For our second and last day in Ho Chi Minh we decided to do a day tour to the Mekong River, arranged by Deluxe Group Tours.
I have always been a bit sceptical towards organized group tours, as I am not a superfan of activities and attractions with a very “touristy” vibe. However, we were only 8 people in our group and we had a great time together! 😊
We got picked up at our hotel around 8am in an A/C minivan, and drove for approximately 2 hours until we reached My Tho. Here we visited the Vinh Trang Pagoda, which is one of the most well-known and unique pagodas in the Delta.
The Vinh Trang Pagoda features three enormous Buddha statues and all of them symbolizes different things.
The reclining Buddha represents Guatama Buddha before entering parinirvana. This is the death of someone who has attained nirvana during their lifetime, and has therefore been released from rebirth.
The happy Buddha symbolizes good luck and happiness, and is well-known around the world for its good fortune ☺️
At last, you have the standing Buddha who symbolizes ultimate bliss and compassion.
From here we travelled to a an orchad by boat, and we were able to enjoy some tropical fruit and listen to traditional vietnamese music. We also visited a Honey Bee farm where we got to taste the honey. YUM!
The highlight was however the longtail boat trip through the small canals in the Delta! It was great to experience the diversity of the Mekong waterways, exploring fish and fruit farms along the way. The scenery was also breathtakenly beautiful, and I just loved everything about it! ✨
Big hugs! 💛