group size, with a maximum of 10 people, ensuring a personalized and intimate experience. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with the locals, witness their daily routines and traditions, and learn about their livelihoods in a respectful and engaging way.
  • The tour itinerary includes a boat ride, cycling through a charming village, seeing the locals at work, and enjoying a delicious lunch at a local home, giving you a unique insight into the daily life of the people living in the Mekong Delta.
  • But what truly sets us apart is their commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism, ensuring that your travel experience has a positive impact on the local community and the environment.

What you’ll do

  • Get picked-up from your accommodation in the city center to the Mekong Delta, Ben Tre City. On the way, you will pass by beautiful rice paddy fields. There will be a break stop for restroom and coffee.
  • Visit the brick factory where the soil is from the bottom of the river and how local Mekong make a living with the soil.
  • Take the long boat ride on the Mekong River and have fresh fruit with coconut juice.
  • See the motherland of coconut to understand how the locals have coconut for juice and other manufacturers, such as coconut candy and coconut oil.
  • Cycle (take a Tuk-tuk is optional) through the coconut grove of the village and see how the locals make sleeping mats.
  • Have a set menu of delicious Southern local lunch on the riverside family home (vegan/vegetarian lunch available).
  • After lunch, you might enjoy the trip’s highlight – take the rowing boat, which is paddled by the local people on the amazingly beautiful coconut canal in Ben Tre.
  •  Take one more boat ride then head back to the city, and finish.

Cancellation Policy

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 48 hours before the experience’s start time.
    If you cancel less than 48 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 48 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund. This experience requires a minimum number of travelers (We will get you updated after booking). If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

Hoa Binh Primary School, Across Notre Dame Cathedral Church
1 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam


Request pickup

Guests will be picked up from the accommodation in District 1 and District 4 before the tour start. The pickup usually takes around 30 minutes

Price Includes

  • Set menu lunch (vegan/vegetarian lunch is available) + 01 choice of drink (water/beer/coconut juice/soda)
  • A/C 16-seater van (pickup and drop-off in districts 1 and 4)
  • Well-experienced English-speaking guide
  • All boat trips and bicycles
  • Fruit and coconut juice tastings
  • 02 bottles of water
  • All sightseeing tickets

What's not included

  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Gratitude and Tips


Ho Chi Minh City

Guests will be picked up from the accommodation in District 1 and District 4 before the tour start. The pickup usually takes around 30 minutes.

Then, the tour will head to Ben Tre Province and you will see the beautiful rice paddy fields on the way. There will be a breakfast stop or/and toilet stop before reaching the destination.


Ben Tre

Ben Tre, a charming little town located in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. We’ll take a boat trip along the Mekong River to visit a brick factory. This is a unique opportunity to witness the traditional brick-making process, which has remained unchanged for centuries. Then, we’ll head to a coconut farm to understand the local life and see the coconut production process up close. You’ll learn how coconut products are made. You’ll also experience the sleeping mats making with the locals. After that, we’ll take a peaceful rowing boat ride through the narrow coconut canals that crisscross the region. The serene waterways are surrounded by lush greenery. Then, we’ll ride the bicycle through the quaint villages and picturesque landscapes is a great way to experience the local culture and interact with the friendly locals. We’ll have lunch at a local home for a delicious meal of traditional Vietnamese dishes made with fresh, local ingredients.

Ho Chi Minh City

We will head back Saigon and be back to the hotel around 6:00 PM.

Additional Information

  • Free pick-up & drop-off right at your hotel at district 1 and 4
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Infant seats available
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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David J

Couple Traveller

Had the most amazing day with Tri, he was very informative and nothing was too much trouble for him . If you get the chance to do this trip make sure you ask for him. He made the whole day a wonderful experience. Thank u very much

6 July 2024

Lukas M

Group Traveller

Great experience. Guide Tony was so energic and shared a lot of information with us. We visited places where no other people were, got a great lunch at a family’s house (also vegeterian option), rode a bike and got a lot of things to taste on different places. We had a group of 6 people which was comfortable. Recommend!

6 July 2024


Family Traveller

Had a great time experiencing true Vietnamese culture and connecting with the families who live on the Mekong Delta! Definitely non-touristy, only spotted one other group during our trip. Tom was very accommodating, answered all questions and made us all feel happy and comfortable! Would definitely recommend.

5 July 2024

Jessie B

Solo Traveller

This was a fantastic tour with Tom. It was unique, not crowded or touristy at all. Tom handled a small hiccup with our boat seamlessly and gifted us all chocolate to make up for it. The lunch was delicious and the tour activities were great. Thank you, Tom!

4 July 2024

Shona J

Couple Traveller

Tom was a fantastic tour guide and provided so much knowledge of the area. Very good English and great communication via WhatsApp before and after the tour. A great day was had by all.

4 July 2024
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