How to get to Mekong Delta: 3 best ways to travel

The Mekong Delta is a large area in Vietnam, it is a famous tourist attraction thank to its rich flora and fauna, beautiful landscapes, friendly local people. Some tourists travel to Ho Chi Minh city, then make their own way to the Mekong Delta, some travel directly to the Delta without a stop in Ho Chi Minh. Keep reading our article you can find the best way to get to the Mekong Delta.

Popular ways to get to Mekong Delta

There are 3 major ways to get to the Mekong Delta: by airway, by waterway, and by roadway.

By airway

There are 3 airports in Mekong Delta: Ca Mau, Can Tho, and Rach Gia airport, so tourists can easily fly to this region.

To Can Tho airport

Can Tho airport is the most popular airport in the region, you can easily book a flight from Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho which is around 45 minutes instead of 4 hours by car. Flight is the most fascinating way to see the breathtaking view of the region from above. One-way flight ticket from Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho costs around 600,000 VND. From Can Tho, you can take a cruise to discover other provinces in the Mekong Delta.

To Ca Mau airport

Currently, there is only one domestic airline, Vietnam Airlines, operating flights from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Ca Mau. Frequency is 1 flight/day, with a total flight time of 55 minutes. There is only 1 flight/day departing at 14:30 from Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh) to Ca Mau airport at 15:25.

To Rach Gia airport

You can choose to fly from Saigon to Rach Gia in Kien Giang. There are 2 airlines operating flights from Ho Chi Minh to Rach Gia which are Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways. It takes only 50 minutes from Ho Chi Minh to Rach Gia, however, there can be flight changes or delays. You had better check the information carefully. Flight to Rach Gia can reach 1,200,000 VND or more, so you had better book the flight 1 – 2 months in advance to get the best flight.


By waterway

Another interesting to get to the Mekong Delta is to travel on the waterway. Mekong Delta has a complex system of channels, making it possible to travel from Ho Chi Minh to other provinces in the region by boat. Travelling on the boat is one of the best ways to explore the region as you will be travelling on the small channels through the dense mangrove bushes on the two sides, immersing in the rustic yet charming scenery of winding waterways, small villages, and living life on the river.

Travelling on the boat to the Mekong Delta can be expensive, but it is worth trying. There are many options for Mekong exploration for you to choose from. The price for Mekong cruise 2 days 1 night from Ho Chi Minh city to Can Tho starts from 200 USD per person. Visit our website for more detail: Mekong Delta Cruise Tours.

There is also an option to get to the Mekong Delta on boats from overseas. The cruise often lasts for 8 days if starting from Siem Reap, and 4 days if starting from Phnom Penh. The cheapest cruise is 567 USD per person, but you can get a better price by booking early in advance on our website or contact our travel consultant directly.


By roadway

Tourists can also get to the Mekong Delta by road. The most popular route to the Mekong Delta is from Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho. It takes around 3.5 to 4 hours to travel on 171 kilometres. You can take the bus, taxi, private car, motorbike, or even cycle.

  • Bus: There is a large number of bus options to most cities and towns in the Mekong Delta for you to choose from Futa (or Phuong Trang) Bus Lines, Mai Linh Express to The Sinh Tourists. The ticket price ranges from 60,000 VND to 120,000 VND depending on the kind of bus, seat choice, travelling time. Remember to book the bus ticket early in advance especially when you travel during the high season.
  • Private car:If you are in a big group, then the private car is a great option. You can easily hire a private car from Ho Chi Minh city to the Mekong Delta. Depending on your location and destination, the price ranges from 600,000 VND.
  • Motorbike:For those who love adventure, you can hire a motorbike to get to the Mekong Delta. You can easily rent a bike for 10 USD per day and travel at your own pace. The motorbike allows you to stop at any places that you want
  • Bicycle:Bicycle is another great way to get around the Mekong Delta, and watch the beautiful life along the way. The road in the region is quite well-maintained and flat, making it easy to travel from a place to another. Cycling to the Mekong Delta allows you to witness the daily life of locals as well as enjoy beautiful sceneries along the road.

You may be interested in the bicycle tour into the Mekong Delta. 


How to get to Mekong Delta from overseas

There are 2 international airports in the Mekong Delta which are Phu Quoc airport and Can Tho airport. Tourists also get to the Mekong Delta by flying to Tan Son Nhat international airport, then make their way to the Mekong Delta using flight, or other kinds of transportation.

Can Tho airport

There are 2 popular international routes to Can Tho: Taipei - Can Tho, and Bangkok - Can Tho. Vietnam Airlines; China Southern Airlines; China Airlines; H1 are among 16 major airlines operating 27 flights per day from Taipei to Can Tho. The fares range from 293 USD to 561 USD. There are also direct flights from Bangkok to Can Tho. They are operated by 9 different airlines such as Vietnam Airlines; H1; China Southern Airlines; Thai Airways; Cathay Pacific Airlines… On average, there are 20 round-trip flights per day with fares ranging from 162 - 1,869 USD. Besides, Can Tho international airport welcomes other direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Seoul(Incheon), Taichung, Kaohsiung.


Ho Chi Minh airport

Tan Son Nhat International Airport is the busiest airport and has the highest traffic volume in the country. Currently, at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, there are 03 domestic airlines (Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific) and 43 international airlines operating international routes, including passenger carriers and freight carriers. Depending on your departure destinations, the price for international flights to Tan Son Nhat airport can be 1,000 USD or up to 2,000 USD or more


Phu Quoc airport

There are many international airlines operating flights from Singapore, Cambodia, Korea, Russia, etc. to Phu Quoc such as Pacific Airlines; Vietnam Airlines; Myanmar Airways Print; Malaysia Airlines; Thai Airways…. Depending on the route, booking time, the price range from 93USD to 390 USD for the flight from Singapore to Phu Quoc. Flights operated by Aeroflot Russian Airlines; Air France; Air China, etc. ranges from 358 USD to 748 USD.

All in all, getting to the Mekong Delta is easy. Hope that you were able to find the best kind of transportation for you. If you need any help to book a transfer to the Mekong Delta, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be able to provide all the above types of transfer to this area.

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