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If you’re interesting in taking a day trip to the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City — and it’s definitely worth it — our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest heading to District 2 early in the morning and joining a guided one-day bus tour. There are many different companies available, but we loved the tour offered by Saigontourist.
The tour starts with a 45-minute bus ride and is led by a local English-speaking guide. After this short transit you’ll hop on a boat and start your journey down one of the most beautiful areas of the country, making stops along the way to see how rice paper is made, eat lunch, watch how coconuts go from shell to candy wrapper, ride a donkey-pulled cart through a local village and listen to traditional music. You’ll also transfer to a smaller boat powered by oars and get a closer look at life on the Delta; at each stop along the way you’ll have the opportunity to buy everything from hand-crafted utensils to homemade candy.
Aside from the scenery, the highlight of our tour was lunch. Along with tourists from Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia we dined on a whole deep-fried fish and learned how to make fresh, delicious spring rolls stuffed with fresh herbs and rice noodles.