4 day Mekong River cruise – How to plan a perfect itinerary?

A 4 day Mekong River cruise is an unforgettable adventure that allows you to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty and rich culture of the Mekong Delta Vietnam. Known for its vibrant landscapes, charming riverside villages, and warm hospitality, this region offers a perfect setting for an incredible journey. In this comprehensive travel blog, we will guide you through planning a well-thought-out itinerary for your 4 day Mekong River cruise, combining must-see highlights with off-the-beaten-path experiences.

Mekong Delta facts

First and foremost, it is better to know a little bit about the wonderful region.

  • The Mekong Delta, known as Vietnam’s largest agricultural region, contributes a significant portion of the country’s agricultural revenue.
  • The weather in the Mekong Delta differs from the Northern region, with a dry season from December to March and a rainy season from April to November.
  • The fertile land of the Mekong Delta is ideal for growing crops such as rice, apples, mangoes, pineapples, bananas, and oranges.
  • The Mekong River, often called the “river of nine dragons,” deposits nutrient-rich silt that elevates the field’s productivity.
  • Travelers can explore various provinces within the vast Mekong Delta, including My Tho, Vinh Long, and Dong Thap, each offering unique attractions and experiences.
floating market in Mekong Delta
Floating market in Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta tour Vietnam in 4 days

This article would recommend you a 4 day Mekong Delta tour to maximize your experience and surely this customized tour would win your affection.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh – Long An – Tien Giang – Ben Tre – Dong Thap – An Giang


  • Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and catch a convenient van to My Tho, your first stop in the Mekong Delta.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along Highway 1A, passing through Go Den and Tan An in Long An province, where you can sample local specialties like Go Den wine and Ben Luc rice wine.
  • After around 1.5 hours, reach My Tho city in Tien Giang province, where you can savor the delicious “hu tieu” dish and, if time allows, visit the exquisite Vinh Trang Pagoda.
  • Continue your journey to Chau Doc, a renowned destination in the Mekong Delta known for its captivating allure and cultural richness.
Chau Doc floating village
Chau Doc Floating Village


In the afternoon, when visiting Chau Doc, it’s time for you to go Tra Su Cajuput forest.

  • Tra Su cajuput forest, located in the western region of the Hau River, is a submerged forest spanning an impressive 850 hectares.
  • This forest serves as a haven for a diverse range of flora and fauna. It includes several species listed in the Vietnamese Red Book, emphasizing its ecological significance.
  • To fully experience the wonders of Tra Su cajuput forest, consider hiring a boat for a short trip. During this excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to spot unique regional animals like le le, bim bim, trich co, and more.
  • The boat drivers will provide a brief presentation, sharing fascinating insights about the forest’s ecosystem and its inhabitants.
Travelers are visiting Tra Su cajuput forest by taking a 4 day mekong river cruise
Travelers are visiting Tra Su cajuput forest


  • Explore the vibrant Nui Sam night market by renting bikes or strolling through the town.
  • Renting bikes provides a fun and convenient way to navigate the Nui Sam night market, allowing you to freely explore its bustling atmosphere and discover hidden gems.
  • Alternatively, you can opt for a leisurely walk around the town, immersing yourself in the local ambiance and taking in the sights and sounds of the Nui Sam area.

Day 2: An Giang – Kien Giang


  • Check out and prepare for your journey to Ha Tien, a captivating destination in the Mekong Delta.
  • En route to Ha Tien, make a brief stop at Tinh Bien Market, the largest market situated near the border, offering a vibrant and bustling atmosphere.
  • Be prepared to be mesmerized by the breathtaking scenery of That Son, known as the “seven mountains,” and the enigmatic beauty of Ong Cam mountain.
  • After approximately 5 hours of driving, you will arrive in Ha Tien, where you will proceed with the check-in process.


You can visit a lot of interesting places here.

  • Mui Nai Beach is waiting for you with crystal clear water tourist can enjoy Mekong Delta’s coffee at Nai Vang hill.
  • Another choice is to go trekking to Ta-Pang peak to get the bird’s eye view to entire Ha Tien, even Phu Quoc island.


  • Make your way to the vibrant Ha Tien night market, where you can indulge in shopping for a wide variety of captivating souvenirs.
Ha Tien night market
Seafood at Ha Tien night market – source: Terry

Day 3: Kien Giang – Can Tho


  • You will continue to go to Rach Gia in Kien Giang province which is a thriving city and famous for the seafood industry. 


  • You come Can Tho and do the check-in.


  • After a break of fairly long journey at Kien Giang, you should never miss Tay Do night market or Cai Khe Trade Centre where there are a lot of exciting activities.
  • Then, you can get a taxi to go Ninh Kieu wharf and listen to Southern amateur music – “Đờn ca tài tử”.

Day 4: Can Tho – Vinh Long – Sai Gon


  • Begin your morning by checking out and embarking on a captivating Mekong boat tour to the renowned Cai Rang floating market, one of Vietnam’s finest.
  • Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Cai Rang floating market, where boats display a variety of fruits and goods to distinguish their offerings. Witness the lively exchange of goods and immerse yourself in the unique water-based trading culture.
  • Continue your boat journey to My Khanh Garden, a delightful orchard filled with abundant durians, mangos, jackfruits, and rambutans, reveling in the flavors of freshly picked fruits.
travelers in Mekong river floating market
Travelers are excited about the floating market in Mekong Delta


  • You pass by Can Tho bridge, My Thuan bridge and come back to Ho Chi Minh city.

This is a suggested 4 day Mekong river cruise to help you to maximize your experience and knowledge about a special region of Vietnam. You can see interesting aspects related to people’s lifestyle and society which is a little bit different from that of Northern areas.

Moreover, if you wish to have a Mekong delta trip to some other destinations such as My Tho – Cao Lanh – Sa Dec, this itinerary of Authentic Mekong Delta Tour 4 Days will be a good choice.

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