If you want to break the ruts, there is much more to see – sometimes an hour in any direction from the previous locations, you’ll find no tourists – and in some places locals crowd around you in curiosity, something that much of Vietnam used to be like ten years ago. The following guide informs you how to get around the Mekong on your own. It’s easy to arrange your own boat rides with guides from My Tho, Vinh Long, Can Tho or Chau Doc. And from Vinh Long you can arrange your own cheap bike tour and arrange a homestay in private homes – a hard-to-beat experience.

If time is limited, or you want the ease of going with a group, see Group Tours.