A great option to broaden your impression of Vietnam is to take a day trip excursion or even a longer trip from Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon / to My Tho and take a cruise along the Mekong Delta.
It takes about 3-4 hours drive from the city to Mekong Delta.
The Mekong is a trans-boundary river in Southeast Asia. From the Tibetan Plateau the river runs 4,350 km through China's Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The river is a major trade route between western China and Southeast Asia.
During this excursion you will have the opportunity to discover the vast network of canals and channels that comprise the Mekong Delta.
When reaching My Tho, there you'll board a small long-tail boat and will explore the waterways of the Mekong River. You will also have the chance to visit local villages and islands in the Mekong Delta, taste local specialties, honeybee tea, coconut candy, tropical fruits, hear Vietnamese folk music and savor a delicious meal for lunch.