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Beginning in Ho Chi Minh City and delving into the world of the Mekong Delta, this independent trip is the perfect combination of liveliness and leisure in South East Asia. Experience Vietnamese culture first-hand by staying with a local family on the Delta, visiting local industry and the famous floating markets, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Physical rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why we love this trip

  • Experience Vietnamese culture and hospitality first-hand with a homestay on the Mekong Delta

  • Explore the delta's canals with an expert local guide and visit the local industries of the area

  • Discover the famous floating markets at Cai Be for a unique glimpse of everyday Vietnamese life

  • Wander the vibrant streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's second-largest metropolis

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is designed for independent travellers, with a mixture of free days and included activities.

  • The homestay on the Mekong Delta has a communal sleeping area and basic facilities. This is all part of your authentic experience of the Mekong's simple, slow-paced way of life.

  • The delta is popular with travellers all year round. Each season has its perks, though, so it's a good idea to consider the seasons when you plan your trip. Generally it's dry from December to May, and rainy from April to September (mostly in short bursts).


Your Independent Experience starts today in Ho Chi Minh City with an arrival transfer. Meet your guide at your accommodation and get some tips on how to spend your first day exploring – as well as some recommendations for where to go for dinner.
  • Paragon Saigon Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel south to the Mekong Delta today. Along the way you will stop to see the various local industries at work. A highlight of the day is cruising in a boat around the small canals in the Mytho region. This gives you a close-up look at local life. Then you will change boats and be paddled into a traditional wooden sampan through the small canals. In the afternoon, return to the motorboat for a visit to a bonsai garden, a nursery and a pottery workshop. Arrive on an island near Vinh Long, where you will stay overnight in a local homestay – a small house situated on the waterways that's surrounded by fruit gardens. The facilities here are basic, and you will sleep in a large communal room, but the experience is unique in that it allows you to live, for one night, the way the local people do. All bedding is provided, including mosquito nets. While you're here, you'll have the chance to ride a bicycle around the island to take in some local spots. Alternatively, relax in a hammock and bask in the local way of life. Dinner tonight will be prepared by a local family – watch out for the rice wine!

Notes: The pottery workshop is closed on weekends.
  • Local island village homestay or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mekong Delta - Guided tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
There are several interesting walks to enjoy in the villages surrounding your villa. A trip to Vinh Long enables you to explore the lively floating markets at Cai Be, which is also a base for the local boat-building industry. Afterwards, make your way back to Ho Chi Minh City by boat and by road via Cai Be.
  • Paragon Saigon Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City as your trip comes to an end. A transfer to the airport or train station is included. For those staying longer, additional accommodation is available.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Boat, Private vehicle


Homestay (1 night), Hotel (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Mekong Delta - Guided tour

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Important notes

1. Arrival and departure transfers are included. Please provide your flight details to your booking agent in advance.
2. Peregrine can assist with booking your transport between each experience. Please ask your booking agent for more information.

Essential trip information

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