From the buzzy streets of Ho Chi Minh City to the winding canals of the Mekong Delta and the intricate network of underground tunnels that make up Cu Chi, Les Rives offers travellers an unforgettable journey through the southern provinces of Vietnam to discover the country’s warm spirit, lush nature and rich history.
Each Les Rives vessel is managed by a friendly team who love to share their passion for Vietnamese culture and heritage, and take great pride in showing off the nation’s diverse landscapes. Accessing many areas that can’t be reached by car, the nippy speedboats are designed to weave through the shallow, jungle-fringed canals while only creating a small wake. This is part of Les Rives’s philosophy: to protect the country’s environment and preserve its inhabitants’ heritage and privacy, while offering a real snapshot of Vietnamese life.
For travellers wishing to dig deeper into Vietnam’s complex history, a tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels unearths the secrets of the underground passageways built and used by the Viet Cong to evade detection as they moved troops and supplies throughout Ho Chi Minh City’s northern district.
Alternatively, visitors can discover the tangle of rivers and rice paddies found in the Mekong Delta on a cultural tour, with stops including a colourful Cao Dai Temple, traditional Buddhist pagoda and busy riverside markets. Options include spending a day in the Mekong Delta, or staying overnight and exploring the area at a much slower pace.
Nature-lovers can opt for the UNESCO-listed Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve, located 24 miles outside Ho Chi Minh City. The scenic speedboat journey traverses the verdant canals of the Mekong Delta to Can Gio, a mangrove forest at the mouth of the Saigon River that’s home to rich fauna, including monkeys and gibbons. Guests will hop aboard a rowing boat to explore the Giant Bat Lagoon, visit a crocodile reserve and explore a nearby fishing hamlet for a glimpse of local life.
These river tours also provide opportunities for companies to entertain guests, reward employees and foster team-building — Les Rives is happy to cater to a client’s specific needs.
Take a multi-day tour to the Mekong Delta to discover the authentic river-centered life, including an aromatic floating market
Need to know
• 15 luxury speedboats
• Daily all-inclusive group tours to the Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta and UNESCO-listed Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve
• Sunset cruises
• Combined city tours
• Private charters for up to 240 people